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  1. Amoco Celadon Glazes

    I tried, I failed, and thanks to you I learned something.
  2. I recently used a studio light green transparent glaze for work on Little Loafers, which I understand is a ^6-10. The studio glaze crazed too much for my taste. So my go-to people suggested I try the Amoco celadon line of glazes. While the glazes did not craze at all at ^6, my glaze application of 3 coats, horizontal, vertical and diagonally looks extremely patchy and streaky, more so on the darker colors than the lighter colors. It was applied fairly smoothly, so I don't think I put it on too thick or too thinly. Any ideas or suggestions? The glaze states "Do not spray."
  3. I handbuilt a bowl and airbrushed it with amoco blue rutile(cone 5) potter's choice on red stone cone 5 clay. This was my first attempt at airbrushing, and the glaze went on smoothly without spotting for 3 coats. there was no hint of blue after firing. There was also fine spatter on the shelf after firing. From reading past posts, I realize that the piece had no blue because the glaze was too thin. Two questions: 1) Can I heat the bowl, reairbrush with more blue rutile and gain some of the blue variation I was hoping for? 2) How can you tell when a glaze is thick enough when you airbrush? Thank you for you knowledge and willingness to share.
  4. Older Kilns

    Thank you, Marcia. Guess I'll just sit and wait.
  5. I was told when I got my kiln to leave the top hole open when I fired to cone 04. I did a test to see if the kiln would fire to cone 5, and according to my records, an empty kiln turned on high took about 3 1/2 hours until the kiln sitter fell. Now I'm going to fire a cone 5 load, and I am wondering if I should close the top hole also. The kiln is well vented, and the work is dry. I did 1 hour on low, 1 hour on medium with the lid open about 5 inches. Now the lid is closed and two of the three side holes are closed. Would closing the top hole heat the pieces more quickly? Would that be a good thing or not? I'm using Amoco Potter's Choice cone 5 glazes on Little Loafers. I'm not sure how long this cone 5 load will take, but the 04 loads take about 2 1/2 hours after I have turned the kiln to high. I'm not sure how long to set the sitter for. Any help is appreciated. Thank you.
  6. Over the past 30 years, I have been collecting pottery, but with a specific plan. My husband and I have always enjoyed art shows and festivals, and our budget was small. So each show we would go to, we would find the potter whose work we enjoyed the most. Then we would choose the most affordable pieces and ask the potter to pick which one was the most interesting to make or for some reason was a personal favorite. I learned a lot by listening to their stories and ideas, but we also have some lovely pieces from people who have become recognized. Now that I am learning to make my own, I really appreciate the potters who shared their knowledge, skill and creativity.
  7. Pounding Vs. Rolling Slabs

    Thank you for the info, old lady. Very helpful and practical.
  8. Pounding Vs. Rolling Slabs

    I have a few questions. If you use sheetrock to draw moisture out of the clay and keep from warping, doesn't the sheetrock, (I used cement board) paper cover get soaked and tear? Also, if I am making flat bottom trays with short sides, how should those be dried to prevent warping? Is the secret in how or how long the slabs are compressed or how long they "sit" before they are assembled into trays? When using sheetrock to dry tiles, how do you dry impressed or raised surfaces? Doesn't the weight of sheetrock flatten patterns or doesn't the pattern prevent the sheetrock from evenly pressing on the drying clay? Thank you for your help.
  9. Thank you for sharing his name. I love to look at other's work, and this is really interesting.
  10. Several people have mentioned throwing with a raised wheel. Since this sounds less wearing on the back, I'm wondering if some who throw from a raised wheel could give guidance on how the height of a raised wheel relates to their throwing positions. I could easily manage a platform to raise the wheel, but I don't have a clue where to start with dimensions. I have an older Brent model B wheel, and wonder if there are other adjustments that would need to be made. Thanks for any input.
  11. raising my wheel

    Several people have mentioned throwing with a raised wheel. Since this sounds less wearing on the back, I'm wondering if some who throw from a raised wheel could give guidance on how the height of a raised wheel relates to their throwing positions. I could easily manage a platform to raise the wheel, but I don't have a clue where to start with dimensions. I have an older Brent model B wheel, and wonder if there are other adjustments that would need to be made. Thanks for any input.
  12. In your experience, is it better to replace all electrical parts on older kilns when you do a repair?
  13. Thank you for answering. I was told Sears sold these kilns long ago. The part number is labeled Robert Shaw Controls Co. INF-240-31B, 15A-240 volt. My husband said it was on the top power switch. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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