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  1. oldlady

    clay water content

    thank you neil, i always use C&C for its whiteness. can you tell me what makes it "better" in this case or am i getting too far from the topic?
  2. oldlady

    figurative sculpture surface

    colorbaby, you can fill in the holes by rubbing the piece with your finger. you will raise dust which you should NOT breathe. do it outside or next to an open window with a fan blowing outward. this is where you learn about another thing a potter needs, a respirator. a protective device for your lungs that you should wear when working with glazes especially. several previous posts can be found on the forum. hope you can find them. next time you glaze wet all the pieces before beginning to apply the glaze. allow them to dry enough to make the glaze stick but not too much or you are right back here again. and apply your glaze evenly, unless you want the kind of lump that shows in the middle of your photo.
  3. that place used to be known as the "bowling ball house" but now they are almost buried in the other things. it is a tourist attraction. the people who built is raised a lot of money for an arts center downtown in safety harbor, fl. that center is in some of the photos posted. the town is on tampa bay and is a mixture of ordinary houses built awhile back, extremely expensive fancy places for the wealthy visitor to feel superior to the common man and several small mobile home parks which are going to get gobbled up and made into huge condo blocks that will prevent anyone else from even seeing the water. just a pity.
  4. when you start out working with clay, you find very shortly that you have run out of space, relatives and friends to give things to, ideas for new stuff. try doing this instead, look at Google maps and enter "Whimzeyland" for a look at one solution. i have not been there for several years and it appears to have grown in my absence. check out all the photos, you have probably never seen anything like it.
  5. some time ago i posted a photo of a commercial plate that clearly says you can use it in the microwave. the photo shows concentric circles of cracking with dark lines of something in the cracks. it was warming up a guest's dinner after she took a phone call instead of eating. did not ask, just stuck it in for thirty seconds and ruined it.
  6. oldlady

    Some free advice!

    good. you are right about enforcement. it depends on the individual in charge. you would not believe the lack of understanding at my wv house. codes were only adopted a few years before i bought in 2002. the septic tank is under the dirt floor in my last garage which is sort of attached to the house. just framing down to the ground, no insulation attic open, back wall is on top of concrete blocks, one row high. really pretty brickwork on the door side, though. the kilns are in that "room". got to find a way to hold the big kiln up in the air so i can slip a solid foundation underneath it to keep it from sinking into the dirt floor. where is the jolly green giant when you need him?
  7. oldlady

    Some free advice!

    have built is several places, the zoning is different but all of them allow "artists" to work at home with almost no restrictions. in rural areas you can even sell your "produce" in a roadside stand on your property.
  8. tony, hope you can work this out. just a question. why are you firing so fast, were you told to or do you have a specific reason to do so? i have the same kiln you do and have always fired it at slow glaze because i single fire. i am not advocating you fire at slow glaze, just wondering why you chose to fire so fast. and, do not forget to let the person who gave you the wrong advice about cones know how it should be done. you might save someone else a lot of trouble.
  9. shawn, seriously, throwing tall and thin takes a base that will allow it. if you start with the sort of mound with sloping sides you will have a problem before you start to pull upward. mea said it best, start with a "hockey puck". whatever weight, straight sides downward. open it and establish the bottom and diameter. get your lifting finger under the bottom and make a groove. clean off your finger. THEN you will be lifting the clay that can become part of the wall. every time you pull up, pull inward as well so the pot is tapered along its height. when you are finished with each pull, hold that last revolution until the clay is running steadily through your fingers and flatten the top. just hold, do not force anything. last pull widen the taper so the pot is straight and perpendicular to the wheelhead. to do anything like this try using a mirror set up so you can see the profile at all times. it makes it so much easier to tell when you have messed up. corrections are easier when you can see what you are doing in real time, not later when you force your body into some crunched sideways angle to see the profile with your eyes.
  10. oldlady

    Some free advice!

    sam, now i understand how you can possibly think of making such a huge studio pay off. and i looked at the photos you posted. i think i saw all 203 of them. you really have the skills and ability to make it a full time occupation with a good income. congratulations on making it all work. wish there were comments on each photo, the kiln collapse looked awful but i see that the damage was to only a small part of your inventory.
  11. preston, what depth does the spoon reach inside the jar?
  12. 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.
  13. old is not necessarily useless. glad you found us.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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!)
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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??????

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