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    The Hawkeye State
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    The Arts (Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Graphic Design), Running, Music (Mostly Rock), Movies, Technology

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  1. It's like those Guiness Beer ads, a few years back, "Brilliant!"
  2. I happened to hear about Warren, from a channel I follow on Youtube. I've watched multiple videos, documenting his process. I am *still* in awe of how he was able to keep going with pottery, even in his later years. I also chuckle at his insistence, that he do everything himself, because he couldn't find anyone to do it, just how he wanted it. His influence will continue to be felt.
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    What's Your Work Music?

    I love my Pandora. I've got a dozen or so specified stations, that it shuffles between, and since it will play music similar to those stations, I discover new songs and artists, I didn't know about. So, that I've talked to, prefer Spotify, as you can create playlist. But then you miss out on the other song/ artist suggestions. Sometimes, when I'm feeling super pumped up, and also, if I'm getting really tired, and getting a bit goofy...
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    Cleaning kiln shelves

    Yeah, that's too be expected with forums like this. We have a convenient supply of experts, who are happy to give great advice. At least it was a reasonable question, as opposed to those who basically come here for free R&D.
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    Clay fatigue?

    Nerd, Quit trying to science everything. Everyone knows, when something bad happens with clay/ ceramics, it is because you in some way slighted the Kiln Gods!
  6. The very bottom picture, just looks like they used resist to block off the tree section, exposing the raw, brown clay body. Love the work Min!
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    Architectural Tile

    Our house is nearly 100 years old, and the upstairs bath is original. When we moved in, there were some damaged floor tiles, around the toilet from, where some plumbing repairs were made. What I thought were ceramic floor tiles, are actually Venetian Glass. Also, the tiles were set in, what seems to be concrete. The entire subfloor, for the bath is a huge slab of concrete, several inches thick. The joists that support it are beefy, but when I sit in the room below, I try not to think about that giant slab above my head...
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    Bisque firing earthenware & stoneware

    The only reason, that I can think of, where you'd not want to fire low fire and mid to high fire together, would be if you want to keep the mid/ high fire *more* porous. The low fire glazes I use, recommend bisquing the clay to 04, and then glaze firing to 05. So if someone didn't want to risk having their low fire slightly underfired, or their mid/ high fire over fired, in regards to the bisque, then I can see them advising against it. Honestly though, I do not have enough experience and expertise to know how much one Cone difference can make, when it comes to absorption.
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    Cleaning kiln shelves

    Did the shelves have kiln wash? If so, the glaze should come off, relatively easy. If not, they I imagine the glaze soaked in a bit. Try the aforementioned solutions, like the angle grinder. Ceramic suppliers, also sell a kiln shelf "scrapper" that is good for minor drips. You can also get the same tool, at many home improvement stores, where it is sold with masonry tools. In the future, get a good coat of wash on the shelves. There are several recipes, that people have posted on these forums. You can buy a premade one, but they aren't quite as good.
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    Woodley leach wheel head removal

    Yep, heat works wonders. Thanks Science!
  11. Seems like the seals were working just fine!
  12. Sorry to hear that. Doesn't it always seem, that a Rube Goldberg series of events, leads to such things? For me, I know it's the case, because I don't clear the clutter as much as I should. So if one thing gets hit, or shoved, several other things are going with it.
  13. You could take the "Karate Kid" approach. "Buttresses do not exist, in *this* dojo (studio)!"
  14. Great tips Mea! I try and emphasize "Keeping the cylinder" with my students, but many of them either forget about it, or just disregard it. I usually break throwing down in to; Centering, Opening, Pulling, and Forming. Once they get all the pulls done, *then* they can worry about the form. There are exceptions of course, for things like plates and such, but hey, there are always exceptions. I've never used the phrase "The buttress is your enemy", but I may have to. I will of course, have to explain what a buttress is, and get past the giggling, but if I can show teenagers how to pull a handle with minimal giggling, anything is possible...

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