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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. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. IMG 7207

    Love your contemporary style and it looks like you have some nice glazes. Denice
  5. I think if you have a finish you like if worth a little bit of wasted glaze. You will have wasted a a lot of valuable time trying to figure out how to save glaze. You could try putting on a thinner coat the then wiping it. I don't think that Nutmeg is a very expensive glaze to make. Denice
  6. PQotW: Week 39

    EZ PEZ is just what I needed with my befuddled brain today. Denice
  7. Glass Transition video

    Very funny, put a smile on my face this morning. Denice
  8. Had my first MS relapse in 10 years Saturday the whole right side of my body went numb.  My hands still work  so I can still stumble out to my studio and still work.  I guess it doesn't take too much to make me happy.   Denice

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    2. Joseph F

      Joseph F

      I smell most of the time unless I need to go somewhere. It's okay to be a little stinky. Showers are hard for me as well due to my skin. Just be smelly! It will be okay! :wub:

    3. glazenerd


      Very sorry to hear you are going through this set back. A temporary, short term, short lived and momentary problem; that I believe will be resolved quickly. 

    4. RonSa


      I just noticed this and I have to echo Tom's reply, better days are ahead

  9. Relay Life Update

    Yea! Electric fire all the way. Denice
  10. What is the name of that brush? My son will be in Italy sometime next year, he could pick one up for me. Denice
  11. PQotW: Week 38

    3, 4, 1, 4. I think number 4 is oxblood because of all of the iron. Scotch Topaz fits the description of the glaze, a much better name. Denice
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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.




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