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About lgusten

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  • Birthday September 22

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    Bethania, NC
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    Slab building, tile, mixed media, antiques, patterns in nature, textiles, music, birds in the backyard (lots of them)

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  1. I am a handbuilder. Instead of the wheel, I purchased a large slab roller....so we are about equal as costs go.
  2. Good point! That and a myriad of tools that I have acquired over the years.
  3. I have not made glaze in a while so as I get back into business here I will be using a combo of the mixing techniques Magnolia Mud suggested and that great new brush tool Liambesaw has found!!! Thank you both! Just order the brush thing. Thanks for the link!
  4. Interesting topic. Over the past few years I have spent at least $7000. The majority of the cost is the big slab roller, new kiln and the electrician for the kiln...about $5000. The rest is clay, glaze materials, some tools...I am a fan of the finding old stuff that can be used as tools. Got some funky storage cabinets for the glaze materials from Habitat as well as a flat file to store rolled slabs waiting to be worked. Wow!!! It rather sobering to see what I have spent on what has been mostly a hobby to this point. Guess I better get working!!!
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    Why make functional ware?

    But I guess, that we are all "preaching to the choir" otherwise why would any of us be part of this great on-line group!
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    Why make functional ware?

    I have a favorite mug that I bought at a pottery sale years ago. I use it alot. When I put 2 chips in the rim, I was upset...like I lost a friend. Luckily, the artist scrawled his name across the bottom of the mug with a little internet search I found him and was able to have another...not exactly the same, but it has the same feel. Also, this time, I had a great conversation and got to know more about the artist...making my mug more valuable to me. Now a tile maker that doesn't get handmade....wow....nothing feels like an handmade tile....I don't care how many tiles a factory can churn out...they still do not feel like the handmade ones.
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    Christmas Pottery Booth

    That's pretty low. Like Dirt Roads says...maybe someone thought that it was being thrown out. Like the other set up. Glad you had a good show month!!
  8. Our main studio where the restoration work is done is where I keep my slab roller and do that part of my clay work there. This building has its own heat and air...kinda like the ones hotels use. It keeps the studio comfortable. The kiln and glazing part is in the basement...which can be a little cold in the winter, but not unbearable. So no downtime. Though we do close for occasional snow days here in NC just because the rest of the town closes.
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    removing e6000?

    That's really interesting. We repair and restore ceramics, plaster and some stone. Stuff arriving taped together is good! Seeing stuff already glued makes my eyes roll! Super Glue doesn't work well for our work except for a temporary stick while the long cure epoxy does it's job. The only thing we use acetone for is making our Paraloid glue for conservation work on museum type pottery.
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    An artist friend of mine tells me that I must do instagram. I understand how your friend can feel a little depressed. I get a little out of sorts when I contemplate how much time I waste trying to figure out the social media thing. Sorry if I sound like a dinosaur....I do plan on taking up my artist friend's offer to explain it all for me.
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    removing e6000?

    No dentures for us. So you clean your dentures with acetone ?
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    removing e6000?

    This is what we do for a living....people glue things in the wrong place and bring it to us to make it better. We always start with soaking the item in very hot tap water, if that does not work, then bring the item in a pan of hot water to a boil and let it soak...sometimes it takes awhile. If boiling does not work, then pull out the paint stripper... Before you reglue, make sure all traces of the previous glue is gone.
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    Seeking Advice

    Being compassionate is paying it forward....it may be one of us down the road that attends a class because we have some fuzzy connection to it. Sure hope someone treats us kindly.
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    Metallic lustres

    I plan on it! Won't be for a while...but when I do I'll let you know.
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    Metallic lustres

    This is quite interesting. Wonder if powdered pigment mixed in slip would work? Some have the same names as what you can buy for glaze additives, but there are a lot more pigments.

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