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TLDinNC

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  1. I’m not the OP, but this info is very helpful. Thank you for taking the time to answer so thoroughly!
  2. Thank you all for your suggestions. We got home yesterday. Spent nearly all of our time hiking, son not much time for galleries on this trip after all. I appreciate your help!
  3. Hello friends- My husband and I will be visiting Phoenix and Sedona next week. While much of our time is already accounted for, I might have some time for clay inspiration. Do you have any "don't miss" gallery suggestions for me? Thanks in advance.
  4. Basically, when hooking up a kiln, single phase kiln use two hot wires, 3 phase kilns use 3 hot wires. The benefit of 3 phase is that you can get the same wattage (watts are what heat up the kiln) with less amperage. That means smaller wires, which are easier to deal with, and you can get more appliances hooked up before you max out your breaker box. A kiln that pulls 48 amps on single phase will only pull about 28 amps on 3 phase (divide the single phase amps by 1.73, the square root of 3). So in a 200 amp breaker box you could hook up 4 single phase kilns or 7 three phase kilns. But you don't really get to choose. It all depends on the electrical service you have at your studio. Residential buildings are usually 240 volt single phase service. Commercial building are often 3 phase, 208 or 240 volts. You have to order your kiln according to what your service is. The voltage of a kiln can be changed by changing the elements, but the phase requires wiring changes in the control box. You can hook up a single phase kiln to a 3 phase breaker box by using just two poles instead of 3, but you cannot hook up a 3 phase kiln to a single phase box. Neither one is cheaper to operate, because you're paying for watts, not amps. . Thank you, Neil! At some point I'll be purchasing a kiln for my home studio so I'm trying to soak up as much info as possible.
  5. Hello all- could someone please explain to this newbie the difference between a 1 phase and 3 phase kiln? Is one preferred over another? Thank you!
  6. So glad to hear the answer to this. I've had this with my new Skutt, and when I called them I was told I got some of the lubricating oil on the wheel head and to clean it with acetone. I did that. Multiple times, and I still get the grime, too. Doesn't happen on the old wheels at the community center.
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    May 2016

    Latest beginner pieces :)
  8. From the album: May 2016

    Tried slip trailing for the 1st time on the vase - used thin glaze to be able to see through. Also tried some minimal sgraffito on the covered jar, but the glaze covered it up.
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    Small vase

    From the album: May 2016

  10. Marcia, thank you for posting that video. Unbelievably beautiful, and as it did with Nerd, it stirred my emotions as well.
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    Colander

    From the album: May 2016

  12. From the album: May 2016

  13. From the album: May 2016

    Making progress on throwing bigger
  14. This is such sad news. My sincere sympathies to his family and friends. It's a strange situation - to feel as though I've lost someone I know, but I've never met. As someone who has only been on this board for about 6 months, I read it religiously and have definitely come to think of many of you as people I "know." Tom answered questions I asked, and I knew anytime I saw his screen name that the comment would be kind and often funny. The world needs more funny & kind. I wish his family much comfort.
  15. Folks, what potters do you follow on Periscope? I just downloaded it. Thanks!
  16. Giselle, are you dipping or brushing?
  17. Giselle, just beautiful. Is the brown that's visible near the carving a result of how this glaze breaks or did you slip over your white stoneware?
  18. Celia- thank you for the idea- I might just try that rather than wrestle with it. Johnny- that's really cool! I'm looking forward to being able to trim on my own schedule.
  19. I definitely appreciate the input. I didn't know why the crumbles could be a problem, it just seemed pretty clear that they were. Thanks!
  20. Hello all- I am making a damp box for my home studio, using a plastic storage bin with a lid. Following directions here on the forums and elsewhere, I used pottery plaster to form roughly a 2 inch bottom in the bin. All of the instructions I've read recommend popping the set plaster out, using a surform to remove sharp edges, cleaning up the walls of the box, then putting the plaster back in. My question is - how critical is it to pop the plaster out and remove sharp edges? There don't seem to be many at all, and honestly, the pad of plaster is heavy and will be difficult for me to handle. What is the risk if I don't smooth out the edges? Thanks in advance for your input.
  21. From the album: Jan 2016

    Finished carving experiment (middle.) Orange street on top 2/3 with matte blue brown on lower 1/3. Pitcher and pot were my 1st use of the Ceramic Store's celadon glazes. Would have had a much better result if I had not brushed it on on the outside.
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