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  2. Mark C.

    Measuring pot bottoms

    I feel its better to lean how to do this with ones hands by learning how to feel the pot and it thickness. Its a skill set and potters need to learn it.
  3. I like JB wield-just remember its a gray color on the fast set. for a clear glue you could could use E-6000
  4. Callie Beller Diesel

    terra sig vs. slip

    Greg Payce uses various terra sigs coloured with mason stains to decorate his clay work with. No glaze. It gives a soft, satiny finish to the pieces, it’s easy to apply, and yes, it can cover dark clay. In this specific instance, it applies more like commercial underglaze than slip, but has a much softer feel than either slip or underglaze once it’s fired. (this guy was the ceramics department head at ACAD when I was there.)
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  6. JohnnyK - thanks for that. Any brand you recommend. Wondered I have the same issue for a larger piece, a figure that is actually vertical on one of its arms. It was ambitious I know, but a real bum of a job to mount. Think this might do the trick for that also? With that one if it fails the piece will definitely break
  7. 5 months later and I still haven't fired the pieces - lol; but now they are in the kiln and I plan to fire it tomorrow morning before I start work; I will let you know how it goes.
  8. Try clear 5 minute epoxy...
  9. GEP

    cadmium red

    One of my favorite potters, Larry Allen, does some amazing work with intense red glazes on stoneware in oxidation. According to his website, the stoneware is fired to full maturity, then the red glaze is applied in a separate step and refired to earthenware temps. https://www.la-pottery.com/main.sc
  10. I have a small ceramic figure with a very small footprint. I need to fix it to a wooden plinth for an exhibition submission. Glue recommendations (urgently) appreciated
  11. Denice


    Unless they are a miserable failure I have stopped throwing the work away just because I don't care for it. I have a collection of small work that I really don't care for much. When I have neighbors or friends that tour my studio I offer them a piece. When they ooh and aah over a piece that I really dislike it makes me realize how different taste in art can be. Denice
  12. Babs

    Help! Cuerda Seca "dry line"

    I was reading as you are Min but I asked OP if the resist was for screen or clay and the OP replied screen which led me to answer re resists applied to screen... not sure how the bead effect would work resist screened onto clay as the resist would be flattened. still, I think I am misreading this.
  13. PSC

    What's Your Work Music?

    Native american wood flute music played via my ipad. I prefer something without words and the wood flutes lets me hear the clay sing tho some days it merely mumbles.
  14. PSC


    Use hammer and learn to mosaic or drill hole and make a planter learn to container garden or grind your signature off of them , hitch a ride with a fishing boat, drop your load offshore and make an artificial reef and take up fishing.
  15. I have never needed to measure. Get a rough idea by placing a hand inside bottom and a hand outside on the bottom. Flip bowl, center it, and anchor down with little lugs of clay. Start trimming and as you approach your guesstimate for perfect thickness, stop the wheel and lightly push a finger against the trimmed out bottom...see or feel movement? Your done. If no movement, trim a little more and repeat light push til it moves. potter's note: this works on normal leatherhard pots. if pot is too hard the bottom will not move, and you should likely just throw another pot anyway. if pot is too soft it will move to soon but likely if it is too soft you will have warped the rim while trimming and have to come up with a creative answer on what to do with your ruined rim so the slightly to thick bottom is the least of your worries.
  16. PSC

    Clay processing

    If the source is really clean screening may not be a problem. Back in college with more time than money i dug my clay from a known pit that area potters had been digging for generations. The clay was very pure coming out of the pit. I'd just hammer it into lumps, add water to make a slurry, pour off the excess water, and throw it in the clay mixer with a little ball and fire clay and some dry 182 that i ordered from stardard and it made a great throwing clay no screening needed. Now occassionally there would be an iron pyrite in the clay that you would find as you brought up a wall or the kiln would find it and give you an interesting burnout down the side of your pot. Not often enough to make me want to spend time screening tho.
  18. neilestrick

    Skutt Kiln - KM 1027 turning on but reading 0 Amps

    @Nicole HelenB What firing schedule are you using to test it? If you're just doing a cone firing then the relays won't stay on for long at all, since the firings go slowly at first. To do a test you'll need the relays to stay on long enough that you can test them with the meter. So program a ramp/hold with 1 segment and a rate of 9999 (full on) to 500 degrees. Then when the relays click on they'll stay on.
  19. LeeU


    Here is the link to tht thread Click on the "Dispose, smash etc. title to get to the discussion.
  20. Mullins Pottery

    Clay processing

    Thanks Magnolia another thing I haven’t considered. I do end up with some left over inorganic material but I’m not sure what it is. It acts similar to clay but it refuses to break down and further with my mixer. I can smush it if I smear it across my hand but even when I place all of this material in a bucket with like 200% water to try to break it down with my mixer it refuses. I’ve fired it both with and without the extra material and I have not noticed and difference. However when I exclude the extra material the clay body is easier to throw. I’ve been wanting to send a sample to a lab to figure out exactly what the material is composed of but have yet to do so.
  21. LHPottery

    How Long Do Your Elements Last?

    Thank you so much. You saved me some money!
  22. HI - I just changed the elements (which I have done before with no issue) in my Skutt KM 1027 kiln (208 V - Phase 1). I tried to test the kiln once I completed the replacements and am having issues with the amperage. My kiln turns on along with the digital display. It starts to click as per usual when I start a fire but then shortly after the clicks stop and the temp stays the same. I test the amps and get straight zeros. I went back to check all the wires to make sure they are tight and in the right place, which they all seem to be - nothing is coming undone but I cannot for the life of me figure it out. Of course I did this on a weekend when Skutt is closed so I am hoping anyone out here would have some thoughts as to what is going on as I can't find much to help me online. Thanks Nicole
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  24. Min

    How Long Do Your Elements Last?

    Use an Ohmmeter to measure the resistance of the elements. Skutt chart showing element resistance for their kilns here and placement of which goes where here. At least one end of the element has to be disconnected from the rest of the kiln wiring. Connect the meter to both ends of the element.
  25. LHPottery

    How Long Do Your Elements Last?

    I don’t have a comment but need some help on element replacement. My husband started replacing the elements in my Skutt kiln and didn’t realize that there were ones for too/bottom and center. So now that they are out of the bag is there any way to tell the difference? I would hate to buy a new set.
  26. Teala62


    Hello Clay Lover, Do you have the ssx pedal or the normal one? How deep is the pan in the center where the shaft for the wheel head is ? I worry about spilling everywhere.
  27. Magnolia Mud Research

    Clay processing

    The answer to you question resides in the characteristics of what remains on the screen after completing step 4. If the "lumps" being retained on the screen seem to be stuff that belongs in the final moist clay, crushing them dry MIGHT, but not necessarily will, be the right thing to do. You can also crush these wet lumps and add the slurry back to the main batch. Crushing dry clay is dusty, and requires equipment to do so. I gather clay from my pond bottoms when they dry out. Crushing is only done to facilitate storage. However, small particles blunge more easily than big lumps. Its a tradeoff. I concur with Mark's remarks. LT
  28. Mullins Pottery

    Clay processing

    Thanks for the reply Mark. I'm basically just trying to cover all my bases. I hadn't considered the possibility of re-hydrating organics. Thankfully I haven't found any in the clay that I've worked with so far. This clay has been pretty awesome. Great to throw with or handbuild. It dries very nicely for durable workable greenware and fires beautifully at cone 04. I just haven't seen much being said about processing this way and am wanting to avoid any possible pitfalls.
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