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  1. Venting Systems

    Thanks, Matthew. We decided to stick with the Ortons.
  2. Reclaiming Large Volumes Of Slop

    I don't know how well this would work with large volumes, but what about putting the mixed slop in cloth bags inside largish earthenware (or maybe bisqueware?) planter pots, which already have holes in the bottom, and may absorb some of the moisture? I would suggest not using the bags and just putting some newspaper or something on the bottom, but I am not sure how easy it would be to get the clay back out again.
  3. Venting Systems

    Does anyone have preferences about the venting systems available (to Canadians)? I have not been able to find any reviews online. We currently have an Ortons on order to be installed on our new bisque kiln, but studio partners want to look at other options. It was only ordered today, so hopefully we can cancel the vent order if we change our minds within the next day or so. Any thoughts?
  4. I am a new potter, and am currently sitting, hunched over my wheel when I throw. I am thinking about raising my wheel so I am standing while I work. Have any of you made the transition from sitting to standing? How was it? How did you do it? How much did you raise the wheel? I learned to centre with my left elbow tucked into my hip, so I'm thinking that the height of the wheel head should be at my hip? Any tips? Any websites or videos I should go to for advice or insight? Many thanks in advance!
  5. Anabaptist Ceramics Ca. 1550-1700

    I don't know if you've seen this book. I found it in on the Hutterite Brethren Book Centre website: The Potter's Art: Contributions to the Study of the Koerner Collection of European Ceramics Edited by Carol E. Mayer The essays in this book grew out of a meeting of international scholars, curators, and potters who came together in 1991 to share knowledge and ideas about the Koerner collection of European ceramics, which is housed at the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology. This collection of ceramics is unique in Canada. It covers a range, both chronological and technical, that is rare in North American collections. The 600 pieces in the collection were made between 1500 and 1900 and were found in kitchens and dining-rooms as tools of food preparation, serving, and display; in cellars as storage containers; in churches as religious figures and containers for holy water; in pharmacies as containers of medicine; and in palaces as tiled stoves. In their many variations they represent an integral part of human history. (ISBN: 978-088895-126-6)
  6. Air Bubbles In Clay

    I just discovered that some ceramic supply places rent out pug mills. You might want to give one a try to see if one may work for you. Just today I've been looking at them online, wishing I had a little less self control with my credit card. One of those mixer/de-airing pug mills would be a godsend. The last supply place I went to had a notice board where people could put up for sale signs. Next time I go I'll be looking out for a used one. That clay can be recycled is one of the great things about it. I don't see why we should be throwing it out.