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

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  1. Benzine

    steel nail in stoneware?

    If don't want the nail to oxidize, due to the firing, you could make a hole for it, before firing, and just epoxy it in after both firings. You would need to make the hole larger, to account for shrinkage, but it might be the most fool proof method... Unless of course you want the nail to oxidize and affect the clay body around, as part of the design.
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    firing round ornaments

    No matter the support, ceramic or wire, how exactly are you supporting these during firing? Are they going to be hung from a bead rack type system? At Cone 10 a lot of what I might suggest, may not work. I know a lot of heat resistant wire starts to weaken around then, and I've been *told*, that stilts can cause issues, even as low as Cone 6. Stilts would be quick and easy, but of course, that might not be the case, if there is an issue. I've never fired to Cone 10, so I have zero experience with it.
  3. I used to low fire bodies together, one red, one white. I wedged them together, to create marbling, and used it to throw a mug. I threw fine, bisqued fine, applied a clear, and came out of the glaze firing well. Several weeks later, the clear glaze crazed, and some stress cracks appeared in the body itself. I would imagine this was all due to the two clay bodies being different enough, in shrinkage, that led to this defect.
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    first craft fair WWYD?

    I have several I use for storage, in my classroom. They were taken from the school loading dock, with permission, and the understanding that we could take as many as we wanted.
  5. @OVMI_Designs love that video. I've watched it numerous times, despite the fact he never goes over any *new* information, when I rewatch it. John just explains things so well, and his casual delivery makes watching his videos enjoyable. In regards to the topic specifically, a glaze that cracks, when it dries, is definitely not a good thing. Follow the tips listed above, and you should be able to get it dialed in.
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    firing glazed bottoms

    Good point Johnny. When I first started working with clay, I heard people use the word "Stilts" for both things. I don't know if traditionally, it is acceptable to use the term for either, or if it's just something that some have learned, and then continued to propagate? For me, the little ceramic and wire stands, that raise projects off the shelf, are "Stilts". The shelf supports are "Posts". In regards to marks left, from the stilts on a glazed bottom, they can be ground down, with sandpaper or a sanding disc, without exposing any of the bare clay. There are also these: https://www.continentalclay.com/detail.php?cat_id=413&sub_categoryID=167&PID=905 This is what I use in my classroom, to remove stilt marks. They work well, and are inexpensive. In fact, at between $3-4, and the fact that I've had the same one for several years, it's a great deal. It will probably still be in my classroom, when I retire, and be no worse for the wear.
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    Slip reclaim

    I've heard that mentioned around hear before, but why exactly is that? I thought you were reclaiming scraps, with that pugmill you bought, or was that just to wedge the clay for you?
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    Used fire brick changed my plans

    Yeah, no idea. I'm almost certain, we have what you mentioned, because the vertical section, coming out of the ground, where it goes into the garage, is that exact thing. I believe the notice we received, mentions, that type of piping has been found to corrode, or something along those lines. As I mentioned, I have not addressed the issue yet, and haven't heard much from our gas company since. They put a tag, on that line, coming out of the meter, to indicate that it needs to be updated, but said tag came off years ago.
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    Used fire brick changed my plans

    We have some of that wrapped steel, going from our house, to the unattached garage. It was put in, when the previous owners built the garage, and overseen by the gas company. A couple years ago, I got a notice saying, that type of line is no longer what they use, and I need to replace it. I guess now, they are going with some type of plastic line. We still haven't "updated" it...
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    New Potter

    Taking a class is the best way, to know if it's something you'd be interested in doing, long term. A class is a small investment, and if you end up not liking throwing, or ceramics in general, you didn't lose much other than a bit of free time. As opposed to spending thousands of dollars, on very specific tools and supplies, only to realize you really don't like it. Best of luck in your journey, there are many obstacles and frustrations, but it is definitely worth it.
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    overnight warm up?

    Candling a kiln overnight, is safer than running a dryer unattended. Kilns don't produce combustible material, that they can eventually ignite!
  12. I can vouch that black Sharpie totally burns off. Ask my students, that forget to sign their projects before the bisque, and then try to sign in Sharpie for the glaze firing... It was unsigned before it went in the bisque, and remains unsigned, when it comes out of the glaze...
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    Irregular shape pot

    Carving is probably how they did it. Personally, I'd probably do a combination of that, and some slab additions, to get the precise "sides".
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    Saggar and Raku Kiln Questions

    Yeah, Raku kilns are fairly easy to construct, and you can do it yourself for a fraction of the price of buying one. Plus, if you end up not liking the results, or process in general, you aren't stuck with a kiln you would never use, that cost you a good chunk of money.
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    Wobble pots

    Pictures of the wheel and bat would help others give more specific feedback. Like @oldlady said, an uneven side, is a common problem, and many times caused by having clay pulled more to one side, than another. This is generally caused, while opening the clay mound, after centering.

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