Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Found! Terra Sig list from our class retyped

6319 Lavender
6101 Brown?
6381 Blackberry Wine
41439 Drakenfeld Orange/yellow
6001 Alpine Rose
6387 Mulberry
6300 Mazerine
6129 Golden Ambrosia (Caroline's Favorite!!)
6307 Pastel Blue
6373 Baby Blue
6211 Pea Green
6026 Lobster
6065 Chrome Alumina Pink
6339 Royal Blue
6503 Taupe
23616 Degussa Orange
6200 Evergreen
6364 Turquoise Blue
6464 Zirconium Yellow
6600 Black
41545 Drakenfeld Bright Yellow
6246 Blue Green
Crocus Martis
6371 Dark Teal
6313 Blue?
6280 Avocado
430?? Coral

Tammy added a few of hers!
Degussa Red Bordeaux
Robins Egg Blue
Vanadium Yellow
Lugi Black

To try out small ammounts of a few colors you can contact the Mason Stain company and sometimes they will send out a few sample!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

odds and ends...

Tammy had a sweet little cup.  Here is a link to the artist my friend Nancy Gardner that made it where you can see more of her beautiful work.

A great blog for daily inspiration:

Good reading: Karen's book list!

Many people asked Karen for book recommendations....
Here is her list!

Dear Boulder Pottery Guild folks,
Here are some recommendations of post-1970s novels for you as promised. I like books that push formal boundaries so if you’re not sure that’s your taste, maybe take a look on Amazon or read book reviews before diving in. And please feel free to write me for more suggestions, at <>. It was really a pleasure to meet all of you. Thank you for welcoming me into your workshop and I hope our paths cross again before too long.


Angela Carter, Nights at the Circus
Robert Coover, Pinocchio in Venice (1991), The Public Burning
Mark Danielewski, House of Leaves (2000)
Don DeLillo, White Noise (1985)
Danielle Dutton, SPRAWL (2010)
Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex
Alice Munro, many short story collections
W. G. Sebald, The Emigrants, Austerlitz
George Perec, W, or the Memory of Childhood
Thomas Pynchon, Crying of Lot 49
José Saramago, Blindness

Joy Williams, The Quick and the Dead (2002)

Adjusting glazes by Pete Pinnell

Regarding Tammy's saturated epson salts that helped our sig & a good read!  May help in keeping the mason stain from sinking....

plastic jars

Source for plastic jars

Contact info

Jenny's blog contact info etc.

Please contact me if you have any questions about what we did in class once you are home and trying things on your own....anytime. I promise to write back!

My personal email again:

my personal blog address:


Online Store!

Our class blog address

Jenny Mendes Ceramics

You can find my boards here.....a good way to waste time!



Jenny's favorite paint brushes 

18/0 LOEW-CORNELL 7050 Script  for very fine work
 6/0  LOEW-CORNELL 7350 Script  a little bigger

a few places to find them on the internet:
Wow this is cheaper than I've ever found them!!!
If you time it right, you can get free shipping here......they have weekly specials

My favorite brushes are sable watercolor brushes, soft, Jerry's has sales on brushes too if you time it right.  There is nothing like a good brush, paying a little bit more is usually worth it!  Just remember to take care of them, don't leave them sitting in water for too long or you will be sad...... :(

surface activation washes


We did not do this in our class, but this can add another wonderful layer to your surface of a bit of sheen or flux.....  somethings I have tried in the past.  

Bisqued pieces to cone 06-03

The wash was fired to cone 05

1 soda ash to 3 parts water (stronger more fluxing action)

1 soda ash to  6 parts water (weaker)

1 lithium carb to 4 parts water

1 borax to 4 parts water

Mason Stains

mason stains 
I like to use...... We may have used some others in class but these are also some good colors.... Our list is missing at the moment, but all of the jars are still at the workshop site for you to use.  Everyone really liked the Tequilla Sunrise which was made with a base of Newman Sig and then drakenfeld yellow added!!
We started with one cup sig and one Tablespoon mason stain.  You can adjust up or down to your taste.

6500 Sage Gray 
6025 Mason Stain 
6304 Chrome Tin Violet
6032 FE Coral
6242 Bermuda Green
6280 Avocado 
279497 Bordeaux Red (degussa encapsilated stain)
6450 Praseodumium Yellow
6364 Turquoise
6666 Cobalt Free Black
6363 Sky Blue
6305 Teal Blue
6219 French Green
6266 Peacock Green
6121 Saturn Orange
6124 Hazelnut Brown
6098 Flesh
6200 Evergreen
6201 Celadon Green
6129 Golden Ambrosia
6385 Pansy Purple
6485 Titanium Yellow
6206 Grass Green
6303 Deep Orchid
6226 Dark Leaf Green
6001 Alpine Rose
6007 Peach
6065 Chrome Alumina Pink
6109 Deep Brown
6339 Royal Blue (2 T)
6004 Crimson 
6319 Lavender
6236 Chartreuse
6209 Chrome Green
41545 Drakenfeld (Ferro)
6376 Robin's Egg Blue
6572 Neutral Grey
6300 Mazarine Blue
6387 Mulberry
Un-named Violet /Purple
6371 Dark Teal Blue
6600 Black

Terra Sig Recipe

Terra Sig recipe

Use XX Sagar Clay for a white base, and Red Art and Neuman Red as bases. To make the Sig mix 20 lbs of water with 10 lbs of clay and a tbsp or so sodium silicate. Mix well with a drill then let it sit for at least 1 day until it separates. The heavy particles will sink to the bottom, water will separate out on top, and the thin stuff in the middle is the Sig.  siphon off the sig.

Alternatively: here is a description and alternative but similar recipe!

There is lots and lots of info on the internet about terra sig!  Do a search.

I found two places that you can buy it....