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About D.M.Ernst

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    Cleveland, OH
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    I've been making pottery since 1967. Currently teaching in retirement homes to students as old as 102.
  1. You might try throwing two short cylinders of the same diameter and joining them to make the height you need.
  2. 910 Test

    I am in awe. Amazing results. Thanks for sharing.
  3. It may not be what you wanted, but I think it's pretty cool as it is. Doesn't solve your problem, but the pot is OK as is. Donna
  4. Help my slabs are cracking up

    I learn so much from this forum. Thanks to all of you for sharing your expertise and experience. I've been working with clay since 1967 and still learn so much from so many of you. Thank you again. Donna
  5. Seeing Cones

    thanks Steve for the feedback on the eclipse glasses. Now we know. D
  6. Seeing Cones

    I"ve been wondering if we could use our eclipse glasses. Don't know, just wondering.
  7. I suggest you look into the Empty bowls format. It has been successful for me and my students.
  8. Kiln Melted Everything @ Cone 03

    My heart breaks for you. I feel like crying just looking at your pictures. Hang tough.
  9. Bisque Firing

    I suggest you go to the library and get a couple of books. This is not a stove--set and forget. Also suggest you learn about firing range of your clay and the glazes. Learn the difference between ^05 and ^5. Enjoy the journey.
  10. Chris has it right. Things go wrong. Move on. Learn from your mistakes and try not to make them again.
  11. Bulk Corks For Jars

    I've been purchasing corks from National Artcraft for years. Highly recommend them. www.nationalartcraft.com
  12. Looks like your clay is too dry/stiff. When you wedge it add some softer clay to your ball and mix it thoroughly. In my experience the clay should yield to gentle pressure from your fingers before you start to center. With all the water/slip you have in your splash pan, collect some of that, let it dry a bit and add it to the next ball of clay. Also, for beginners, I always recommend just enough clay that your hands can encircle it. Smaller than that and larger than that is more difficult. Keep at it, but soften your clay a bit. Donna
  13. I listen to talk radio or story tapes. I don't like silence in the studio or our home.
  14. Bisque Load-Stuff It Full

    Two days? It would take me two months to glaze all that. DME
  15. How Do You Make A Bird Bath?

    Actually, the hump in the middle might be for the better. The little birds use the middle, the bigger birds use the edges. I put a slab into a circular plastic sled. When it's leather hard I invert it and add a deep foot which fits into the 24" high base that I also make. I do cover the edges of the bowl while the center drys. I don;t have raccoon problems because of the deep foot, but sometimes the deer knock it over, they also need a drink now and again. I realize sleds might not be available in New Mexico. Sometimes I make my bowl with the imprint of a large rhubarb leaf and those have never distorted.

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