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    Citrus Heights, CA
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    Ceramics, glazing techniques, photography, farming, reading all kinds of stuff but primarily thrillers

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  1. JohnnyK

    Reclaimed clay

    I have been reclaiming Laguna B-Mix, Soldate 60, and Raku clay for a couple of years and haven't had any problems with cracking.
  2. I have a few Corian bats that I made from some sink cutouts and discarded countertops, but I think the material might be too costly for your project... JohnnyK
  3. JohnnyK

    Repairing Gas Kiln Arch Bricks

    While I agree with Neil that the breaks aren't bad enough to affect the function of the kiln, I think it might be possible to replace the broken bricks with the help of the University's welding department. You can have them fabricate a supporting arch to fit under the bricks in question and with a jack, raise the support enough to loosen the bricks. Remove the bricks and repair or replace them. This way, you can make your repair and the welding dept gets a real world project to help their students. If you want to make a really big deal about it, get the engineering dept involved to design the supporting arch. Maybe this will work for you. JohnnyK
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    Clay Additives

    You might check out Kathleen Standen's book here: https://ceramicartsnetwork.org/shop/additions-to-clay-bodies/
  5. Hey, Daniel, Since the H-cal sets up chemically, you might consider making a clay plug for the area that you want to hollow out. You could build the plug around an armature of the appropriate size and suspend it from the lip of your mold (maybe a tapered cone shape plug), then pull the plug before the h-cal sets up hard...or wait until it sets up and then scrape it out of your piece. JohnnyK
  6. What is your favorite glaze effect? No matter how intricate or simple your piece is I feel that it is the glaze that makes it what it is. As such I am continually experimenting with various effects and getting a good response to what I am producing whether it is a bowl or horsehair Raku pot. What's in your bag of tricks?
  7. JohnnyK

    Problem with Podmore Alsager wheel

    It looks like it is a belt problem from the regular timing of the thumping. Since belts are so inexpensive, I would start there. JohnnyK
  8. My fave is a yunomi that I made because I wanted to work without handles. The glaze effect is such that I marvel at it every day and will be reproducing it or a variation of it in the future... JohnnyK
  9. I would guess that you are forming your pieces on bats or ware boards...if so, you could sandwich your piece between 2 boards and then turn it over. Then you could add your clay hangers... JohnnyK
  10. Are you looking for a white that you will be top coating with a clear or a white base for colored glazes? I have been using Laguna B-Mix5 for all of my^5-6 throwing with great success. You might try a bag... JohnnyK
  11. Thanks to all of you for the input as I am starting the process of building inventory to sell at a local Farmers market which is open every Saturday and allows crafters to sell their wares. The cost of the booth is only $30, so just a few sales will make it worthwhile. I was able to sell some of my pottery at my roadside stand over the summer and feel that I can do fairly well at the Farmers market if I give it a shot. JohnnyK
  12. JohnnyK

    Salvage Glaze with Too Much Water

    I agree with Curt on point #2...since you're dealing with pints, just pour them into bowls or buckets of an appropriate size and let the water evaporate to a point where you can get the specific gravity right for application. JohnnyK
  13. You apparently haven't tried Laguna B-Mix 5 with grog. I use smooth B-Mix for all my throwing of functional ware and am considering the grogged version for Raku work. I'll have to run some tests to see if it will hold up to the thermal shock of the Raku firing. JohnnyK
  14. A great auction! KVIE sold the trio of pots for $350...way more than the retail of $120!

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      wonderful!   (do you know that this forum says you do not accept personal messages?  if that is your choice, i respect that but i wonder if you know about it)

    4. JohnnyK


      I did not know that...how do I change that? Thanks !

  15. Without formal education I wouldn't be where I am now in my skill level and vision with regard to Ceramics. I have completed 3 courses at Sierra College and aced all 3 leaving me with a 4.0 average. The stuff that I learned in these courses has brought me to a place where I am doing custom orders as well as being able to donate to my local PBS station KVIE/ juried Art Auction

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