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Richarde

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  1. L&l Vs Skutt

    I have worked with Skutts at a local community studio, and I recently purchased an L&L Easy Fire model; my vote is for the L&L. In the first year (first months!) of firing the new Skutts, the kiln brick was chipping terribly--they soon looked not much better than the old Skutts we had. As others have said, the L&L manual is easily readable and comprehensive. There are several pre-set programs you can use, but you can also program your own firing schedule. We can do the same at the studio with the Skutts, but the L&L seems to explain a bit more about what's going on with the programs. In fairness, the Skutts have been dependable, but if you can by an L&L for the same money, I say do it! Best of luck, Richarde
  2. Vent Fans And Firing

    Thank you, Neil. Yes, my cooling cycle went down to 1500. I'm so nervous! Once I have this glaze firing under my belt, I think I'll relax a bit. I'm always super careful with members' work, but when it came down to a kiln load of my own work, I got a little freaked out! I love my L&L, by the way. You gave me some advice when I was trying to decide what kiln to buy. Richarde
  3. I just bought the John Britt Mid-Range Glazes and love it! Not only does it contain a large library of glazes, but there is a lot of great information on components we use to make glazes and various firing schedules. I also have Electric Studio: Making & Firing from the Ceramic Arts Handbook Series--good general information and a few glaze recipes. I really want to get the Roy and Hesselberth book, it's next on my list! Happy glazing, Richarde
  4. Will Ilmenite Work At Cone 6?

    I have several favorite cone 6 glazes that use ilmenite in both granular and powdered form. I tried finding a replacement when starting my own glaze operation so that I wouldn't have to buy one more thing, but I just couldn't live without my favorite glaze--there was not replacement!
  5. I work at a community studio, and we leave our vent fans running until the kilns are completely cool and ware is removed. I just fired my first glaze fire in my own kiln at home, and I'm questioning whether to leave the fan running after the firing has been completed. I have a 7 cubic foot L&L kiln with 3" brick and programmed it with a slow cooling cycle. Will the vent fan cause the kiln to cool too quickly and thus undo anything I might have accomplished with my program? I fire kilns three times a week at work, but I feel like I've never fired a kiln before now that it's my own kiln. Silly! Thank you in advance. Richarde
  6. Glaze Chemical Containers - Help!

    I like the idea of getting free containers! I have bought Sterilite snap lid garbage cans to hold full bags. My kiln shed has some issues with debris falling (small dark specks of who knows what) that I don't want falling into my chemicals, and these seem to keep the best seal. My best source is Target for around $10 each.
  7. Storing Glaze Chemicals

    Thank you, everyone. I really didn't think it would be a problem, but he was so insistent that I wanted expert advice!
  8. Hello, everyone. I am beginning my glaze operation and came home with a few 50 pound bags and planned to store them in Hefty 13 gallon plastic trash containers with a snap lid. I live in hot, humid Alabama and will be storing these in my kiln shed. Because it's not insulated and has a few spaces in the outside boards, my husband thinks the garbage cans will not keep out the moisture and will ruin the chemicals. We store chemicals this way in the studio where I work, which, of course, is inside a proper building with heating and a/c. Is he right about the moisture? I bought plastic shoe box-like boxes for my oxides and smaller quantity chemicals; will those not be good enough? Thank you in advance for answering my post. Richarde
  9. If You Want Perfect...

    I really only started commissions this year, and it seemed like a way to be certain money was coming in. I also used it as a way to force me to make things I don't like/don't do well--plates! It feels like torture, but I think it has forced improvement on me! I am finding, though, that I'm tired of making things I have to make.
  10. If You Want Perfect...

    Thank you everyone. I guess I just needed confirmation. I've already gotten much freer at discarding obvious crap, and I'm even learning to cull it BEFORE bisque or immediately after. I was just so frustrated and want to be finished with the work for this client (This is the second butter dish--three and four are drying). The first turned out perfectly--fit-wise--but the glaze was over fired and looked like yuck! Maybe now I need a thread on how to keep things from warping! Chris, you got me at the question of how I would feel if this were given to a potter I admire. Yes, clay lover, I'm trying to help uphold standards and PRICE in my area. Pugaboo, I may just have to try the stepping stone (or a dead pots garden)! Again, thank you everyone.
  11. I almost think I'm about to ask a no-brainer. I'm a relatively new potter (going on five years) and am earnestly trying to increase my sales. I pot at a community studio for now, and I've asked my fellow potters about selling pieces that aren't quite perfect. For example, I had a lid warp on a butter dish, and though I ground the offending curves to make it fit, the inside warp doesn't allow for a full block of Kerrygold butter to fit. I think it should go in the garbage--and pieces like it--but my fellow potters say, "If they want perfect, they should go to Wal Mart." Some of these potters have more than 40 years experience making and selling pottery. I'm I being unreasonable? I understand a little imperfection may be expected, despite taking precautions. How does this community feel about that? Thank you.
  12. Leveling a potter's wheel

    Thank you, everyone. I've told my husband the consensus is he is right, so we'll get to work on it this weekend. I would prefer a proper potter's shed to my sunroom, but this is how it must be for now. Richarde
  13. Hello, I recently purchased a Pacifica 800 wheel and am using it in my sunroom which has a slightly sloped wooden floor as it used to be an open porch area. My wheel did not come with ways to level it, and I cannot find a kit to purchase that would help me with that. I have stacked papers under the legs, but after using it for a bit, it's no longer level. My husband suggests placing plywood under the legs and using shims, but I'm not keen on that idea. A potter friend suggested putting something in tin cans and placing the legs in the cans to level the wheel. That seems awkward, but I'm considering it. Thanks for any suggestions.
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