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About docweathers

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    Gismo Guy
  • Birthday 09/01/1944

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    Spokane Wa
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    Cone 6, gas and electric, thrown pottery
    Large welded sculpture from scrap metal

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  1. docweathers

    Electric Reduction Firing

    I asked Skutt how I might implement a Fallonator configuration with my 1227. This is what they said: "Hello Lawrence,We do not recommend introducing fuel into the chamber of an electric kiln. It can be quite dangerous to do so. In the case of the Fallonator it looks like you are depending on CO2 to displace any fresh oxygen in the kiln to prevent combustion, but if that CO2 fails to do its job you are turning the kiln into a big explosive container. The heating elements get well beyond the temperature needed to ignite the propane. I would recommend looking into Steven Hill's electric firing process. He is able to emulate the look of an atmospheric firing through spraying his glazes and firing very slow without bisquing the pots (once firing). This would be a much safer way to get the look of a gas fired piece. Here are some links to his articles:https://static1.squarespace.com/static/555a4afbe4b06f6e6f42474f/t/55712bc7e4b0334e5889b742/1433480135766/An+Approach+to+Single+Firing.pdfhttp://www.stevenhillpottery.com/articles/Generally speaking, introducing gas into an electric kiln chamber will deteriorate the elements and the brick, but it also has a chance of combusting. I would not recommend putting any sort of gas in your kiln. You may also be interested in asking around your community for access to a gas, salt, soda, or wood kiln. Wood kilns are a lot of fun!!"
  2. I need the name of the famous European pottery lady who does a lot of tests and often posts them on Pinterest. An email for would also be helpful. I used to know this but somehow I've forgotten it.
  3. docweathers

    Nickel sparkles cone range

    I only put a tiny amount on test tiles. Will damaging elements be a problem if I run them at around 1300°F?
  4. On impulse , I bought a bag of nickel sparkles. There is no information about what cone range they would work at. I've written the manufacturer and have not gotten an answer. I sprinkled them on a couple different glazes and fired them at ^6 oxidation. That was obviously way too hot. On one glaze they did absolutely nothing . On the other glaze they spatter the glaze all over and made an ugly mess. , Does anyone know how hot you can fire these things?
  5. docweathers

    Electric Reduction Firing

    How about a simple diagram of the kiln you manufactured.
  6. I don't think I had any idea what the lines were for since I did not learn how to read until seventh grade's, despite parents and schools diligent efforts. Lines ,reading etc. all seemed like a waste of time to me.
  7. docweathers

    CMC versus V Gum T

    I've never used a commercial glaze. My pigsty would not be nearly as interesting if I didn't have such things to splatter on the walls and floor.. Mixing my own glaze is part of the exploration
  8. docweathers

    CMC versus V Gum T

    I never heard of magma as a glaze component before. I think of it as something in volcanoes. Where you buy the stuff?
  9. docweathers

    Wobble pots

    About that little wedge thing on your wheel. If that will come off, it would be quite easy to convert it to the more common two allen bolt system. All you have to do is bore two holes in the wheel ahead and buy a couple of allen bolts from your local hardware store for a couple of bucks. It might be a lot easier and cheaper than having custom bats made.
  10. docweathers

    Electric Reduction Firing

    I would Love to hear how a electric reduction kiln works. I had never even considered the possibility.
  11. docweathers

    CMC versus V Gum T

    Thanks for the scoop. Interesting, I've had CMC solutions setting around for years and never had any rot. Maybe it's just too cold where I live in Washington for them little critters to grow.
  12. docweathers

    CMC versus V Gum T

    What are the relative merits and demerits for CMC as opposed to V gum T?
  13. docweathers

    Tell Me How To Brush Glaze

    I only brush glazes on when the shape or pattern that I want is too complex for spraying. Since I originally posted this thread I have found that those little fan makeup brushes are wonderful for spreading smooth even glaze. I think this is a suggestion that one of you folks made, thanks
  14. For a long time I've been using a drafting pin and an iron oxide solution to write on the bottom of my pots. My results have been very inconsistent. Yesterday,. I figured out that if I made a solution of 50% bentonite and 50% iron oxide, it flowed much more evenly and wrote far clearer

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