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About mregecko

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  1. mregecko

    Identifying A Chop

    Thanks John! I should have mentioned, I've been poring over that site trying to spot the mark. No luck yet, but will keep poking around! Thanks for the referral!
  2. Hi folks! I'm hoping someone here can help me identify (or at least read) a chop on a hand-built teapot I recently purchased. Photos attached (hopefully). I rarely find myself purchasing other's work when I have SO much of my own in the house, but this piece really spoke to me. Purchased in the Bay Area in California. It's a lovely teapot that looks like it was thrown and assembled. The chop looks to me like either an HB, KB, or PB... But I could be wrong? Anywho, thanks for any help, and have a great weekend!
  3. Hi Folks -- I'm hoping someone will have some words of wisdom for me about lighting! I have been making my own lamps for a few years. Doing all the wiring myself, no problems. I now have an interior designer client doing an installation for a commercial application that requires UL Listing on their lamps. Not just UL Rated parts, but a UL listing on the final lamp. After checking around with a couple of lighting shops in my area (San Francisco), the UL Listed shops I can find are only licensed for hard-wired installs, not table lamps... They say the table lamp licensing is too much $$ to warrant it. Does anyone know of a way to find shops that can do UL table lamp wiring? Or have any referrals in Northern California? Shot in the dark, but I figured I couldn't be the first one to come across this. Thanks! -- M
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    Materials For ^6 Copper Red Oxidation

    Looks like I have even more reason to grab that book now!
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    Materials For ^6 Copper Red Oxidation

    I was afraid I might hear something like that... My glaze manipulation from base ingredients isn't the best. Fingers crossed I'll be able to figure something out. :-P
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    Materials For ^6 Copper Red Oxidation

    Absolutely will do! If only I can find these darn frits... :-P
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    Materials For ^6 Copper Red Oxidation

    Good call! I'm already finding some in the 800-1000 mesh range, that should be about the range I need. Thanks for the suggestion! Now, onto finding the frits... ;-)
  8. Hi Folks -- I'm looking to play around with some ^6 Copper Reds in Oxidation using chemical reduction. I've read the classic Pearsons article, as well as Tom Turner's great research on doing the same at ^9. The problem I'm having is finding some of the listed ingredients. I've reached out to General Color & Chemical, but my standard suppliers don't have any of the General Color Frits or even their Ferro equivalents (GF-146 / Ferro 210R for example). I'm also having a hard time finding anything other than chunky 400-mesh Silicon Carbide. Any recommendations for suppliers here? Thanks in advance! -- M
  9. This has already been said I think, but looking at those plates with cracks on them, the outside is visibly considerably dryer than the center. This kind of uneven drying will absolutely cause cracks. I'd recommend drying them upside down (on foam is a good option to prevent damage), and slowly. Wax on the rim isn't a bad idea either.
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    New Wheel Wobble - Bummer!

    No need to apologize! :-) After some debugging, we think it might be a problem with the milling on the wheel head not being perfectly concentric. I'm going to work on it over the weekend and see how it goes.
  11. For what it's worth, our community studio has an older-modeled 231, which was the predecessor to the 1027. Slightly smaller than the 1227, but still rated for ^8. We fire it about once every 2 weeks at ^6 with no problems. Elements have lasted at LEAST a year, probably closer to 1.5.
  12. Just had to vent somewhere. Finally saved up my money and got the space figured out, so I could buy my dream wheel... Got a Thomas Stuart wheel from Skutt! Waited all week for it to arrive, and it gets here today... With a WOBBLE! Still diagnosing the problem with the provider, but I'm afraid I'm going to have to send it back and wait even longer. So frustrating! Anywho, that's all. Feel free to share your frustrating stories like this to make me feel better! :-P
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    Community Kiln Availability

    Honestly, I found a bunch of places in LA that rent studio access with the use of kilns to (paying) members, without the need of classes... I just googled it. Try Echo Ceramics and The Clayhouse to start. They can probably direct you to other similar places if they don't work out for any reason (price, location, etc). Also, I'm up in San Francisco, but that's the kind of situation I have right now and it's great, and I feel like it's becoming more common in urban areas.
  14. Axner has what I believe to be generic-brand Advancers (nitride bonded silicon carbide) for significantly cheaper than any Advancer brand I can find. http://www.axner.com/nitride-bonded-silicon-carbide-kiln-shelves.aspx But I can't vouch for the quality. Maybe call Axner and inquire? Get some referrals?
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    Aim Updraft Kiln

    Simon Leach! I tried to edit my original post, but am not allowed to... Weird.

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