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  1. clay lover

    Glaze Blistering Help

    How big of a kiln is it? Maybe a bit lower peak temp, like 2195, and double the hold time. the cones could look the same, but the glazes could mature better?? Could the glaze be thicker on the pieces than on the tiles? Looks like runs where the tiles don't sem to have any movement.
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    Teaching ..stressed....

    The needy wear me out way more than the chatty and the batty. Sounds like a club! My chuckle for the day as I head to the studio to prep for a group coming in to ....GLAZE !!!! always the toughest day for me. some of them are incapable of choosing a glaze. Sounds like you administration is a bigger problem for you than the actual students ? Yes, I find adults much more challenging than kids. They can be pushy, condescending, grabby, and want to talk on their cell phones while I am teaching. I have a very short list of 'never in my studio agains' . Babs is right, set a schedule and stick to it. If the incoming complain, refer them to the administrators that set them up for disappointment in the first place. You can't keep doing start overs. or you are cheating the rest of the group.
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    Sponge Holders

    A local potter friend does those and calls them "Fudgy Mugs"
  4. What is your preferred method of planning how to hang these piece when you throw and trim them? A hole in a deep foot ring? a wire wrapped and twisted? I want to offer them ready to hang, or to use and then hang back up and this is new to me.
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    Sieving Glaze Results

    maybe dry screen it to 40 mesh, then put what is in the screen in a mortar and pestle. Would be easier to break down dry than wet, sounds like wet did not make a difference.
  6. Maybe it's time to try LL again, I'm paying WAY more for the Tuckers.
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    Hot Wax For Bottoms Of Pots?

    Chantay, where are you ordering the soy wax? I have been using Gulf canning wax, but it gets pretty thick unless it is really hot.
  8. clay lover

    Spectrum Glaze Problem

    OH! DAMN !! UUUUUGLY ! Let us know what Spectrum says. I would be having a fit.
  9. I used it, but quit because the grainy particles, sort of like ground up pencil erasers, caused problems with carving and detail work. I switched to Tucker's MCS, ^6. Don't like Little Loafers, too slimy.
  10. So what do you do with the 2 holes? Are they there for the buyer to do with whatever they decide is best?
  11. clay lover

    Coyote Slow Cool Galzes

    why are they called slow cool? Does Coyote recommend a cooling schedule? or is it up to you to determine what 'slow' is?
  12. clay lover

    Hot Wax For Bottoms Of Pots?

    hot wax whenever the form fits in the large rectangular elec skillet, much quicker, very clean line, a bit of a learning curve, but worth it if you glaze a lot of pots.
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    Adding Speckles To A Matte White Glaze

    You can also mix the illmenite into the clay. Or buy speckled clay, or mix some speckled clay with the non speckled clay to get just a few specks. I have done all 3 at various times, like the mix in some speckled clay approach best, more subtle specks.
  14. I am looking for a dependable base glaze, cone 6, that has a satin surface, nice to handle and food safe. I came across Val Cushing 71 in a book, but don't remember where I found it. Do any of you use this and do you have a good satin base that is receptive to oxides, that I might try? I have looked up and mixed a lot of other glazes, but this is my first time to start with a base and add colorants to get what I want. Custer spar 40 frit 3124 9 whiting 16 talc 9 epk 10 flint 16 Thanks, all.
  15. I have them both and they are the most helpful books I own. Had my wheel class get her throwing book, it illustrates the hand positions perfectly, step by step.
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    Are those all the lights you use? If so, don't you need a gazillion for a double booth?
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    What Is Causing The Black Zits In My Glaze?

    I have had the 'smarter than I am' phone for 3 days. I will try to do this. Thanks This glaze looks best on heavy texture, I think, most of the colors seems to show up in the thicker, thinner breaks in design. If I'm planning on using it, I put in definite ridges and also at the foot, to slow the run. The reds seems to show up mostly on flat textured pieces. Where it sheets or pools on flat smooth clay, it shows up as a grey greenish more dull color, not what I like.
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    What Is Causing The Black Zits In My Glaze?

    Adding, I don't do a hot six, just a solid, the tip of the Self supporting cones just touch the kiln shelf or close to that. not knuckled over. ^5 is at about 2 o'clock.
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    What Is Causing The Black Zits In My Glaze?

    I don't mind posting pic, but I don't know how. I tend to spend my time on studio issues, and don't get around to adding technology, but my WFB looks much like the cover of the book. I think the cooling has a lot to do with how this glaze looks.
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    I don't know about 'puck lights' do they come from Lowe's or Home Depot? I hate the work of setting up my lights and extension cords but know the value of lights.
  21. clay lover

    My First Show!

    I am eager to hear back from her, do you all feel like we are sending our her out with our blessings to conquer the world?
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    What Is Causing The Black Zits In My Glaze?

    I use Waterfall regularly, on various clays, including Highwater's Speckled Brownstone, and don't have any troubles with it having those zits. I fire it hotter than you do, to a tip down ^6 and sometimes hotter, no bumps, and a different color, brighter amber brown with lots of variation, blues, reds and the black edging if it fires just right. I have another glaze that want to have a cottage cheese look sometimes on ^6 porcelain, but not bumps.
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    My First Show!

    I think the plaid fabric detracts from the pots, do you have more of the off white? Also, just some simple blocks of 4x4's to elevate some of the pieces on the flat tables will help. If you have used same glazes on several pots, grouping them together will give a unified look . If you have plates or shallow bowls, a plate stand will enhance their look. Have a good time, take food and Tylenol , and keep smiling! Let us know how it works out. Good luck.
  24. clay lover

    Banding Wheels

    For rotating work , I have an OXO brand kitchen turntable, smooth, non jerky rotation. For banding, the heavy shimpo.
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    Recycle Board Plaster Wasted?

    try one of those hot oil radiators under the slab., they are safe to leave on and will keep the slab dry. People keep them under the kitchen cabinets on low in empty houses to keep the pipes from freezing when there is no other heat. I use them all winter in my studio to keep clay from freezing. They are not expensive, and you can get ones with timers on them to come on at night and go off when it warms up. could serve double duty in your studio.

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