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  1. We are trying to recover from Hurricane Sandy. Here in West Virginia we were hit with 42 inches of snow, and lost power for two weeks causing our studio (and us) to freeze. We are trying to recover our losses, both in inventory and lost time for the holiday season. Our inventory was all frozen including greenware, bisque ware, glazes, slips, magic water, chemicals, clay, and equipment (including our pug mill full of clay). Anyone have any experience with frozen pottery? We don't have time to fire and hope our inventory survived, so we have just left everything and started over. The clay is fine, but we are wondering if the glazes, slips, magic water, etc. are OK to use. Anyone who has worked with frozen materials, reassurances would be greatly appreciated!
  2. Recovering From Sandy- Frozen Studio?

    Well, The glaze worked fine and bisque ware survived firing. Thank you everyone for your support. We lost everything that had moisture in it, but at least we can reclaim it after we get the pug mill working again. Without our pugger, production is very slow, but we are at least going in the right direction. I am making a lot of slab ware and would kill for a slab roller! If we can keep the studio going, it will be a future purchase. Good Luck with Holiday Sales everyone!
  3. Candling?

    Here are two great firing schedules that might help: Damp ware bisque profile This profile is used for pots that are past leather hard butare not bone dry 90° F per hour up to 185° F hold at 185° F for 4 hours 100° F per hour up to 600° F 200° F per hour up to 1922° F Let the kiln cool on its own Thick as a brick bisque profile This profile is used for sculptures or kid made wares thatare thick as a brick and would explode from the steam in a normal firing 90° F per hour up to 185° F hold at 185° F for 8 hours 100° F per hour up to 600° F 200° F per hour up to 1922° F Let the kiln cool on its own. I forget where they came from, but they have never failed.
  4. Recovering From Sandy- Frozen Studio?

    Thanks everyone! We are starting to sieve the glazes right now! I think the pug mill might be a complete loss, as both ends were capped to keep the clay from drying out. Not sure about the vacuum on it. It makes horrible noises when we turn it on, and does not produce clay. The other equipment might work after we tear them apart. We are going to fire all the bisque wear, but hold on the green wear. We appreciate the replys, as we just don't have the time to do much experimenting right now. Hope everyone has great holiday sales!
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