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  1. Min that is similar to dishes I made for a friend of mine's daughter who had partial use of one arm. My plate curved around more and eased into a rest for her hand, the family had asked for the built in rest. I sold sets for several years to other families in the same situation, I basically just covered cost. My plate was based on a antique child's dish from England. Denice
  2. It sounds like the time I was starting to pack a dozen gourd shape vases with long thin necks to take to a gallery. I had just started wrapping one when a big gust of wind and pressure pushed through my studio. It sent my vases crashing into each other and on to the concrete floor. I wasn't aware that my husband was replacing the seals on the back door, he gave the door one big slam to see how the seals were working. I only had one vase that remained intact. I decide that this particular shape of vase wasn't good for gallery sales. Denice
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    Paul Soldner Workshop

    I attended a Paul Soldner workshop also may years ago, I remember him throwing a large platter and then throwing it on the floor. He took a couple of swipes on it with colored slip and called it finished. It was very hot and he had very little on leaving little to the imagination, some people were offended. I had met him before at a NECCA and knew his reputation so he lived up to my expectations. Denice
  4. Glazing a large coiled bowl with a intricate ancient Indian designs, I will probably finish it today. Denice
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    removing e6000?

    Liam I was a dental lab technician for 10 years, I never worked with dentures mostly bridge and crown work. I also made full mouth implant frames in the early seventies for a dentist that was developing a new type of denture. Denice
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    Advice on buying a used kiln

    I was looking a a Skutt Km 1018 last summer I didn't realize that it was that much shorter than the KS1027. I decided to keep my 1027 and rewire it and put a elevated floor in it, getting to old to reach the bottom. I love the way it fires now and I don't have to worry about a cool bottom section anymore. I fire in the Cone 5/6 range and always buy a Cone 10 kiln. Denice
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    Advice on buying a used kiln

    It seems a little pricey to me, I looked at a new Skutt the same size for around $1400 last summer. It cost a couple of hundred dollars more if it was computerized. Denice
  8. What cone are you firing at, this looks like Majolica glaze to me that has been fired to C04. I made Majolica tiles for three years with a a lot of fine line work. Denice
  9. Adelaide Robineau, Gertrud Natzer and Edith Heath. Denice
  10. Nothing on my work table still reworking my chemical storage. Bought a swivel bar stool on the Black Friday sale at Menards for $29.00 today. It looks a lot like the expensive throwing potter's stool I have seen on-line. It is a little bit too tall so I will shorten the legs and cut them so it will tilt forward. I am also going to add some padding to the seat so I can work longer at the wheel. It has good bones, I think it will be great after I do a few modifications, I have been using a old wooden stool that I cut the legs off. Denice
  11. My shop is attached to my house so I get some heat from the house furnace it is just enough to keep it from freezing. I have been using a oil fill radiator for years. I turn it on early in the morning and it is usually warm enough to work in by the time a get out there. Denice
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    I still don't know why you would think the kiln would explode. It is probably the timer set up you are hearing, are you doing a bisque firing. I recently rewired my big Skutt, it was taking 12 hours to get to C01. My husband got a meter and checked them and they were worn out to the point they wouldn't even fire to C04, they looked just fine. You can find on-line how to adjust your kiln sitter. Denice
  13. Unloaded a bisque Friday, mixed up some test glazes yesterday and firing them today but nothing on my work table. I am going to start putting my chemicals in new containers today, my old containers were from a deli and they had potato salad in them. The containers are still good but the lids are hard and brittle, I can't complain they lasted 40 years. Denice
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    My kiln with a timer makes a kicking on and off clicking noise, kilns loads do not explode unless your work isn't totally dry. You probably won't be able to ramp, down fire or hold with this kiln. You can find glazes that don't need all of the special ramping. Some older glaze recipes or purchased glazes. Have you ever fired a kiln before or work with someone who is firing a kiln? Did you check out the elements and adjust your kiln setter before you started firing. Do you have large cones in the range you are firing in a ridge of clay sitting near your peep hole? Denice
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    Triple beam or digital scale?

    Fred thank you for the information on the location of the magnets, I wondered where they were located. I have my Ohaus boxed up in storage, I bought it new 40 years ago, I am not sure how the magnets could go bad. I thought it was my fault I am one of those people with to much magnetism in their body, I have never been able to wear a watch. If I work with my digital scales too long the numbers will go up or down just by getting my hand close. I use to do day long test glaze mixing sessions but I have to stick to one or two glazes. Denice
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    Triple beam or digital scale?

    I changed to digital when my triple beam started to give me problems, I called Ohaus about it and they thought my magnets were bad. From the recommendations on the forum I bought a AWS Max 3000g/106oz d:0.1g/0.005oz. It has a removable gray tray which is great for measuring glaze materials. For mixing very small glaze tests I got a US Velocity Max150g d=0.01g. When I mix a larger batch of glaze around 2 gallons I use a good quality 1 gram kitchen scale that has a large scoop type bowl on it. Denice
  17. Just a small coil pot waiting to be finished on my table, I am making some small pots to fill the nooks and crannies in my kiln. Denice
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    overnight warm up?

    No need to sleep with your kiln, since I am a hand builder I have done a lot of candling. Start the kiln late night and begin turning it up early in the morning, snuggled in bed while it cooks. Denice
  19. I did manage to graduate with some decent throwing skills, I was more interested in hand building. I throw something once in a while , I am still into hand building I will never be a master thrower or even a good one. Denice
  20. I have a half finished coiled pot on my work table and a drying cabinet that is nearly full. I am surprised I am getting any work done at all. My 95 year old mother in-law has been in the hospital and my son and his wife are back from their European tour. Denice
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    Kiln bricks as props

    As I am getting older my big Skutt was getting harder for me to unload and load so I decided to put in a false floor. I filled the bottom with bricks from a kiln that I had taken apart, I left my Skutt ventilation holes uncovered and then put a kiln shelf on top of them. I haven't had any problems with dust in my glazes and it has been a couple of years since I did this. I wouldn't put my glazed work right next to the cut off bricks. I called Skutt when I did this and they didn't think it would fire properly, I have the best consistent firings now and never worry about that cold bottom section anymore. Denice
  22. I don't know if this is from a bad habit or frustration. I have been making coiled pots for several years now and would usually have to flatten the bottom when I finish the piece. This would leave me with a rough service to put my name on because of the sandy groggy clay. I tried stamps and and writing my name in stain and you couldn't read it. If i can't read a signature on a piece of pottery at a sale I won't purchase it so why would someone purchase my unreadable signature. I decided to scratch my name in block letters and come back and fill the lines with black stain. I have just started selling some of my work, the customer turns is over to make sure it is signed and usually says good I can read it! Denice
  23. I have ended up in teaching many times through my life kindergarten to adults. College age to adults were my favorite students, adults were a lot more appreciative of the training and instruction that they received than any other group. My only problem with teaching is that I had this nagging thought in the back of my mind is that I wanted to working on my projects. I guess I am too shellfish of a person to teach. Denice
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    Yea it's finally finished, just in time before winter is at it's worse. The metal frame work is amazing! Denice
  25. I have tried B-Mix, B-Mix with grog and half and half for hand building. I didn't like the cream cheese feel they had and felt like they didn't have enough strength. Laguna years ago had a white C5-6 clay that was perfect for throwing and handing building but they discontinued it. The Dover White looks like the closest to it that they offer today. Have you talked to them about your clay requirements? Denice

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