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    Table Top Wheels

    I bought a Shimpo Aspire last year, something small for transport for demos. I really like it. The only downside is the bat pins are not in the same place as on a regular wheel head, so you can't change out bats with every pot. But you can get more bats or just remove your work and place on a wareboard or drill holes in a different place....lots of options. Roberta
  2. @clay lover, I just made my journey into plaster mold making as well. I was taught to use Murphy's oil soap, but I am certain the mineral oil would be fine also! We had a little trouble with some of the dishes releasing. Once they were cooled, I just took a hammer to it and tap tap tapped and they released. Only one dish broke and that was ok. It also, was from a thrift store! I hope yours release! Roberta
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    Logo mugs: how to glaze?

    When I said brushing, I should have said smooshing. A very fine tip brush and the bisque slurps it up. It is very quick and only takes a quick wipe of the sponge to get the excess off each logo. The bisqued logo sort of wicks up the patina. The patina is watery and lasts forever. It seems to fire black. But when I first started making these mugs for them, I was not that good with bottles, tips, or underglazes. I should really give that a try again.
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    Logo mugs: how to glaze?

    Tori, your situation looks almost identical to what I have been doing for a small local business. I brush the Jill's Brown Patina into the lettering, using a damp sponge I wipe off the extra. I have discovered that latex works better than wax resist. As Min said, the wax in those small letters can be rather fiddly. The latex peels right off. After the latex is set, I glaze the rest of the cup. Here is Jill's Brown Patina Wash. The recipe is out of Mark Burleson's book Ceramic Glaze Handbook 2 tablespoons of Red Iron Oxide 1 tablespoon of yellow ochre 1 tablespoon of rutile 1 teaspoon of Cobalt carbonate 4 and 1/3 tablespoons gerstley Borate Mix equal parts by volume with water to the consistency of skim milk. Brush the patina onto the cracks and details of bisque fired clay. Wipe off the excess with a damp sponge. Fire to cone 5 in electric kiln. It can also be used underneath a transparent glaze. I fire to cone 6. I have had no problems. And I have used it under clear glazes with no problems. Roberta
  5. I use mostly rags. I have rags for glazing, rags for throwing, Sometime paper towels, but not often. In the summer (warmer weather) I will soak the towels, rinse them outside and once they are clean, put them in the washer. But usually I just take those rags to the local laundry. That's what the laundry is there for!!
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    Why make functional ware?

    The function of ceramic products drew me in immediately. Not only could I "design" (not much designing in the beginning) the ware, execute the making, take it to completion, I could USE it!!! I had friends over for lunch last week. Salad lunch. My favorite salad plates are the first ones I made. They are large, clunky, but almost like a pasta bowl, so they are great for salads. We had cheese, crackers, wine, just a lovely day. As they were leaving, one friend asked if I would make her more espresso cups, and I asked about what clay, glaze, etc. She said, "I really don't want things to match. I like it when everything is different and unique. I loved the look of your table today with the plates, the different cups for wine, the platter for the cheese and crackers. That is what I like!" Yes, she is the subculture that gets it. She gave me the highest compliment possible. I was humbled. Roberta
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    Thoughts on Pricing

    The couple of shops I have been in here in Colorado are more in line with Callie's description. Clean, well run, helpful staff. Many people over 50 are looking for some help with sleep issues, pain, anxiety, etc. Shops are aware that is part of their customer base. What Callie said about having a conversation with the owner is what I did with yarn bowls. I met with several knitting groups and asked what they would like in a yarn bowl. I got lots of great feedback and designed my bowls accordingly. It's a strategy that worked for me. Roberta
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    Bailey 22" Mini Might II Table Roller

    I have a table top North Star slab roller. Two rollers. I bought it 4 years ago and I have to say it has more than paid for itself. If I were to purchase again I would get a larger one. I bought the 16 inch because of space considerations. I would get the 24 in if I were to do it again. If you do very much handbuilding at all, you will love having a slab roller. Roberta
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    Firing with glass

    I think that is called annealing? a long slow cool to strengthen the glass. I hadn't really thought about that, but when you glaze fire with the glass in the pot, the temp is much higher than what you would use for glass work. But what if you put the glass pieces in an already glazed piece and just took it up to glass temps and did a slow cool? Glass temp would be around 1400 or so. Hmmm food for thought! And Nancy Lee, I think all potters LOVE a good experiment. Maybe this could be yours, even if you didn't sell them, you could just do it to scratch that curiosity itch!
  10. Liz, it's a facebook chat group devoted to the Mid range glazes, specifically John Britt's book. Definitely a resource. Exploring Mid Range Glazes with John Britt. just ask to be included. r.
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    Firing with glass

    It's a lovely effect, but I stopped doing it because I would occasionally get a shard of glass that would pop loose. I just didn't want to risk harm to a customer. And no matter how many times we give the warning about not being food safe, a pot could always be used for just that purpose.
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    Firing with glass

    Nancylee, you can put the glass inside a bowl or even a shallow piece, and it will melt. Yes, you can do it during the glaze firing. I would glaze the bowl, and then put the frit or pieces of glass inside the bowl. Then fire to cone 5. These bowls will not be food safe because of the cracks in the glass, but they are lovely trinket dishes. Does that help? Roberta
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    First Kiln Opening_Smoking Wares, Mug.png

    Very nice! Are these the pipes you said you are making from a mold??
  14. At a gathering last night, we were having this conversation. One person pointed out that Square will do this for us. Hopefully so. r.
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    terra sig vs. slip

    the only thing I noticed about the cups that had TS on the exterior is that the rims were not pleasant against the skin. If I were to do that, I would dip the rim in clear or something. I am all about the smooth!
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    terra sig vs. slip

    I was at a workshop last week and was introduced to terra sig for the first time. The instructor uses it on bone dry clay, colored with mason stains, to add color to the underside of her work. Her name is Adrienne Eliades and is very approachable. Preeta, if you are interested I can send you her contact info and the TS recipe that we used. She is also on IG and her handle is @bugaboo_eyes. You can check out her feed to see her colors. We were using bright mason stained TS. Some people burnished and some did not. It can add another dimension to your work. She said that she uses red art ts on lowfire clay. Not sure if it has other uses as well. Roberta
  17. Brilliant. Would you consider running for President next election?? Love the flat tax idea!
  18. Thank you so much Mea! I have learned so much from you!
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    Beautiful! Puts me in mind of lichens....
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    No Swiping

    I did a 3 day event. It was exactly 1/2 cash, 1/2 CC. The chip reader would not work the entire time so I used the swipe. But that makes me nervous.... Roberta
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    Clever Pres!
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    I really like the blues, greens, blush of brown! lovely carving as well!
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  24. Helmsalee, Neil will have the absolute best information for you when he sees your post. I bought a smaller L&L 5.5 years ago. Because we were putting it in new construction, because we had to upgrade our electrical and because the electrical inspector didn't really know much about kilns, he insisted we hardwire the kiln. So we did. Pro....when the insurance person came out to inspect the new structure and the kiln he said "Oh, great! It's hardwired. That is much safer!" and I had no problem getting insurance coverage on my business equipment. Con....because it is hardwired, it is a bit more challenging to drop that front panel down to access the internal workings. However, your kiln is a front loader and maybe your control panel is on the side or something?? Anyway, Thought I would share. I really do like my L&L. Great customer service. Roberta
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    I am in love.

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