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In Topic: Transporting Ceramics

24 September 2016 - 05:05 PM

I had the good fortune to watch Martha Grover pack up some of her lovely porcelain pieces.  She did exactly what Marcia just outlined so clearly.   I have followed those guidelines since then. 



In Topic: Qotw:how Do They Put Up With You?

16 September 2016 - 09:08 AM

My husband is fairly amazed at the intensity with which clay grabbed me.  We were in the shop doing a kiln repair, 11:00 at night, 20 below outside and not terribly warm inside, and I said, "I bet you wish I had have been a knitter!"   And he said "Oh, that wouldn't have been nearly as much fun!"  And he meant it.    



In Topic: Did You Buy Your Slab Roller New?

12 September 2016 - 09:42 PM

I have a tabletop Northstar.  I absolutely love it, but......I have never used anything else, Well, I guess I did use an old Bailey that wasn't in that great of condition......but yeah, I use that Northstar all the time.  No metal flakes.  And yes I bought it new.  It arrived with a broken shelf and Northstar was so nice to replace it.  Perhaps just give them a call.


Because of Old Lady I have crossed over to the "printer blanket" side of life.  I love them!  I use the canvas only for a few things that I want that canvas texture.  Yep call your local newspaper and you can get them for free and cut them to the size you need.  I also use the printer blankets for wedging. 



In Topic: New Potter Here

12 September 2016 - 09:34 PM

Hey Bob!

In Topic: Glaze Pitting

11 September 2016 - 09:58 AM

Stephenw, I have rebisqued pieces because of getting wax in the wrong place or some such thing.  I have not had a problem with rebisquing.   I also usually bisque to 04.

 In my personal experience, I have tried certain manufacturer's clays that simply did not work with my glazes.  That was where I seemed to have the most problem with pitting.  The other reasons are 1.  I didn't wipe the pot off carefully before I glazed    2.  The kiln was not fired properly (hot enough) for the glaze firing.     I usually add a 10 minute or more hold at the top for the glaze firing.  Many people have recommended a slow cool as well.  3.  the glaze and clay simply do not fit.   

There are others on this forum who have much more experience than I do, so maybe they would have other suggestions.