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Nancy S.

Member Since 05 Sep 2012
Offline Last Active Jul 21 2015 11:21 AM

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In Topic: Setting Up Studio In Basement

20 May 2015 - 09:37 PM

I'm in the same "transporting stuff to and from a kiln that isn't in my house/studio" boat, and have had to do this since 2012.


I use plastic bags from the store, plus those produce bags. I wrap each piece (glazed or green) individually in a bag, lightly, and pack the pieces into an old clay box or a large insulated tote bag (the kind with a flat bottom and a plastic panel in the base to keep it flat). Extra bags get wadded around in the spaces so they don't jostle around in the car. Sometimes I can "nest" one bowl in another, if they aren't too fiddly.


Then again, my work is pretty sturdy...I don't do super-thin wares, because I'm still a beginner and, y'know, beginners do everything thicker than the pros. So maybe that helps me -- I have maybe had one piece break in transit in the past 3 years and maybe one other that broke because I mishandled it while taking it out of the tote bag.


I also only transport about 5-7 pieces, max, at a time. This works for me, because I just go once a week and do a dropoff/pickup over lunch.


As for glazed pieces, I don't use any kind of hairspray or starch or anything other than the plastic bags and the only time I've had chipping is when my glaze layer was unnecessarily thick. I just make sure the pieces have completely dried (usually overnight) before I bag them up.

In Topic: Middle Of Kiln Is Overfiring

17 May 2015 - 07:09 AM

What about peepholes? I don't know anything about gare kilns, so I'm just guessing... can you unplug a hole in the middle to keep it from getting too hot?

Also, are you using the 'junior' cones in the sitter and the large or self-standing cones on the shelves? Cones made for sitters are made to bend at a different (higher) temp than the bigger ones. Same with the bars.

In Topic: Setting Up Studio In Basement

17 May 2015 - 06:54 AM

Depending on how old your wiring actually is, you may wish to upgrade anyway. I used to live in a house with 60amp service, and we couldn't use the toaster without tripping the circuit! And once you get the electrician there to do the work, you may as well have him wire for a kiln...no sense in paying for a second visit.

Good wiring also improves the resale value of your home, and if it's knob and tube now, you may also get a discount on your hazard insurance by upgrading!

In Topic: Clean Merge Line.

17 May 2015 - 06:18 AM

Masking or blue painter's tape?

Do you need both lines sharp, or just one? Do you want clay to show between them?

In Topic: When Do You Keep Your Own Stuff?

14 May 2015 - 08:16 PM

I keep a lot of my own work...why buy dishes when I can make them? I tend to keep the ones with minor cracks on the rim or chips on the bottom, and I often test out glaze combos on these. Sometimes I keep a thing because my husband says he really likes it.