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In Topic: Kiln Didn't Reach Temperature

21 August 2015 - 12:49 PM

I had this happen on a glaze firing,,,, the kiln sitter cone broke.  I called Orton and they said to check each cone by holding with fingers and pull... not twist.  The cone should not break.  I had about 15 in a 50 piece box break. Not sure why... defect in cones or rough handling in shipping??? But with the test pull I feel more confident it won't happen again.  I had some interesting glaze melts which didn't quite correct in the refiring and never to be replicated.

In Topic: Qotw: • What Is The Best Advice Anyone Has Ever Given You?

24 June 2015 - 02:45 PM

"Don't be afraid to be afraid".  Not sure who said it but words  to push you to new heights.


About liking pots later....some pots came out of the kiln not what I expected so I immediately gave them to a friend (she liked them).  A year later or so I was at her house. I saw these lovely pots and asked where she got them.  She said from you.  I loved them...the glaze was quite nice and colorful.  You just never know.

In Topic: Confess. How Many Of You Colored Outside The Lines As A Child?

16 April 2015 - 08:07 AM

My fourth grade nun squashed any artistic ability I may have had.  She returned a landscape drawing with my clouds circled asking "What are these?" .  If she could not tell they were clouds then I obviously could not draw.  My entire life I said I had no artistic ability but flourished in math(she made us do long division problems on turned paper with the red line).  I have been potting about 3 yrs now and am enjoying every minute. Pottery has allowed me to explore my creative side.
Looking back I think I was drawing on white paper and made the clouds blue so you could see them.  Amazing how our interactions with others paints who we are.

In Topic: How To Determine $ For Used Equipment

02 April 2015 - 07:40 AM

I bought my cress kilnsitter for $500 2years ago.  Never used but sat in a shed for 20 yrs.  Had to replace a switch recently.  I bought my wheel new.... impatient.... but shortly after a studio closed and sold 5 Pacificas for 350 each ...half of my new one.

In Topic: Manganese Dioxide

05 December 2014 - 06:32 PM

Well isn't 112 clay used in many a studio?  And aren't all those specks

(112 BROWN CLAY (Cone 4-6)

Plastic clay for wheel and modeling. The addition of granular manganese gives a speckled surface. )


Manganese?  Is this dangerous.  I just started using 112 and there are a lot of specks and I fire in my basement with a window fan.

Am I being stupid??