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Rae Reich

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    Rae - Unusual Clay
  • Birthday 06/20/1947

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  1. I think uneven heating/cooling is being reflected in the color variations top and bottom - a broad, thin surface in direct contact with the shelf only in that spot, vs the rest of the platter exposed on upper and lower surfaces. A little wadding might be called for. or give the platters some "bubble feet."
  2. When I had to use a carpeted room for clay, I got a roll of vinyl flooring (the ugly ones are cheapest) to keep clay dust from entering the carpet and/or water getting to the underlying hardwood floor. A sheet of 1/2" plywood beneath the wheel and stool area kept their legs from pressing through the vinyl-over-carpet.
  3. Long standing is also tiring for me. I use a tall stool so I can vary the amount of leg extension. My long periods of standing involve dishwashing, which I would do on a stool if I could
  4. Keeping your knees slightly flexed while standing helps. I sometimes also use a little footstool, the size of a cinderblock, to switch off leg positions. If you don't want to keep moving your set-up from stand to table, you could get an adjustable-height stool with a leg rest to take the load off.
  5. Wow! Wow! Wow! Looks wonderful!
  6. New tip! Never thought of that - sometimes use raku tongs, though.
  7. Adding: some Stains look different over and under the glaze.
  8. Very cool, @oldlady!! Great to have new tricks! I think I might have described this technique in a post years ago. I've been using it to decorate on bisque and over glazes, like watercolor or solid color, depending on the amount I dilute the mixture. I make "test tiles" of cracked, bisqued cups or bowls by dipping the bottom half in the base glaze, painting vertical stripes of the color mixes (always in the same numerical order as the mason numbers) from top to bottom, then dipping the upper almost-half with the same glaze, leaving a 1/4" gap between that shows the color on raw clay. I do this for every clay body I intend to use the glaze on. I've saved a few dozen coffee measures (from the days when they came for free in the can) that I put a 1/8 teaspoon of stain into, then add the glaze and some water to brushing consistency. I've discovered that one clear base works just fine with most of my glazes and stains (tricky greens and blacks excepted, they usually have special needs). @Bill Kielb, that propylene glycol trick for green ware sounds interesting- great tip!
  9. I worried about the fiber layers on my catenary kiln being exposed to weather and nest-material-gathering birds (roof but no sides to kiln shed), so I have a "skin" of thin brass sheeting over it. It's self-supporting enough that I haven't noticed crushing over these many years. Similarly, I made replacement panels to replace the rusted sides of my little converted-from-electric raku kiln from sections of the casings of discarded washers and dryers.
  10. I don't think I would want castable for the interior of a kiln. It really doesn't form up as dense and integrated as hard brick. It would surely tend to crumble and disintegrate and fall on the kiln contents, imo.
  11. Don't lose heart, @Pawelpksa, starting over now with good advice will save your money and time and pots! You have been very thoughtfully building this kiln, unfortunately without the knowledge of the frailties of overheated cement and concrete. Please give your careful attention to this problem. Rae
  12. In 1979, I paid $1000 for a catenary 12 cu ft hardbrick kiln and assorted shelves and glazes. 'Course, it had to be mapped, disassembled, hauled across town in an ancient pickup (stop loading when tires distort), bricks cleaned and reassembled. Oh, we were an energetic crew of potters and friends!
  13. Interesting layout. A catenary arch will hold itself up, other arches need bracing but will be a bit roomier in the curve.
  14. I read the emailed version of this project. Sounds like it will be as perfect as you can make it! Heated closets!!!
  15. Are you allowing for a place to rest your elbows while working? On the board?
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