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  2. I use my full size blender each week almost to mix the rough stuff like Zinc Oxide or any heavy clumping material in a glaze . A few minutes in the blender then pour to thru my talisman 80 mesh into the main glaze I'm mixing up. I'll add the tool part later its late.
  3. Selling at a Craft Show - Techniques

    Ask open questions: instead of asking someone if they’re looking for something (which can be answered with a yes or a no), ask them what they’re looking for, or who they’re shopping for today, and then help them find a piece. (Help solve problems). I also will invite people to touch things in my booth, to give them a chance to enjoy the tactility of the pieces. (If people hold things, it can give them a sense of ownership.)
  4. I have various sizes of wire whisks for slip and glaze mixing. It’s actually a lot faster to loosen up a hard-panned glaze with a whisk than with a drill and paint mixing bit. I have a plastic pastry scraper that helps scrape down buckets, too.
  5. I have stainless steel table knives sharpened and reshaped into trimming tools. A spoon sharpened into a tool for cutting foot rings on tea bowls a serving spoon bent to form a chattering tool, and the 'of course' use of that thing-aha-my-jig that was originally sold to pastry chefs for making pie crusts and is now used make thin slabs of clay out of thick ones; aka the rolling pin. LT
  6. Frankenkiln help

    Just because it was 208V doesn't mean it was 3 phase. Kilns can be single or 3 phase regardless of the voltage. The control box doesn't care what the voltage was, only the phase matters to it. The elements are where the voltage difference comes into play. The previous owners never fired that kiln to cone 10, because at 240 V single phase it's only a cone 8 kiln. From what I can tell, everything looks good. Make sure you've got it on a 60 amp breaker. Start it up and check the amperage on each section. You should be pulling about 48 amps total.
  7. Mark, are you suggesting to throw the form with a thicker/deeper rim, and then cut the inner galley to a straight edge so the lid fits into place? I think you have a solution there, I will have to play a bit. . .I only need one. best, Pres
  8. Added Hidden Mask No. 6 "Looking Out" to my gallery.  

  9. Again folks, there was nothing new in the QotW pool of questions so this one is again on me. I just did tools under $100 dollars, now I am going to go in a different direction. . . . What kitchen tools have you repurposed, is there such a word, for use in your Ceramics studio? I have found several tools that were kitchen items that I now use either because I have seen something about using the item, or because I was looking for something and found something else. . . make sense? I will start with cheese cutters and cutting wires used to replace their broken wires. I love these for faceting pots, mugs, bowls, jars, vases, and other things where I want a faceted exterior. I usually facet before the shaping so that the facets become much more muted, and the edges a little softer. At the same time shaping will cause the facets to move in a spiral up the piece if you torque the top a bit while working on the rim and neck. Often these are really nice with glaze as the edges will break well with the standard cone 6 glazes out there, double dipping often even more so. Working with the cheese cutter, caused me to consider another tool for chalice stems. . . the potato peeler. I have found that faceting the stems of my chalice is so much easier and really cool to facet part of the stem as it makes it easier to grip. Lately, I have been using a silicone hot pad that has a hexagonal pattern n the surface that is quite deep, at the same time there is a counter point of a circle and rounded edges on the square pad. All of these allow for a lot of playing around with straights circular and hex patterns pressed into the pot before shaping again. Love it, and it works really well with a roller I picked up of pine branches, needles and cones. Most of you probably have the portable drink blender in the studio for mixing up glazes, I use it to mix nice slips with stain coloring, and small batches of glazes that I have modified with extra metallic oxides for something to be sprayed on. I also have a series of kitchen knives that I have files to change the shape, and sharpened to use as fettling knives or potter's knives. What recycled or repurposed tool do you prize in the studio? More than one? best, Pres
  10. LeeU Hidden Mask Series

    Ongoing expression of "selfies" and other Selves.
  11. The issue with Laguna Iron Phoenix glaze...

    or maybe it just don't matter. LT
  12. Hi everyone, Im thinking of purchasing an L&L front loading that is 6.7 cubic (the model number is eFL1626). I love all my L&Ls so I'm thinking of sticking with the brand. However, this particular model does not have elements on the door. Is that something i should be worried about? I do 05/5-6 about 3-5 firings per week. Im planning to get this kiln with the moving casters so i can easily move it around (imagine when you bring your kiln in for maintenance, you just put it on a leash and pull it like a pup!) I'm aware its twice more than the top loading, but i hope this will be better for my back (i plan to do this for another 70 years! so gotta take care of my body now ) Thanks in advance for all your comments everyone! One day i will be experienced enough to offer advices as well, not just taking it.
  13. You could recut the rim after squaring. I tend to do this on chopsticks bowls and like the raised sides which have cut outs for the sticks. Since you have a lid and its metal the sides need to be all the same level-You could also sand it smooth in the green state and smooth out the rim afterwards.
  14. Highwater clay users

    I know a few potters whom gave up on B-mix then moved to there bodies.
  15. Hello all. So I seem to have run into a problem when drying clay to leatherhard. It looks like on some pots there’s a mold layer developing on the bottom. I’ve include photos for reference. My current process is as follows: Throwing with minimal water on wooden bats when I can, ensuring that I dry pots as much as possible. Drying on the wooden bats, or removing the item from the wooden bats and placing clay pots on a thin sheet of plywood placed on top of a dresser. The throwing area and drying area are both in my office, inside. The A/C has been off this week and the climate is a bit muggy (I’m in Florida), but its not unbearable. The “drying time” to leatherhard was about 36 hours. Has this happened to anyone else? If so, how did you nip the issue in the butt. It’s not something I’m thrilled about at the moment.
  16. Don't ya' just love his stuff. We have no idea what maybe about 30% of the material in there IS. Firing issues aside........ what might be any health considerations about that 'missing matter'? The actual "policing" of MDSDs is not all that stringent. best, ...........................john PS: hum....... missing matter. Maybe it is "Dark Matter".
  17. Genesis Controller

    It looks like the latest software 3.18.9 fixes the problems with the controller. David
  18. or, you could think ahead:-\ and have a container beside your wheel at start of throwing. up and walk and stretch is a good practice to fit into your work at wheel however.
  19. Frankenkiln help

    Hi There, This is my first posting so thanks for any responses I get, I have read many posts in this forum and members have helped with other weird kiln questions so here goes; I recently purchased a vintage manual fire Skutt 1227 240v/45amp single phase, much of the brick had been replaced along with all new elements, the previous owners had fired well up to cone 10. I am installing the kiln in my garage with 240v. With the kiln they gave me a free Jenken Orton 3000 digital controller panel from a 3 ring kiln, with the idea that it may work with the Skutt, they had not tried it however. The Jenken panel has 208v 48amps marked on the front which tells me it is a 3 phase controller, but on the inside it is written 'rebuilt 2011' and it looks to me like it has been rewired for single phase since it now has 2 hot wires and one earth and the relays look ready to be wired in series to the elements. Please see the attached pictures. You can see also how I am starting to wire it up to the Skutt. My questions are does this look right and do you think I have made correct assumptions re the rebuild meaning the panel was probably wired for single phase 240v household use back in 2011 but it was originally 208v 3 phase. As a side note the thermocouple was corroded so I replaced it and all connections look good, the PCB on the Orton 3000 looks healthy as well. The kiln was originally purchased by the previous owners with this Jenken panel thrown in and it has now been passed down to me and I would love for it to work. I contacted Jenken but they did not respond. Thanks for your input. Mathew.
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  21. Cold in Georgia. First time I ever had to warm up my controller due to the E-26 code. Gave it a good 10 minutes with a space heater on it and it was good to go. Firing a new schedule now with a slowing per hour slow cool. Wanting to try something slightly different.

  22. The issue with Laguna Iron Phoenix glaze...

    I recall getting an email forwarded from Laguna, by my supplier. They were looking for crystalline glazers to test several new zinc varieties. Their existing supplier ( Horsehead Cerox 506) had discontinued production, and they were testing four new zinc products. One from China, and three from Zinc Nationale (Mexico) as I recall? They had been using a white French process zinc that was giving them some issues. White zinc is French process that will begin vaporizing at 2260F +/- (tested). Yellow zinc is sphalerite (American process), which can fire up cone 11 without issue.(tested) You may very well have gotten a batch during this period of transition? The ingredients in the MSD sheet only add up to 70% or so, which means 30% of something is not listed. Most likely Nep Sy, which has 14-20% soluble salts pending mineral source. Sodium will certainly form crystals as it sits, which if discarded during sieving would alter the flux level in the glaze. If enough sodium, along with lithium crystals were sieved out: it would effect the melt and clay/ glaze interface.
  23. Still gotta go back to thinking the 23% zinc or zinc compounds as listed in the MSDS is contributing to the glaze crawling. Also, it's my understanding that zinc in reduction firings is useful at the lower end but goes up the chimney for the most part, don't think this glaze was made for reduction firings. If there is spodumene in the glaze it can quite often have soap residue on it, it literally can make bubbles in the glaze slurry.
  24. @Rex-nice site. Love the Lava Bowl. Curious--"why" is the Studio page the same as the Shop page-or am I missing something. Entirely possible, since I was sure it said rabid dog until maybe the third time it crossed my eyes/brain. I also like the shipping included strategy-I think I want to go that route when I do launch my store. ..seems like it would keep life simple and save money to boot.
  25. The issue with Laguna Iron Phoenix glaze...

    Yes I admit many variables here, any probably no easy answers. Just rolling the dice hoping someone her might have similar issues. I mixed the new batch into the old batch (that worked well). I sieved all my glazes at least three times before the glazing began about 2 weeks ago. The last firings have been a mix of light reduction at some point during the firing. Nothing to see here. Yeah the flaked up sauce over the other would have been done not within less than 10 minutes after the first application. I have seen this glaze buckle up and flake off leaving bare areas. That started though last year on some very large pieces. I figured it was my sloppy application or other. One thing I noticed is right after this glaze is mixed or re-mixed, it bubbles up in the bucket, like it retains air and makes little bubbles. Weird science.
  26. Remnants from the Garden3.jpg

    Really like the detailing on this piece.
  27. Ian Currie Test Tiles Forums?

    what kind of roller did you finally get?
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