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  1. Seems like a lot people are struggling with this topic right now. Elon is trying to figure out how to make his Model 3 less expensive. Apple is realizing that $1000 is a bit much for a cell phone. Heath Ceramics has an outlet in Sausalito with seconds at a lower price. Wish I had their problems! I haven't got the energy to sell 1000 pots for $1! So its try to make things well, try to make them attractive and try to figure out the market as I go.
  2. https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/539y4z/the-horrible-anger-you-feel-at-hearing-someone-chewing-is-called-misophonia If it is this, then it is a disability. It is something she has to deal with and you may not be able to help her but perhaps the college can. The legalities of your position covered in previous replies helps you but not her and it sounds like she needs real help.
  3. Thanks! Going to try a small one myself first though. I'm not a production potter so It'll be a one -off for me
  4. I love bacon so that would be good for me!
  5. how does it work? I see a hole for drainage but do you lay the bacon over the edge?
  6. still haven't had a chance to make any cone 10 stuff but I'll get there. Maybe we can go in the spring for a change?

    1. Callie Beller Diesel

      Callie Beller Diesel

      It would save freezing our butts off. 

    2. terrim8


      wouldn't it be great if that actually worked?  (butt freezing) Like that "cool sculpting" you see advertised all over the place :o

    3. Callie Beller Diesel

      Callie Beller Diesel

      But then we couldn't get all ragey about the guilt tactics that diet manufacturers and health clubs use this time of year!

  7. Guess I'll have to work on my soap skills. I wrote to the manufacturer for the polyurethane parting compound and they don't make it anymore as they can't source the raw material - they're looking for a replacement themselves.
  8. when i'm mixing small test glazes - (paper cup sized quantities) I use a nail brush over the sieve and that works well - so I can see how the big drill brush would be great for large volumes!
  9. Unfortunately my CRC chemistry handbook doesn't get a lot of use these days other than as a weight to press things! Interesting topic so I'll lurk around in the background ( plus I work with terrasig for my smoke fired pottery and I'm just getting into slip casting. The particle stacking makes sense in thin, low SG terrasig as it buffs up nice. ) Are you looking at variation in temperature during the making of the terrasig ? You need to talk to Tony Hansen, and the person he's quoting in this article about terrasig: https://digitalfire.com/4sight/education/super-refined_terra_sigillata_274.html he talks about using heat to concentrate the particles in the solution.
  10. Thanks Mark! I'll slow things down a bit to make sure things are cured and then coat them with whatever I can find to seal them hard. Polyurethane from the hardware store. And I'll check out the axner product.
  11. I'm still working with mold making. The course I took went by fast & we worked with a plaster lathe, made models, used soap as a release (Murphy's oil soap) and then made molds. This worked pretty well but I'm having problems on my own now with the soap release. I tried spray Pam- ok for the containers but 50% or less success with plaster models releasing from plaster molds. I try to take things apart relatively quickly- should I wait longer ? Use a different release soap or spray??? Trying to get this all worked out before I move on to larger items and its so frustrating. Just watching a mold making video on clay flicks, I noticed that it was suggested to use two coats of murphys oil soap and let them dry between coats. I'll try that but any other tips would be greatly appreciated.
  12. I just bought 2 of Akira's mugs before Christmas, then had to get two more as every time I went to the cupboard my husband already had them in use . They're my favourite!
  13. Is this the stuff with a pool of clear glaze at the bottom of a bowl? Just looked at the original post & that's what I thought it was. Too bad it splinters!
  14. Small world! A lot of anthems of my youth - scaring myself to look at the videos on you tube now though - all the grey hair - yikes we all got old!
  15. Sadly these days- not music! Podcasts : Marketplace, Planet Money, the Indicator, Science Friday, ...(sometimes Fresh Air ) If I do put on music its usually heavily tilted towards Oscar Peterson, then Deadmau5, Dyalla, Eddie Harris & Les McCann, Herbie Hancock, Moby, Thelonius Monk, The Byrds, Eric Burden & the Animals
  16. A lot of pit fired work is bisqued to a low temperature such as 017. I've bisqued to 04, then pit-fired the pottery and am still happy with my results - its all trial and error to see what you like. Forgot to mention - my stuff isn't vitrified - just decorative.
  17. I agree with this and i just built one recently. I have to make a modification though. Currently, we just raise and lower the top part with a pulley system. I'd like to change this to a winch so that I can fire it more easily myself.
  18. Oh! I just saw that at a local cooking store and carried it around for awhile trying to decide if I wanted to try it with clay or not- now I know- thanks !
  19. Because of the ease of creating ice models from various types of molds in our climate, many people experiment with this. An extreme end member of this activity is ice carving competitions and ice "hotels". The less experienced artists use ice molds - homemade or purchased silicone molds. You've probably seen the floating ice centre pieces used in punch bowls or the ice lanterns along walkways into homes. Plaster mold making is a new-ish thing for me and I like to see what is possible while learning how to use this material. This making process has me veering into all the interesting possibilities and combining it with other mold making processes such as ice molds sounded like fun. This involves experimenting with types of plaster to use - hydrocal or pottery plaster No.1 or paper plaster. Then seeing if you can use ice as a model and testing to see if the plaster then can dry well for slip casting. My first experiment last night proved a simple ice form can work. Too many bubbles in the plaster so that needs work - but its a start. I'm still making the large model and mold, using a crazy carpet that's wider than the plastic bucket & I'll use the paper plaster to make it lighter - but still haven't decided on pottery plaster no.1 or hydrocal. As usual, I'll probably choose the less expensive option first. I'll run the ice -plaster experiments on a very small scale (paper cups) at the same time until I get it working. The crowd sourced input helps - like being in a room with everyone's experience!
  20. Ah ha! I was thinking about that- doing a skim coat but the trick would be to get it on evenly. I should contact her about this. Looks like I'd better soak some paper .
  21. Cottle boards are used and I have some, but this item is bigger than my boards , so I've had to find something else. Just picked up some crazy carpets at the hardware store - (the kid's tobogganing plastic sheets). They are stiff enough to form a wall around my model.
  22. I don't know about airfare but our dollar is in the tank right now - floating upside down. So things would be cheap for you on this side of the border. Have to sort out the process though. The ice would melt & maybe with some crazy shapes! Maybe a process where I can get the hardening rate of the plaster to be a tad faster than the melt. More hair brained ideas to keep me experimenting
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