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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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    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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    Adding handle to cup

    That's called "Bob Rossing it". No mistakes, just happy accidents... In regards to attaching the handle, why not just wet the entire piece back down? Wrap the ware in some damp paper towels, and cover with a bag. Continue to rewet and recover the piece, until it is leatherhard. It takes a day or two, but it's effective. I tell students, to never attach things at bone dry. Some try, and think they got away with something for a while. Until the dry clay sucks all the moisture out of the slip, the attached piece cracks, and falls off. With that said, I have done repairs, at bone dry, right before loading things into the kiln. I use a combination of magic water, and a deflocculated slip, that's be saturated with clay, so it shrinks way less than a normal slip. I only do this to items, that generally won't ever have to carry any weight. I have done a couple knobs, on slab boxes, and they turned out OK. But for a handle that will potentially hold up a vessel filled with liquid, NOPE!
  19. I'm with you on all of that. I have no issues with bats. If I see them flying overhead in the Summer, I know there are now significantly less mosquito, that will be trying to snack on me. I am also with you on the squirrels. When they come in my yard, they are after two things; to snoop through my garden, and help themselves at the bird feeder. In both cases, they get shot at, with a pellet gun.
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    Studio Photography

    My brother still has the first digital Canon, he bought, and that was in 2004. It still takes a great photo. The digital SLRs I use, in my classroom, are also getting on in age, but still work great. I tell the students, unless we are planning on blowing our photos up, to the size of the classroom wall, the cameras we have now are just fine.
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    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.

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