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  1. Don't let your kiln goddess hear you talking like that
  2. Glaze is glass and glass flows so i can't imagine a glaze that can maintain a thick, stay put frosting like consistancy. I agree piping slip is likely going to be the answer for the effect you are looking for. i found you a tutorial https://ceramicartsnetwork.org/daily/pottery-making-techniques/ceramic-decorating-techniques/piece-of-cake-how-to-decorate-your-pots-like-a-pastry-chef/
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    Hot Wax For Bottoms Of Pots?

    I don't think i explained it well. The trim line isn't for wax brushing but glaze brushing. I brush my glaze on for more control and thinner layers, the trim line is for the glaze brush to track. But it does work for brushing wax but a so very rarely need wax. Even when i do dip i very rarely dip to the foot but finish with my brush. I just hate messing with wax and the inevitable burp since my bowls tend to have a deeper foot its just faster to brush the glaze at the bottom than fix the wax burp.
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    Hot Wax For Bottoms Of Pots?

    I very rarely use wax. But when i do i have an electric skillet set on low and melt canning wax. but normally when i trim, i trim in a glaze line...a trimmed indent or raised area where my brush can track in so i get a straight line of glaze.
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    Why make functional ware?

    A tile maker? How can a handmade tile maker not understand? Industry pumps out very servicable tile...my bathroom is full of them...they are mustard yellow and have been there since the 70's when my father built this house. How can a tile maker not understand...i can't wrap my head around it.
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    Wedging Question

    I don't wedge out of a new bag of clay. I pound it a bit on a wedging board making the corners of the cuts rounded and get the shape into more of a cone or cylinder, flatten the bottom then round it out slightly and its ready for the wheel.
  7. Why not consult your instructor?...i am sure they would have a plan.
  8. I have an ez up and do shows in very windy water front conditions. A properly weighted ezup can weather quite a bit. I have 60 pounds per leg with additional weight if need be and additional ratchet straps i could strap down to any stationary element if need be. It still wiggles in the wind but i had a friend concerned about their tent wiggle and the ezup people said the tent is meant to flex with the wind. There was one show i was next to a craft hut...that is a tank of a tent but it takes 2 people and about an hour to set up and so many shows don¡t give you much time to break down.
  9. Does this kiln have no way to control the ramp up either by computer or switch? Are you perheating your bisque? Mine is switch controled with a low medium and high. I do a 2 hour preheat on low with the peep and lid open a bit, the 2 hours on low peep still out but lid closed, 2 hours peeps still out on medium, and then plug the peeps and let it fire on high til the cone sitter turns it off. If it is computer controlled can you adjust the firing cycle? My classroom kiln allows a fast fire, a medium fire or a slow fire. A first fire should be set to slow but your controller may be different so refer to your manual.
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    Glazing Tools

    I mostly brush mine on. I have found those cheap 1 inch chipboard brushes great for general coverage then a varity of brushes for design from fan, sumi, hake, etc...i have a particular favorite one its a bob ross brush, it narrow but long bristles...i think it was for making fur or something but it is fun to use to decorate with. I one had a sumi brush that almost all the bristles had fallen out. I could make the most wonderful undulating line with it but sadly finally all the bristles fell out and so died a wonderful tool.
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    Help identify this wheel...

    Here is a similar wheel on ebay http://vi.vipr.ebaydesc.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemDescV4&item=191006301866&t=0&tid=10&category=28124&seller=technologysurplusdepot&excSoj=1&excTrk=1&lsite=0&ittenable=false&domain=ebay.ph&descgauge=1&cspheader=1&oneClk=1&secureDesc=0 the one my class has is a little newer as they added a seat and lost the motor surround. Ours does not have any empty screw holes to add anything but i'm going to assume there were likely different models you could buy with different attachments that might fit the holes.
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    Where do you put freshly thrown pieces?

    I encourage my students to stand up between pots. So if they have to move to put it some place its better for them healthwise.
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    Help identify this wheel...

    I'm going to guess an old amaco wheel. It reminds me a lot of one i have sitting in my classroom. Does it have a foot peddle or just two speeds? The amaco i have just has two speeds.
  14. The part of the mechanism i can see looks clean, all shiney in the light of my flashlight. That part of the control is at the top of the switch towards the wheelhead and i have just enough knowledge to look at things and see if they look odd, not enough to take the switch out and put it back in to get to that portion of the mechanism. Its one of those old shimpos with the orange metal base...i really don't know much about shimpos i know more about brents, soldners, and old creative industries now speedball but i have never taken out a switch in any of them.
  15. I have an old shimpo in my class studio that will no longer spin in the direction for normal right handed use. When the switch is put the position for right mode it still spins the direction that left handers need. I have flipped the wheel over and looked at the switch, it does not look damaged and i see the contacts move when i flip it from left to right. Any advice?
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