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  1. Will be making a couple of funerary containers this week in a much larger form of my tri-tube bud vases...

  2. Welcome to the forum, Sarah...Would you be able to upload a photo of the wheel with the splash pan in place? When you say it doesn't stay on while throwing, just what does it do? JohnnyK
  3. I've been using Laguna B-Mix ^5 for a few years now and have been very happy with it. It is a smooth white clay that throws well, fires to a white white, trims easily and takes glaze well. I've been glazing with Amaco potters Choice glazes with some pretty spectacular results...
  4. If you look at the bottom part of the front most vase in the second pic, you can see indentations in the surface. The slip cast piece probably has those indentations which can be used as a guide for making the cutouts. That is how I would do it...
  5. As Denice has suggested, there a various materials that you can use to build a table with using various surface treatments, but anything that you roll or brush on like paint or varnish or urethane will, over time, wear from the friction of the slab mats. Formica would probably be the best choice with the gloss finish most preferable... JohnnyK
  6. My feeling is..."If you got it, flaunt it"...No brag, just fact". As I grew up and matured, I found that I had certain innate skills or abilities or talent to accomplish certain things. I work well with my hands. I spent the majority of my life making or fixing things in all the myriad jobs I had. I'm also a "talented" photographer with a good eye for composition. I am a hobby farmer and grow great veggies , making money selling them. I'm also a pretty decent potter and am selling a lot of what I make. I have the ability to look at many different kinds of problems and have the "talent" to visualize the solutions... or is it "skill"? Some folks say I'm talented...most of the time it is because I can do what they can't. Others say it's skill...for the same reason. I also find that folks that have similar skills or talents appreciate what I can do and know the level of effort it takes to get to where I am. So if someone says I'm talented, I say "Thanks!" and accept it as a compliment or accept their money for what I have provided them... JohnnyK
  7. Thanks for the clarification, Min. My experience with was bringing electronic equipment into Canada for testing TV broadcast antennae which the company I worked for back in the early 70s built, installed and tested. I had spent a week in London, Ontario, waiting for the equipment to go through a customs broker. In the meanwhile, I was talking with one of the riggers who owned a Corvette that he said he had to pay a 50% import duty on to get it into Canada...but that was long before NAFTA
  8. Whatever you decide to get, it would be a good idea to find out what the customs duty or tariffs would be on anything you plan on bringing back. There may not be an advantage unless the price you pay is phenomenal...
  9. Does the basin hold a water pump? Is a hole drilled for the pump wire? Are you looking for an aesthetic fix or just a way to seal the basin?
  10. How much volume of individual chemicals are you talking about and is it worth the time, effort and expense to analyze what you have?
  11. An example of the uneven rim can be seen in my latest photo of "Another Horsehair Raku Trio". The gal at the studio that took in the pieces for the auction said that the rim and the trinket made the piece look really neat...
  12. I have found that welding gloves work really well for this, too. It's not like your handling the peep for any great length of time...and they're not as awkward as the tongs. You can get them inexpensively at Harbor Freight...https://www.harborfreight.com/search?q=welding gloves JohnnyK
  13. I have found, over the years of throwing, to, on occasion, accept the wobble as part of the final piece, sometimes causing the wobble to create an undulating and uneven rim on some of my vases. Most of the folks who see or buy the vases say they like the look of the uneven rim. Who am I to argue with what some to perceive as a failure turning into a success? Then again, it also may depend on the size of the rim compared to the rest of the form. Most of these are narrow-necked vases... JohnnyK
  14. Welcome to the Forum, Creole...I hope you find what you want here...and would like to relate a story regarding scale...I met an artist who was visiting out here from somewhere in the Midwest. He was a very successful potter and had a lucrative business going and was apparently pretty well known in his area. He told me that Costco had approached him to supply them with a particular size of pot of his design. He was blown away at the idea of being approached by Costco for the project but turned them down when they said they wanted 50,000 of the pots within a 2 year period. He felt that the order would put him out of business because he was used to getting a certain price for his work and for him to scale up and produce what they wanted at their price would cost him too much in money, time, and creativity. I think in your case, you might be better off going to a pottery manufacturer with your proposal... I'm curious about what Mark and the other production potters here would have to say... Good luck on your venture, JohnnyK
  15. JohnnyK


    This album is starting out as a collection of Glaze FX, but will probably morph into something more expansive over time...
  16. Just got notification that "Another Horsehair Raku Trio" was accepted for this year's PBS station art auction. They were happy to get the new contribution since last year's went over so well.

    1. oldlady


      GOOD FOR YOU!  :D

    2. Pres


      EXCELLENT! Great to know others recognize your talents and hard work!




  17. Welcome back, Preeta... What I did for the first go-around was sprinkle some ashes on the wet jar right after throwing, then lightly patted them into the clay. I sent a photo to my friend and he said he was pleased with the piece. Then I asked him what colors he would like for the glaze, sending him a pic of a small bud vase I had made. He said that both he and his sister loved the shape and color of the vase and could I make it in a bigger version to use as the urn. He also wants the ashes embedded as in the original jar. Talk about a change in direction! Since the diameter of the original bud vase was about 1.25" and the height was about 8", I'll have to make a new extruder die for the larger size and go to about 2.5"D and 12"H. I'll have to make a prototype to make sure I can attach the larger tubes to each other and have it hold together when fired. I tried that with hex shaped tubes but the attachment process was inadequate and they came apart in the bisque firing... I think that at this point I will continue with the plan for the original jar and give him options so he can decide what he wants to do with his Dad's ashes...
  18. Judging by everything else you'll be getting as part of the deal, and the fact that you plan on firing regularly to ^6, You'd be better off selling the kiln as a low-fire unit and buying a higher rated kiln. I did just that...selling my B-23-H as a low-fire/bisque kiln and getting a used ^10 kiln for my ^6 firings...
  19. There are so many things I could answer with here but, like Denice, I'm focusing on glazing. While I've taken college level Cer 1& 2, I learned more about glazing in the Raku class, having to mix my own glazes as part of the syllabus. In the other classes we were directed towards the 20 gallon buckets of glaze and their samples and were told to knock ourselves out…
  20. Would I be correct in guessing that you own all the LUGs in the basket? If so, how many of them have you already used? As Neil has suggested, run tests in the environment you plan on using them so you know what to expect when you fire them. JohnnyK
  21. A friend of mine and I were having a discussion about my horsehair raku pottery and how much he liked my work. He told me he had his folks' ashes in cardboard boxes on a shelf in his garage and was wondering if I'd be interested in making a couple of horsehair Raku urns for him...incorporating some of the ashes in or on the finished piece. I can't see where or how I'd be able to put the ashes ON the finished piece but thought that it might be possible to incorporate the ashes into the clay body itself, either wedging the ash into the clay or possibly pressing the ashes into the surface of the wet jars before drying and firing the pieces. On another tack, he was wondering if it would be possible to mix some of the ashes into a glaze and firing the pieces that way. Since ash glazes tend to run when fired, he suggested glazing the bottom of the pots and firing them upside down so the drips would run UP the pot when sitting right side up. (This suggestion is something I plan to experiment with in my regular pottery work...) I don't have enough experience with clay and glaze chemistry to even have an idea of how to go about this and would appreciate any suggestions that might help with this project. In the research that I've started I found that the basic composition of human ash is as follows with the percentages of the primary components. Anything below .01% is not included: Phosphate 47.5% Calcium 25.3% Sulfate (Sulphate) 11.00% Potassium 3.69% Sodium 1.12% Chloride 1.00% Silica 0.9% Aluminum Oxide 0.72% Magnesium 0.418% Thanks, JohnnyK
  22. Am there, doing that...too! Retired and playing in the mud. If I'm not in the studio, I'm out on my little farm...clay in one place, dirt in the other. The really good thing here is that I'm having fun and making money in both places. Hope your efforts pay off as much as you want them to! Way to go CP! JohnnyK
  23. Out of the studio and into the field for awhile to plant my hobby farm...

  24. While formaldehyde may be used in the manufacturing process, the final product is not subject to outgassing. Hence, you shouldn't be concerned with handling on a regular basis. If you cut your bats from a piece of countertop where the laminate is fastened to particleboard, you should consider sealing the edges as well as the bottom of the bat with a couple of coats of spar urethane to waterproof the bat and prevent any possible outgassing... JohnnyK
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