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About Chilly

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    those who know, teach
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    Langdon Hills, Essex, UK
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    Pottery, gardening, cycling, Scouting, outdoors.

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  1. L&L easy fire front loading kiln

    Have you loaded a front-loader before? If not, be aware that holding a shelf on the ends of your fingers as you try to balance it on the posts without touching the glaze load on the shelf below, can be as trying for your back as loading a top-loader. I use both and always wish I was loading the other one as my back complains.
  2. PQotW: Week 35

    3 2 (all four answers for most of us) 4 1
  3. The "accidental" perfect pot. Should have been this tall/wide, ended up different and was a success.
  4. I have a rotary whisk that was sent from my aunt in Winnipeg to my parents for their wedding present over 60 years ago. It spins so smoothly, and Iv'e never found one to buy that feels so nice to use. Stainless steel sieves in various sizes, they store smaller than the traditional bamboo pottery ones. The usual selection of spatulas, spoons, knives etc. Stick blender.
  5. microwave proof?

    There are many answers to this question, which is probably why no-one else has answered you yet. So, here's my take on this: First the clay and glaze must fit each other, and must be fired to maturity. The actual temperature is relevant to the clay and glaze used. Second the glaze must not leach unwanted chemicals into the food or drink. Third, after you've sorted points 1 and 2, you need to get your pots tested by a commercial agency if you're going to sell them. Finally, you need to ensure you can make, glaze and fire your pots consistently thereafter. Search the forums for more answers, this question has been asked many, many times.
  6. It's wet and cold, so sitting here preparing notes for running a "Slip-Casting and Mould-Making" session at next year's Potters' Camp.

    1. glazenerd


      I am pretty much off until after Jan. 1. So now to finally clean my pig studio, and prep for new testing.

    2. Celia UK

      Celia UK

      Getting my name on the list already Ann!!

  7. Feral bowls? Must be a hoot in there at night.
  8. Dipping Pots into glaze

    Can't be a real potter yet then
  9. What are cone temperatures

    I always liken kiln-firing to baking. A cake is only cooked when it has been in the oven for a given amount of time, at a particular temperature. If you put a cake into the oven when cold, and let the oven warm to the required temperature, it would most likely be undercooked. With our ovens, we can open the door and put the cake into a ready heated oven, and then leave it for an amount of time, until it is properly cooked. With our kilns, that isn't possible, so the cones tell us if our pots have been subjected to sufficient time and the required temperature. Clay requires "heat-work" - some heat for some time. The digital components can fail (slowly) over time, so a perfect firing today, may not be so perfect in 20 or 50 firings time. Use of cones will ensure consistent firing.
  10. Plaster clay

    lol I have a bucket labeled "Plaster Clay", but it's the clay I use when making plaster moulds, so it doesn't get mixed with useable clay.
  11. PQotW: Week 34

    Where is Chenoweth? I'll pass on this lot. Tone deaf and musically dyspraxic.
  12. Well, as only one item cost more than £100..... I'm torn between two, my slab-rollers (one is hand-made and lives at home, the other is an old mangle and lives at the centre) and my large harp. The rollers allow me to produce flat slabs without the stress on my shoulders and neck, and the harp aids with cut-slam-wedging. If I had to give up one, I'd let the harp go, as I could always use a cut-off wire - less convenient but still do-able.
  13. Me - Teach a Class??!

    Be honest. Most students will soon work out who you are, where you come from (artistically) and what you do or do not know. Don't give them a load of bull. If you don't know the answer to a question, say so, and then find out for next week. Smile, be happy for yourself and for them, let them handle clay, mush it up, let it get too dry, break it. Set expectations realistically, but don't drown their aspirations. Let them set their own standards. Their first makes will make you (and in time them) cringe, but let them say when it's finished. Encourage good practice with sharp edges and corners. Set impeccable safety practices and standards. Have a six-week plan of techniques. Enjoy.
  14. PQotW: Week 33

    Whoa, had to read the first two questions three times, and still no idea. Then needed the FtoC chart for Q3, but still don't know. ? ? ? 3
  15. Wood firing conversations?

    Babs, don't procrastinate, do it!. I did, this summer, and can't wait to have another go next summer.