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    : western Canada and parts in between
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    well made pots
  1. Throwing/shaping with a rib on the outside, after pulling up the cylinder, helps compress the clay as well. The one rib to rule them all.
  2. Goldenrod Glaze

    Looking back I did a lot of ill advised stuff. I was younger and didn't know any better. It had issues for certain but the result was worth it, for the most part.
  3. Goldenrod Glaze

    When I was working in oxidation I got mildly infatuated with crystals for a bit. One happy result was a very runny yellow. I was more naive back then and didn't have the luxury of software or 'professional' advice so all excuses aside this was a remarkable yellow as long as you took caution and were prepared for some mishaps. custer feldspar 58 whiting 15 Zinc Oxide 15 copper oxide 1.5 Titanium Dioxide 3 Spodumene 3 Tin Oxide 4 We used it at a 9 but i suspect it might work lower. Potash feldspar might work better - or worse I found something that worked first try and never looked back.
  4. Dragons think pop up shows are good!

    That picture looks like it's probably a Calgary Market Collective event. If that is a 'Canadian' pop-up event it rivals most of the small town shows I've helped with/participated in.
  5. This applies everytime I sit down at the wheel, weigh out another series of tiles or open another kiln.
  6. I just wanted to offer a very delayed thanks for this. When I read this the first time I wanted to say something but I'm not the most tactful at times and appreciate the honesty here.
  7. I had a flame out a few years ago in on of the two, well sheltered/secure, regulated, tiger torch kilns I run. I babysit my kilns as well but this burner might have been running for 15 minutes unlit. Suffice to say everything things came to an immediate halt while the kiln got partially unbricked and vented. Even after 30 mins of sniffing and fussing and toe tapping i was a bit nervous hitting the striker again. I sure enjoy running gas kilns but I will never fully trust them.
  8. Prediction required

    This glaze 'adventure' reminds me of something from a Greg Daly book. He has a section on random glazes and how we can learn from odd/unexpected ratios/results. I enjoy trying understand eutectics so the perspectives here are helpful. It might be fun/educational to share a random glaze or two.
  9. Prediction required

    Everything looks within the lmits for Green and Cooper. The boron is a bit high but the alumina is neither too high or too low. The lithium might tip the melt a bit towards runny but my guess is for a happy accident. The silia:alumina ratio suggests, as GN anticipates, a more satin result but the magnesium is insufficent for a proper magnesia matte in my experience.
  10. Not only will you lose fine particles in suspension you will lose any soluble components by pouring water off. I've known a few buckets of glaze that were never the same after someone poured water off. Allowing water to evaporate is the best way I know to remove water. Freezing buckets of glaze can keep the mess down but will also change some glazes.
  11. wheel head bearing service

    thanks for this
  12. This conversation was begining to sound like something i had bookmarked so I figured i could add some information from an old clayart conversation stressing the importance of regulators in weed burner set-ups among a few other things. http://www.potters.org/subject09775.htm
  13. Glazes That Break

    Trick is to smash those ugly pieces quickly before too many people see them.
  14. Soda Firing Questions

    Thanks for this. Phil Rogers is one of my favorites so I'm reluctant to admit to a certain educational bias.

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