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About Denice

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  • Birthday 10/15/1952

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    Wichita, Kansas
  • Interests
    Remodeling projects, gardening and restoring classic cars.

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  1. I forgot about the zen garden, my son got into zen gardens when he first moved away from home. I made him a salt and pepper shaker set that looked like rocks he put them on a tray filled with large salt and a bent fork for a rake. He was studying to be a chef, wanted to give his quest the ultimate dining experience. Denice
  2. Chess set, whistles, snakes, lizards, dinosaur island and faux fossils when my son was young. We made musical instruments together when he was a teenager. Denice
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    I like it that way you can tell people your baby isn't a very good at spelling yet. Denice
  4. Only working in my studio for a couple of hours a day recently. My husband has been using up some vacation time so we have been on the go. When I am out there I am working on intricate stain designs, coiling a pot or trying to throw on my new wheel. It is hard to teach a old dog new tricks. Denice
  5. I forgot to mention my other companion is my dog, he only stays for a couple of hours and sleeps. Denice
  6. I am happy your business is doing so well but will miss you as a moderator. Denice
  7. I collect mugs from other potters I have met, I either purchase it or we trade. I like ancient and primitive pottery so I have a collection of pottery from different areas of Mexico and a few Egyptian pieces. Denice
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    Making an Urn, Help

    I gave my nephew a medium size coiled pot with a tight fitting lid. I wasn't made as a urn but could be used as one. My sister wanted to be scatter across several states so it was more for storage than a final resting spot. When her daughter died she wanted me to make a urn with in a weeks time. So I bought one of the slip poured urn type pots and glazed it, when I gave it to her I told her it was only temporary. After a couple of weeks she decided to sprinkle the ashes and didn't want another urn. Have you thought about making several smaller urns and letting different members of the family have one. I have read that is one of the latest trends in dealing with the ashes of loved ones. Denice
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    Beach sand instead of grog?

    Sawdust mixed in clay is a little difficult to throw but makes interesting holes and patterns when it is burned out. I had a teacher in high school that had us collect bad florescent light bulbs and grind them up. The people who threw with the clay with the glass in it got tiny cuts all over their hands. I made a hand built piece with it, the glaze it made was on the frosty side and pretty ugly. I believed it was fired at C04. Denice
  10. Extruded handles cut at a slant, no thumb spot on three fingered mug, a wide enough area for the thumb to rest. Denice
  11. I have never done this but a large Surform file comes to mind, my husband does body work on cars and has several large files. Can the slab be flipped over with some help? Denice
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    evaporative cooler/AC in garage

    You probably don't have a basement in your house since your located in Texas. We have a basement and it is cold all of the time, I also put a stairwell in the garage that goes down to the basement. My husband works on cars so it is kind of like a pit that has stairs. He kept complaining about the heat, so I decided to put a turbo fan (the kind they use to dry out flooded houses) in the stairwell and blow it upwards. It lowered the temperature from 100 to 80 in about and hour. If you have a basement maybe there is a way to make two openings where they can create a breeze way. I have the ac extended into my studio from the house, it was against code unless we uses special vents that would close automatically in the event of a fire. I use a couple of fans to move the cool air around. Good luck with your cooling challenge. Denice
  13. I take one day off every week and run errands and take care of stuff that life throws at you. When I really hit a wall I usually take a break by working with a technique or style I haven't used for a while. I have been coiling for the last several years but it is getting tedious, I bought a electric wheel a couple of weeks ago. I am taking a break trying to learn how to throw on a electric wheel. I sure miss my kickwheel. Denice
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    Please help me solve the problem !!!

    Your clay and glazes depend on what kind of firing you plan to do. Functional pottery is the most research invested type of clay work. You have to understand glazes that will be dinnerware safe and vitrified clay. If I was selling functional pottery I would get some insurance to protect myself against lawsuits. Denice
  15. Try, try, try again. Remaking a fountain topper, the last one dried too fast and cracked, so I am remaking it. Unloaded a bisque firing today, I fired my new kiln and it was a perfect firing. Denice

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