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    DAY got a reaction from Jerseypotter in Spoonrests or Top Ramen   
    Here's another "quickie" that helps pay the bills. I call it the "whatever" dish - spoon rest, powder room soap dish, ring rest, what ever.I cut a couple dozen per slab, with a 4" cookie cutter, form them on plaster hump molds. Wholesale for $60/dozen.


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    DAY got a reaction from ruddhess in Witness cone stopped at 3:30, not 4:00   
    One wonders how the PBO's(Potters Before Orton) managed to create the works now safely resting in museums worldwide?
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    DAY got a reaction from ruddhess in Newbie Question about Food Safe   
    Not all “bugs†are bad; your gut is filled with friendly little folks that digest your food. TV has lately discovered that they can sell you the same bacteria, (“ProBioticâ€) in packaged form!
     
     
     
     
    Milk is Pasteurized to kill microorganisms (such as Brucella, Campylobacter, E. coli, Listeria, Mycobacterium bovis, Salmonella, etc.
     
    It can be done in 30 minutes at 145F, or “flash†pasturized at 165F for 15 seconds. Your dishwasher gets hotter than that.
     
     
     
     
    Lead glazes are another whole “food safety†topic.
     
     
     
     
    The biggest danger of food safety in ceramics is- in America, at least- lawsuits. That is why restaurants have different criteria for their dinnerware.
     
     
     
     
    Relax- and look both ways when crossing the steet, you’ll live a long time.
     
     
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    DAY got a reaction from Figgypud in To rewire or not to rewire?   
    I looked at a used 208V kiln recently, and was told (by my ceramics supplier) that the only difference between 208 and 240 is the elements themselves. If the price is right, new elements can make it a 240V kiln.
    Note: This NOT the case with 3 phase.
     
     
     
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    DAY got a reaction from annekat in Spoonrests or Top Ramen   
    Here's another "quickie" that helps pay the bills. I call it the "whatever" dish - spoon rest, powder room soap dish, ring rest, what ever.I cut a couple dozen per slab, with a 4" cookie cutter, form them on plaster hump molds. Wholesale for $60/dozen.


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    DAY got a reaction from       in Newbie Question about Food Safe   
    "In reality, the higher end chain stores are selling low fired, decorated wares with zero qualms. I see glazed terra cotta wares for sale. I see sets of dishes with crackled glaze in my local department store. It seems impossibly confusing to me. "
    Good point, Chris!
    And we also have to worry about lightning, and sharks, and alien abduction. (also, the Mad Cows are baaaack!)
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    DAY got a reaction from awkwardsilence in Can I please have another   
    I had to read a bunch of replies, before I even had a clue what y'all are talking about! I never noticed those buttons in the lower right corner.
    -And I am only posting this comment, so I can look at my buttons. (This is a good spot for an "emoticon", only I consider them crutches for the illiterate, and never use them. Will that earn me a red mark?)
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    DAY got a reaction from awkwardsilence in I'm considering full time production pottery   
    Wee Willie Keeler( major league baseball, 1892-1910) said, "Hit 'em where they ain't".
    That equally applies to our 'line of work'. Find an empty niche- and fill it!
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    DAY got a reaction from       in Got Used Kiln for $100, now what?   
    All good advice, above. Remember: A kiln is a very simple device. Just a container for wires (elements) that get hot when electricity is supplied- by switches or a computer. No bearings, motors, or moving parts. As Lucille says, "have fun!"
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    DAY got a reaction from Iforgot in Electric firing   
    i'll post a picture of the kiln as soon as i can.
     
    One element- sounds like a "test kiln". They fire pretty fast, and you can't really compare them to a kiln with 4 or 6 elements. That said, test kilns are usually 120 V.
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    DAY got a reaction from Dora Anderson in I'm considering full time production pottery   
    Wee Willie Keeler( major league baseball, 1892-1910) said, "Hit 'em where they ain't".
    That equally applies to our 'line of work'. Find an empty niche- and fill it!
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    DAY got a reaction from Diana Ferreira in Candling and Cracking Early   
    Some 'Newbies' may not know the trick of holding a mirror above the top peephole. If it fogs, there is still moisture coming out!
    As to "rules" of when to open, etc, there are too many clay/glaze variables for a one size fits all answer. Better to be so busy with other tasks that you forget to open the kiln until tomorrow! Note: this is NOT a rule- with a show to pack for you can usually open the kiln, unload with oven mitts and pack for the show as soon as the ware doesn't melt the bubble wrap.
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    DAY got a reaction from teardrop in Will I burn my house down?   
    Lots of potters run their kilns "inside their house"- including schools! Kiln fires are rare to non existent. The danger of fire is in the wiring/breaker box, and is due to faulty/overloaded equipment. If you are tripping circuit breakers in the "heat of the day" it is because you do not have a high enough amperage main. 200 amps is standard in most residential construction.<div>The best place for a kiln is as close to the main breaker box as possible, and outside, but under cover. A kiln is just a tool, and a simple one, at that.</div>
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    DAY got a reaction from teardrop in Will I burn my house down?   
    Lots of potters run their kilns "inside their house"- including schools! Kiln fires are rare to non existent. The danger of fire is in the wiring/breaker box, and is due to faulty/overloaded equipment. If you are tripping circuit breakers in the "heat of the day" it is because you do not have a high enough amperage main. 200 amps is standard in most residential construction.<div>The best place for a kiln is as close to the main breaker box as possible, and outside, but under cover. A kiln is just a tool, and a simple one, at that.</div>
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    DAY got a reaction from Cyndi in single firing, cone 6 stoneware   
    Potters have "single fired" for several thousand years!<div><br><div>To learn more- everything!- google "steven hill single fire".</div></div>
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    DAY got a reaction from atanzey in Can I please have another   
    I had to read a bunch of replies, before I even had a clue what y'all are talking about! I never noticed those buttons in the lower right corner.
    -And I am only posting this comment, so I can look at my buttons. (This is a good spot for an "emoticon", only I consider them crutches for the illiterate, and never use them. Will that earn me a red mark?)
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    DAY got a reaction from JRWebb Pottery in New Work Table   
    My Bailey DRD slab roller has small casters on two legs. I haven't moved it in 10 years, but I can- and it is rock solid.<div>I suggest several smaller tables- with those casters. Pallets are built of oak, and are free. A few 4'x4' tables can be used alone, or put under a 4'x8' sheet of plywood for really big projects. Use bolts, not nails or screws.
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    DAY got a reaction from JRWebb Pottery in New Work Table   
    For the table top, cover it with something both removable and washable: Oil cloth, or a "retired" canvas from the lab roller. You can wedge on it, and clay won't stick. Take it outdoors and beat it/wash it.
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