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  1. Thank you both, I hadn't seen the thread, but it was good information. I'll relay it to her as time goes by (if she is pregnant), Nancy
  2. As a new teacher in a community education setting I have a question that I have not seen in the Forum. One of my students may be pregnant. I have looked in books on health and safety by Monona Rossol, Michael McCann, and Angela Babin. None are specific to clay, pottery and glazing. Other than the basic precautions all of us should be using (wet mopping, dust mask, frequent breaks for back), are there things/chemicals that we should be concerned about? I'm mostly thinking glazing, are there chemicals she should avoid, or will using gloves and good housekeeping be enough? Thanks for your input. Nancy Johnson
  3. Can you list the address of the show? I'm not clear on where it is. Thanks Nancy
  4. I am learning to weave. I've been quilting for 50 years, knitting & crocheting. Love the fiber arts. Nancy J
  5. mnnaj

    Two Glaze Loads

    sorry to hear about your cat.
  6. Thanks for your comments. It's an urn with a cork type in the opening, I'll make sure to let who ever is filling it know to leave a hole when sealing it. Never thought of someone diving it up.
  7. A friend with a terminal illness wants an urn to eventually (soon) be sunk into a lake with some of his and his now deceased brothers ashes. I'm thinking that ashes, even in a ceramic urn, may float. Any ideas to insure that the urn will sink during the ceremony? Thanks Nancy
  8. What about putting a drop down table sort of thing, attached to the end of the slab roller. That way you can move it out of the way when using the kiln. Google has a number of images that could give you ideas. Nancy
  9. I've made vases about 18" and 14" tall, not cone shaped though. Sometimes as you pour the excess slip out it will 'glug' causing the soft slip to pull away from inside the mold. Be very careful and slow as you do the pouring. Experience will show you how long to let the slip stay in the mold before you decant it. I found that the drier my mold, the less time I had to let it set up. Perhaps one of your mold pieces has something on it that resists water, that can slow the movement of moisture into the plaster and cause thin/weak spots. Nancy
  10. I have been able to rub the pinholes out at greenware. Depending on what your mold looks like will depend on if your piece will crack. How many pieces is your mold? Is it mostly enclosed or have a large open area? I have had some luck on a 3 piece mold taking one side and the bottom off, leaving the other side horizontal with the piece still inside of it. Then putting the first side back on and flipping it and exposing the wetter side to air. You can reclaim the botched and dried pieces - takes time, but it can be done. It takes practice and time to make good slipware. Good luck Nancy
  11. mnnaj

    My Angelbun's Urn

    Sorry for your loss. For human urns I've been told to figure 1 cubic inch per pound. For a 200 lb person + or - that would be an inside measurement of 6 x 6 x 6. I've figured that to be a bit less than a gallon size. For Thanatos at 10 lbs that would be less than 3 x 3 x 1.5, maybe a cup, cup and a half. You do beautiful work. I'm sure Thanatos would love being always near you as you play in clay. Nancy
  12. I use stretcher bars from the painting section, they come in all sizes. I suspend the clay on a piece of cloth over the bars after I cut the clay to size.

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