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Kristen

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  1. I recently heard about a technique that involves grinding up semi precious stones and adding them to glaze. Does any body know about this technique? Or know of people who do it? In my opinion, a glaze without ground semi precious stones is precious enough for me, but I'd still like to know more about this or see some examples. I wonder if they are ground to a powder and added to the glaze, or put on after somehow and just fused to the surface of the glaze in a third firing?
  2. Table-Top Lighting And Cube

    There are also many ways to make your own. Google make your own light box, or light cube and lots of different designs come up. There are some made with wood, some with pvc pipe, and with vinyl shower curtains or tissue paper as diffusers. Or if you're even more poor, I mean thrifty, like I am, you can make one with stuff you probably already have lying around. Here is an example of a design for a cardboard box light cube. I've been looking at the results of some of the cardboard ones online and the results are surprisingly professional and non-thrifty looking. I haven't yet, but I plan to make myself the cardboard one and try it out. Here is a site I found that explains a lot about photographing objects like pottery and has lots of good tips. in house photo studio Doe anyone know where to get the graduated backgrounds?
  3. Ceramics In Fiction

    Heh. I'm working on a short story about a serial killer who is a potter. I chose potter because the killer disposes of the bodies by incinerating them in kilns, then grinding the ash and keeping it in ceramic funerary urns. Hopefully the potter in the bad murder mystery you read doesn't have the same habits I hope even more that my story isn't as bad as the one you read! That is awesome! Please share your story when you're done, or let us know where we can find it if you're publishing it or something. I jokingly tell loved ones that I want to be cremated when I die and I'll have a batch of glaze all ready, leaving only the bone ash for them to add (my own, of course) and they can glaze and fire my last pots with it. Why keep the ash in the pots when it can BE the pot? Maybe you can work that into your story, but I would require 40%.
  4. Well, to your first question, I would say that the reality of clay to our generations is in our hands. (Literally.) hehe. And to your second question, my biggest obstacle to overcome in clay has always been my personal critique. I have this impossible sense of ambition, not to be famous, loved, rich, or to impress, but I'm always searching for something when making that I can't always find. I'm not sure if I'm making any sense. I always love the making process, I love learning, I'm always having a blast, but somewhere along the way I sometimes end up hating what I've made. It's terrible. I feel like one of those awful parents you see on tv who wanted a girl so bad but they had a boy and now they're devastated and can't love their child. Luckily, my self deprecation isn't as strong as my stubborn streak, so even if I get discouraged about how things are going with what I'm making, I get over it after a day or two and get back at it. I know it's silly. But I think a lot of people probably do that, those of us in between the beginner and the master. And I'm working on it: self care, you know, yoga, time spent walking outside, making and eating good food, hanging out with family and friends. I might be making myself sound like a total basket case, but it's kind of like this: you know that saying, 'you only hurt the ones you love'? Well that's because they're the only ones who care. But it goes the other way around too, doesn't it? Only the things you love can hurt you. And it's just 'cause I love clay so much. Communication is not my strong suit, so I'm not sure if this makes sense to brains other than my own, but oh well.
  5. Fired Kiln Wash In My Recycled Clay

    awesome, thanks! I wedged it like crazy and got everything out that i could see, so now I'll work with it and see how it goes. Slab work is a good idea. Too bad i have another batch on plaster, waiting for me to wedge that too. Oh well, lesson learned. At least there's no twist ties! thanks for your help.
  6. When I smashed up my green, bone dry failures to recycle, I smashed them on a table outside our school where we also clean our kiln shelves. I had thought I had gotten rid of all the little bits of fired kiln wash off the table but I guess I missed some because it is turning up as I wedge my recycled clay. (we don't have a pug mill). I can get most of the bits out with wedging, they're easy to see in a dark clay body, but I'm sure there would be small particles that I can't see. Will it be a problem working with the clay? I can't remember what kiln wash is made up of. I hope it doesn't have plaster in it. Do I have to scrap it all? Or maybe it'll just be similar to added fired clay or something? Please let me know. Kristen
  7. Music For The Making

    Hey, that's a great idea!
  8. I find that sometimes when you get bored a fun way to inspire yourself is to teach someone new. Their thankfulness, thirst for knowledge, excitement and enthusiasm may rub off on you and rekindle the flames.
  9. Kiln Board Overheating

    I would call skutt. they're usually really helpful and they probably get asked that a lot.
  10. Music For The Making

    I used to use that site and loved it. But now I believe it's now longer available in Canada for free.
  11. Music For The Making

    Wow. This is all awesome. I have so many to look into now. Thanks!
  12. Hi there, I've got no idea what to listen to in the studio. My regular music style is so mellow and relaxing, but my studio is an energetic busy place. I need something to get me going. What do you listen to in your studios?
  13. Pricing Old Wheel

    i bought the same one here for $500. Wish i paid less though because i've put time and money into it, sanding off rust, painting it, and repairing the splash pan.
  14. thanks so much! we'll see how it goes.

  15. I had the same problem. I have a Cone Art kiln. I had the representative at the company help me reprogram the kiln. Also, look in your instruction booklet. Mine says: Press Menu;scroll to CNOS; hit ENTER. I use 9045 for my bisquet and 9035 for my cone 6 and it has been perfect. Press menu and go to CNOS;hit enter; then program to lessen or add. Put shelf on top of last shelf to keep heat in.

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