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  1. I have placed stained glass without foil in the bottom of a bowl to add to glaze. Can glass with or without foil be successfully incorporated into the wall of a pot in a manner such that it can be part of the wall like a window without melting? Would a groove do this? What cone would be necessary? I have some 1/2 inch thick glass chunks bought in Chartres. Does the thickness make a difference?
  2. I like the suggestion sbout the groove. Several years ago a friend gave me a ceramic oil lamp of an unusual design but the brass lamp fittings were attached to the ceramic base with a hot melt glue. It was fine until I decided to fill it with kerosene in case of one of our infamous power outages (some of which last up to ten days). I needed to use it one day and took the lamp off the shelf and the lamp parts and the chimney fell off, the kerosene had broken the bond between the ceramic and the brass. I'm just glad it didn't happen while the lamp was lit. Mechanical attachment would have prevented this from happening. I now only use it for decoration. One of the contributing factors to the lack of bond was that the manufacturer tried to bond the brass lamp part to the lip which was glazed. Recently I made a ceramic alembic for use in extracting essential oils. One of the problems i had was attaching a copper gooseneck to the ceramic top of the alembic and I did it with a two part machined piece of brass that screwed into the tapered alembic causing a compression seal which was sealed with a bit of EPDM I had laying around. Regards, Charles
  3. I like the suggestion sbout the groove. Several years ago a friend gave me a ceramic oil lamp of an unusual design but the brass lamp fittings were attached to the ceramic base with a hot melt glue. It was fine until I decided to fill it with kerosene in case of one of our infamous power outages (some of which last up to ten days). I needed to use it one day and took the lamp off the shelf and the lamp parts and the chimney fell off, the kerosene had broken the bond between the ceramic and the brass. I'm just glad it didn't happen while the lamp was lit. Mechanical attachment would have prevented this from happening. I now only use it for decoration. One of the contributing factors to the lack of bond was that the manufacturer tried to bond the brass lamp part to the lip which was glazed. Recently I made a ceramic alembic for use in extracting essential oils. One of the problems i had was attaching a copper gooseneck to the ceramic top of the alembic and I did it with a two part machined piece of brass that screwed into the tapered alembic causing a compression seal which was sealed with a bit of EPDM I had laying around. Regards, Charles
  4. Hello. I am potting at a continuing care retirement community studio in Exeter NH for which I am grateful. Started potting in 1956 and have done off and on since then.

    I really appreciate the help and advice offered here by experienced potters.

  5. Looked this up - pricey. I would like to know how your friend made his if you can find out. Thanks for your advice and help.
  6. Because of arthritis, hand surgery, and stroke, even with therapy I work with a weak and twisted left hand; thumb will not raise from palm right now. i get fair results by rotating the wheel clockwise (Asian) method. I straddle the wheel propping my left foot on 2 bricks and bracing my arm on knee to get leverage. Torn left rotator cuff does not help. Are there tips or tricks anyone with similar circumstances can suggest? Hope so; potting is good therapy. van
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