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  1. Cone 6 Albany Slip Recipes

    Thank You! This is awesome. Going to try these also with clay from the Hudson River Banks
  2. Cone 6 Albany Slip Recipes

    Thank You so much everyone! I live in the Hudson Valley and this research into Albany Slip has me thinking about the local clay that lines the Hudson River. The walls of the Hudson are full of it. I am also going to try some recipes with this local clay and see what happens
  3. Cone 6 Albany Slip Recipes

    Thanks Pres, I will do that
  4. Does anyone have any Cone 6 Albany Slip Recipes? I have a bucket labeled "Albany Slip" that I've had for 20 years and I got it from an old woman who could no longer work with clay for health reasons so I think it may be the real thing. I have heard there are a few yellows you can only get with Albany slip. I'd like to test out some recipes to see if it is in fact Albany Slip.
  5. Thanks Chris, I hear you and agree Some of the shards you see in the Pic are from a parrot bowl which needs to be very thick and heavy so strong birds can not pick it up and throw it. I have fired them without issue before. But I do also see that one piece that is quite uneven from bottom to top. While I agree I have to become better at throwing, The main cause here was moisture.
  6. Thanks Everyone, So moisture it is. I am leaning.... always learning
  7. I seam to be making every mistake in the book. It would be nice to have a successful firing in-between disasters. This time I had loaded the kiln for a bisque fire quite close to the lid (Not sure how far away you should stay from the lid) After warming overnight with the vent on (Kiln is vented from the bottom), I turned all to low in the morning. My kiln is an old Norman kiln with a kiln sitter and four dials on the front. Two peep holes. Shortly after I worried, maybe the pieces at the top were blocking enough air from entering through the three holes the vent installer drilled through the lid to allow air in as the vent drew air out through the bottom. So I opened the top peep hole for a bit and then decided that I should stick to the vent instructions which clearly said “Never open the peep holes when the vent is runningâ€. I finished the bisque firing and opened the kiln after cooling to find piles of bisque fired shards of clay. This wasn’t just an air bubble that blew out, but every piece except for maybe one piece on each shelf was in crumbles. (See photos attached) UUUUggggh! I had some real favorites in this load. This is becoming a very emotionally taxing hobby I found a local ceramics studio and have contacted them to see about taking some classes. I think that would be hugely beneficial. ​I am going to have to be careful about vacuuming out the coils too as their were shards of clay sticking out from the coil area so I am sure there is plenty that fell down in there.
  8. Firing Disaster

    Not sure exactly what went wrong here but pretty sure it had to do with opening a peep hole while the vent was on.
  9. Looking For Wheel Suggestions...

    I ordered the vl-whisper Can't wait to get it. Probably end of next week.
  10. Looking For Wheel Suggestions...

    Good point Ronfire. I am not that mechanically inclined, but I can take a look on Youtube for some videos
  11. Looking For Wheel Suggestions...

    Thanks Mark, It is very clear. The only difference is that I have a bat mold which is open top and bottom. It makes plaster bats that fit perfectly on my recessed wheel head. Since it is open top and bottom I have to be sure to pour on a level surface... I learned this the hard way. I have decided to hold off on a new wheel for now since I just ordered a 50lb bag of Hydrocal to make more bats for my wheel. It's still working so I guess I'll keep it until it craps out completely. I reserve the right to change my mind again tomorrow
  12. Looking For Wheel Suggestions...

    Do you check to make sure the pie plate is perfectly level before you pour the plaster? I made a bunch a while back but a few were not level and are tricky to throw on.
  13. Hi, I have this very old Amaco wheel (See image attached) that I have been using and works pretty well except for the slightly loose wheel head and some strange sounds it's starting to make. I am beginning to think about treating myself to a new wheel but I've become accustomed to plaster bats and the only wheels I see for sale do not use plaster bats. I'm not even sure how that works. I was always taught the plaster helped to dry the piece evenly as the top tends to dry first and the plaster draws water from the bottom. Does anyone still use plaster bats? What can you all tell me about wheels and how you work. P.S. I'll be purchasing from Bailey's Pottery Supply in Kingston, NY if that helps. Thank you so much best, -Mary
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  15. Making Glazes

    Yes, My Cobalt Carb is a beautiful Lilac color. Is Barnard a type of Ball Clay? Because that sounds kind of familiar and the Ball Clay is in a new container that I labeled so it might have said Barnard Ball Clay before, In my great wisdom, I might have shortened it. It is dark brown in color and a bit on the heavy side in comparison to the other ingredients. Another question... Is it acceptable to dip bisque ware in water before dipping in glaze to get a thinner coat or better to thin the glaze it'self? I have a bucket called Albany slip so I know I did not use that. The purple alone with no glaze over it is a mat brown. The color you see overlapping is Chun Seafoam Green from same book, No Cobalt Carb in that.
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