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  1. Closing on my office/warehouse in a couple of more days. The question now becomes: what studio toy should I buy?

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    2. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      so i have been contemplating this, and I think you need a 6x6 dance floor in the middle of the studio so when a good song comes on you can just drop what your doing and break down. for example:

    3. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      If you're really feeling groovy you can mirror the ceiling so your disco ball really lights up the place.

    4. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      And, glazenerd, it's life I'm high on. Thank you very much. :D LOL

  2. I am reading a book on clay body formulation from 1959: and the information is relatively the same as in 2017. Why does this bother me?

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    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Feel like I am right at the threshold of formulating an entirely new brand of clay. My wheels have been turning for sometime about this.

    3. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Neat man. Keep up the work!

    4. High Bridge Pottery

      High Bridge Pottery

      If it is porcelain that throws like stoneware count me in.

  3. After two hours of practice throwing this morning: I need to post in the "Help, I cannot center," and the "Help, I cannot pull walls, and the " Why in the he** did I buy a wheel anyway" threads.

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    2. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Oh, Bill said, "if you are going to throw a lot, use soft clay". That was my primer. Now I'm loving it. Best wishes.

    3. Benzine

      Benzine

      Yeah, I've been doing this for fifteen years, and I still run into issues. And many times, it isn't me, but the clay. I use a clay that is far too stiff. You'd think I'd learn, but yet...

      Best of luck in your endeavor. You'll ge there.

    4. glazenerd
  4. My brain hurts. Think I fried some synapses.

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    2. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      I prefer the term fell in a hole. = )

    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Then I need to go ask Alice, I think she will know.

    4. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Sing this song while you make pots. "Give me love, give me clay, give me wheel to throw, Give me hope that my kiiiiln won't go coooooold," and repeat.

  5. Spent the last few days writing a clay chemistry specific  "glossary of terms." If someone would be kind enough to stop by an uncross my eyes, much appreciated.

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    2. Min

      Min

      Tom, don't you have an editor really close by, isn't your wife in the publishing business? 

    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Correct Min. All the more reason I found the unsolicited offers to help most generous. Some technical review will still be required. 

    4. Min

      Min

      Gotcha. Yes, potters have to be some of the most kind and generous people I know!

  6. You know you are getting old when you open the test kiln only to realize you never glazed anything!. hangs head in shame...

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    2. Roberta12

      Roberta12

      elf? Is there a season on them? Don't tell Santa.

       

    3. ChenowethArts
    4. Celia UK

      Celia UK

      Love that one Marcia!

  7. Was doing a forum search on rare eath oxides such as Yttrium, Holium, and Samarium: wonder why these never came up in topics before?

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    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      I refer to them as oxides because most usually do; they are actually lanthanides.

    3. terrim8

      terrim8

      Interesting- had to google it. The oxide is used in glass and it is an interesting read.

    4. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      Does the Holium add pinholes :-)

  8. Well, I finally managed to throw a form over the 12" tall mark. Managed to do it without it wobbling and spiraling. Just think, in another two years I might actually be good at throwing.

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    2. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      eight isn't everything. But congrats on your height in this case. Well done. through sheer determination!

       

    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Marcie: I am not only testing my ability, but also testing the ability of the clay.

  9. After nearly two years of testing and writing formula limits: threw my final stoneware recipe this morning. Finally satisfied with the results.

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    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Ty Giselle, Joseph, Ron.

    3. Min

      Min

      Oh dear! On a positive note she has family to help.

  10. I recieved several private messages today from people still experiencing problems getting into the forum. Anyone have an update I can send them?

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    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Ty very much GEP

    3. Babs

      Babs

      I was advised to also clear my cache which helped my prob.

      THe prev. bookmarks don't work for sure.

    4. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      I'm curious...how many of you have had a MAJOR Windows 10 update? Come to think of it, my prob started right after the update...

  11. I have not updated since last year!

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    2. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      I heard about bigger crystals in 17-you heard it here 1st

    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Is that a challenge?

      Is 2017; crystal smack-down year?

    4. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Do it now. W. Clement Stone quote.

  12. I have been on the forum for roughly a month now. I must say it is an honor to see the works of so many talented and gifted people. The willingness to share knowledge and information is also commendable. Just thought it needed to be said.

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    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Joel: those who think they know it all are the ones who have stopped learning.

    3. Chris Campbell

      Chris Campbell

      I think pottery is an area where your vista is constantly expanding ... The more you learn, the less you know for sure. The narrower your focus, the wider your possibilities.

    4. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      The more years in ceramics it seem the less I know

  13. I think it is weird science day. I have had these ideas for oddity glazes rolling around in my head for a month now. Good day to test them.

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    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Babs; could you PM these links to me please. Keep getting error messages.

    3. Babs

      Babs

      google david Snair crystalline glazes, I saw some of hiw work in an old Cermaic arts monthly mag, just a couple of beautiful pots.

    4. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Test results in the Slip Recipe thread I started.

  14. Finished chapter three, now on to testing "iron" limits. Then the effects of sulfides and carbons: and their limits.

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    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Please do. Given the time period, a brave undertaking on your part. No programmable controllers in 73. The only thing I remember from 73 is Pink Floyd playing in St.Louis.

    3. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      I wish I could have heard pink floyd in st louis!

    4. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      Ha! I saw them in 69 at Connie mac stadium in Phila. in a thunder /lightning storm. very cool.

       

  15. Looks like I have a causalty of war in the studio. Went out early to shut down the two test kilns: one was frozen in "8888" LED status. Lightning came through at 4am/: think it is fried.

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    2. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      The invasion has begun. Better put on the aluminum cones. LOL I hope you were able to get your kiln going again. Story weather is beautiful; if you don';t have to fire. ;)

    3. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      Can the controller be repaired? If these storms are persistent you may have to install a lightning rod ;-(

    4. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      I turn off the main panel breaker, and individual breakers when I know they are coming through. This one got be my however...

  16. After owning my first wheel for two weeks: I have gone through nearly 100lbs of clay centering and pulling simple forms. I actually pulled a ten pound cylinder today: my first attempt with that much clay. I have also been using my own custom porcleain and stoneware bodies: which I like alot better. (bias intended)

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    2. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Yes, you will get there! :) Gotta start somewhere. With me it was very small cylinders that I started with, I didn't make decent bowls till about six months ago.

       

    3. vinks

      vinks

      Sure you will get there..Keep making mistakes,you'll learn more...i use to do more often..Practice Practice and Patience will count !!

       

    4. Joseph Fireborn
  17. I thought Community Challenge #5 would be a cake walk because I am a tile guy. After seeing just a few posts, I am getting very very nervous. Forgot how talented the people are in here. Do judges take bribes?

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    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Paul: what I like about your work the most: always outside of the box.

    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Bruce: I know it is a challenge: just having some fun with it. Stirring the pot with a little throw down.

    4. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      I have had good results from offering a virtual foot rub. ;)

       

  18. Picked up a bag each of Grolleg, McNamee, NZ, Helmer, and FHC: let the clay body tests continue.

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    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Joseph: It will be over a month before I get done testing various parameters. I work with a five clay blend recipe.

    3. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Oh my mistake. Fun stuff?

    4. High Bridge Pottery

      High Bridge Pottery

      Ah that's not too bad. Did a little maths and it comes out at £0.90 a kg and I pay £0.70 a kg

  19. First pugmill being delivered Friday, another one at the end of September. Now to find a straight mixer.

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    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Guess I have to wait another week, the delivery truck broke down yesterday.

    3. GiselleNo5
  20. I have been waiting for six months to see these results. Well worth the wait.

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    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Getting away from clay is needful as well. The potter's passion for clay is a consuming fire at times. Gets really intense when you get on the path of a new glaze, form, or technique.

    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Keep experimenting, watching with interest.

    4. 1515art

      1515art

      Thanks Tom, I've never put much effort into my glazes mostly going with what was available and trying to make it work, sometimes with success and sometimes not so much. I can do pretty much with the clay  as I wish I think, I'm a novice working with glaze chemistry and my experiments salvage jobs at best. Not that they don't work...the end result of the combination of glaze, and firings winds up being to complex to depend on. So the search for bright colors I like continues my last c6 celadon was disappointing , my own fault doing little bits here and there with ceramics I need to focus. 

      I'm in the north Nevada desert now finding everything but gold, tacks, bird shot, nails, bullets...did I say bullets lots of bullets and shells, tiny tiny bits of rust up to big old pieces of tin...spent the better part of today finding and replacing one of my tires that turned into something resembling a birds nest, the Nevada desert hates tires you see their shredded remains everywhere out here.

  21. 70 in mid Febuary. So for the first time in many years during winter- I am going to glaze fire tomorrow.

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    2. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      We hit 85 today. That's above normal.

    3. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Hahahaha that's what always happens to my plans. Today I shall throw! Clean the studio instead. Today I shall clean! Spend hours throwing. At this point when I decide what I want to do I should just laugh hysterically and go sleep under the studio table for a couple hours. ;)

    4. Denice

      Denice

      I fired a glaze firing Saturday it was 70 here. I'll be ready for another glaze firing by next weekend.

  22. I mixed 10lbs of Coma Clay, bisq yesterday. Pull them out of the kiln, slather some glaze on them, fire em up. First time to seriously test crystal results.

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    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Marcia: results posted in Glaze Chemistry thread under "Coma Clay." You will enjoy them.

    3. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      not sure what coma clay is but becarefull you do not fall into one

    4. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Mark: Coma is the name I gave my custom porcelain tile recipe. Coma as in - no memory.

  23. Sitting out back, five feet from the hummingbird feeder, watching four of them fight over it. Amazing little creatures.

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    2. Chris Campbell

      Chris Campbell

      Have had two get stuck in my garage ... takes some doing to get them out!

    3. Denice

      Denice

      I had that happen also, we tried everything even ran down to the store and bought a feeder and put sugar water in it. They finally left when it was lighter outside than in the garage.

  24. Think I finally convinced myself to write a book on clay formulation and remedies for common clay issues. Should not take me more than five years.

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    2. GiselleNo5
    3. Benzine

      Benzine

      I would be interested to read it.

      Best of Luck!

  25. Mt favorite part of Christmas. Only one stirring is me. Got two of my first thrown pieces in the kiln: waiting to see how they turned out. Merry Christmas.

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    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Min: sadly that is a true comment.

    3. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Sounds good. Hope your christmas is bright and merry.

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