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Karen B

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About Karen B

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    Potter 1981-present
  • Birthday January 1

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    http://www.cavemadepottery.com

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    Female
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    Massachusetts
  1. It was fascinating to see a video of a potter who worked with porcelain wearing all white. Made sense. I like yoga pants and low cut tee shirt. Feeling sexy helps me be creative.
  2. Ah..... but beware the Dark Side. WOOD firing! MMmmmmuuuuhhhhhhaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Electric leads to gas. And gas leads to soda and salt. And salt and soda lead to wood. Take over your life, it will. best, .........................john Yes, John, I have already heard the siren call of Salt! But one step at a time for me! Marc your positive mindset is very much in line with mine, Thank you. Karen
  3. Oh Marcia! How generous! I would do cone 6 reduction. I will be in touch. Thank you so much. Karen
  4. Thank you John, Neil, Mags, 1515, Oldlady, and Marc, from the bottom of my heart for your thoughtful answers! I will consider the information, read the material and talk to the people you have suggested. Mostly I will slow down and make sure I do it right.
  5. Hi, so it's been awhile since I've been here on this forum. We've empty nested and moved to NJ from Mass. My studio contents have been in storage for the last 7 months. In a few weeks, I will have a house and a studio again! I have been taking classes at TASOC in Demarest to stay sane. I fell hard for the reduction look there. Since I sold my electric kiln before we moved, I am in need of a new kiln and plan to buy a gas kiln and fire to cone 6. What I know: There is a natural gas line right near the garage wall where I will set up (indoors). I will need the right size fitting to the kiln for the gas. There is a high window that I can vent out of. I probably will get a Bailey.... OK, that's it! ha ha not much. Questions: -Can I bisque in the gas kiln? -How much of the time during the firing do I need to be doing something? -Will my cone 6 electric glazes look fabulous fired in reduction? -Things to consider when shopping for the kiln? -Please recommend a good step by step book for firing with gas and reducing. -I'd love to take a workshop but haven't seen anything.... have you? -What do I need to know? Thank you for any help! Karen Come see the reduction work I've done (but not fired myself) at Peter's Valley Craft Show Sept 24th and 25th!
  6. I have used Gare Lime Light. Which comes in a pint jar. Nice and shiny. Good for 06 - 04. http://www.gare.com/search.cfm#!prettyPhoto I have used a few of their other greens too, but I think Lime Light matches best.
  7. Marcia, when you have time, could you post a picture of your coils? I would greatly appreciate it. Karen
  8. Hi Jojess, I am going to say grog, (because that is what I use), in place of sand, (what you use). When I have grog stuck to the back of my plates, I rub the backs together and it comes off. Or I can use any fired flat bottom to rub off anything that sticks, like grog or kiln wash. The grog should be thin to avoid unevenness. I do leave the grog on my kiln shelves, however, I do rub the sides and bottom with a clean dry green scrubby before placing in the kiln to avoid any stray grains. I don't know if you saw it, but I described how to apply the grog to the shelf above. Hi Karen, thank you for your hints and tips..i used grog on my shelves for the first time and no cracks in my hearts yay!! I am now trying paperclay, rather than the porcelain that i have been using as someone suggested that it maybe more suited to my flat pieces. I have some more hearts drying so yet to see what they will do in the first firing. That sounds like a good idea Jo. Let us know how it works.
  9. Are you interested in large leaves? Like as much as 8" across?
  10. Hi Jojess, I am going to say grog, (because that is what I use), in place of sand, (what you use). When I have grog stuck to the back of my plates, I rub the backs together and it comes off. Or I can use any fired flat bottom to rub off anything that sticks, like grog or kiln wash. The grog should be thin to avoid unevenness. I do leave the grog on my kiln shelves, however, I do rub the sides and bottom with a clean dry green scrubby before placing in the kiln to avoid any stray grains. I don't know if you saw it, but I described how to apply the grog to the shelf above.
  11. 3mugs

    Love your mugs!
  12. A word about putting grog (or sand) on your kiln shelves. I found that it doesn't need to be more than a thin coating. The easy way to get an even thin coating is to hold your hand about a foot or more over the shelf and sprinkle as you move over the entire surface. Of course you are far away from anything that doesn't need grog on it! Since putting grog on my kiln shelves, I have had no cracking.
  13. A question for those of you who single fire. Do you dip your entire pot in one glaze? I tried to single fire once, and I dipped the top quarter of the pot in one glaze, and when I could handle it and went to dip the bottom 3/4, it just broke right off at the edge of the first dip. When I went to dip a whole pot in glaze, it fell apart. So, what do you do?
  14. Incredibly beautiful. Thanks for posting.
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