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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.

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  1. I totally agree the passed friends, relatives and pets look out for you. My MS is very slow progressing, my neuro calls me wonder woman. I had two aunts that had MS and I think they are doing everything they can to slow it down. I have also asked pets from the past to help me with my current dog. The first time it was for a behavioral problem, my dog settled down immediately after I asked for help. Ten years later my dog decides he doesn't want to eat any more, he lost so much weight his hip bones stuck out. The vet ran a bunch of test and couldn't find anything wrong with him. I asked for help and he started eating again and regained the needed weight. I use to live in a haunted house and the spirit was listening all of the time and let us know if he was unhappy with us. My pottery studio was in the basement and he used to play with the balance beam scale. Denice
  2. Pres I am counting on my skills improving with throwing the 70 glass molds I need. I did some throwing off the hump in college but none of the pieces were ever fired because it was a class throwing exercise. I was wondering did you need more compression to end the S cracks? I enjoyed throwing off the hump but had a hard time with compression. Denice
  3. It can be nice to have someone work in your studio for awhile. Once in a while I will clear a work table for my husband so he can work on a car part in air conditioned comfort. He isn't working with clay but it is still good to be working with him. Denice
  4. I am going to finish cleaning my studio today and start throwing molds for my antique glass bottle bottoms tomorrow. The mural they go in is still drying, I am hoping to have them fired and ready for glass before my husband has colon surgery. He has to take it easy for a month so I hope I can fire the glass while he is down. Denice
  5. I use to have a television on or a radio and my dog sleeping next to me. Now that my husband has retired he is in and out of my studio hanging around, borrowing a tool or just cooling down. I have to really concentrate on what I am working on because of all of the new distractions. I don't mind him getting out of the heat, the garage isn't air conditioned, I will get use to our new life eventually. Denice
  6. I have used a lid patch made by Paragon, I repaired a defective lid with it. It was a Skutt lid that I purchased as a defective lid for fifty dollars, the finish on the lid bubble up on the first firing. I talked to Paragon about it and they said it was a perfect for the patch because it hadn't been fired very much. Lids that have many firings will move and shift dropping pieces of patch on your glazed work. You can always put a shelf over your glazed work to keep dust and pieces of brick off your glazed pots. I scraped off all of the loose areas I could find and followed the directions on the patch. The patch starts looking thin after several firings so I apply another layer of the patch, it has been a couple of years and still looks great. Denice
  7. A slower bisque is important if you are firing hand built pieces or if you are using red or black clay. Red and black clay can give you problems with your glazes if the organics aren't burned out. I fire them to C04. Denice
  8. I bisque at 04 when I work with red for dark brown clay, wiping the pot with a wet sponge also helps. Denice
  9. Rewarming a fired glazed pot will not leave residue in your oven, do not put it in the oven with unfired glaze on it. Drying greenware in it will leave some residue and you also take a chance on getting grease on it. I have found that putting the piece in front of a fan works. The microwave will also warm up a glazed pot quickly, I have a C7 set of dishes I made 10 years ago. I try to not put them in the microwave but sometimes I am desperate to heat up my coffee. I would probable put some liquid in it if I was going to try the microwave. Denice
  10. I went through this clay hunt a few months ago myself. I am not fond of B-Mix, it is like throwing cream cheese. I like a clay that has a little more body, I tried several different clay bodies and finally decided on Laguna's WC 52 Plain. I use to throw a Laguna clay that had enough body to it you could even do light hand building with it but they stopped making it. I think it is a cheaper clay but the freight adds so much to the price by the time it is shipped to Kansas. Good luck with your hunt. Denice
  11. When someone tells me that they are envious of my talent I thank them and then tell them that everyone has a hidden talent, they just have to find it. I had one woman tell me she had no talent, I asked her what she did for a living. She told me she was floral arranger, I told her she had to have a lot of artistic talent to be a floral arranger. She walked away with a smile and she was gloomy before we talked. When we were building our house we watched framers, electricians and plumbers do their jobs with skill and a artistic flare. Our electrical box in our garage is often call a thing of beauty by my husbands friends when they are working on cars. Denice
  12. My husband built my table with the instructions from Bailey. He used 4x4 framing and a solid core door (no plaster inside) I have been using it for twenty years. It is very sturdy I slam a lot of clay on it. You will need to own a circular saw, you cut part of the door off at a 45 degree angle, it goes on one side of the slab roller unit. The rest of the door goes on the other side of the unit and sits a inch higher. We made our own table because the cost of it and shipping was so high and we could do it. If you are not handy in woodworking you should probably buy it. Denice
  13. The first time I covered my solid core door I covered it with this heavy self stick vinyl that I found on a close out table. The vinyl started to crack up so I replaced it with formica. I think if you have a smooth door you could probably paint it with a gloss oil base paint. You could also wallpaper it with a commercial smooth finish vinyl. Tempered masonite would probably work, the tempered is water proof and you can buy a eight foot piece at the lumber yard. I get formica at close out stores we have around here. I try to get a piece as close to the size I need, use contact cement to put it down and use a rolling pin to make sure it has good contact. My husband has a router with a formica bit that we use to cut the excess off. Denice
  14. I love your imagination! I made small roof tiles for our mailbox. I studied up on the many different styles and type of tiles. I made some molds for ridge caps, fascia boards and the tile. I have extras in case we get one of those hail storms again with grapefruit size hail. Denice
  15. Looks like everyone has a pretty complete list, the only thing I would add is a pair of disposable gloves. When I was in college I had a reaction to a wash with copper carbonate in it. I took my gloves off to get some wash into a tight area. I only got it on my fingers but my teeth went numb after a few minutes. My professor asked me if I had been wearing gloves, I told him I took them off for a few minutes. He said now you know not to take your gloves off. Denice
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