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About oldlady

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    single firing an electric kiln to cone 6
  • Birthday 08/30/1940

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    harpers ferry west va and pinellas park fl
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    architecture, old Sears mail order houses, cocker spaniels, name a subject, I will love it

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  1. oldlady

    Advice on Kiln I Found

    certainly hope you bought that kiln! it is a bargain. when you remove the blank ring, advertise and sell it. then it will be more of a bargain. do not leave us wondering, please let us know the results.
  2. it sounds as though the maker is the only one who would have any advice for you. try to talk to another person if there is more than one.
  3. have you been taught to finish the original throwing session by running a pointed stick around the bottom to take off most of that excess clay before wiring it off?
  4. oldlady

    Looking for a ceramic mold

    if you are on 5th ave in NYC, try putting up an ad of some sort at the UN. maybe a traveler from the netherlands will bring it with them for a lower "shipping" cost.
  5. oldlady

    Seeking Advice

    reading this has upset me very much. it is obvious to me and to the other responders that the male student cannot possibly do what you expect from him. stop expecting so much. are you fined for not having a student progress? is your credibility as a teacher assaulted by the failure of one non credit student? do you have no compassion at all? i think the problem is yours and you just want that student gone from your classroom. do you object to people being charitable? the female knows compassion and charity. try looking both of them up in a dictionary!
  6. oldlady

    Studio Floorplan design

    welcome to the wonderful world of having a studio of your own design! several years ago there was a discussion here of what kind of studio do you have. lots of pictures of many different kinds of work spaces. designs for heavy slab work with lots of flat table space, many wheel workers with gobs of shelving. you might want to look for that somehow in the search posted at the top of the forum page. also visit as many studios as you can to see how others have done it. it is studio tour time so get out there and look. ask if you can take photos and be upfront with your reasons. a few potters may think you are stealing their pottery designs. check out GEPs excellent basement studio setup at her website. find her avatar and signature to locate it. marcia selsor has a great setup for her work which includes her recent addition of a kiln shed ( read palace) in montana. there is also a book on studio design that you might find online or in your local library. get wheels, lots of wheels for equipment, storage and heavy buckets of glaze. get a really good quality mop and bucket that has rollers to squeeze the water out. and make sure you have a sink that can handle large buckets. mostly, have fun working together.
  7. oldlady

    Slip reclaim

    where is this slip? a city name would help.
  8. oldlady

    Looking to buy a pottery wheel for a beginner

    welcome to the forum. do not let the above advice deter you from considering used equipment but do not buy that particular wheel. no point in making it even harder to learn all you need to before you feel proficient. if you are in a hurry and have the money, you will have your choice of new ones but,if you have some time, you will be able to find a good used wheel. it does require a little time and some searching several possibilities. there are lots of people who will get new wheels for christmas presents, watch for their older ones being listed for sale. know who your seller is, the child of a potter who has died, a potter replacing a wheel for a good reason, a school system getting rid of "old" equipment or one no longer offering classes and disposing of all their equipment. meanwhile, check online for pottery supply houses selling new equipment. learn what features you might be interested in having long term. read the older posts here about buying wheels, there are lots of them listed in many ways. if you are in an area where potters offer open studio tours, visit some and ask questions, maybe you can even try a wheel somewhere. often, people who inherit pottery equipment know absolutely nothing about what they have. educate yourself so you can help them see that just looking at the price of a new wheel and offering a used one for half of that is not the way to sell something so old and misused that it is not worth $10. my wheel is old, purchased in 1972 but it is in excellent condition because i do not use it every day for hundreds of pots. do some research first to save headaches later. happy hunting.
  9. oldlady


    TERRRIFFFFIC! where is it located?
  10. oldlady

    Tiles - Top Shelf - Take 2

    chilly, you really have this down now! remember when you started and how far you have come, go go girl!
  11. oldlady

    Kiln didn’t reach temperature

    welcome to the forums. we have kiln experts here but they probably need more info for an answer. kiln brand name and model number, brand name of elements, size of kiln, what country are you in, the 1000 is not marked F or C. as much as you can supply.
  12. oldlady

    How to duplicate this?

    glad you found it.
  13. oldlady

    How to duplicate this?

    there is a website for potters who use commercial glazes. i think it is something like "cone 6 pottery" or some such. it does say cone 6 in the title.
  14. oldlady

    overnight warm up?

    there is a good reason not to include sleeping space. the dust in a studio contains toxic materials, silica primarily. candling may be done by some potters but not everyone. try the search at the beginning of the forums for photos of studios in use by some members here. it is a few years old but available if you have computer skills. GEP, or mea rhee, has a studio that has been featured here several times. marcia selsor has a beauty out in montana with enviable space for lots of things that would not fit in mea's basement. or in Lee U's converted bedroom. pottery studios are pretty individual. my setup would not suit others at all. there is a book written on how to set up studios for your own special needs, cannot remember the author at the moment, but it has photos of many working studios in north carolina. it includes one owned by a very successful potter from a long line of potters. his copper roof and duplicate equipment in each corner for different colored clay work would be financially out of reach and not be common for most individual potters. check out your local library for ideas as well as the usual youtube stuff. some copies of ceramic arts daily magazine show potters working in various places from barns in the country to converted city factory spaces and everything in between. sounds like my kind of project, good luck with it. do not put kilns too close to the walls and leave space for loading and unloading heavy work into and out of them. wheels on heavy things for daily mopping of the floors would be a good touch. visit as many studios as you can. this time of year in the US there are studio tours in many parts of the country. you can enjoy a weekend in the country and meet real potters that way.
  15. oldlady


    what size is this? it could be anything from a whiskey cup to a vase.

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