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    Slip casting advice needed

    Thanks, i have been using fired flowers with no center as a press mold while drying then add hollow underside after. I guess i just wanted to speed it up a bit by slip casting but maybe Im making more work for myself.Constantly evolving these flowers and finding better ways of making them.
  2. Hi, Im coming over to America in September for 3 months. Would like to brush up on certain skills while there especially wheel work and also learn a bit more about oxides ,stains glazes etc. Does anyone know of any workshops , classes that are taking place in the Portland area. Even better if they have classes for children too as Im bringing my two boys.Much appreciated. OOps just realised this should be in different forum but dont know how to delete!!
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    classes Portland Oregon

    Thanks for that, have looked at the Multnomah site looks great, cant wait to get there! I think I'll just drop by when we get there and see whats on offer. Its hard to know distances until Im there, a little bigger than Ireland I think! Im used to getting around on my bicycle!! Might bump into a few of you. Thanks Mike will leave you my email, all advice on things to do welcome, Julia
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    classes Portland Oregon

    Ok need a bit of help again, now it turns out we will be staying in Lake Oswego( looks beautiful!) anyone have any ideas where I might go for wheel classes? tried googling but didnt realy come up with anything. Appreciated, Julia
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    classes Portland Oregon

    Thanks Red Rock, I'll check out your suggestion about the Arts centre, like the Oregon wine idea too
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    classes Portland Oregon

    Hi again, sorry wasnt on the forum for a while, thanks for all suggestions. We think its going to be Tualatin we'll be staying in , is this far out of Portland? Not looking forward to more rain, since we have had the worst wet summer for thirty years
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    repairing grenware?

    Wow thanks for all the replies! This forum is a lifesaver, Im going to try the suggestions on a few scraps of greenware before attempting the actual piece. i think I will have to tell her that it broke whatever the outcome. Hopefully it will be a good one! Thanks again, will post how I got on.
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    re firing

    Hi everyone, Ive just opened my kiln and one look at my pieces tells me the kiln didn't reach ^06, disaster! Ive had problems before with this kiln and have just replaced an element that was broken, very pleased with myself after that thinking I had the problem solved, but this has wiped the smile off my face! So can anyone tell me can I refire the pieces to ^06 once I have the problem sorted? One other question, The mortar I used to fix a crack in the lid bricks seems to be crumbling and Im worried its going to wreck the pieces. I cant put another shelf over the work as there is no room and props arent tall enough. Thanks
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    re firing

    Thanks for the element advice. What temperature would you suggest I fire to before checking? I presume I just open the lid to check? Ive left the bungs in and replaced the ceramic fibre around the lid and the cracks. This is an update since I fired to 500C then opened lid and it appears four elements on one side werent firing. Does this mean they need to be replaced( supposedly they were all replaced about 5 months ago) or could it be another reason? Ive now a back log of work waiting to go in and craft fairs to attend, help really appreciated.
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    re firing

    Excellent suggestion! Ive now filled all the cracks
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    re firing

    Hi thanks for replying, The crack is more like the brick crumbled away at the edge of the brick and yes it was repaired with kiln cement. But this is now crumbling as well as the brick. As regards the condition of the lid the insulation has fallen off so i have just placed it on the wall the lid rests on as i dont know what to use to glue back on. Im going to test all the elements, does anyone know how to do this?? Also Ive ordered a new brick but not confident enough to put in myself, Ill probably wreck it altogether Does anyone know how long to leave the kiln cement before firing? sorry for all the questions, Im determined to solve this once and for all. regards Julia
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    Once firing

    Before I go ahead and once fire a piece, has anyone once fired before. Im under pressure to get an order out after having an exploding piece .I know its probably viewed as a ceramics sin but prepared to give it a go. The glaze is to ^06. Thanks in advance
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    Once firing

    Thanks Trevor, wont have time to read the book before I go ahead and fire but will certainly look at it in the future.
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    workshops in Portland

    Hi, Does anyone know of any workshops ,classes in Portland Oregon?. Ill be there for 3months starting in September. I really want to learn about wheel work( actually a beginner a this) also learn more about glazes, oxides and maybe raku. If there are classes for kids also even better. Thanks
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    Blue for colored clay results

    Thanks Chris, I guess the only way to find out is to get on with it and fire them! Thanks for doing the maths my head hurts trying to work it out. I'll post the results, may take a while though!
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    Blue for colored clay results

    Hi, ok have started experimenting but am amazed how much stain is required i think I must be going wrong somewhere! I started using 1lb of clay but reduced it down to 8oz because eg. the sky blue stain mixed with a white stoneware required the whole 50g of stain to get any kind of colour, Does it fire to a more intense colour.? I only bought small amounts of stain because I didn't know what colurs Id like. Im currently letting the colured clay dry a little before starting the ratio mixing
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    Blue for colored clay results

    Thanks Chris, Yes I see what you mean re colours of clay, I have three greyish and one white all stoneware so I imagine the white will need less stain. Dont really know until I start mixing if any will give me the results I'm looking for. I assume when I'm mixing the % of stain into a pound of clay I keep going until I get a good colour since I can tone it down after by adding un-coloured clay. Note keeping is a must with this one!
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    Blue for colored clay results

    Thanks Matt, cant wait to experiment, will post results if any good. thanks for link
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    Blue for colored clay results

    I don't think you're wasting your time, you may get the earthier looking color you want using clay that has some of its own natural color. With Mason stains I wear gloves if mixing in larger amounts, just because it's messy. Working with it I don't, but that's just me. Here is a discussion on the subject from the clay art archives....//www.potters.org/subject44495.htm/ Wear a mask for the dry powder part. Hopefully you'll get more info from others.
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    Blue for colored clay results

    Hi Ive never stained clay body before but have recently bought some Mason stains which Im going to lots of tests by wedging into different clays . However If you could enlighten me on a few things before I go ahead. For the effect Im hoping for I have different clay bodies: a light stoneware , a speckled stoneware and a heavily grogged stoneware. Im not neccesssarily looking for bright colours but more earthy, natural colours. I simply want to know will I be wasting my time trying to stain these , I then want to once fire after burnishing so no glaze will be used. Also do you use gloves to protect hands? Thanks in advance.
  21. Hi, I want to experiment with colouring different clays before I start a new project but not sure what to use. I would like to use a heavily grogged stoneware clay and also a smooth stoneware I might also try earthenware. Im looking for quite natural blues/ greens and earthy colours. Any advice welcome, pics even better. Thanks
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    colouring with slips and oxides

    Thanks Marcia, I did a little research and turns out I can get hold of Mason stains easily here, But I will be doing plenty of experimenting Isnt that half the fun!
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    Kiln not firing to temperature

    Hi update Im back up and running again. For future ref. one half of the elements were not working because of a problem with the piece, Sorry forgotten technical name, holding them in place at the back of the kiln. Once this was replaced it worked fine.Thanks again for all the suggestions.
  24. Hi, I new to this forum but am desperatley looking for an answer to why my electric kiln is only reaching 687 degrees before cutting out and displaying F1 on the controller. I had set to a bisque firing of 1220. It has been recently refurbished so really shouldnt be a problem with elements etc. Any ideas ? Thanks
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