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  1. Week 36 The author recommends building your own dry clay mixer using a _____________ with the standard reinforcement ribs. This should be an unused container as some materials stored may have been quite toxic or flamable. trash can wooden barrel steel drum plastic can The author has plans for a welded steel frame kick wheel, a ________________ kick wheel, and a DC-powered kick wheel. wooden frame steel pipe table mounted automotive rear axle A catenary arch kiln using ________________ , clay and water, may be cast and fired in pieces. It should not be allowed to be outside as the insulation will absorb water, becoming more crumbly. This type of kiln is only suitable for earthenware and raku. plaster vermiculite cement course sand The author warns about using a car kiln as a ________________ kiln as eventually the wheels and rails will freeze up due to _____________ damage. reduction raku oxidation salt This weeks questions come from Building Pottery Equipment, Roger Harvey and Sylvia and John Kolb, c 1975, 1978 Watson Guptill Publications, NY NY Note from Pres: This book has been in my library for many years, one that I often thought to use, but realized I would rather buy equipment if I could than to expend my labor and time on building my own. Good book though for those looking to cut corners.
  2. Our studio has tested small batches of cone 10 black porcelain for oxidation. We have neither the space to store, nor the production rate to justify a full ton minimum order from any of the large scale clay producers. We do not have the equipment to mix ourselves and mixing small batches ourselves by hand is proving to be too time consuming and labor intensive... so we would like help from someone with a mixer to make a medium sized batch of clay. Can anyone recommend any resources or private studios who take medium scale orders for custom clay blends of about ~150-300 lbs? Our recipe uses mason stain #6600, so I imagine it would be helpful for the producer to have an easier to clean bluebird mixer. Thanks for your help! Ps- Quite obviously, we would also be very interested to know of any clay producers that make a true black cone 9/10 clay for OXIDATION firings. I can't find any that are meant for cone 10, just Aardvark's cone 5 "Cassius basaltic".
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