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  1. Thank you! I'm feeling better about my options now. I just get very nervous about silica dust or other hazardous dust because I feel that I've been pretty careless in the past. I'm worried I'll give myself silicosis. I haven't had any issues at all with my lungs, but it's a scary thought. I think at the very least I will put some kind of waterproof flooring or tarp under my wheel throwing area, in case of spills. I should be able to use a wet mop or sponge to clean the rest of the floor.
  2. I have a 2nd bedroom in the house I rent and I want to set up a studio. My main problem is safety and keeping the dust down. Everything else is doable except for the kiln right now, but I have a friend who will let me use theirs. The room has hardwood floors and a door to the backyard. To be honest I really wanted to set it up in the other room but there's no door to the backyard and I think that's a really good thing to have in a studio. So my main concern is keeping dust down and not ruining the hardwood floors. I have a small room air purifier and I would wet sponge everything down often. BUT I had an idea and it might be crazy that I could set down some kind of tarp or flooring that allows me to wash down at least half of the room out the backdoor? Keep in mind that I can't alter the house in any real way because I'm renting but I do have a little flexibility because the landlord and I get along really well. Any ideas/concerns in general would be great... Thanks!
  3. Hey all I just did my first horse hair raku firing and it was so awesome!! I'm wondering if there is anything else I can use on the pot like maybe leaves? Anything at all would be awesome so please let me know. Thank you!
  4. I was considering the Artista but I wasn't sure that it would last as long as something like a shimpo or Brent. I hardly ever throw more than 12lbs at one time so it sounds good as far as that goes. I would be using it a lot...I also really prefer a foot pedal, but I could go without I suppose.
  5. Are there any places I could look for a used wheel? I check eBay, Craigslist, Potter's Attic group on Facebook, and I use the Facebook Marketplace thing. I need a variable speed and reliable wheel. I can't afford to spend more than 500 dollars. If you can think of any other places I should look please let me know!!
  6. I know this has been asked about before and I've been doing some reading and research, but I'm not finding a good overview... Here are my main questions: Do I need a certain type of clay that is specifcally oven safe? Or can I experiment with a clay and glazes I already use? If I really want to make oven safe cook ware like casseroles and pie plates, what is the best way to accomplish that? Thanks!!!
  7. The Great Pottery Throw Down

    I wanted to share that there is technically a legal way to watch this show that I just found. You need a service like Uno Telly that uses it's own DNS servers for your internet connection. People use this so that IP tracking is impossible. It's a safe service and you can get a free trial of it. Set up was easy. Then because your DNS is routed through them, the BBC website can't tell that you're not in Britain and therefore will allow you to access BBC iPlayer. You can watch the episode for free there. Hope this helps you enjoy the show!!
  8. The Great Pottery Throw Down

    Does anyone know how I can watch this from the US??
  9. I was hoping someone might know the clay body I'm looking for. I'm looking for a clay body that fires red at cone 6. It's not quite as dark as a brick red but its a rich red. I wish I had a picture. It's very smooth. I remember it came in 12.5 pound logs. I've thrown with it before but I can't figure out where it came from and I can't get ahold of the studio owner anymore. I thought for a minute it was standard's Brooklyn Red, but the description says it has grog and sand and the clay I'm looking for was really smooth to throw with. It might have been from Great Lakes Clay and Supply Company but I don't see anything on the website that looks like it could be the right one. Any help would be great!
  10. Hi, I'm very interested in trying to start a ceramics guild with some other people I know. We want to have a shared space where we also share kilns, slab rollers, etc. But we will also have our own workspace and materials. I've done some googling and most of what I'm finding are guilds that already exist and not much about how to start one. I guess the biggest obstacle for what I want is start up money to rent a space and purchase kilns, a couple wheels and some other equipment, sink traps, etc. I think I can at least get people into it and start having meetings regularly to figure out our next steps, but I'm wondering if any of you have some advice for me. The goal is to have a guild that is self supporting and I'd like to get 501( c)3 status. Thanks!! (Hope I posted this in the right place!)
  11. ?turquoise Yellow Salt Glaze

    Would love to see some pictures of how this glaze looks!! If you have any please post...or let us know how that recipe works for you.
  12. Darran, I've written a few articles myself on topics I'm not fully versed in. I personally would write the article to the best of my ability and have someone who knows terminology or has more in depth knowledge look over the article and give you suggestions. You know your technique better than anyone so it would be best coming from you. At the very least you should give yourself co-author credit! That's a lot of work and you deserve to be acknowledged for it.
  13. I hadn't thought of that. Good point! Thank you!
  14. Nope! I just add water and stir with a stick, or sometimes with a hand blender. Since most of my coatings are applied to thrown ware, I am aiming for a slip that is about the same as, or thicker, than the slip that is scraped off the surface following a pull. I generally get a thicker, because I get bored with stirring. I keep a bucket of slip covered. Usually it has a big wet shrinkage crack across the bucket surface, but the wet stuff is smears easily, so that is what I use. LT Thank you! I really appreciate your detailed responses!
  15. Thanks for your responses! I haven't tried anything yet because I wanted to see if it was possible first. And I didn't want to buy the red clay if I couldn't use it. It's more work, but for me it makes more sense. Magnolia Mud: Thanks for your response!! This makes me feel more confident that the red clay will work for me. I just need to check that the shrinkage is close enough. If you don't mind answering another question...I was wondering if you deflocculate the slip you use? Thanks!

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