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#120397 Wooden Throwing Tools

Posted by Denice on 11 January 2017 - 09:38 AM

I have never put anything on my wooden ribs and some of them are forty years old,  I understand that petroleum jelly is  easy maintenance.  Wooden ribs are usually made out of a wood that resist water,  letting them dry overnight should take care of them.     Denice

#119895 Black Clay Advice

Posted by Denice on 05 January 2017 - 09:13 AM

I bought some Flinthills dark brown that fires black and did some testing on it, I only had two glazes that I found acceptable and decided it was too much of a problem to work with.  My clay supplier talked me into trying it.   Denice

#119429 Fired Too Much? Or Not Enough? Help!

Posted by Denice on 29 December 2016 - 11:23 PM

I don't go to sleep until my kiln has turned off, so many things can happen, start your kiln at 6.00 am then it will be finished by bedtime.  You can check on it several times a day and when it shuts down.  I have had a greenware load ready to bisque for several days but waited until I was home all day, I may leave it for a couple of hours to run a errand in the early stages of the firing.     Denice

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#118731 Pre Heat Greenware To Dry Out Days Before Firing

Posted by Denice on 19 December 2016 - 09:14 PM

I  mostly hand build so I often candle overnight,  my time making them is worth a lot more than what little extra electricity I use.     Denice

#118410 Vent To Empty Garage Overnight

Posted by Denice on 14 December 2016 - 09:51 AM

I don't know how often you fire but since your are moving I wouldn't invest a lot of money in a temporary fix.  If you do happen to have a board laying around that it about the width of the garage door you could cut a hole in it  and have the door rest on it.  Run your vent hose through the hole and tape around it.  Denice

#118322 Wacky Kiln

Posted by Denice on 12 December 2016 - 09:19 AM

You'll get the hang of it, my big kiln has always been a half cone cooler at the bottom so I put  mat glazes there,  perfect in middle so picky glazes,  gloss glazes go on top because it is half cone hotter.   Denice

#118307 Opening A Community Studio - Advice!

Posted by Denice on 11 December 2016 - 09:41 PM

Don't forget to get insurance.    Denice

#118252 Taken All Your Advice...6 Months On

Posted by Denice on 11 December 2016 - 11:14 AM

Very nice.  Denice

#118226 Beginner Clay?

Posted by Denice on 10 December 2016 - 12:31 PM

You are going to go through a lot of clay learning how to throw, you might consider the price of clay and not worry about keeping pots.  My first throwing class in college we got to keep three small pieces.  Taking a throwing class would be a big help, videos are nice but having someone teach you about tension in your hands and arms and how to release the tension without throwing your pot out of balance is invaluable.  Denice

#117185 Firing A ^ 5 / 6 Clay To Only ^ 02

Posted by Denice on 25 November 2016 - 10:35 PM

Chris your comment about smelly bottoms made me smile.  Denice

#116967 Qotw: Do You Need A "symbol"?

Posted by Denice on 23 November 2016 - 09:18 AM

I am with you when it comes to the apron, I think it is like a uniform, makes me feel like a skilled professional potter.  When I am in my studio for just a few minutes to check on something I always feel like something is not right.  It's the missing apron!   Denice

#116753 What Am I Forgetting?

Posted by Denice on 20 November 2016 - 11:48 AM

Offer a swap to the other potter, pay for his porcelain if he will unload your clay or at least help.   Denice

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#116613 Best Bagged Clay For Throwing...currently Use Amaco 38

Posted by Denice on 18 November 2016 - 10:08 AM

It would help to work out with some weights and build up the strength in your arms, I would get some professional instruction.   Denice

#116539 In Mourning..

Posted by Denice on 17 November 2016 - 09:32 AM

I started studying C6 glazes in the 70's,  I was in college and Richard Zakin had published his first book on C6 clays and glazes.  During this time period natural gas prices had sky rocketed and the college limited the gas reduction firings.  They had neighborhood, and enviromental groups trying to end the wood, salt and soda firings.  The compromise was to start firing in the evening and through the night.  I decided that C6 glazes were the future of ceramics, I still believe that.  Working with oxidation glazes is not for wimps it is very challenging, getting that cool iron spot look with reduction is easy.  Cone 6 glazes have been researched and developed over the last 50 years and several books have been published lately that can help you navigate them. The clay you use also makes a big difference in your results, iron spots in a clay body will be pulled to the surface by many C6 glazes.   I belong to a forum "Electric Cone 6 & Other Ways w Clay"  It cost $10 to join for you can look for free, it could be a lot of help. Denice

#116219 Moving Studio To Montana

Posted by Denice on 13 November 2016 - 02:35 PM

 We plan to visit Yellowstone in a year of two,  I promise to give you a call before we stop by.  Denice