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  1. Joseph Fireborn

    are there any green food safe glazes

    What do you mean you have no idea where to start? 1. Decide what cone you're firing. 2. Find a base glaze recipe that takes colorants and stains well at that cone. 3. Test this base on your clay body for durability and satisfaction. 4. Start doing color blends with various colorants and stains for the color you need. 5. Scale up the test results to the pots you are wanting to use those glazes on. 6. Fire multiple tests and increase batch glaze size along with the test sizes. 7. Glaze all your pots in the final version of the glaze that you decided on and tested thoroughly. 8. Profit.
  2. I wouldn't think there is any difference in a handle being extruded or pulled. The difference in strength would be due to the design of the handle. Extruded handles are usually the same size throughout so I would assume that would make it stronger than a pulled handle which usually gets thinner at some point. However, the real question you should be asking if you're concerned about the strength of a handle is the attachments. I don't think a handle is going to all of the sudden break in the middle unless it's dropped, and then, either way, it isn't going to matter much. On the other topic of pulled vs extruded. I have done both, extruded handles and pulled them off the cup after attaching. I have also just pulled the handles from a lump of clay. I don't think any method is superior it just depends on the amount of production you want to do and the design of the handles you want to make. If I was making tons of mugs every day, then I would definitely extrude them and probably pull the handle off the cup after I attached the extruded handle, it is probably the fastest way to make a handle that tapers in design.
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    Another pottery pricing thread

    It's hard, isn't it? I wish you luck figuring it all out. I will say if your financially set and you don't want to sell more than you need to sell, then don't sell. Life is short and full of questions and turmoil. If everything is saying no, and you can say no, then say no. If it turns out to be wrong and you later regret it, add it to the pile of regrets and forget about it.
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    Another pottery pricing thread

    Is this because they are bad or because you're attached? I don't know a lot about this, but I will tell you something that I heard from a really good potter who also gets thousands for his bigger works and chawans. Someone in the class asked him if he keeps any of his best work for himself, and he said, "No. In this business, if someone wants to buy your most expensive stuff, you sell it. It is the nature of the job." I was also at another gallery and the pieces were thousands of dollars and there was this one amazing chunky vase that was fired multiple times in the fire box and somehow survived. It was one of the best pieces I had ever seen. It said, "not for sale" on the tag. It was one of the only pieces in the gallery with this tag. I was admiring it and this lady beside me was admiring it too. The potter came in who made the piece and he walked over to us to tell us about it. I could tell the lady wanted to talk to him so I walked away to look at nearby pieces. I heard the lady ask him, if he would sell the piece, and he said, "yes." Just some thoughts from the pnut gallery.
  5. Joseph Fireborn

    Ian Currie Test Tiles Forums?

    Curt, tile 23 there is remarkable. I would love to see that on a bottle or something. I wonder if the same coloration would happen though. Also tile 13 is really nice.
  6. Joseph Fireborn

    How to make a "swirl" chip & dip

    They are stunning. I don't know much about your market, but it's beautiful. I haven't seen that type of thing anywhere in stores, that is why I assumed the high price. Usually, things you can't find deem higher prices. Thanks for the process shots. very nice.
  7. Joseph Fireborn

    Recommend vendor for Vent Kiln?

    I built my own. I just ordered the metal box that goes under the kiln from L&L. The rest of it I just pieced together. I think I paid 100$ for the initial setup. You can find used inline fans really cheap if you just look around for them. People upgrade and just don't even want the old ones, and you don't need a fancy one, just any regular inline fan will work, but you probably need an adjuster for the power so that you don't have way too much draft. As far as how long it last, I have been using mine for over 350 glaze firings and it is still running, and I have done nothing to it besides turning it on and off. I did replace my foil piping with the stuff Neil posted a while back. That stuff is amazing. I forget what it was called, but its a rubber/plastic ducting? It works really well and hasn't worn out at all. I was constantly taping my foil/metal ducting with tape to fix holes.
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    How to make a "swirl" chip & dip

    Min I am curious how much you sell those for? That sounds like a ton of labor. It is absolutely beautiful though. I imagine 100+?
  9. Go with stain. I have made many greys looking for the perfect color(which I never was satisfied with), but what Min said is the truth(as always), the best results were from stains.
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    Thanks Yappy
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    Thanks Lee
  12. Joseph Fireborn

    Brand new glazes, brand new issues

    There is a difference between food safe and durable. What you describe can be both, if the glaze contains high amounts of potentially "bad" ingredients and the surface is damaged by some oil for an hour then yes, it might be unsafe, but in general that more describes something that is non-durable. If the glaze is non-durable it doesn't instantly make it not safe, depends on whats in the glaze. However, you should still refrain from using this glaze on pots that will have food in general because it will resemble bad quality work.
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    Breakage location

    ^^ what Mea said + post a picture.
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    Detail Shots


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