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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. Ideal studio setup

    I used the architectural program I used to build my house. I already had work tables, slab roller and kilns I had to place in the plans. Your drying area will depend on the humidity levels where you live. My old studio was in a basement that was so humid I had to carry the work outside so it would completely dry. In my current studio I have some plastic utility room cabinets, they are vented and have adjustable shelves. I did have to get old refrigerator racks to put on each shelf to put the pots on. Are you using electric or gas firing? I located where my kiln room went first and then the sink area. This is going to be quite the adventure for you and fun. Denice
  2. Paper clay recipes

    I have made the toilet paper clay in the past, it was easy to make. I don't use it very much so the next time I needed it I just bought it at my local ceramic supply. What I didn't use I slice into sheets and dry up, I just rejuvenate it when I need some. Denice
  3. I owned a wallpaper paint for 20 years never made much money. When the economy slowed down I closed the store and started to just decorate. Finally the bottom dropped out and I closed my decorating business. My mother had just died of ALS and I found out that I had a 50 percent chance of having ALS or MS. My husband and I decided we had enough money to live on and I should concentrate on my clay. There was a chance I wouldn't live to retirement age. I did, I just turned 65 but I do have MS, my younger sister just died of ALS she was 62. I am happily potting away in my studio what more can I ask for. Denice
  4. Shopping for My First Kiln

    It sounds like your shed is going to be your best bet for your kiln. It is starting to warm up you outside you can get out there with a caulking gun. You won't have to worry about fumes and ventilation in the shed, it will be safer. There was an newbie on the Electric Fire Cone 6 forum that had his neighbor (who thought he was a electrician) wire in his kiln. The first time he fired it the electrical wires in his wall caught on fire and nearly burned down his house. He gave up pottery. My mother in-laws house is about the same age as your mobile home and it has aluminum wiring. You may be able to find out what size and type of wiring is used in a mobile home. The only new kiln I have ever purchased is a test kiln, I couldn't find any of them used. When I graduated with my degree in Ceramics my professor suggested I get a test kiln, he said it would make testing quicker and easier. I already owned a small and large kilns that I bought used. Denice
  5. You are not meant to be a potter if you think the time and steps it takes to make a piece of pottery is ridiculous. Your also not meant to be a potter if you get all your information off a U tube video. You think buying a book or taking a class a complete waste of time and money. Denice
  6. Shopping for My First Kiln

    I looks like those broken bricks will be easy to replace since they are on the top edge of the bottom section. I wouldn't take that section apart you could probably loosen the outer metal a little. The bricks are really fragile, I would just try to fit new bricks in and adjust them with a saw. Your wiring will also be easier because your kiln is in two sections. Do you have a 50 amp breaker for your 240 outlet, that is what I have always fired my Paragon with. Does your Paragon have a kiln sitter on it? If you don't have one you might as well spend a little extra money and get a computerized controller. I am not one of those people who have rebuilt a lot of kilns so someone on the forum may have some better advice. I hope this helps. Denice
  7. Shopping for My First Kiln

    It is always a lot cheaper to refurbish a kiln than it is to buy even a tiny new one. You need to call Paragon and talk to them, there is videos on line on how to replace your elements. When I rewired my Skutt recently I found a great deal on a cord at the Menards Building Center and replaced it while I was working on it. Denice
  8. I have always wanted to try everything, I finally realized I needed to focus on one area for my work to improve. Pres if you ever get to my area of the country, Wichita State University has a 3 d printer that is the size of a room. You can rent it by the hour, you will need to reserve your time way in advance. My son found a small 3D printer at a DAV that was broken, he repaired it and wore it out using it so much. He rebuilt it and took it with him when he moved to Palau, it was broken while being shipped. He had me order new parts and he repaired it again. He took it with him to make things they needed for everyday life. He did make a duplicate of a wasp nest he found. very cool. Denice
  9. You need to pick your kiln size by the amount of work you produce or might produce in the future. It is harder to fill a large kiln before you can fire it. If you are a massive thrower you shouldn't have any problem filling it. I am a hand builder so it takes me a while. I have always had a big Skutt a medium size Paragon and small test kiln.. My Paragon is 50 years old and is to old to repair any more, I miss having it around it was a lot easier to fill. I don't know about C10 versus C8 all of my kilns are C10 and I get what I would consider long life out of the elements. Denice
  10. I haven't found a community that I fit in, there is a group of younger artists that set up a gallery in old town and are involved in Final Friday. I spoke to one of the members about getting involved and he basically told me I was a old woman and wouldn't fit in with the group. The potters my age are busy with their work, travel and grandchildren so I have never made a good connection there. A new multi million dollar arts center opened with week so I will probably check it out this spring and see what is happening. Denice
  11. Congratulations to both of you I will have to buy a magazine next time I am shopping at the ceramic supply store. Denice
  12. Handy Techniques

    Great idea about using the plastic tub as a spray booth, I don't spray that much, it would work well for someone who does. I find a large cardboard box and make a temporary one, I cut a whole in one corner for a small fan for a down draft. Set the whole mess up in the garage so I will have plenty of ventilation, when I am finish I just throw the box away. Denice
  13. When I was four my mother received a mosaic tray kit as a present. She decided she didn't want to mess with it, I told I did, so I set on her lap and glued all of the tiles into the tray. After that I didn't want dolls I wanted arts and crafts for Christmas. When I was 11 our art teacher gave each of us a ball of clay to make anything we wanted. I sat there with my ball of clay and watched the other kids pound out ash trays. To start with my parents didn't smoke and the ash trays didn't look much different than the ball of clay. I walk up to my teacher and asked her if I could really make what I wanted, she said yes. I had been reading a book about Egyptian cats, so I decide to make a pendant of a Egyptian cat. It turned out great and hung in the schools art showcase the rest of the year. I walked by it everyday think how amazing clay is, you can make anything you want out of it. My parents didn't even decorate the house, the only picture on the wall was one of Jesus and my dad had a plaster American Eagle on top of the television. I guess I just fell in love with clay. Denice
  14. Pyrometer Usage?

    Ron I have the same Skutt but I have a dual set up. I have some extra holders for the outside of the kiln that came with it. If you need one just PM me your address and I will mail you one. Skutt technician told me he has the end cut out of one of the plugs, the Skutt ones are hollow so you have to stuff kiln fiber around the inside. Then he puts them in towards the end of the firing to extend the life of the thermocouple. This worked well for me because I had three kilns and could use it on all of them. You still have to be careful when loading the kiln with the placement of your shelves and pots, I think mounting it is best for a smaller kiln for the right location. I have been firing this way for at least 10 years, enjoy be careful not to down fire too much heat soak can be your enemy. Denice
  15. Animals at work!

    When I read the topic heading , I was thinking the animals were potters. My dog sleeps next to the heater in my studio curled up in a ball, after 2 or 3 hours he gets up stretches and then stands near me until I let him back into the house. About that time I am also ready for a good stretch. I have never gotten a decent photo of him, he moves around too much and when he sleeps he looks like a black ball of fur. Nice picture of the raccoon, I only see them sulking around at night. Denice

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