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In Topic: Recipes From Britt's Mid Range Glazes In .xml Format.

30 June 2015 - 12:23 AM


Many of the glazes are already in Insight. They are sometimes under a different name. I was just discussing this with someone at the forum. You often have to search thru several listings by cone or color to find the exact recipe. I don't think it will be long before they are all in. I was searching for a specific Temmoku. Found it listed under Tenmoku.

In Topic: Turpentine Fumes And Electric Kilns

30 June 2015 - 12:16 AM

I would not recommend turpenoid. It is made from a pesticide and is carcinogenic.look at the MSDS, it reads like a horror movie. High quality, triple distilled turpentine has little to no smell. If you do smell it,by sticking your nose in a jar, it smells like pine. If your using turpentine from a hardware store you need a new art teacher. You can also use essence of lavender, it's very pricey and only one US manufacture, Studioproducts.com.

In Topic: Feel Like I Am Hitting A Brick Wall - Perhaps You Have Experienced This?

25 June 2015 - 11:58 PM

This has been a wonderful and inspiring thread. Such good advice for experience and wisdom. Funny how so many of use are in the same position. I am recently divorced. Last summer, knowing what was coming, I worked very hard to improve my skills. I threw and recycled the same 200 lbs. of clay about 8 times. I was throwing several hours a day, 7 days a week. By November I took my 3 kids and left. It has been a real struggle. Making glazes has turned out to be more difficult than I imagine. But I'm home when the kids walk in. Even though I'm working a lot, we couldn't be happier. Things will improve in Oct. My girl/boy twins, 16 will get their drivers license and the 14 yo.will be able to walk to school.

You will get over this bump and figure out, even if slowly coming,how to manage it all. I'm just grateful to be able to throw clay for a living, even if it's the same blue bowls and mugs, and not have to drive into the city to sit in a dreary office behind a desk.

Side note, my kids help a lot to make things work. They take turns with me fixing dinner, do their own laundry, help each other with homework, have chores like feed the dog, empty dishwasher, take out the trash, etc. Kids can usually rise up to the occasion when expected to do so. If you explain to your kids, that if helped around the house, to free you to work, you won't have to work outside the home, they may rise to the occasion. Good luck.

In Topic: Glazes With Alberta Slip

25 June 2015 - 10:32 PM

So was sweating in the studio. Mixed up 5 glaze test, then the power went out. I would consider mustering on with my headlamp on but my son took it to camp. (Weary sigh). So sitting in the dark with my phone and a beer, watching the lightning and listening to the thunder.

In Topic: 97 Degrees F

25 June 2015 - 10:27 PM

Although the heat and humidity here in Virginia can get pretty bad, it is nothing compared to the coastal Texas town I grew up in. I have my kiln and studio in an old, damp basement. The breeze from around the Windows was so bad I covered them with insulation this past winter. Now things are drying very slowly. The temp was only 85 in the studio this evening but I was soaked with sweat from the humidity.

When my kiln was in a garage, I kept two doors cracked for air flow. I also used a fan blowing on the control box in warm weather. The manufacturers instructions stated the control box could over heat.

Grape, are you in the Northern part of the state? I don't believe swamp coolers work in humid climates. I hate the summers. The humidity cause terrible joint pain for me. Only when the air is really dry do I feel well.