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Denice

Member Since 02 Apr 2010
Offline Last Active Jul 26 2016 01:58 PM
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#110181 Experience With Aim Kilns?

Posted by Denice on 16 July 2016 - 12:14 PM

I have a AIM test kiln for 15 years and haven't had any problems with it.  Mine is just a test kiln so the interior is 8x8 inches, it takes a 15 amp outlet my electrician ran a separate circuit for it and a heavier wire.  Denice


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#110107 Qotw: What Other Things Beside Clay Have You Mastered?

Posted by Denice on 14 July 2016 - 08:30 AM

I feel like clay has mastered me, I hope someday to master it.  I was a decorator for 20 years, manage contractor crews on new construction and a dam good tiler.  I designed and built my own home and studio from scratch,  I focus all of my energy on mastering clay now I have  finished proving myself to others now I just have convince myself.     Denice




#109729 Qotw: What Form Do You Use To Experiment On A New Aesthetic?

Posted by Denice on 05 July 2016 - 08:29 AM

I don't usually experiment with new forms, I have been working with coiled pottery.  Coiled pottery has it own style, you think you heading one way but the coils head off another direction.  I do make maquettes that will fit into my test kiln to try a glaze out on a pot.  I only do this on a complicated creation that took me awhile to make.   Denice




#109361 Help! I Can't Center Anymore!

Posted by Denice on 25 June 2016 - 09:41 AM

Are you releasing the tension in your hands before you move them,  I find that if I don't it will throw it off center.  I have also noticed that the really good throwers have a lot of upper body strength.   Denice




#109289 Ventilation System Needed?

Posted by Denice on 23 June 2016 - 08:11 PM

I have a small test kiln in my kiln room, it isn't ventilated like my big kilns.  I just open the window a few inches,  I do have a exhaust fan in the ceiling that I also run.  If it is really cold outside I leave the window closed and run the exhaust fan. I never smell any fumes from it.  Denice




#109040 What Is The Most Suitable Clay For Miniature Figurines?

Posted by Denice on 19 June 2016 - 09:44 PM

If your working in the C5/6 range I would try Laguna's B-Mix, in the Cone 04 a white earthenware clay.   Denice




#109020 How Is This Glaze Effect Achieved?

Posted by Denice on 19 June 2016 - 10:08 AM

Are you sure it is glaze, of course it's hard to tell from a photo on the computer,  but it looks like it could be glass for a acrylic.    Denice




#108676 Qotw: What Is Your Biggest Safety Fault?

Posted by Denice on 14 June 2016 - 08:19 AM

I am real good at wearing a paper mask but lousy at one of those hepa filter mask. I like the rectangular paper mask you see the Japanese wear in horror movies, they are comfortable,  I buy a box of 50 and change them often.  The hepa filter mask never fit my face right, hot and sweaty and fog up my glasses, but I do keep my studio fairly clean, and I pick up any trimming off the floor daily.  If I leave it on the floor  stepping on them makes more dust.   Denice




#107455 B-Mix And Me - A Contentious Relationship

Posted by Denice on 24 May 2016 - 03:19 PM

I have never thrown with B mix but I know it's awful to handbuild with, my professor in college made me do a project with it to get me out of my comfort zone.   What a mess,  years later I tried making some tile with it and had almost every tile crack.  I had used the same molds and process for the tiles with a basic throwing clay didn't have one crack.  There are potters who love it, I can't figure out why.  Denice




#107454 Qotw: Do You Have A Story For Us, Featuring Tom Roberts (Aka Tjr) ?

Posted by Denice on 24 May 2016 - 03:12 PM

I use his method to soften bags of clay all of the time.  He will be missed.    Denice




#107416 Qotw: Do You Have A Story For Us, Featuring Tom Roberts (Aka Tjr) ?

Posted by Denice on 24 May 2016 - 08:33 AM

How sad to lose a bright light,  he found out that I was 6 months older than him and use to tease me about it.    Denice




#107330 Texture/embossing Mats/roller

Posted by Denice on 23 May 2016 - 07:53 AM

Nice job on the stamps, very clean impressions.   Denice




#107271 In Search Of A Cone 6 Clear...long-Winded.

Posted by Denice on 21 May 2016 - 06:32 PM

I hope someone can help, I tested about 30 different C6 clear glazes and never found one that I was satisfied with., even tried making some formula's of my own. Denice




#106977 Curiosity Question In Regards To Using Glass In Claywork

Posted by Denice on 16 May 2016 - 01:39 PM

The potters who are selling these clay and glass pieces as functional don't know what they are doing, not enough education.  A lack of knowledge doesn't protect them from a massive lawsuit.  Potter


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#105644 Help For Newbie Red Glaze

Posted by Denice on 24 April 2016 - 10:59 AM

Reds are hard to get at Cone 6 since you are doing beads why don't you work with a earthenware and use low fire glaze which have great reds.  Denice