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  1. I fixed it! Thank you for the heads up! :)

  2. I can't open your gallery from your post not from your profile.

  3. Paper Clay

    While I enjoyed paper clay properties for my sculptural work, I also hated it. It was amazingly forgiving as far as drying out and re constituting it with water. My biggest issue was the cracking. It didn't seem like it enjoyed being pushed to such a large scale (1:1 human figures). I also ran into the mold issue. Usually I just uncovered the work and let some sun hit it for a while. It seemed to work fine. Mold never bothered me much...it should, but I'm poor when it comes to safety practices in studios where I get spoiled with fancy ventilation and such
  4. Clay pots with metal

    I've seen nails, screws, and bolts used. The items came out looking like charred metal that came out of a fire(imagine that huh? . ) Like the previous poster said, watch for shrink rate. Also, I would try to avoid galvanized metal. I'm not sure what it would do, but its one less factor.
  5. That stove is beautiful!
  6. Broken bisque pieces

    I haven't done it, but I've heard of people using it for the bottoms of rain barrels that are buried in the ground. All sorts of usages!
  7. Pine Ash

    Good question. Usually the colors in any organic material used to fire pots has nothing, or very little, to do with with the color that material gives the pots but it seems to me that if the coloration of poplar is due to the absorbtion of minerals those minerals if concentrated enough would make a difference. But, how do you test for that? Jim See, that's the thing. I have no real idea how you could test it in any sort of controlled environment. I've literally cut down poplar that was growing within 4 feet of one another. One had beautiful purple and reds and the other had no coloration at all. It's weird stuff...and sadly, I don't have access to lumber like that anymore since I changed jobs. :/
  8. Typically, I've been using three clay bodies as well. For my 1:1 scale humans, I've been using Lisa Clague's brand clay. It's awesome stuff! Super durable, and fires a nice white. For my more masculine forms, I've been using a speckled brown ^6 clay body(I like the glazing effects I can get out of it). And I typically keep about 50lbs of porcelain kicking around when someone wants something in particular like dainty white tea cups. I've played with some 266 and Red rock recently. I enjoyed them both!
  9. Pine Ash

    Curious, has anyone tried firing with poplar? Reason I ask, is poplar tends to absorb local minerals and causes amazing coloration to the wood. You can get reds, purple, greens and sometimes a teal-ish color. It eventually subsides once the wood cures, but it made me curious if it would have any effect on a wood firing?
  10. Kiln mystery

    Random update. While I'm afraid I may never find who built this kiln, I did find a friend of the lady who owned it who helped set it up a couple of times. He said only about 40 kilns were ever produced, and this was the largest one they made at the time. He assured me that all the parts are easily obtainable since it was made with fairly common components. He also praised its efficiency and its ability to produce consistently. This is a major weight off my shoulders...I was hoping this didn't turn into a 500 dollar paper weight!
  11. Glaze for Standard 266

    That clay is way too high in iron for reduction firing. I'm surprised it survived at all! Well, in our defense, we were playing. people in my school don't seem terribly interested in learning reduction. I pretty much can snag enough kiln room to play anytime someone does reduction. I don't think I'm going to do it again due to the glazed going nuts, but it was one of those 'Hm, weird!' Moments !
  12. Kiln mystery

    10-4. I appreciate it!
  13. Glaze for Standard 266

    I've done this clay body in a reduction before and got literally a pewter color for the body. It was weird...kinda neat for sculptural stuff though. Not sure how I feel about it being food safe even on the surfaces that were glazed though.
  14. Kiln mystery

    Well, I got ahold of Mr. Fredrickson and he didn't have any idea who made it, or what it was. I dunno, the search goes on I suppose!
  15. What not to do

    No to be a total downer, but keep it clean. There has been a string of incidents going on down here in the south where people are contracting flesh eating bacteria from all sorts of innocent injuries. Keep it clean, and go to a doctor if you can.

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