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  1. Mixing glazes again.

    Yes, all outside work. Still, wearing a respirator is common sense, indoors or out.
  2. Buying A Gas Kiln

    Understood. I already have 3 kilns. Worst part for me is I'd have to tear down the one I have first. ;( Found one for the asking price of $5K. Owner says new it's around $13.5K, so pretty good price including hood, furniture and all. It's always the transport that's the rub...
  3. Mixing glazes again.

    ...hmmm...I just mix the total of the ingredients dry before adding the water. Churn it up good with a paint mixer and electric drill and sieve it 3-5 times and mix again.
  4. Kiln brick question

    ditto what Mark sez... They are cheap, usually $1.50-$2.50 new at any yard that handles cinder block and brick materials. I have them around to use for saggars and makeshift chimneys.
  5. Buying A Gas Kiln

    Reviving this thread out of consideration for conservancy... Anyone have an idea what the Bailey M-404-208 model retail cost is? That's the Studio Deluxe FL 18/12.
  6. Kiln brick question

    If this is them, still hard to tell, but hopefully not common fireplace brick often confused with refractory brick when described as 'firebrick'. If they are refractory bricks, I'd say yeah, and ditto the smaller kiln since it's salt and you're playing around with. Hard refractory brick takes alot more fuel to get to temperature as compared to soft brick.
  7. Wedging Table Design...

    Thanks, all good ideas. I hadn't thought about securing to a wall, I guess because my 'studio' (workspace) being outdoors is all free standing. Only one wall available, that being the house, and it's the bedroom/bathroom wall. Not so sure my napping wife would appreciate the thumping coming through the castle wall ... I'm probably going to have to find or build something and secure it to the cement floor somehow. Always a challenge working outside. Latest Blogger
  8. Kiln brick question

    Have any info on the Phil Rogers test kiln for salt ?
  9. Kiln brick question

    We realized it wasn't wise to use such heavy brick in the end so we used it for the chimney only. We were building a cantilever arched kiln, and used regular hard brick. In hindsight I would have probably used high temp soft brick. Things to consider are how long it will take to get the kiln to temp. Super hard furnace brick is going to take alot longer to heat up from what I recall. However, if you're going to use it for salt, the tougher the brick the better I'd assume. Salt takes a toll on bricks.
  10. Wedging Table Design...

    So, I'm getting tired of my noisy and shaky outdoor make-shift wedging table. It's basically a 2x4 frame with 2" of cement and a scrap marble top sitting on a metal bench. Actually now I just use the bench top that's covered with vinyl drawer material. None the less it's noisy and less than stable. Wedging tables in the past I've used have been heavy wood construction with a frame filled with plaster. I use to wedge on the cement floor but those days are over (knees). Looking for a solution that's sturdy enough not to dance across the floor and stable while I'm slapping 15 pounds of clay when prepping slabs or kneading. Seems like a simple deal but I'd like to see what ya'll use. I'm thinking 24" X 36" in size. My studio is uncovered and outside.
  11. Kiln brick question

    We salvaged bricks for our first kiln in 1972 from a some sort of smelting oven out in Trona, CA. They were hard alright...and heavy. Turned out to be 3000+ degree bricks! Big diff from regular hard bricks. Curious to see what you have.
  12. Seeing Cones

    ...so, um...what do you use?... I have certified infrared kiln glasses, and guess what, (on subject), I still can't see the cones at cone 10. A lot of it has to do wit the size of the peephole. On my big gas kiln It's alot easier with 2"X2" peeps. On my Olympic toploader with the little 1" holes no way Jose'...
  13. Word dat. Glad you clarified your intent to post thus article. I'm not familiar with 'Skinny Artist' or it's purpose. Kind of appears it's directed at' those in learning to be'. Otherwise it's just more internet fluff... ...you should see some of the student's work that comes out of my wife's high school art class, so much natural talent!
  14. Pottery Back To A Sideline

    For what it's worth to the OP, Stephen, it kind of depends on what you're trying to do/accomplish I guess. JB's statement about how the craft faire circuit was an easy gig back in the day, that is so true. Entrance fees where as low as $15! Best part was one could eek out a living making stuff. You didn't need no day job workin' for the man! Really a low overhead dealio. Load up, drive there, set-up and sell. Sleep in the van. Been there done that but, now I suffer from fear of what this new market holds. With social media and the resurgence of appreciation for handmade goods, it's become a real business, like it or not. High overhead, lots of work even after all the work it takes to make stuff. So much more work alone just doing the social media aspect! I don't care what anyone says, making pottery is hard work! The well documented production of those like Mark or Mia shows that it can be done, but it's got to be a grind... All power to those that are successful and survive. It's the same value judgement as back in the day, not having to work a day job. Making a living making clay. Me, I'm not so sure I even want to get out and sell stuff. No, wait. I'm sure I don't want to...I think I like the studio sale and cottage showroom approach. This year I took off from the studio, part due to the weather, part due to other interests. Low count on the blogging and Instagramming (is that a word?), but you know what...I'm not going to worry about it. I do have a day job. No interest in becoming a production potter for myself or anyone else. To my thinking, that's the opposite of why I make stuff out of clay. I like the process, and I like doing something I'm good at. When the process becomes a grind it just becomes work. But maybe I digress. The working model is great for those that want that. Best approach I've seen is Mia's, subtle branding, succinct product line, minimal display. Very nice indeed. But the old days of hauling your wares in a van to a mall or street craft faire for cheap are probably long gone. (Marks been doing it for so long he's probably immune to the grind ) I wouldn't expect to sell a dang thing except maybe a few coffee cups. I'd rather give my work away than sell it cheap...but then again I have fear of the unknown...