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#87768 Feel Like I Am Hitting A Brick Wall - Perhaps You Have Experienced This?

Posted by Chantay on 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.

#87766 Glazes With Alberta Slip

Posted by Chantay on 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.

#87413 Gustavo Pérez

Posted by Chantay on 19 June 2015 - 12:14 AM

Of course mine is very different. I use a surgical blade to cut the clay, he uses a mear box cutter. Sniff, sniff. ( You may return to your non-sarcastic discussion now.)

#87412 "i'm In A Spot Now Where Demand Exceeds Supply"

Posted by Chantay on 19 June 2015 - 12:04 AM

You two are a true inspiration.I was telling my kids about you both in a general sort of way. Explaining how hard work with the motivation to learn the necessary skills, in your case how to run a business and sell your product, lead to your success.

Now, I could say a few snarky comments about the current situation with politicians and our government, but I won't. I'm trying to keep my blood pressure down.

#87112 Feeling Discouraged?

Posted by Chantay on 13 June 2015 - 11:57 PM

A bad day in the studio is still better than a good day behind a desk.

#87082 $40 "envirovent" For Electric Kiln

Posted by Chantay on 13 June 2015 - 03:49 PM

Mine cost about $80. You must of got a better deal on the fan. Looks same as mine. I didn't want to drill holes in the bottom of my kiln. I drilled holes in the bottom peep. Then using a coat hanger suspended the flexible vent hose from the peep directly above. The fan is strong enough that the vent hose is pulled against the outside of the kiln by negative pressure. There is enough air drawn though the crack at the lid for good flow. I did add some holes to the vent hose before the fan to ensure it was cool enough. As the fan ages I can go back and cover them to maintain a good draft.

#86664 Can Anyone Suggest A Glaze To Match The One In This Photo?

Posted by Chantay on 07 June 2015 - 11:39 AM

Diesel Clay,


Thanks for the link.  I have been looking for something like the Alberta slip glaze for my red stone ware.  Going to give it a try.  Although it is kinda pricey.  The Alberta clay locally is $132 for 44 lbs.

#82605 Melted The Stands

Posted by Chantay on 27 May 2015 - 03:51 PM

When using a new untested glaze I use small flat plates that I put kiln wash on to prevent drips on the shelf.  The are reusable numerous times.

#82598 Large Flat Pieces Cracking During Glaze Firing

Posted by Chantay on 27 May 2015 - 02:38 PM

I am working on larger ( greater than 8 inches) bonsai pots.  What I have learned to do it make extra feet to support the bottom of the pot.  The bonsai pots have feet, but they are heavy and have the same issues with cracking as a flat plate.  The feet are not attached and travel with the pot from making through drying, bisque, and glaze firing.  They are then thrown away as each pot is unique.  I have also done this with a large 24 inch platter that I made with feet.  I place the extra feet about every four inches.

#82528 Reading The Cone

Posted by Chantay on 26 May 2015 - 07:08 PM

Thanks everyone.


Highbridge, the article really helped. 


Ray, your right.  I am wasting a lot of time messing around with a finiky glaze.  Works at cone 5 slow ramp, over done at cone 5 1/2 med ramp.


So I have gone back and studied my cone packs and kiln log.  Everything looks good, but now I am confident about it.  Using the kiln vent helped even out my kiln.  The bottom shelf is still about a quarter cone cooler than the top but it is not a problem.  When I pull the cones out of the kiln I mark them with the firing number and T, M, or B for top shelf, Middle, or Bottom.  Detailed notes, change only one thing at a time, and be ready to trash a bunch of work before getting it right.  Now you know what to do with that 100 bowls you made for practice. 


Next firing I get to see what happens when you accidently pour the freshly mixed glaze into the wrong bucket. I now have three gallons labled with a question mark. 

#82526 Your Dream Studio?

Posted by Chantay on 26 May 2015 - 06:54 PM

My dream studio is not much different from my current one, except you can see out the windows, (currently covered in foam insulation due to 1/2 inch gaps that air flow through), there are not stairs, and I have air conditioning and heat.  Not asking for much, really!

#82001 Stream Of Consciousness Back Fires ....

Posted by Chantay on 19 May 2015 - 09:00 PM

I had a friend that was given a grand piano. The piano company took out his double window and used a large crane to hoist it through. The local paper took pictures.

Chris, very cool looking. I never make anything so large. Arthritis. I'm lucky I have my son around to move heavy stuff for me.

#81879 Qotw: What Would You Have Wished To Become If Not A Potter?

Posted by Chantay on 18 May 2015 - 02:34 PM

I started painting at age 7.  Had already been drawing since I could hold a pencil.  When I started college I took ceramics for an elective.  The hardest thing in the world was to tell the instructor no when she repeatedly told me to stay with it for awhile.  Same as others, pottery wasn't a "real" job.  So, I almost got an accounting degree.  After 5 years of office work I couldn't take it any more.  So I decided to be a nurse.  Got my degree and worked for 9 years before being a stay at home mom.  Dad was in the military and traveled a lot.  At night I would go into my "studio" and paint after my kids went to bed.  About three years ago I showed up at art class without my paint.  The instructor gave me a ball of clay and said to make something with it.  It is like I found my life long partner.  The paints went into the closet and for the first time in my life I had a real studio.  Thankfully my kids are older and I can devote some time to pottery.  Now, like many of you, if I could only get over the health issues.  I have the will, but the body just isn't cooperating much.


I think it is the same for many, musicians, dancer, carpenter.  It is a passion.  I believe everyone has special gifts.  For some it just takes longer to find them, or give themselves over to them.



#81139 Peep Hole Plugs

Posted by Chantay on 09 May 2015 - 11:24 AM

You must not have rabies in the world where you live.

You can buy generic peep hole covers for $1.75 at most any ceramic shop.

#80392 Moore White - Matte

Posted by Chantay on 29 April 2015 - 10:05 PM

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