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  1. Boring??? Sounds VERY exciting to me. I might have to look into it....
  2. Yeah, I did this time, I have it upside down on a screen to dry, fingers crossed....
  3. Ha, I really like repairing things. I think I'd be perfectly content just doing restoration work
  4. I am not accepting cracks as the norm. I have a piece that I hand built in the dove porcelain, it's drying now and it's past leather hard, if it cracks, it cracks. I'll let it dry a few weeks more then I will candle for a few days before I fire it. I'm not sure the issue with this piece was the firing. I don't think I built, or dried, it properly, I think the base stayed too wet. I did it differently on this one and I'm optimistic, we'll see.
  5. Well if the new one cracks I'll try this, hopefully I won't need to.
  6. Mine were too big but it did work on a few of the smaller ones.
  7. They never told me that, but I never asked. :) Is the CKK6 cone 6?
  8. That I am.... I've just started candling pieces, 200 degrees. I didn't have a full kiln and I don't think the piece dried evenly before either. We'll see how this time goes.
  9. I know, I feel the same. People are horrible to animals. There is a bit of a smile on the lamb's face, he's having fun, it's just a game
  10. Wow, I love that. I imagine him firing it in a fire pit. I'll have to research it and see if I can find out how he did it. I have a friend that sculpted a huge head, like 5' tall, he dug a massive fire pit to fire it. Yeah, I forgot about bricks! I think you're right, were talking apples and oranges here, well not that different....but pottery and sculpture are different.
  11. Good tips, thanks. I think my biggest problem here might be the humidity and damp location.
  12. So I just checked and the largest piece I have that was fired solid is the head on my Happy Chinese Man. He's porcelain and his head measures 2.75 x 2.75 x 2.5. I did not fire him. He was fired in a gas kiln by a woman in Brooklyn that did work for the Met, so an expert firer (is that a word?). She had like 20 kilns. Really nice woman. Anyway, I can't remember him drying that long either, a few weeks at the most. I was in a sublet and only there 4 weeks, but it was during winter and the heat was full blast so the room was very, very dry.
  13. I would not have sculpted a bound child.... well unless it were some type of protest piece meant to raise awareness, certainly not to be drowned in tea though....
  14. i am not unwilling to take advice, that is why I asked. I just like solid pieces better. Sculpture is different than pots and bowls, it has a life to it, being hollow affects it, I know that probably sounds strange but that's how I feel.
  15. Solid, almost all of my work is solid with the exception of two busts where I hollowed out the chest a bit but all the heads are solid. This piece I was talking about in this post was a commission.
  16. Thank you. :) I feel the same, hollow is not my thing.
  17. I'm not exactly sure what you are talking about but the piece I referenced in this post was already in the kiln by the time anyone responded and it came out just fine, over an inch think in places so I guess it was completely dry. I've only blown up two pieces, not really a big deal, it's not like I can't make another one. My icon is porcelain.
  18. He made it! Yay! In case anyone was interested in the color after firing, this was the brown. It's a dark red brown, beautiful in person.
  19. Thanks, that's helpful. I have pieces that are more than 1/2" thick. The one I just fired is probably an inch thick in a few spots. I heated him at 200 for a few hours yesterday with the lid propped up a bit. Just fired him we'll see if he made it tomorrow...
  20. I know, I spent so much time on him it was hard to accept I'm keeping him for myself . He mocks me every day lol The piece I put back together isn't porcelain, and it's very stable.
  21. The largest crack was on the bottom of the box. It's an animal box, oval really, with a lid. I did not throw it. I fired very slowly, always do. This porcelain is the dove from seattle pottery, I have used it for years, never had cracking but I also never did my own firing. I also think that it was gas fired all the times before, I am using electric, not sure if that makes a difference, it fires better in gas, much nicer finish.
  22. I'm not doing any heavy duty carving, just details. I had a piece in the kiln, vented, it was at 300, I had to run to the store so I turned off the kiln and shut the lid, came back opened the lid, it was in pieces. So I wet it all down, put it back together with vinegar and clay and it fired fine a week or so later. It was not porcelain, just a white clay that fires to cone 6.
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