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ChenowethArts

My 'bill paying job' is seriously cutting into my clay-related activity...of all the nerve! *grin*
Jun 22 2015 09:13 AM
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    Mark C.
    clay is my bill paying job!
    Jun 23 2015 01:13 AM
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    Mark (Marko) Madrazo
    Mark, my eyes are turning green. ;)
    Jun 23 2015 07:01 PM
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    SusanL
    Hello there! Am back at my home in SA after visiting my hubby and son in Slovakia..... Talk about something disrupting your claywork!! Wish we can get a stable home environment now so I can get our lives back on track. So in the meantime I just smile and do what I can when I can.
    Jun 29 2015 01:07 AM
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Cavy Fire Studios

Some of you awesome folk have worried about Guinea, but I'm alive. Been a bit too sore for clay lately, but I've been drawing a lot. I have lots of new ideas for clay stuff, too, when my joints feel up to it. I wanna get funky! ^_^
Jun 20 2015 02:01 PM
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    rakukuku
    hmmm guinea, its good to get off the hamster wheel once in awhile. drawing is good.
    Jun 21 2015 03:37 PM
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    LeeU
    You have a great spirit..maybe I could shore myself up better with some drawing-thanks for the inspiration.
    Jun 27 2015 05:04 PM
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    Cavy Fire Studios
    It's been frustrating as heck... even painting is exhausting to me nowadays. But, we just gotta keep trying, I suppose. :3
    Jun 27 2015 11:18 PM
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Mark (Marko) Madrazo

It's been wet, hot and humid here lately. And very little wind to cool down with. I got my fan and an exhaust ceiling fan going and it still get around 90 degrees. But I plan to make some more mugs and fire a small load starting tomorrow evening. When it is cooler. How's your weather?
Jun 19 2015 09:07 PM
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    Mark (Marko) Madrazo
    Good on you Amy. That's the positive mental atitude we all need.
    Jun 22 2015 09:08 AM
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    Evelyne Schoenmann
    Here in Switzerland it's rainy and cold. Temps in the 64 F... (sad Smilie here)
    Jun 23 2015 12:50 PM
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    Mark (Marko) Madrazo
    Evelyne, please send some of that cool down my way. ;)
    Jun 23 2015 07:03 PM
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LeeU

Posted some Gallery pics from my recent single fire-I am sold on that method, at least for some things!
Jun 19 2015 05:26 PM
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    alabama
    Just out of curiosity, when did the double firing method begin? 20th c?
    Jun 19 2015 05:41 PM
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    Chris Campbell
    From what I have been told it started in the large pottery factories in England (?) when breakage by less skilled workers became an issue. Bisque firing means less loses than single firing. Don't know if that is true but it sounds right.
    Jun 19 2015 07:22 PM
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    Evelyne Schoenmann
    The books say that you have to bisque fire first when applying glaze. Nonsense. I just did 2 single firings (high fire) without problems either for the clay or the glaze. Perfect firings. I can understand that you are happy with single firings, Lee.
    Jun 23 2015 12:45 PM
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ChenowethArts

Still glazing...the more I glaze, the larger the kiln seems to get as I load it. Whazupwidat? :)
Jun 19 2015 08:43 AM
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    alabama
    It like looking inside an empty canvas tent, when it appears larger inside than the outside.
    Jun 19 2015 05:51 PM
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    Chris Campbell

    Hmmm ... My kilns are looking smaller as my stream of consciousness project gets wildly bigger and bigger ... Cannot fire as we are currently in a heat wave. And now may have to re load these kilns to fit it all in.
    Jun 19 2015 07:25 PM
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    Mark (Marko) Madrazo
    I think I saw Bugs Bunny do something like dat. That crazy rabbit. :)
    Jun 19 2015 11:13 PM
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Grype

I think attaching handles is my favorite part of a mug right now. So much comes from the way the handle looks attached to different forms. It really makes or breaks the form.
Jun 17 2015 09:16 PM
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    alabama
    If you think putting on mug handles is fun, wait til you pull spouts on pitchers, take a straight edge, center the spout, and back of pitcher, make allighnment marks, pull and attach the handle. Then find out that its been attached to one side!!! I didn't attach a crooked handle..must have been the dogs. "No good deed goes unpunished"! Take in a stray animal and it messes with the handles.
    Jun 18 2015 11:30 AM
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    Grype
    My puppy snatched up my finishing sponge yesterday. I was looking everywhere for it, then I came in and found it everywhere. I didn't think about her messing with my handles as well! No wonder!
    Jun 18 2015 11:34 AM
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    Denice
    A handle can make or break a pot.
    Jun 18 2015 12:59 PM
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Crusty

Bisque load going in today. mostly bowls.
Jun 17 2015 09:23 AM
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CroneRanger

We are moving into a much better house than we originally thought. It has a two car garage with my name on it for a studio!!!!
Jun 16 2015 03:57 PM
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    Rebekah Krieger
    that is probably the best news a potter can ever get!! how amazing for you.

    Jun 17 2015 08:22 AM
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    Denice
    I started in a corner of a garage. Since then I have had a small out building studio and one in a basement. I'm back in the garage again but it's a separate room in a large garage. It has all the bells and whistles.
    Jun 18 2015 01:04 PM
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    GiselleNo5
    I started in a corner of my living room ... :D
    Jun 18 2015 10:31 PM
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Rebekah Krieger

On a positive note, as soon as I unpack completely I can actually work on sculpting and do my first raku this summer!
Jun 16 2015 11:11 AM
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    Benzine
    I'm still firing my Raku kiln off a weed burner. It works great! Rebekah, are the Raku and sculpture going to be separate projects, or are you doing sculptural Raku?
    Jun 17 2015 09:04 AM
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    Rebekah Krieger
    seperate projects. Sculpture is my main desire but I have been meaning to try my first raku. I want to make pet urns in raku as one of my hopefully consumable products.

    Jun 19 2015 09:58 AM
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    Rebekah Krieger
    Thanks for that- I have this HUGE piece of styrofoam I found on the street and i plan to cut it into a base/ armture for a sculpture

    Jun 19 2015 09:59 AM
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High Bridge Pottery

DIY and a kiln still at 600degC makes one sweaty potter
Jun 16 2015 08:34 AM
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    Grype
    Hot is hot. My garage is only 97. Easy Peasy!
    Jun 16 2015 11:59 AM
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    High Bridge Pottery
    Oh man that is hot, I don't think it gets much over 80 in here. Three big windows I can open and extraction unit. Doesn't really help when you have to scrape tile adhesive off the wall.
    Jun 16 2015 12:59 PM
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Grype

Insight is awesome. Replacing GBorate for Frit3134 and recalculating. neat stuff. testing tomorrow.
Jun 16 2015 03:18 AM
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    Grype
    I am enjoying it. I dont like Gborate at all.
    Jun 16 2015 10:52 AM
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    Grype
    I guess I will have to get a subscription to this stuff once I go production. It is just too valuable.
    Jun 16 2015 10:52 AM
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    Grype
    Welp. You can't beat 14 bucks for 180 days of awesome insight.
    Jun 17 2015 12:07 AM
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Mark C.

Glaze fire in am-finally some show pots.
Jun 16 2015 12:52 AM
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ChenowethArts

Changed the filter on my respirator and tapped out some of the dust that was captured..'pretty scary that some people just don't "get it".
Jun 15 2015 05:52 AM
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    Benzine
    What do you use the respirator for; glaze mixing, clay mixing, cleaning, all the above?
    Jun 15 2015 10:06 AM
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    ChenowethArts
    Ben, definitely when mixing glazes, clay, or sanding bisque...hadn't considered cleaning since I use a wet/sponge/mop process.
    Jun 15 2015 12:26 PM
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    Grype
    I wear my mask when I am cleaning. I usually start with my garage studio with a shopvac with a HEPA filter. I open my garage door all the way, and shop vac all the floor around my wheel and work shelve. Then I go back and wet mop the floor.
    Jun 15 2015 02:15 PM
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Grype

Anyone know a good wax resist. I have been using amaco and it gunks up so much it drives me nuts. The only way it applies good is with a sponge. Is there a really good brand anyone knows about?
Jun 14 2015 11:24 AM
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    dhPotter
    So, did anyone answer your question? I too, need a good wax resist.
    Jun 15 2015 03:16 PM
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    bciskepottery
    Forbes wax resist; I get mine from Highwater Clay.
    Jun 15 2015 03:57 PM
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    Grype
    Yea, I got a few answers. I am gonna start with Forbes, as the first one I try.
    Jun 15 2015 03:59 PM
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GiselleNo5

I spent my happy Saturday carving, slip casting, and doing mishima on some little stacking prep bowls. Not enough hours in the day for me, so I ended up putting half my things back into their bins to stay damp for another day.
Jun 14 2015 04:09 AM