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    Best L&L kilns for home use

    hindsight is great, I do rather wish I had gone with the e28t but I have the e23t. One of the biggest positives for me, in a remote rural area, over 200 miles from ANY kiln service whatsoever, is L&L's service. I had questions from the onset and they assigned me a service rep and Rob has been my phone call/text/email support person for 7 years. I am able to diagnose most of what happens (like the Err1 code I got on Wednesday, it was a relay) but it is wonderful to have someone to contact simply to say, "hey, start with the paper test and go from there!" Perhaps Skutt and Paragon and other companies have the same arrangement, but since I have to do all of my own maintenance and repair, Customer service is without price! Roberta
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    Broken pottery orders

    been a rough winter.
  3. I don't dry my plates or platters upside down. Nor do I dry that slowly. Either with porcelain or stoneware. If I think the plates might hump up in the middle I put a bag o rice on them and loosely cover them with plastic. They dry as long as it takes me to fill the kiln. I wonder if the upside down drying might have something to do with your cracking?
  4. My husband and I were probably at the Greeley stampede that year. We lived in Johnstown and I worked in Loveland, he worked in Ft. Collins. I lost a couple of co workers in the Big Thompson flood. rh
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    Alabama Rain

    I have been using a version of this (it's called Soft Dove Gray) or Alabama Rain. Cone 6, on porcelain and dark stoneware. I like it. And yes, it has 10.0 rutile. Should I be aware of problems?
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    Alabama Rain

    I took a 3 day workshop with Bill Van Gilder 2 years ago. He really is a very good teacher, excellent at explaining step by step, and loves what he does!
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    Shadow Blue glaze recipe ^6

    That is lovely. Sort of looks like a celadon. r.
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    Has there been another firing in this kiln since "the incident"? The only other thing I can think of besides what @liambesaw and @hitchmss suggested , would there have been something on your apron or shirt or coveralls that fell into the kiln?? (you just have to know many of my comments come from experiences!) Roberta
  9. I just googled it and all kinds of things popped up. Try that! They have nice color combos and interesting shapes. It seems to be a factory setting, but they even have some things on Amazon. Roberta
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    Drying porcelain

    When I make buttons or ornaments out of porcelain, I sandwich them between the sheetrock wareboards. They do not have much weight, so I can stack 4 or 5 boards (9x9) in a stack, but once the work is mostly dry, I take some of the weight off because the bottom of the stack will break with the weight. Yesterday I took an afternoon class where we were carving tiles. The instructor used fabric, instead of paper between the clay and the wareboard. She said when she is making tiles, she rolls out clay thicker, rather than thinner to prevent cracking and warping. I do not bother with paper on smaller things because they dry very quickly, but on larger slabs I do use paper. (old telephone book pages) I really wonder if your problem is because of very thin, large pieces of porcelain. Would you be able to roll out thicker slabs for your purpose? Roberta
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    Foreign Contaminates in Clay

    It's pretty rare for me to find anything in Laguna clay, which is what I use mostly. However, I had 200 pounds of Aardvark clay, Bmix, that had fairly large rock chunks in every single bag. Called my supplier, and he said it was not his problem. And the occasional chunk of metal. I had more debris in Aardvark over all. Roberta
  12. I have a 10x11 maker's space. But I did work in a small tabletop slab roller which has paid for itself over and over and over. And it is work space also. That is where I sit to do hand work. However, no place for an extruder or a pugger. Those things happen the old fashioned way. And I should say, I do not dry all my pots in that 10x11 room, they are shuttled next door to the "spare room" which hurriedly gets purged when company comes!! r.
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    Left over meatloaf.jpg

    really lovely, Shawn! Nice lines and beautiful glazing.
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    I use porcelain quite often. For pots and for buttons, ornaments, jewelry. It behaves well. As was pointed out, simply make certain your glaze temp matches the maturity of the clay. Good luck! Roberta
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    Article out today

    Fab! thanks for sharing. Gabby!! I have bookmarked as well!
  16. small safe heaters are not that expensive @liambesaw Seriously!! And to just comment on Doc's glaze question, I have that same problem with any of my glazes that have lithium in them. It seems to me that I get those flat crystals when it is cold or when it is hot. We run wildly drastic temps here. I did not know neph sye could do that as well. Roberta
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    Tow behind trailer for shows

    I don't do a lot of outdoor shows, but I can get everything in my Subaru Outback. My shelves are designed to fold flat and fit. My tubs for pots stack. If I did more than the occasional outdoor show (canopy, weights, etc,) and needed more space, I like the idea of renting a vehicle. (Thanks Callie!) Sometimes I have help for my shows but not always, so I have to be able to manage it myself. I like the advice of starting small and seeing what you need. Situations change as time marches on.
  18. It was fun to revisit this. This is a topic that will always be discussed.!
  19. I bought most of my equipment one piece at a time like many others. (while I was still working) Wheel was first $1100, then kiln $3000, Then clay, then started adding chemicals for glazes. Spray booth and work tables were free (scrounged). Slab roller was 4 years ago, small one, books since the beginning. And then there is the shop. We built a shop that we share, so there is the cost of that, electric upgrade, display equipment (tables, shelving, canopy, etc) Like most everyone else, I have found free or low cost things in order to do what I need to do, but I have it all insured for $10,000 for insurance purposes.
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    Firing Glass on Clay

    when I first started using my own kiln, I was melting glass in the bottom of small "ring" dishes. I would use broken wine bottles, stained glass, glass beads, whatever. Like Hitch was explaining, I found out quickly that if I used too much glass, it would crack the dish, sometimes the glass would splinter. I was making a large bowl to be used for baptisms at a local church and thought it would be a great look to put the colored glass in the bottom. Sort of looking like a pool of water!! One of the church members came to my studio to see if it was large enough, picked up the bowl, and ran her fingers over the glass and came away with a splinter and a poke. Horrified, I was. And that ended the exploration with glass in the bottom of pots. I still slump bottles for those who ask. And I have taken glass pieces and slid them inside clear bottles before slumping, but that is the extent of my glass melting. I agree with Hitch that the combination of glass and ceramic is enticing and I love the aesthetic of the artist that Min posted. But for me and my studio, we will leave that to the more experienced and educated!! Roberta
  21. I have fired things like that together before. I don't know if that is the proper way, but I have fired that way successfully.( if you know your glaze won't run all over the place.) But it fires the pieces together. And if the two pieces do not adhere together in the firing, you can always use e6000 to glue them together after firing since it looks like it is a decorative piece. Or you can wipe the glaze off the bottom of the hat and fire it separately on a cookie (waster thingy) and then glue them together afterward. I work with mid fire clay and glaze, but I wouldn't think it would make a difference with low fire clay and glaze. Roberta
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    Glazed brick

    Just to clarify, you have one firing for the brick and glaze? Then another firing for the decals? How big are the rectangular bricks? Are you making your own ceramic decals? What material is the brick made of? Many questions, my apologies.
  23. That is an interesting idea! I wonder if the plaster, when it is heating up, would melt it's mold??? Hey, let me check airfare to Calgary....I gotta see this! r
  24. When you get this sorted out, I would love a photo. I am having trouble visualizing. And I made a bunch of plaster molds this summer. In the heat,wind,sun. I am impressed that you are doing this in the winter!!
  25. I find that I am more successful with working through a new shape if I sketch everything out. After I have sketched it for few iterations, then I start the process that Mark talked about. Just making a few and seeing what I like and what I don't. Putting the piece in my cupboard and seeing how it functions. Then I might sketch again, but definitely make again until I get it the way I want. I have to say, I like the sketching process. It is not anything I ever thought I would enjoy!

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