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  1. Pres - have you seen a video of this anywhere? I'd love to see, rather than trying to picture how you're doing this. Alice
  2. I bought a used L&L, and immediately dealt with their service to get new elements, some replacement bricks and element holders. I found them to be helpful. Maybe not 'southern friendly' but I got everything I needed with a minimum of effort. The support information on their website is the best I've found, although I haven't cruised 'all' the manufacturer's sites, since I really wanted the L&L. I also have an Olympic gas, and a Cress test kiln. Alice
  3. How Bring My Reclaim Back To Life

    I've been thinking about this for a long time - a good many people mention throwing their scrap in the back yard. Please be aware that runoff from clay, when it enters any waterway or storm drain, would be a pollutant. Not because of toxic materials, but because of the turbidity it causes. So, if your yard drains to any waterway without treatment (like a stormwater pond), please don't. At certain times of the year, the turbidity impedes the development of some of the critters that keep our streams healthy. Likewise, if it ends up in a bay, it's a bad thing. Alice
  4. Based on her blog photos, Mea Rhee does this: http://www.goodelephant.com/recent-work.html - Fourth photo down on the left. She's on here as GEP - you could PM her and ask for some direct advice. Alice
  5. Purple and White Mugs

    From the album Photo Booth Dec 2013

  6. Photo Booth Dec 2013

  7. Green bowl and mug

    From the album Photo Booth Dec 2013

  8. Brown Mixing Bowl

    From the album Photo Booth Dec 2013

  9. Blue and white mugs

    From the album Photo Booth Dec 2013

  10. PVC Photo Booth

    From the album Photo Booth Dec 2013

    My new PVC Photo Booth. Try to ignore the studio clutter - this had to go in a junk corner!
  11. Going To Be Brave Like Marcia ....

    I love the first one - which appears to be the second one from your original post. The slightly muted colors don't distract from the layers and edges. The more intense color in the second distracts from what I think you're trying to convey, i.e. the layers. I like the third, but the more brittle feel of the 'broken' edges says something different to me - I like the flowing feel of the rolled-to-thin edge. I agree that thinner will make them even better. And the idea of something hidden inside was what prompted my previous suggestion of texture between the layers. I was thinking of very tiny occaisional texture marks, like hidden treasures peeking under the layers. I love your work! We make frequent trips to Raleigh; I keep thinking of seeing if I could come visit you! Alice
  12. Going To Be Brave Like Marcia ....

    I like the center one the most, and would love to see that many layers with the looser look in a 'more color' version - maybe there's more color to come out in the high fire? The first gives the appearance of 'separate' vessels. At first look, I didn't care for the one on the right, but looking again, the smoothing/flattening does make the piece more singular. Not sure how you're forming them, but it might be interesting to add some partially hidden textures in the 'underneath' sections. Alice
  13. My favorite is Axner - but I live up north and they're down south, and shipping is a bear. I still order smaller orders from them online - I've had excellent customer service there. And when we go to Florida to visit our son, a trip to Axner is usually on the agenda. I order some stuff from Clay-King because their prices are good. Alice
  14. Bottom Element Shrunk

    Order the element, then when you have it on hand try heating and stretching. It would be a good learning experience, and at least in my world the only way something like that would work is if I already had the 'fix' on hand! Alice
  15. I have two Clay Boss wheels, one bought new and one bought used. I love them. I have used Shimpo and Brent, and I'll readily admit that there are benefits to spending more, but if you don't have it.... My 'used' wheel is better than the newer, store-bought one - go figure. The used one was an e-bay purchase, but I'm not sure I'd buy one again without being able to try it out first. I was just very lucky! I definately recommend plugging it in and seeing if it runs smoothly, if you buy used. Alice