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  1. This is my current wedging table. It’s very sturdy since the legs are metal. I am just planning on adding plaster to the top wood section.
  2. After more research I decided to order the USG #1 Potters Plaster instead. I don’t know what expanded metal is but I will google it. I am also going to search on this forum for tips on building a (small) wedging table.
  3. I am making a plaster wedging table, I’ve read here that hydrocal is the plaster to use. Can I use the lightweight formula? Or should I stick with the high-strength formula? The lightweight is slightly cheaper and is on amazon prime so I’d have it by Monday versus waiting longer for it to arrive and paying slightly more for the high-strength formula. TIA!
  4. Thanks everyone for your help and advice. I will slam my clay today and will use the 5 gal bucket trick, making sure to check for holes. Thanks again!
  5. Great tips I will make sure to follow! Thank you!
  6. Oh joy, that’s great to hear, thanks everyone!
  7. I purchased 6 blocks of 50 lb each stoneware clays this past fall and stored them in my slightly insulated garage for the winter. I live in Montana and it got to -32F this winter. That was an outlier day but it was -20 to 0 consistently for a couple months. I know. Was just made aware of the fact that freezing can ruin clay. Was made aware of this fact TODAY. I haven’t used any of this clay yet but just was going to start throwing again this week. Is this clay salvageable? I’m so sad right now.
  8. Sounds like a great idea, I’ll head over to the library today or tomorrow! Thank you!
  9. I generally brush on glazes but I recently purchased a spray gun and air compressor to try out. Is spraying the preferred application for midfire glazes? Any quick tips for spraying? So, I understand that I’ll need to bisque fire at cone 06-04 and then cone 6 for the glaze firing...right? Thanks everyone
  10. Thank you! I’ve heard of Archie Bray but I haven’t gotten the chance to go to Helena to visit yet. It’s about 100 miles from me, but obviously much closer than Portland! I am a wildlife rehabber, my focus is tree and ground squirrels. I take a trip to Portland every fall to release that year’s juvenile squirrels I’ve raised since infancy. The Squirrel Refuge is located there and they are gracious enough to work with me and accept my squirrels for release there. So I get to take a trip to Oregon every year! There’s also many more amenities in the “big city” versus here in Montana so I stock up on things like clay/glazes and whatnot. I will be sure to get up to Archie Bray though since I’ve heard wonderful things about them.
  11. Wait a minute. So even though I got cone 6 clay, I should bisque fire it with a 04/05 cone? Now I’m confused!
  12. Thank you! Regarding diminishing element life- are the elements difficult for a (very) lay-person to change or is that something a professional should do? And if so, would that professional be a standard electrician? Can anything else be used instead of stilts? Or, because I have kiln wash applied, I should just put pots directly on the shelves and not worry too much? And if clay can fuse to clay- I should NOT bisque fire pots in other pots to save room?
  13. The glaze firing was successful, hooray! I have another question that isn’t necessarily regarding firing, that I’m hoping you all could help me with. I only have experience with cone 04-06 in all aspects of making ceramics- building/throwing, glazing, firing (now ), etc. I would say I’m strongly intermediate in my abilities, give or take. For a long time I’ve wanted to branch out to mid fire, given that the range of glaze colors is amazing and doesn’t seem to be able to be achieved in low fire. I went to Georgie's in Portland for the first time last fall and decided that I’m making the switch to mid fire. I was nearly out of clay at the time and was going to buy quite a bit since finding clay is hard in Montana, so now I have a ton a variety of cone 6 clays and glazes. My question is what, if anything, is different about using mid fire materials that I should be cognizant of, versus using low fire? Will anything be substantially or noticeably different in the process? Thanks for any advice
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