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In Topic: Studio With No Main Water Or Mains Drainage....ideas ..can It Be Done ?

30 January 2015 - 08:09 PM

I've been working out of buckets for over 20 years! My studio is upstairs in our garage with kilns, wheel etc, and after my bisque fire I bring everything downstairs where I glaze everything.  (And again all wash/rinse/clean up is out of a bucket).  And then all glazed ware is carried to my kiln shed for my gas firing.  I look at it as good exercise,  from throwing to moving all my wares.  The hardest part is that the garage is not heated, and living in MN, that makes me take time off from November to late March.  Time to be active at our local art center and teach classes!  Hoping to get in my studio within 2 months...and counting.  :>)  Wouldn't change it a bit!

In Topic: Anyone With Experience Firing An Olympic Updraft Kiln?

08 January 2015 - 08:12 PM

I have an Olympic Torchbearer 2831 and have fought with it for years. Can't say I have ever gotten any real support from Olympic other than 'you are on the right track.'  Mike, at Continental Clay, has been a godsend with info.  But I am getting reduction, and able to better control my heat rise, altho I still rarely get my bottom shelf above cone 8 and very rarely can I get reduction on the bottom shelf..  I know my glazes so it is loaded accordingly. I use the car oxy sensor as my oxy tester and fire using LP.  Make sure your bottom shelf is about 5" above the floor, put baffles to redirect 2 flames under the shelves, and use a shelf as a baffle, directly below the top port with about 1.5" between top of shelf and bottom of lid.  I use 1/2 shelves throughout the kiln.  Bottom 2- 1/2 shelves are together, throughout the rest of the kiln, use 1/2 shelves with a 1" channel open all the way up the center.  I'm getting pretty good results now but it has taken a while to learn my kiln.  Good luck!

In Topic: Can I Let The Clay In The Mixer/pugmill Freeze Solid?

27 December 2014 - 12:22 PM

If in doubt...clean it out.  The cost(s) and time for repair will(would) definitely be more than the time to clean it out. 


I buy all my clay in the fall and purposely let it freeze in the winter as it seems to age the clay.  Although I have to wedge it all in the spring, I don't mind as the texture changes after the freeze.  The clay  also seems to change shape some in the bags so I would be afraid that the frreze/thaw cycle would damage your pugger in some way. 


Enjoy the warm weather!  4" of snow here, this AM, covered up our brown Christmas - if only the snow would learn to stay off the sidewalks and roads!!

In Topic: Mid-Range Glazes, John Britt

29 October 2014 - 07:01 PM

Received my book today also.  I have tried many of his cone 10 recipes from his 'High fire ' book and hope this one is as good.  It looks as if there is a wealth of info in this book.  Thanks John for taking time to put your knowledge into a book that should help us all!

In Topic: Oops - I Added Too Much Sodium Silicate To My Slip

28 October 2014 - 10:43 PM

Thanks Min.  I thought that might be the solution but was not brave enough to try, when I knew that a quick question on the Forum would get the definitive answer.  My slip is now ready for class tomorrow!