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Everything posted by terrim8

  1. recycling my clay scraps & using them for my smoked pottery then using the ashes from that to mix up ash glaze :D This recycling thing is working out!

  2. Names right! It was so long ago I can't remember but a less expensive book with lots of Shino recipes ( and other high fire recipes) is by John Britt. I like Penn State with lots of carbon trapping. We have cockatiels and they are pretty nice too! Is your book available at the library?
  3. I tried this one https://ceramicartsnetwork.org/ceramic-recipes/high-fire/malcolm-davis-carbon-trap-shino-glaze/# I didn't have any redart but I made it anyways- look for a no-iron substitute or just add more ball clay. I like the bright edges of the red marks on your pot though! How's your African Grey?
  4. Salt Kiln Conversion

    Good pictures! Now I know to make the gaskets bigger than the buttons. (for my raku kiln) If I could figure out how to make an inexpensive door for my caternary arch kiln I would turn it into a salt kiln too- right now I brick it up with two rows of bricks. The sliding doors at the pottery in Med Hat are HEAVY so I don't want to do that. You aren't giving out the secret sauce recipe are you?
  5. Alaskan Clay

    I found a nice page that explains clay in a useful way : https://sites.google.com/site/meeneecat/educational-materials/clay-types-geological-origins-working-properties-gccceramics You need some of this clay to experiment with- make samples that are all the same size and test fire at different temperatures with another scrap of broken pottery underneath to protect your kiln shelves in case of a meltdown! aka as per instructions above in previous answers.
  6. I've often wondered about getting bricks from the roasters they have at mines- they must cycle through a lot of them. They would be contaminated with what ever metal they are processing - if they use roasters as part of the process. Maybe you can turn them around and one side would be good. Know anyone that works at a mine? Try these books : Kilns - Design, Construction & Operation by Daniel Rhodes or another book about kiln building by Frederick Olsen. See this thread : PQotW: Week 41
  7. recycling a lot of mistakes these days! Fighting with crazy shapes.

  8. top cage assembled

    Just thought it would be pretty hot even with the flame off! But we'll see. I'll likely try it out then decide if I need accessories!
  9. top cage assembled

    From the album Raku Kiln under construction

    Day 1. Start collecting parts for my new raku kiln. So far, instruction book, lots of wire & a burner w hose. Day.2. Constructed basic cage frame, injured hand, took cage to a metal shop to make it sturdy & prettier! My hand doesn't look too pretty under this bandage but its just a scratch. Day 3. Picked up cage frame & they did a nice job- look at those handles!
  10. top cage assembled

    I was really happy with their work. They had to tack weld down one side and around the top and the handles are big enough for my bulky gloves. I did realize though that I will have to hunt down a long flame proof apron or something to wear for the lift-off procedure.
  11. picked up raku cage & posted a picture

  12. Raku Kiln under construction

  13. Mining exploration geologist & Mom. Retired now & going crazy at home- who knows I may dabble in it again. Pottery is interesting & I still get to play in the mud but I miss seeing all the great scenery & places we visited.
  14. PQotW: Week 41

    1.3 2.2 3.1 (all I know is that I really had to make my flue smaller) 4 (2,4) has to be updraft- its on a hill and the fire is at the bottom right?
  15. You know how you southerners blame the Alberta Clipper for cold weather? I grew up during the cold war and we used to blame the cold weather on the Russians! :D

    1. dhPotter


      You know, the scientist are saying about 6 southern states are in an unusually cold pattern that has been going on since the 1960's. They call it a "Warming Hole" - go figure... 

    2. terrim8


      Dam Russians!

  16. I'm not so crazy about my little company name & will likely change it. It is sooooo boring. It's Ceramic Fixtures- because I mostly make light fixtures- but that's changing too. That makes this topic interesting- to see what others are doing. I still haven't come up with anything catchy so I may just switch to my name like others have done.
  17. Your work is in one of my raku books (S.Branfman). Horses and a great white heron - so beautiful!

    1. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      yes. I am. Thanks!

      My raku pieces are also in Raku; a practical Approach by Steven as well plus lark's book on Raku and Advanced Raku by Bill Jones and Alternative Kiln by Watkins and Wandless.



  18. That sounds like a great idea! Think I've got to discuss this with another potter around here. Post pictures!
  19. Does anyone know where to purchase the 1 sq in wire mesh that is the frame for this kiln? I don't think i've seen it at any of the hardware stores around where I live.They seem to just have wider grid mesh. Is there some sort of specialty store that sells sturdy wire mesh? (Not chicken wire). I am going to build this kiln as soon as I get this mesh! I have the burner and some of the bricks, I know where to get the ceramic fibre & the ni-chrome wire- I just have to find a source for the mesh.
  20. the geese are headed north in huge flocks but we still have a ton of snow and its -16 right now????

    1. glazenerd


      They know something we do not. 

    2. Roberta12


      it was 6 below here this morning....but I am certain it must be that cold or colder in Canada.....



  21. Ok- this is all great info! Thank you! I have delivered my roughed out cage to a metal shop. They are going to straighten out my joins so they are all in a straight line and weld the top circle to the cage top and put on a couple of big oversized but lightweight handles. What I did myself would have worked fine but I wanted it to look a little less rough. I actually bent the wire to 90 deg. by using a 5 lb sledge on a hard brick, then after putting the wire into a round barrel shape, I finished the hammering to "flat" on the inside. I cut the round shape for the top with a dremel tool. I can't start on the pad outside because of the snow but I can work inside. I am making the base myself-( I can hide my unsightly joins). I have a few books-(& you all!) Another book warned me about leaving a certain amount of space around the shelves ( of course) and building a baffle made out of sliced up soft brick arranged in a circle around the bottom shelf over the burner & leaning on the sides. My burner is a tiger torch that runs on propane. I think I need a longer hose- one of the books said the tank has to be 8 ft away from the kiln. The fiber gasket is a good idea- I've heard that the Ni-Chrome wire is expensive. I have to take a good look at your button design Marcia! My hand is healing- used lots of topical antibiotic & bandaids. Think a regular barbecue propane tank holds enough gas for a firing? My neighbour made fun of my smoking barrel ! Everyone else around here has beautiful patios and fire pits. Wonder what he'll think of the raku kiln?
  22. injury.jpg

    From the album Raku Kiln under construction

    Day 1. Start collecting parts for my new raku kiln. So far, instruction book, lots of wire & a burner w hose. Day.2. Constructed basic cage frame, injured hand, took cage to a metal shop to make it sturdy & prettier! My hand doesn't look too pretty under this bandage but its just a scratch.
  23. One minor wound on my hand from the metal but I'm ok- did the basic construction of the raku kiln frame today then took it to a metal shop for a clean up of my work plus some nice big handles.

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      super glue the wound-works great 

    2. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      take care of your hand. I had to get a 1/4" piece of glass removed surgically from the back of my finger when I was drilling a support on the wall and leaned back on the floor. that took a while to heal. Keep your cut clean.



  24. IMG_1317.JPG experiment

    Cool! Dogwood leaf?
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    From the album Raku Kiln under construction

    Day 1. Start collecting parts for my new raku kiln. So far, instruction book, lots of wire & a burner w hose.

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