Kristina Chadwick on wed 15 jun 11
So I've decided to try slip as a new option to decorate my thrown pieces.=
bought some commercially-available slip (Miller Clay - Dover for ^5) inst=
of using the slip that I generate while throwing because it's sometimes
contaminated with chunks that clog the squeeze bottle (same with creating=
slip by soaking clay in water).
This commercial slip is barely thicker than water and spreads when you tr=
to decorate with it. I've poured some into an open jar to let it thicken
some, but it's certainly not a quick process. What am I missing??
Thanks in advance!
Gayle Bair on wed 15 jun 11
Not sure what the issue is with your commercial slip but since you
mentioned you have used slip you generate I have a potential solution
A fast & economical way to eliminate any "chunks" is to sieve your slip.
I run slip from the claybody I use through a 100-120 mesh sieve.
This ensures the slip fits the my pieces perfectly.
Hope this helps,
On Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 4:52 AM, Kristina Chadwick wr=
> So I've decided to try slip as a new option to decorate my thrown pieces.=
> bought some commercially-available slip (Miller Clay - Dover for ^5) inst=
> of using the slip that I generate while throwing because it's sometimes
> contaminated with chunks that clog the squeeze bottle (same with creating
> slip by soaking clay in water).
> This commercial slip is barely thicker than water and spreads when you tr=
> to decorate with it. I've poured some into an open jar to let it thicken
> some, but it's certainly not a quick process. What am I missing??
> Thanks in advance!
logan johnson on thu 16 jun 11
As someone who decorates with slip & someone that uses th=3D
Hi Kristina,=3D0A=3D0AAs someone who decorates with slip & someone that use=
e slip from her reclaim bucket I can tell you there is one=3DA0 thing maybe=
wo things you're missing.=3DA0 A hand=3DA0 mixer from the thrift store=3DA0=
eferably an inexpensive new one (they tend to last longer)=3DA0 and possibl=
a glaze screen if you really feel the need to have a back up. =3DA0=3DA0 I =
a very wet slip & put it in a big bowl & use my hand=3DA0 mixer to beat th=
snot out of my slip till it's as smooth &=3DA0 free of=3DA0 even tiny bottl=
ogging chunk .=3DA0=3DA0=3DA0 I mix a good size batch so I don't have to do=
ery week or so & I take the mixer to a slip no thicker than Karo syrup. If =
the slip is thicker than that it's really hard on the mixer motor &=3DA0 th=
mixer won't last as long.=3DA0=3DA0 I've been using the same one for over t=
ears so=3DA0 you can make them last a good long time. Thinner is always bet=
r & it's easier to see the chunks even the little tiny ones. =3D0A=3D0A=3D0=
f you feel you want extra assurance your slip has no bottle clogging chunks=
put it through a glaze sieve once. I have an 80 mesh sieve for my glazes &=
if I want to remove the fine grog from my slip=3DA0 I run it through the s=
ve.=3DA0 Otherwise I just use the hand mixer.=3DA0 If your slip is too thin=
use after you've mixed the snot out of it just let it dry out & pour off th=
e extra water on the top after your slip settles a bit. ( at least over nig=
ht)=3DA0=3DA0 If I run my slip through a screen then the slip=3DA0 needs to=
thinner=3DA0 if you want the screening to be quick but I've taken the time=
=3DA0 gently pushed through thicker slip so I didn't have to wait for it to=
hicken up afterwards .=3DA0=3DA0 I make enough slip to fill a BIG butter tu=
slip & make more before I run out so I always have it around.=3DA0 I usual=
make more when I'm about 1/2 way through my butter tub so I have time to l=
et it thicken up to my satisfaction.=3DA0=3DA0 I'm in the studio from 11:00=
pm west coast time so if you have any questions please don't be shy about =
calling me if you have any questions. My # is in the signature below.=3D0A=
. Good Luck with this !=3D0ALogan=3D0A=3D0A=3DA0=3D0ALogan Johnson =3D0AYak=
ima Valley P=3D
ottery & Supply719 W Nob Hill Blvd. Ste C=3D0AYakima, WA 98902=3D0A509.469.=
_____________=3D0AFrom: Kristina Chadwick =3D0ATo: Cla=
@LSV.CERAMICS.ORG=3D0ASent: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 4:52 AM=3D0ASubject: Q=
ion About Decorating with Slip=3D0A=3D0ASo I've decided to try slip as a ne=
tion to decorate my thrown pieces. I=3D0Abought some commercially-available=
lip (Miller Clay - Dover for ^5) instead=3D0Aof using the slip that I gener=
e while throwing because it's sometimes=3D0Acontaminated with chunks that c=
g the squeeze bottle (same with creating=3D0Aslip by soaking clay in water)=
=3D0A=3D0AThis commercial slip is barely thicker than water and spreads whe=
u try=3D0Ato decorate with it. I've poured some into an open jar to let it =
icken=3D0Asome, but it's certainly not a quick process. What am I missing??=
=3D0A=3D0AThanks in advance!