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  1. I've never used these myself, so take this as a suggestion only. I would use the metal alphabet stamps that jewelers use. https://www.riogrande.com/search?q=alphabet+stamps&c=&t=1
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    ^5 clay

    I’m moving this topic to the Studio Operations section.
  3. Welcome to the forum @Ahumphrey. I am moving this topic to the Studio Operations and Making Work section.
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    "dangerous" glaze ingredients

    You shouldn’t eat or inhale it in its powdered form. But just to be clear, we should not eat or inhale any of the raw materials in our studio, not just barium. Some are worse than others, but our studio habits should involve this amount of care with all materials. Barium glazes can be improperly formulated or fired, and therefore leach barium into our food. It’s also possible to have a barium glaze that is well-formulated and fired, which has all of the barium encased in glass where it cannot leach out. The only way to know is to have your glaze leach-tested. According to the Mastering Cone 6 Glazes book, you can have glazes leach-tested at: Alfred Analytical Laboratory, 4964 Kenyon Road, Alfred Station NY 14803, (607) 478-8074 Brandywine Science Center, Inc., 204 Line Road, Kennett Square PA 19348, (610) 444-9850 I think this would be worth it for you, just for the peace of mind. Either you’ll know the glaze is safe, or you’ll know that you need to start looking for a replacement. Better than living with the doubt.
  5. I second what Min and Mark are saying about handling the bowl while it’s drying. I learned this a while ago. If I have a bowl with a simple rim that I really want to hold its round/level shape, especially the wider shallower forms, I never pick them up with my hands during the leather hard stage. I only use batts to flip them over. Any flexing that happens to the bowl at that stage, even if the bowl is immediately returned to its original shape, and even if it looks perfect out of the bisque kiln, will come back to life in the glaze kiln. Using batts to flip the leather hard pots made a huge difference for me.
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    No Swiping

    I know that chips are far more secure than mag stripes, That’s why the US regulations forced us to buy chip readers, by putting liability on us if we continue to swipe mag stripes. I’m not sure where liability falls for Apple Pay and other contactless payments. I do know that my brother recently had his iPhone stolen. Once he got over the initial shock, he realized he had nothing to worry about, A current-day iPhone will pretty much self-destruct if someone other than the rightful owner tries to use it.
  7. I had a show this past weekend. For the very first time, I did not swipe a single credit card. All of the cards had chips. And for the very first time, people wanted to pay me with Apple Pay. One guy even did it with his watch. Mind blown. The times they are a-changin’.
  8. “Yunomi” is really just another word for “cup,” specifically a cup that is meant for everyday use. There really aren’t any norms, other than what a cup needs to be functional, sturdy, and informal enough for daily use. If you want to explore some wonderful examples, the ClayAKAR gallery does an annual Yunomi Invitational Show. The 2018 edition will be online in about a week. https://www.clayakar.com/collections/2018-yunomi-invitational-may Edit to add: Last year’s ClayAKAR Yunomi Invitational can still be viewed here: https://www.clayakar.com/collections/2017-yunomi-invitational?page=1
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    I have a question!!

    I’ve moved this thread to the Clay and Glaze section.
  10. From someone with lots of experiencing using and teaching in communtiy studios, please be mindful not to ask for extra space on a regular basis. In most group studios, space is always in short supply, often a subject of contention. You are being unfair to everybody else who uses the studio. You are also putting the studio managers in an awkward position of having to accommodate you. Your enthusiasm is terrific but does not give you permission to inconvenience others in a shared space. Group studios are for learning and recreation, not for production.
  11. @shawnhar One note about starting with a 3 cubic foot kiln, for you or for anyone else trying to decide what size kiln to buy first. Again, I wasn't about to turn down a free kiln, but I also knew I'd probably want a larger one eventually. I talked about this with my electrician, so he installed a wire that was heavy enough for a 60amp breaker, even though I only needed a 30amp breaker at first. When it was time for the larger kiln, the electrician replaced the 30amp breaker with a 60amp breaker, and replaced the outlet, but didn't need to replace the wire. Saved me a bunch of moolah.
  12. My first kiln was a 3 cubic footer (18 inches across, 2 rings]. I didn’t choose it, somebody offered it for free, and I jumped at it. My intention at the time was to run a side business only, while still working my full-time day job. In two years I had outgrown it, sold it and bought a 7 cubic footer. Luckily the 3 cubic footers are easy to sell, lots of potters want them. I was still only intending to run a side business. The one 7 cubic footer suited my needs for a long time, but now I am running a full-time business and have a second 7 cubic footer. I can’t imagine running a full-time business without two kilns. Like Neil said, the time spent waiting for one kiln to cool is not wasted. A full-timer does not have time to waste. These days, I have a glazing session every 2.5 weeks. It typically consists of 3 bisque loads, and 4 or 5 glaze loads.
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    Any Uses For Them?

    You can also use the shelf shards underneath a pot with a test glaze. If the glaze runs, it will run onto the shard rather than the whole shelf.
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    Glaze Suggestions

    Matte and satin matte glazes are less likely to move or break over edges. Glossy glazes are more likely to do that. You could dip the pot in a matte glaze, then lightly buff the glaze off of the edges after it dries. I’d make a few test pieces for practice before attempting it on the vase.
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    wheel wont engage break to stop.

    st-50 is a model number for a Bailey wheel, not a Brent. I don’t know the answer to @Cracked up pottery‘s question, only that I once had issues with the pedal (bolts just needed tightening), and that @Marcia Selsor also had issues with her Bailey pedal. I don't remember if her issues are similar to OP’s, maybe she can chime in?

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