Tuesday, February 17, 2009
well, i have hit a wall... while the first batch of slip worked well, these last two batches have been hell. friggin bubbles, little tiny ones. i like bubbles, likle to blow them, play with them in the bath, but this is a different story..bubbles in my slip are hell on earth..yes, i sound dramatic, but i have spent three days of studio time, trying to trouble shoot this issue, and have adjusted, unadjusted, re-mixed, let stand,tapped, bumped, gently swirled, prayed, offered bribes, and well, i have had it! i have to produce work..period. so , i am waiting on a sample batch of slip that cambell's ceramics makes in viriginia..he says it is exactly what i am looking for. i hope so! i have a bunch of new thristy molds that are ready to go. if this slip does work..i will order 50 gallons of it, and be off and running. i would spend more time trying to figure this issue out, but i am frustrated, so i am frustrated so it is better to come back to it another day. i think the answer is i need a blunger, that can mix it slow for over twelve hours..right now i am just using my power drill, and i can only stand there for about ten minutes before i go crazy..the maddening part is the first batch was good, and i really didn't do anything different!..plus, i am out of dry mix,...really i would rather spend my time making molds, and doing deco, design work that making slip. i am totally okay with someone else doing that. as long as i nuy in large quantity, there isn't much difference..except the lack of a headache that this slippage has been giving me. i can live with that! well here are some shots of things that are happening, i will post some nice finished work shots up tomm..