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  1. Thanks for all the info folks. I appreciate it.
  2. What type of food coloring and what color do people use? I need to dye a white glaze I use as the other glazes are also white, so it is tricky to tell how good the application is when I spray. I had read somewhere on here that people use food coloring, but no one said what brand or what colors work best without interfering with the glaze. Is this just a test and see what happens thing or is there not a common Walmart brand and color I can just go pickup?
  3. Fantastic. So it doesn't seem to make much of a difference! Wooo. Hoo! Thanks Min and Bruce.
  4. A stoneware cup.

    From the album Stoneware Pots

    Just took this out of the kiln from the firing yesterday. Pretty happy with this cup. It is pretty minimal but I like it a lot. Going in the cabinet.
  5. Cutting down trees from Irma. Mixing slip and some new glazes for highlights. Applying slips. Sunning my cups. Glazing tomorrow. Firing Monday! WOOO! Weee 

  6. @LeeU Sorry for the late reply. I had a brutal econometrics exam yesterday. Only three people(including me) finished before the time was up, lots of upset faces yesterday. Anyways I came home and passed out to mental exhaustion. We had another hour of lecture after the 2 hour exam. The custom stream in my instructions isn't time based. It will show all recent streams, and if you scroll to the bottom you can hit "load more activity" and it will keep bringing up older and older ones. I liked it this way so I could go back to slightly old streams and reply or see other peoples replies. Sort of like we had before. So it should show the same streams that were always there. The one you made originally might be resetting after you have viewed them. I am not sure. Mea's instructions on how to delete the stream is spot on and should work perfectly. But in case you need a screen shot of where that is here ya go: Open the stream you want to delete by going to that drop down. Then it will show up like this: Just hit the light red button in the middle. The one circled above. It will ask if you are sure and just hit Okay. That will remove any of the streams you don't like. But you have to do it for each one you want to get rid of. I will post a new status message so you can see if the one you made following my directions is working. You should see your message and mine and pres and other peoples from the past. If your still having problems let me know. I will be around today. Gotta cut down a few trees in the yard from the tropical storm.
  7. Admins: I wasn't sure where to post this. But this seems to be one of the major complaints of the forum is trying to find new content the way we did before. I tinkered around with the software for a bit and discovered you can setup your own activity streams and even set one of them to the default. Below is how to setup a content stream similar to before: 1. This is the default view. It is huge and displays the text and makes it hard to scroll through quickly. 2. Click Condensed: 3. Click Show me, and choose Content Items Only. 4. Now go to Content Types and choose Topics, the default will be All Content. Notice that this means you can create activity streams for status updates, if you want to see them exclusively and enjoyed them before. Decide on what you want to see in your status update. I personally only want to see Topics as I check the gallery manually and I have a status stream now. However choose the options you want. Then Click Apply. 5. Now lets change the time period. I don't want to see anytime updates. I want to see the updates since my last visit. So I choose this option: 6. Now our stream is completed. Lets save it. Notice the little save option appears above the condensed/expanded menu: 7. Now Enter a new name: I choose: Unread - Last visit. Then Press Create Stream! 8. Unfortunately it goes back to expanded view, so if you don't like expanded. Choose Condensed again: 9. Now set this as your default stream by clicking this tiny little icon! Notice now that it replaces the previous button that wasn't really useful with your custom stream. So now the old Unread button is gone and your new Unread - Last visit button is the default. If you want to create more activity streams like the status stream or image stream you can do the same thing, but avoid setting it as your default. You can access them all through this menu: Hope this helps everyone who has been having a hard time with the unread content button. It was driving me bonkers. If you decide you want the old one back. Just click the activity streams tab and choose the Unread one then click the default check button and it will go back to the original. Post any questions and I will try to help.
  8. @High Bridge Pottery This is exactly how I type Joel! Good call. Explains my horrible spelling and grammar.
  9. I decided to go ahead and make a quick tutorial for adding status streams. These are exactly like the old ones, but much easier to read and respond to. The only difference is you have to go to your stream to see them instead of them being on the home page. The good news is reading them and responding to them is much easier. This tutorial is three steps and walks you through a different way of setting up streams. Step 1: Click the drop down button called My Activity Streams: You will see something like this. Click the big "CREATE NEW STREAM" button at the bottom. Step 2: This will open a page that looks like below. Name the stream "Status Updates". Then you only need to change two options which I have highlighted below: Step 3: At the bottom right corner you will see a button that says "Save Changes". I couldn't fit it in the screen shot, but its right below where this image cuts off on the right hand side. Step 4: You will now enjoy a feed that looks like this: It is big and beautiful and displays all the comments and updates and has much better formatting options. Enjoy! PM me if you have any problems and I will help as soon as I can. Pretty busy this weekend though. Also just a quick FYI. If you wanted to set one up for images, you can do the same thing, just instead of checking "Status Updates" on step two, select "Images" and name it something different like: Gallery Images
  10. @LeeU No idea what warnings are. I assume probably something to do with negative behavior bordering on a banning from forums. But that is just an assumption. However the community reputation is just when people "like" a post you made. It doesn't really mean much of anything. I just ignore it. The thing I liked about the old likes is it was a quick way of saying "Thanks, this helped me or what ever liked means to you at that moment." Currently it doesn't work that way because the author just doesn't know who liked it. Just that someone did. I assume this could be changed, but maybe it is this way for a reason. I have no idea.
  11. Glaze Gel Fix

    I wouldn't usually put bentonite in a glaze with gerstley borate in the future. The only exception is maybe if there is 0 clay and a low GB number. It doesn't usually need it. GB gels the mix so good that everything is always suspended well. But 13GB with 5 clay is not going to need bentonite. That being said I haven't mixed up this recipe and maybe it needed it, but look at it I don't really think it would. At this point you should probably add tiny bit of darvins or sodium silicate along with water. If you add to much water there is a chance you will over saturate the glaze and then it will just be useless until you let some of that water evaporate, and then you start getting into areas where it might be hard to replicate the consistency next time. So I would do something like add 1ml of darvins/ss and then mix. Then add a little water and mix. Keep doing this until the bucket doesn't instantly gel. They let it sit for an hour or two, then repeat again. I have no idea how big your batch of glaze is and if you have been keeping records of how much water you have added to this point, but its worth noting that everything good in ceramics and glaze mixing in particular is about accuracy when your starting out. Nothing is more frustrating then next time you mix this glaze it isn't the same and you liked it the first time. Good luck.
  12. Ditto what is said above. I still get black residue after 3 years.
  13. John your the boss man. I don't have any say in the manner. Move it wherever you want. I didn't know where to put it in the first place. I just figured people would want to know there was a way to get the old new content back to very similar as before. Glad it helped people.
  14. I forgot to add. This forum is free. The abundance of information available here is ridiculous and this website could easily be behind a paywall. You can pick the brain of a career expert or PM someone and ask a question and get a true and helpful response. I have personally used these forums to advance without any other training besides posting a question here and trying the solutions provided. It is like being a part of a studio membership with 300+ people who have expertise in everything ceramics. There isn't many places like this left on the internet that are free. Let's not try too complain to much about a slight headache learning something new. After all we are all potters and everything is test test test!
  15. Sorry Admin, but speaking from experience that was amateurish on your part. I disagree here. Sometimes things like this just have to happen. When upgrading software you have to move with the times. You can't keep a legacy system in place forever. As hosting changes and drops different versions of database languages and programming options, things must go. Also old forum software becomes extremely likely to be hacked or targeted as old exploits are found and are not updated because who wants to maintain old software forever. The only thing I think could have went different was an announcement that a change was going to happen, but really that wouldn't have made the software any less confusing and everyone would have still had the same problems. Change is hard, but it isn't impossible and given time it will be ok. Sure people might leave, but people will come as well. I don't want to lose anyone, but people make decisions every day. Sometimes they make good ones and sometimes they make rash ones. People are people, and that is what makes us special. As far as the old website. It was getting slower and slower every day. The cloudflare DDoS screen loading 5-10 seconds everytime I tried to come to the website was super annoying. Half of the messages I posted errored out and I lost and had to try to retype them. PMs I sent also bugged out all the time. Sometimes the site would just be extremely slow. I think the small nuances of change drastically outweigh these issues. I haven't had a single error or slow moment since the software upgrade. I didn't like it at first either, but knowing a bit about hosting and managing forums/ websites from my past work as a developer I know these things are inevitable.
  16. I wouldn't say that. I just liked the old unread better, and this basically mimics the old one.
  17. new forum, what i dislike

    @oldlady Do this and see if you like it better. It makes the unread content back like before when you just saw a list of forums that had new information in them. http://community.ceramicartsdaily.org/topic/16687-setting-up-activity-streams-unread-content-to-similar-as-before-the-forum-migration-tutorial/?tab=comments#comment-132374
  18. new forum, what i dislike

    @oldlady dont leave. I am about to post a guide in the next few hours on how to get the unread content back to how it used to look. I have been tinkering with it for a while and I figured out how to build a custom unread section based on how you want it to look. It makes it just like the old one we had and make it your default view when you click it. It works nicely and is much better than the current forum default. i will make a post separate for it. I have to run some errands but once I finish with the screen shots I will post it this morning.
  19. Kiln brick question

    I really need to get my butt checking stuff like this out more often. .50 cent a brick is amazing. Congrats! keep us updated when you build your new kiln!
  20. New Forum

    I am not sure. However the system seems a bit odd now. I can't tell who liked my post. Which I'm glad someone liked something I posted, but it's nice to tell who it was in case I want to PM them a link or something.
  21. Going to start working towards entering a cup show in my state. Called SIP. Based out of Savannah. Fun times.

    1. Judith B

      Judith B

      Good luck, hope it all goes well! 

    2. Joseph F

      Joseph F

      @Judith B Thanks. I have a while. November 28th to get three good drinking vessels. So I am just going to start saving the best of each of my kiln loads and then submit sometime in november. 

  22. Favorite: Every part of the process is enjoyable to me. Glazing took me a while to appreciate, but once you start getting results you like and start eliminating other glazes it becomes much better. Last night I decided to eliminate another set of glazes I was planning on using. Now I am only going to be making one set of work, so all my work will look similar and hopefully be recognizable over the years. Least favorite: waiting on my kiln to cool so I can see what disasters or awesomeness my testing has brought! I sometimes open at 500-600F and let it crash cool since I will be hammering everything anyways! hahaha. Although now that I am making stuff to sell, I doubt I will have this problem as much because I will be making more things while it cools. Plan to have everything glazed so I can take advantage of opening and unloading at 250F and getting the next load started right away!
  23. Indie and go fund me efforts

    I spent some time looking through the gofundme pages for pottery. I just googled "pottery gofundme". I found most of them to be pretty odd. Very little information about what they plan to do with the money besides "get a kiln so i can make stuff", "get a wheel so i can make stuff". The only one that actually looked decent was a guy who was creating a local studio/school and he was returning any donation over xx dollars with a pot. He was nearly funded. So it seems most of them are a wash. I agree with Mea though. There is a lot of merit in building your own business from the ground up. I always tell friends/relatives that you need to work your job and do your hobby as a second job until you can make it your first. Because I don't think most people really will commit enough time in their hobby to become an actual job. If you can work a 2nd job as your hobby and get it going enough to make it a profitable venture, then you probably have what it takes to do your hobby for a living. I think a lot of these people are hoping to skip that step with the crowdfunding. I have never donated anything to any kind of fund me page. I have seen to many people burned on the kickstarter stuff.