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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. 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!
  6. Seems like the seals were working just fine!
  7. 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.
  8. You could take the "Karate Kid" approach. "Buttresses do not exist, in *this* dojo (studio)!"
  9. 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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    Cracked handle

    I've had similar things happen to some of my handles. On one of those occasions, I was trying to quick dry some mugs, on the classroom's radiator/ blower. I'm fairly certain that quick drying and the quick shrinkage that came with it, caused the issue. The clay particles, in body of the mug, were shrinking one way, and the particles in the pulled handle, were set up different, and couldn't keep up with how the body was shrinking.
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    4th Quarter is here!

    Glad to hear, that all are having a great Quarter/ Season! Mark, I hope that banged up wing is healing up.
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    Studio Photography

    Depth of Field, is something I try and emphasize, in both my Photo classes. I find it, to be a difficult concept to understand. In regards to actually controlling it, the students are generally just happy to get the camera to a proper exposure, which means they don't think much about Depth of Field. Especially considering, that you can fake a shallow Depth of Field later on, by doing some quick selecting and the Blur Filter. Heck, now they have built in software on smart phones, that does the same thing, to get those "Cool, professional looking" selfies...

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