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  1. It looks like there is no glaze on the indent inside the hat. Do you have a post that is small enough not to touch the glaze that the hat could ride on during the firing? It would still need to be tall enough to get the edge of the hat off the shelf. Nancy
  2. Thank you for the notice on Warren, I live in Minnesota and didn't know he had passed. He affected many of the people I have learned from. Nancy
  3. How do they plan on keeping the loose powder from the inside of pots? Personally, I wouldn't want a pot I worked hard over to have schmutz (crap) or powder blown or dripped into it. If it won't melt on the kiln shelf, it will leave marks in my pots - the bowl or plate will not have a usable surface. Ish. Nancy
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    New Potter

    Take classes. The dream of being a potter or playing with clay maybe upset by the reality of things you can't control, like back pain, allergies to dust, always having rough dry hands. Your instructor will be able to give advice on how to do things easier - things that might take you months or years to discover on your own. I also find that the interaction with other students improves me and changes my work. Seeing things online are ok, but being able see it done, walk around the demo, look at it from another angle, touch the clay at each stage, that is worth much, much more. Nancy by the way I started classes at age 50.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Can you list the address of the show? I'm not clear on where it is. Thanks Nancy
  8. I am learning to weave. I've been quilting for 50 years, knitting & crocheting. Love the fiber arts. Nancy J
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    Two Glaze Loads

    sorry to hear about your cat.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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

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