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  1. Your experiences do create who you are. I was a math student but had to take the required Art Appreciation class in college. Well when everyone else was studying the art masters, my professors idea was students had to try different art mediums and produce a project in each one. I would not have ever even known what a wheel was if not for that class. I threw a very thick 6" bottle with a thin neck and never forgot the experience. (Still have it somewhere). After 40 yrs I had an opportunity to try clay again and it is everything I remembered. It is dang....FUN. I now have a wheel and kiln in my garage, access to a great art center and enjoy the potters social life. Never underestimate what we give and take from life experiences.
  2. Math Problem Is Beyond Me

    I think I got this one. 8000gms x .15% = 12gms chrome oxide (recipe) You put in 8000 x .75% = 60 gms You have 4x too much chrome oxide So you need to make up 32000gms (4X8000gms) of the original glaze minus the chrome oxide. Which with your original 8000gms = 40000 or 4 buckets of 10000gms . You need to buy 3 since you already have one Check answer. You will have 40000gms x .15% chrome = 60 gms chrome oxide. And you will have a lot of glaze. Why can I do this so much easier than throwing a pot???
  3. Nerd...you hit the nail on the head. " A professional will make a hard job appear easy" I mean really how hard can it be ... you threw it in "like" 5 minutes. Other arts and things do seem to take longer. Painting or wood making even sewing, quilting, climbing mountains but pottery ...it was a lump of clay now it is a mug. It has to be easy.
  4. Glazing Greenware

    Thanks all. I always do a slow glaze with a kiln sitter. I'm in Knoxville... very humid in the garage. So do I glaze at leather hard or dry green ware???
  5. Glazing Greenware

    Cone 6 glazes on bmix clay or I could do 266clay with just a liner glaze. To hold all these ready to fire glaze pieces until I throw and do a bisque is almost impossible in my small studio.
  6. I have a small studio. I had almost enough bisque to do 2 glaze loads in a row. To fill the 2nd glaze load I need a few more pieces. Any negatives to throw them and glaze the green ware and mix in with my standard load? I know some potters do one firing and no bisque. The only negative that I am aware of is that the pieces will be very fragile. I think I can be very careful for 3-4 pieces. Any other considerations. Thanks for any info.
  7. Charging For Glaze Use

    Our center charges $40 for 25# of clay which includes bisque , glazes, glaze firing and use of the studio. We do have some equation and charts based on size of piece you want to fire but fortunately no one does this very often. Take home clay costs $15 and those potters all have kilns at home. Only clay bought at the studio is allowed to be fired. Google search reveals various ways studios handled this matter. One charges $4.50/ lb.
  8. L&l New Kiln

    Our studio bought a brand new L&L kiln in Oct 2014. We have 78 firings on it and just got a E1error indicating the elements are shot. Any comments?
  9. Kiln Didn't Reach Temperature

    I had this happen on a glaze firing,,,, the kiln sitter cone broke. I called Orton and they said to check each cone by holding with fingers and pull... not twist. The cone should not break. I had about 15 in a 50 piece box break. Not sure why... defect in cones or rough handling in shipping??? But with the test pull I feel more confident it won't happen again. I had some interesting glaze melts which didn't quite correct in the refiring and never to be replicated.
  10. "Don't be afraid to be afraid". Not sure who said it but words to push you to new heights. About liking pots later....some pots came out of the kiln not what I expected so I immediately gave them to a friend (she liked them). A year later or so I was at her house. I saw these lovely pots and asked where she got them. She said from you. I loved them...the glaze was quite nice and colorful. You just never know.
  11. My fourth grade nun squashed any artistic ability I may have had. She returned a landscape drawing with my clouds circled asking "What are these?" . If she could not tell they were clouds then I obviously could not draw. My entire life I said I had no artistic ability but flourished in math(she made us do long division problems on turned paper with the red line). I have been potting about 3 yrs now and am enjoying every minute. Pottery has allowed me to explore my creative side. Looking back I think I was drawing on white paper and made the clouds blue so you could see them. Amazing how our interactions with others paints who we are.
  12. How To Determine $ For Used Equipment

    I bought my cress kilnsitter for $500 2years ago. Never used but sat in a shed for 20 yrs. Had to replace a switch recently. I bought my wheel new.... impatient.... but shortly after a studio closed and sold 5 Pacificas for 350 each ...half of my new one.
  13. 3 Striped Primitives

    Does your lip hit the bare clay?
  14. Manganese Dioxide

    Well isn't 112 clay used in many a studio? And aren't all those specks (112 BROWN CLAY (Cone 4-6)Plastic clay for wheel and modeling. The addition of granular manganese gives a speckled surface. ) Manganese? Is this dangerous. I just started using 112 and there are a lot of specks and I fire in my basement with a window fan. Am I being stupid?? I
  15. Water Vapor In Kiln

    My kiln did not shut off for my last bisque firing last Sunday. I knew it wasn't getting hot enough. Couldn't see the glow between the lid and the base. After wishful thinking shut it down after 17 hours. Checking with a meter found it was the top switch. Looked like it had a little nest in it. Got a new one from Cress in 2 days, installed it and today bisque fired again..off in 7 hours. I hurried it a bit since everything was almost 04 but had no idea what cone. Last glaze firing the kiln sitter cone broke and shut it down early. Everything was unfired. Orton said to tug a bit on the cone before using. Then if they are weak or cracked they will break and you won't risk an underfire. I refired and everything turned out fine. I had about 10 in the box pull apart. I think I'm due a few good firings in a row now. Hope all goes well. It could be the damp ware. I am very conservative and glaze fire very slowly 13-15hours.