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In Topic: Building A Basement Studio

01 May 2014 - 01:42 PM

Also, on the dehumidifier thing, I use one sometimes, but it can dry stuff out FAST (including eyes and lips, haha). So if you leave it on and you're out of the studio for a day you can come back a pile of ware that's too dry to work with anymore.  :/

In Topic: Building A Basement Studio

01 May 2014 - 01:40 PM

I've tried a LOT of mops and I find that the replaceable sponge mops are the best.  They hold up well and clean out easily.  The rope mop was a clay-caked disaster.  I got the floor squeegee from Home Depot or Lowes.  18 inch squeegee head on like a mop handle.

In Topic: Building A Basement Studio

28 April 2014 - 09:55 AM

1.   What type of utility sink will be sufficient-will "plastic" hold up?


Mine's plastic and it holds up fine.  I've got a trap in there as well to catch all the clay goobers.



3.  About how much room should I leave around the kiln in a separate room for stacking, maintenance, etc.


18 inches I think is what most manufacturers recommend.  Due to space constraints my kiln is in the same room as the studio itself, i just close the door and stay out when firing.


4.  I'm building a 4x8 studio table.  Any suggestion as to a material for the top?  I am considering hardboard.  But would a Formica-like product be better.  I am concerned about moisture and warping.


hardboard is probably going to absorb water and deteriorate.  I've got an ancient formica-top dining table right now, and its fabulously easy to clean.  I took and covered 4x4 drywall sheets in canvas duck for when we're doing clay work (take them off and lean them against the wall when we're glazing so we can just wipe off the formica).


5.  Cleaning floors:  I know damp mopping is best but should I vacuum up the dust first with a shop vac?  If not, wouldn't I just be pushing around mud even if I rinse frequently?


 You'll regret shop vac-ing.  Sooo much dust in the air.  We throw water on the floor (concrete with epoxy over) and scrub with a mop, squeegie it into a puddle and soak up the puddle.  Our studio gets FILTHY (My business partner says my carving has a "blast radius") and even at its worst 2 or 3 rinse and squeegie sessions get it sparkling.


6.  I plan on painting the concrete floor with appropriate paint.  Should I leave the kiln area unpainted?  


Ours is painted and it's been fine.

In Topic: Do You Name Your Glaze Combinations?

23 April 2014 - 08:36 AM

Haha yes!  We totally do this in my studio.  The first favorite glaze combo we made was "artsy glaze number 5" (5 being completely arbitrarily chosen).  And now any glaze combo involving Amaco's Oatmeal is "Artsy glaze #___".  We've also got "Galaxy" and "Alien cat" (long story...)

In Topic: Instagram

08 April 2014 - 12:03 PM

This post has perfect timing!  I JUST set up an instagram account for my ceramics!  And super thank you for the list of users to follow, its really inspirational!


@mesireeceramicsstudio  (shameless plug)