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GEP last won the day on September 10

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About GEP

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    Moderator / full time potter ^6 stoneware

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    Silver Spring, MD
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  1. new forum, what i dislike

    No worries, Marcia. I'm sure it must have been a big surprise to come home and find the forum looks completely different. Most of the functions work the same, or very similar, to before. The new forum has some handy new features (such as customizable Activity Streams, find Joseph's terrific tutorial on how to use them). Give it some time to get used to everything, I think you'll like it.
  2. new forum, what i dislike

    I assure you that he is. If you go through all of the thoughts/requests/complaints that users have posted about, you'll see that most of them have been addressed. That doesn't mean we're done tinkering. Everyone's thoughts are still welcome.
  3. new forum, what i dislike

    Marcia, it is not really Steve's role to be the "help desk" for individual user questions. Everyone should continue to post their thoughts about the new forum on the forum, in this thread or in other threads. You can also PM a moderator if you want to raise an issue privately. We are paying attention and trying to honor requests. It takes time and we can't always make the changes. We are currently working through some forum-wide issues, but keeping track of the individual requests too.
  4. I once did a wood firing with my students in the pouring rain. "Fun" is not the word I would use to describe it. I know I can't control the weather, but if I had a crystal ball, I would avoid doing this again. http://www.goodelephant.com/blog/the-one-where-it-rained-and-rained And I love the beach!
  5. LeeU, I'm not with my laptop so I can't make a screengrab. Go to Activity>My Activity Streams, then click the stream you want to delete. When that stream appears, look to the right of the stream's title. You'll see a little pencil, trash can, and check mark. Click the trash can. If that doesn't help, hopefully Joseph will come along soon with a screen grab.
  6. The old forum had developed a technical problem that we could not fix because the software version was so old. This is what prompted the upgrade to the latest software version. It was the right thing to do for the long-term health of the forum. We can now get much better tech support from the software maker. Edit to add: ACerS does not make this software, there is a third party provider. Please understand this means we did not design this forum or choose its features. We cannot switch to a different software without risking the loss of the entire archives, and a far more disruptive experience for everyone. We are listening to feedback and making adjustments as we go. We could not have taken your "requests" in advance, and we can't make all the changes that are being requested now. This is the best choice overall, and honestly I think it's working pretty well.
  7. Indie and go fund me efforts

    I have mixed feelings about crowdfunding too, and think it is being viewed as "easy money" which is not a disciplined mentality for running a business. I've seen too many campaigns that involve a purchase that could be saved up for in a year or two if that person's priorities were genuinely in the right place. I gave money to a local pottery facility that had all of their equipment destroyed by a flood. Another local pottery facility was seeking donations simply because they were about to go bankrupt. I chose not to give in this case. Their problems were a lot more complicated than a natural disaster, and money was not going to solve them. I give money to my nephew's high school baseball team every year. Pretty sure all of that money comes from parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles.
  8. Driving to Chicago for a show this week. Any food suggestions for the northern Chicago suburbs? I will be in the Glencoe area. 

    1. aperhapshand


      Kyoto sushi is really good! http://www.kyotoinwinnetka.com/  -- If you happen to be further north west at any time I always go to Himalayan when I am in the area! http://himalayanrestaurant.com/


    2. GEP


      @aperhapshand Thanks, I love sushi!

  9. New Forum

    @LeeU There are two ways to post a status now. Near the top right, click on "Create" then click "Status" from its drop down menu. Or, you can click on your account in the upper right corner. At the top of your personal Activity feed, there is a field that says "Post a public message on your own feed." Both of these options will result in the same thing. The Status Updates (yours and others) can be seen under the Activity tab. This is where you have lots of options how to view the forum's activity: all activity, just the unread activity, or you can make your own customized stream. There haven't been any new Status Updates in the past few days, which is why you haven't seen any. I'll do one as soon as I finish writing this.
  10. Glaze aftertaste

    @Julie Huebner Overnight is not long enough for a leak test. It can take 3 or 4 days. In the anecdote I mentioned above, "overnight" was the time frame of that particular story, but keep in mind that mug was months old and had probably been soaking up moisture for a long time.
  11. Got it. I agree that GB glazes are spongy and hard to measure for specific gravity. But I like mine too much, no plans to give it up or find an alternative.
  12. Nothing wrong with using GB. Borates make some really strong glazes, and its a reliable melter within a wide range of temps. What made you think you need to get rid of it?
  13. Glaze aftertaste

    Notice that this is not the same as saying "the clay is mature at cone 6." You should still do the leak test, and let them know if you find leaking. And I agree with Min about witness cones, it would pay to find out exactly what your kiln is giving you. Anything with a max rating of cone 6 would be a good choice.
  14. Glaze aftertaste

    Continental B-Clay is a cone 6-10 body. At cone 6, it's probably not fully vitrified. I think the issue is with underfired clay, not with any of your glazes. Anecdote: at the studio where I used to teach, they used to stock a cone 6-10 clay. One of my students reported that she left water sitting in a mug, made with this clay, overnight. The next day, she refilled the mug with fresh water and put it in the microwave, and a black substance oozed out of the walls of the mug. An undervitrified vessel can grow all kinds of gross things inside its walls. The studio stopped buying that clay and switched to Little Loafers. Here's a quick test to try. Fill one of your mugs with water, and put it on a paper towel on your counter. Give it a few days. Does the paper dowel become damp? If so, the problem is your clay, not the glazes.