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About Denice

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  • Birthday 10/15/1952

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    Wichita, Kansas
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    Remodeling projects, gardening and restoring classic cars.
  1. Longer firing

    My 1227 Skutt was taking 12 hours when the wires were worn, I rewired and now it is taking 9 hours for C6. I fire manually. Denice
  2. I was taking a sculpture class at night and I had just finished a large bas relief of a Lion. My teacher was so taken with it she said I needed to make a silicone mold of it. So I did my research and put the silicone on it, I could not get it to budge. She said I could take it home and burn it off in my kiln, what a disaster. My kiln was in the basement and smoke started billowing through the house. I got my son out of the house and ran up to the third floor and turned on our whole house fan, opened a window in the kitchen and held my breath when I went to the basement to turn off the kiln. We waited outside until the smoke stop, it was quite impressive, we were hoping no one else could see it and call the fire department. Once we were back inside the house seemed alright until we got to the kitchen. There was stalagtites hanging from the kitchen ceiling and it had turned yellow. Fortunately it was a small kitchen and we had just recently painted the ceiling, so the next day I vacuumed the ceiling and repainted. My husband was out of town and he would have freaked out about something like this. When he got home a few days later I told him what happened, he just said looks like you took care of it. Phew! Denice
  3. PQotW: Week 36

    3, 1, 2, 4 Question 3 was a little tricky but have mixed Vermiculite in clay and fired it up to C6. It is a little powdery at that stage but it didn't pick out easily. Denice
  4. Ron I have a Skutt dual digital thermocouple meter, that I use too down fires, slow cools and holds with.  I have older kilns also,  if you decide to go this route I will be happy to talk you through it.  If you have a smaller kiln you could get by with a single digital thermocouple .   Denice

    1. RonSa


      Thanks Denise that's something I never thought of. I've been thinking of getting one and now I have a good reason to. It might be 2 weeks or so  before I'm ready and I'll give you a shout then.



  5. I scratch my name, my work are coiled pots and by the time they are stiff enough to flip, it is to late to do anything but scratch it in. The bottom aren't even enough for a stamp and if I scrape them the clay get rough because of all the grog. I try to make it easy to read, I have been at pottery sales where the signature was fancy but unreadable. Denice
  6. I bought a set of small silicone paddles, spatulas and spoons on closeout, they are perfect for smoothing inside a coiled pot. I actually bought these at a store I usually get things like that at estate or garage sales. I am not sure what these were made for, maybe a children's toy kitchenette. Denice
  7. Handy Techniques

    Those racks would have worked great for that but I was replacing my dishwasher because they had rusted away. The dishwasher worked great no place to put the dishes. Denice
  8. Handy Techniques

    I am kind of a brush addict and my brush holder I bought in college was stuffed and over flowing. We installed a new dishwasher this weekend and I was throwing the silverware baskets away when it hit me it might make a good brush holder. Worked great for most of the brushes, the smaller brushes I left in the old holder. Denice
  9. Large turntables made with Formica sink cut outs and a Lazy Susan hardware kit. I bought one 25 years ago for $25 dollars, I like it so much I made two more sizes low profile and much bigger diameter. Great for large heavy sculptures. Denice
  10. Handy Techniques

    I was loading my test kiln and was having trouble with my posts being the right height, I was trying to fire 6 tiles. I just finished a outdoor mural using 1 inch porcelain tiles, I had a box of them sitting in my studio. I only fire to C 6 so I thought I would give them a try, I put one on top of each post and that gave me the clearance I was wanting without having to go to a much taller post. Denice
  11. Highwater clay users

    I bought some Laguna Buff that was wet and sticky, it was almost in a liquid state, there was no slicing it. I probably should have taken it back. I pulled the plastic bag down and just let the block of clay dry. After 8 hours I would cover the clay again so the water in the clay would distribute evenly, I would uncover it again if it was still too wet. You are on a deadline so you probably don't have time for this method. Denice
  12. I would move away from the Campana clay formula, you said it was Cone 6 to 8. This clay won't vitrify unit it is fired to Cone 8, if you glaze fire at C6 mugs will leak and your work will break easier. You can't blame clay companies for not wanting to give away their formula's that is how they make there living. Denice
  13. Everyday I get to spend time in my studio is a good day and opening a glaze firing can be a good day. I had a good day where I loaded a glaze firing perfectly the first try, it was a beautiful sight to see. I even e-mail a picture of it to my son who lives half way around the world. He was impressed, he has help load kilns and knows that my coiled pots with no consistent size or shape can be a pain to load without wasting space. Denice
  14. What's your Mug?

    Mine is a mug I got from Mark C, great feeling 12oz gas fired mug. Thick enough wall to keep the coffee hot but not very heavy even when filled with coffee. Speaking of coffee, I think I will go and make me a cup. Denice

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