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perkolator

Member Since 08 Feb 2012
Offline Last Active May 26 2015 12:25 PM
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In Topic: Electric Kiln Top Rim Coating?

06 May 2015 - 04:17 PM

thanks to all.  i think i'm going to thin down some kiln cement to milk consistency and brush some on after spraying down the bricks.  i've done this to re-coat sections of kiln floors when glaze removal leaves exposed soft brick (i do use kiln wash too, but it doesn't stop the bad glaze drips or certain glazes)


In Topic: The Dirtiest Job In Ceramics

28 April 2015 - 01:59 PM

Cleaning sink trap has got to be #1 only based on the smell.

 

A very close contender is making a batch of clay with a super-smelly reclaim barrel which smells as bad as a sink trap, because it's full of dead skin cells, newspaper bits, etc and has been sitting in the sun for a few weeks....and you're putting your bare hands in it...and your head goes into or very close to the trash can because you're reaching to the bottom...at least with the sink trap you can use a wet-vac and cover your nose with the free-hand.


In Topic: Firing In Mold

18 March 2015 - 02:05 PM

clay or refractory mold is the only material i can think of that would work for repeated use.


In Topic: How Long Will Modern Pottery Last?

13 January 2015 - 04:36 PM

since we essentially duplicate the process of forming rocks, all of our ceramics is permanent and will be here until it melts again with some great force of energy.  maybe some sort of ultra hot explosion from warfare, volcano or lava flow, or perhaps heat from asteroid colliding with Earth.  with that said, there is a lot of terrible ceramics out there that will be here forever.


In Topic: Deflocculated Wax Resist?

13 January 2015 - 04:17 PM

i've never colored my wax, but sometimes add color to my glazes and slips since i'm colorblind and can't easily see some layers.  my recommendation in this case is to try powdered food coloring or powdered water color pigments (or even acrylic) - they work quite well, store forever, and will likely not have this issue.