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  1. Hi all. I fired a load of bisque Wed. evening (standard 630 ^5) when I checked Thursday A.M. the kiln was still firing (way too long) so I shut it off and cried a little. When I opened the kiln this A.M. (Friday) The pieces looked ok, (not melted) but I don't know how hot things got. I had 3 witness in the kiln (06 05 04) and they are all pretty flat, my question is, is there a way to tell if the pieces will still take glaze, or if the clay has vitrified? Thanks for your time. Graybeard
  2. Tools for throwing dry

    Hi all, time for me to come out from my cave to ask a question. When you say you throw dry, just how dry is "dry"?? thought fer the day: remember, 2 wrongs do not make a right, BUT 3 lefts will! graybeard
  3. Jeez, when I have crazing like that I break out my hammer, maybe I should rethink that. I have a earthenware glaze just like that blue too. graybeard
  4. Have you tried to contact AMACO? I doubt they would have a fix, but they might be able to point you in the right direction. They had the tire for the cone drive on my old model B Amaco wheel and their people are very helpful. Good luck and let us know how things work out. Graybeard
  5. what is your favorite wax resist?

    Ceramic Supply. Neil turned me on to it, good stuff, easy cleanup Thanks Neil for the food color idea, could have used it last night! graybeard
  6. Wedging Table Design...

    What, I really like the slope idea! I will make the change this weekend. Thanks fer the idea. graybeard
  7. New Forum

    Chilly, ya gotta love progress! graybeard
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  9. New Forum

    I just wish I could reload my Avatar. It took a month or more the first time so Im still ahead of the game I guess, the rest will come (I hope). graybeard
  10. Hi again everyone. If you have ever searched for your needle tools in the splash pan or slop bucket and ended up finding them stuck in your hands try this. Buy a length of pipe insulation (the self sealing foam stuff, comes in 8 foot lengths for about $2.00 a piece) and wrap a 6-10 inch piece around the lip of your splash pan and stick the needle tools in that. Been doing that for about 3 weeks now and I don't feel like Moby Dick any more. Graybeard
  11. Seeing Cones

    There is still a RS in fox lake Il. graybeard
  12. Is This Kiln Worth Fixing?

    In better shape than the one I use to bisque fire. Before you do anything to the elements though heat the area you're going to bend to a nice cherry red so it won't break. As far as the floor, I put a kiln shelf on the bottom of mine, working so far (about 2 years). Neil is the kiln guru though. Good luck graybeard
  13. MARK, I live near Gurnee Il in unincorporated Lake county, about 15 minutes from Mr. Estrick's studio. I guess you could say in north eastern Illinois? WOW! what a response! I'm blown away. The only "artist" I know in my area is Neil, if you ask anyone around here about art fairs they all tell you about the Bristol Renaissance Fair. I once told a friend I threw pots and he started to spread it around that I grew pot. (true story) Thanks to you guys I have a lot to look through, can't thank you enough. I might get to use my new to me white canopy this year after all! Graybeard
  14. HI all, me again. My question has become: How do you find out about a show / fair BEFORE the fact?? I knew about an upcoming fair and they canceled that one! I have suggested the idea (to have a fair) to several organizations, no luck. I tried to sell some stuff out of my yard, (ya should try that sometime " hey, nice bowl would ya take 5 bucks?") I've been told to go on face book as a source but I don't do face book. I have tried farmers markets but in my area they all seem to be run by the same organization using a really brutal set of rules. So anyway, thank you fer yer help. graybeard
  15. Mark, you haven't seen some of his students! graybeard