Pottery Rx – Bisqueware and Glazeware

Posted by on Jun 19, 2012 in Repair | 0 comments

Bisqueware Once a pot has been bisque-fired, it is still vulnerable to damage.  But, many bisque pots can be repaired successfully. Sharp/rough spots (check where you have signed the pot, this is often sharp) Gently sand or dremmel the area Wipe with a damp sponge and allow to dry before glazing Wax mishaps Use the heat gun to burn off the wax Scrap or sand the area  then wipe with a dry-damp sponge Re-fire the pot Cracks around attachments Fill with APT puddy if necessary and  wipe excess off Re-fire the pot   Glazeware Repairing glazed pots can be done successfully especially in an electric kiln.  Some glazes don’t object to being re-fired; however, however, some are more sensitive and will pit or bubble when re-fired.  Here are some repair tips: Glaze issues Mix a little APT into a small amount of glaze or use glaze Heat the entire pot using the heat gun – it should be too hot to touch Paint the glaze onto the pot – it is usually best to cover the entire pot Dry the glaze with the heat gun Add extra glaze to the damaged areas and dry with the heat gun Re-fire the pot Re- attachments – on horizontal surfaces (feet or knobs) can often be re-attached; re-attachments on vertical surfaces are rarely successful. Make a puddy of glaze and APT Add glaze to the broken attachment and its connection point Add the attachment and connect to the pot Re-fire the pot This is the final installment of first aid for pots.  As a bonus, I have compiled all of the tips in a flyer (click here) for your...

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Pottery Rx – Bone Dry

Posted by on Jun 15, 2012 in How-to, Repair | 0 comments

As potters, we should embrace the Hippocratic oath to first do no harm.  This means to avoid damaging your pots.  When your pots are bone dry, they are the most vulnerable to damage so it is best to avoid moving them so transport them prior to the bone dry stage. Although, the success rate for repairing bone dry ware is much lower than repairing pots at other stages, some injuries can be repaired.  Here are some suggestions to help increase your successes. Cracks around attachments Use a wooden tool to burnish the area around the attachment that is cracking Fill with APT puddy if necessary and dry slowly Re- attachments Make a puddy of slip and APT Add the mixture to the attachment site Add the attachment and connect to the pot Dry very slowly and check periodically Once bisque-fired, you may need to GENTLY sand away any extra...

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