[Clayart] the sieve

Taylor Hendrix wirerabbit2 at gmail.com
Tue Feb 25 09:20:28 EST 2020


It has been my experience that sieves in no way ameliorate the effects of
farts in church.

Taylor, near Jeddo TX
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On Fri, Feb 21, 2020 at 7:29 AM mel jacobson <melpots at mail.com> wrote:

> the use of the sieve is a learning curve. when you need it most
> is when you open the kiln and there are small chunks of crap on your best
> pots.  often it is just one glaze, not often used, and you forgot
> it has crap in it. (or, you did not know.)
> same thing in studios with more than one person.  pieces of bisque
> fall into the buckets.  (sloppy cleaning of bisque..and land on your pots.
> or stuff just falls
> off tables and into buckets of glaze.
> when making glaze i always run my new glaze through a 30 mess screen.
> it goes fast. just pour and done.  you catch all the foreign stuff
> from the bags of material.  it also mixes your glazes well. (and you
> always slap your forehead and say....`where did all that crap come from?`)
> when firing high temp, like cone 11,  most stuff gets buried and melts.
> it is almost never a problem for me in my stoneware work.
> but, i have gotten a good dose of religion since doing mel6 cone 6-7.
> it is fussy.  i have to use the 60 mesh sieve with all glazes.
> and, it is not uncommon to do it again half way through glazing.
> if you are using for example, pure white porcelain, i bet a 80 is just
> right.  but, does that ever take time and work. some have very keen
> sieves that have paddles etc.  i don't have any of that sort of thing.
> using that i would have to use a 3m green pad and rub it through the
> screen.
> so, there is no magic.  it is like a fart in church, you know right away
> you should have used the sieve.
> mel
> website: www.melpots.com
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