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  1. My experience is that 266 bloats at Cone 6 . I have significantly less problem at Cone 5.5 but even then it can have intermittent issues. And ....don't even think about re-firing it as it will almost certainly bloat in a second glaze fire. I bisque to Cone 05 and would be interested in knowing if folks get a better result at Cone 6 if they bisque to Cone 04. It is a beautiful clay. -SD
  2. Nancy, Here's a video of Kyle Carpenter, a potter from Asheville, NC, cutting 4 feet into the foot ring of a wheel thrown bowl that's been altered into an oval shape. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtAOYrPmvd4 -SD
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    Glaze Ingredient Storage

    Late to the conversation here, but I use 5 gallon buckets for most of my bulk storage. They are inexpensive and readily available from the big box home improvement stores. Note - 50 pounds of less dense materials often do not fit into a single 5 gallon pail. However, 7 gallon buckets are available for purchase from vendors like Uline - https://www.uline.com/BL_8150/Plastic-Pails-and-Lids Another option would be to purchase 10 gallon rubbermaid brute containers from a restaurant supply store. They're not as cheap, but these will definitely hold a full 50 pound bag while meeting your requirement for a taller, rather than wider, container. Here's a link to s.t.o.p restaurant supply in Kitchener http://www.shopatstop.com/en/product/10gal-gray-brute-round-containers-2/ -SD
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    Creative Industries Pottery Wheels

    Speedball bought the Clay Boss line but not the HP, MP and Jr wheels that preceeded them. There is no vender support for the HP, MP, Jr.
  5. This is the respirator I use. It is available in different sizes to get a proper fit. Comes with P100 cartridges for particulates (e.g. silica) that are designed to have a lower breathing resistance than other cartridges. BTW, I've always had quick service with good pricing from this vendor (Envirosafety Products). https://www.envirosafetyproducts.com/3m-7500-series-half-facepiece-asbestos-abatement-respirator-assembly.html
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    Copied Images

    Even supposing the soundness of her reasoning that Google is the arbiter of intellectual property law for all items on the web, I bet she didn't get too many responses for "copywrite" protection. Perhaps she should have consulted a copywriter to help her .......
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    +1 for what Neil said..... it amazes me what people want for used wheels, especially ones that are no longer supported by the manufacturer. Someone recently wanted $400 for a 30 year old Creative Industries MP that wouldn't come to a complete stop (even after the owner had adjusted the foot pedal and replaced the potentiometer). This line of wheels became unsupported when Speedball purchased CI and the seller was all to well aware of this. A new Shimpo VL Whisper or a Skutt Classic/Legend can be had for less than $1,150 delivered to your house, a Bailey for closer to $1,000, others even less. Plus, you get a full warranty and no more wasted time chasing elusive leads. This isn't to say good deals on used wheels can't be found, you just have to be in a position to be able to wait/jump on them when you see 'em. -SD
  8. If you ever wondered what Mark looks like, crack open your Feb 2018 Ceramics Monthly. Mark is featured in an article where he offers up lessons learned during his career as a potter. Congrats! -SD
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    Ceramic Communities

    Alexis, Welcome to our online community. I guess it would be helpful to understand what you mean by a ceramic community and what you are hoping to find. For example, ceramic communities could vary from a rural area like Seagrove, NC that has ~70 working potteries within a 25 mile radius or it could mean an area with several community centers that offer pottery classes and a potters guild such as the Research Triangle Park (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, NC) or maybe something else. As Old Lady mentioned, Penland area has a lot of potters as does Asheville, NC. There's also lots of potters around Floyd, VA and the St. Croix Valley in Minnesota. One thing to keep in mind, just because there are a lot of potters in an area, it doesn't necessarily mean that they see each other that much (as they are usually working too hard). You are wise to do your due diligence to make sure it meets all your needs. -SD
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    PKQotW #42

    1. 2 2. 1 3. 3 ? 4. 4
  11. When I built a raku kiln many years ago, I used expanded metal (sometimes called expanded mesh) which is made from steel sheets. Looks like Varsteel is close to you and sell it http://www.varsteel.ca/. It can be a challenge for the homeowner to cut so have them cut it to size on their industrial sheers.
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    PKQothW 40

    Pres, you're keeping us in suspense on posting the answer
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    Advancer Kiln Shelves

    Bailey sells Thermal-Lite shelves which are made in Germany (Advancers from St-Gobain, I can't recall the name of the company that makes Thermal-lites). These shelves are virtually identical to Advancers in materials, thickness, weight and maybe a few bucks cheaper, though still expensive. Just another option if you are considering purchasing Advancers.
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    PKQothW 40

    1. 3 2. 3 3. 3 4. 4
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    Kick wheel of unknown origin

    Diz, Wish I could help more, but the Randall wheel in the video isn't mine - just something I found on Youtube which I though might be helpful. Hopefully Continental Clay was able to assist you. -SD
  16. Betty Woodman has passed away. http://www.artnews.com/2018/01/03/betty-woodman-artist-audacious-ceramics-dies-87/
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    Kick wheel of unknown origin

    To me it looks similar to a Randall wheel, but I think it actually might be another make that I can't identify. That said, here's a youtube video that shows a Randall with its wheel heads (flat and cup for plaster bats) removed. Given their similarity in design, hopefully this is helpful.
  18. Here's a write up from Anne Bailey on the vibrant Betty Woodman https://www.baileypottery.com/Blog/ArtMID/885/ArticleID/72/Remembering-Betty-Woodman
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    Mug dimensions

    I don't have this book, but is there any chance they are including the width or length with the handle in one of the measurements? I think I've seen teapot dimensions that included the spout and handle in the measurements.
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    Mug dimensions

    When I see three measurements listed, I interpret it as height x width at the object's widest point x length at the object's longest point. So, if it's a thrown round object that is 6 inches tall with a 4 inch diameter at its widest point, then that would be "6x4x4".
  21. It's pretty deceptive, but I think it is for one brush even though it shows a set of 5 different sized brushes. The listing for the item is "MACK Sword Striper PINSTRIPING BRUSH 20 SERIES Size 00" Size 00 is the brush size.

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