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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

    Bubbles in Glaze

    WHY DO YOU SWITCH IT OFF?????????? DO YOU NOT HAVE A KILN SITTER?????? please post a photo or several to show the controls on the kiln. a brand name would help.
  2. old is not necessarily useless. glad you found us.
  3. oldlady

    Need advice on glazing for this piece.

    very nice work for such inexperience! second the advice already given. good luck and welcome to the forum.
  4. oldlady

    Studio Design

    recently saw the classroom that was being built at a local clay school. noticed that the kiln room was only going to be 4 feet wide by 12 or so. mentioned having no room to load and the next time i saw it, the wall had been moved to fit a person and the shelving unit. saw my idea on this old house last week. when i built a house i always marked the floor to show stud placement and adjusted the studs for the plumbing so the stacks fit between studs and the plumber did not have to cut anything. adding a stud to make up the 16 on center rule was no problem at that stage. avoid all that by placing the john far enough from the wall so it lands in the center of that stud space and you have room to clean around it. nice that you can get so many ideas from such a diverse group.
  5. oldlady

    Studio Design

    cold feet is a constant but only a small part of my problem. i am actually allergic to cold. tested by allergist. a tiny draft you would probably not notice will start my reaction just like someone with hay fever. runny nose and eyes, shivering, etc. start almost immediately. so florida in the winter, more wool sweaters than anyone should need and 2 pair of wool socks. under 70 degrees is painful, 70 to 75 almost tolerated and comfortable at 75 and above.
  6. sold my talisman after using it only a few times. just like Mea, brushes get clogged up and you lose a lot of time and glaze washing them out. the crank is a real pain in the arm, it is a huge circle to repeat many times and that gets old very fast. my hand sieving is done with the blue rubber kemper kidney rib. cheap and replaced many times over the years.
  7. oldlady

    Studio Design

    this is such an exciting idea that you might just ask This Old House if they want to be involved. all those plumbing questions and floor heating are just the kind of thing they like. i haven't built a new house since 2005 so i know there is a lot of new info and new products that could work more efficiently than the things i used to do. i do remember shopping for a house in the 1970s and thinking i would love to have one of the ones that had radiant floor heat. then i discovered that the piping was copper and there was a reaction with the concrete that ate up the copper pipes. fixing it was cost prohibitive. Rich Trethewey showed how the pex went in over metal to radiate the heat upwards when they put it into a wood floor. wonder what is best today? (as i sit here in florida on the unheated porch where it is about 60 degrees wishing i had either kind, right NOW!)
  8. oldlady

    Power Slab Roller

    just FYI. the free long paint stirring sticks at Home Depot are 1/4 inch thick. have used them often as gauges for thickness. i think their yardstick is the same. now 98 cents each.
  9. oldlady

    Studio Design

    just a thought about floor heating. you only need the piping in areas where you are going to be, not under the shelving, machinery, storage cabinets, etc. so the floor space is a little smaller than the building dimensions.
  10. oldlady

    Studio Design

    do you have an objection to using drywall sheets as wareboards? i love mine, the ones in west va are about 18x25 inches and are 5/8 thick. not too heavy but able to take a number of pots easily. the ones here in florida are a little narrower, they fit on closet frames that usually hold wire basket drawers. i certainly prefer the baker's racks that are in west va. this studio is too small for rolling carts. some people think they have to have duct tape all around the edges but i have never had a problem with that. if i cut the line correctly and break it right, there are no loose bits to "contaminate my clay". cannot imagine how anyone could contaminate wet clay which is not near the place finished work goes. if you cannot break the drywall correctly, a rub against a concrete sidewalk or driveway smooths it just like sandpaper would.
  11. oldlady

    Studio Design

    i do not see access to the porch from anywhere inside. unless the note is too small to read. an awning like projection on the side where the prevailing weather comes from can keep it dry, or almost dry in the rain. i think an entrance from the kiln room might be a good thing on those spring or fall days you would just like to sit down but not shiver too much.
  12. oldlady

    Used fire brick changed my plans

    just thinking about a PBS documentary showing the rust belt in USA. patrick, you are not far from larger cities where there are probably many older buildings that have steel that would simplify your door construction. there is probably an architectural salvage company that can locate what you need. spending a little now to save your back in the future sounds like a possible solution that would involve something like the Medalta structure. smaller but sturdy.
  13. oldlady

    Used fire brick changed my plans

    wow! that is taallllll! never saw one taller than 6 feet, that looks enormous. you will need a ramp and porch for loading and unloading.
  14. oldlady

    Studio Design

    heat in the floor would be wonderful. so much progress in that area in the last 20 years. when i built the studio and house in 1990, i put foam insulation under the concrete floor. the workers had never seen that before and did not know how to keep it down. i do now, a grid of wire farm fencing run and pinned just over the top of the foam sheets would be very inexpensive and would hold it down during the pouring and leveling. what would it take to become the potter sharing the space??????
  15. ceramics monthly, december cover story, 1982 about chris gustin. remember seeing huge yellow jars that had been sandblasted. beautiful. one had pieces of leather tied around the neck. cannot remember maker, dates sometimes in the 1980s.

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