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Benzine

Member Since 08 Sep 2012
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In Topic: Underglazes Flaking Off

21 October 2014 - 05:57 PM

Neil, I'm inclined to agree, that there is something on those spots. I haven't the foggiest what it could be. What would not have burnt put after the first firing, that could still be causing glazes to pull away from the claybody? Angry Kiln God magic, is the only conclusion I've reached. I would leave a shot of alcohol out, but the school will probably frown upon that, and my answer of "It was for a kiln god offering, will not probably help matters...

In Topic: Pictures Of Your Studio

20 October 2014 - 10:14 PM

My studio:

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The small space and table on the left toward the back is my 'private' space. I dream of having a truly private studio to myself one day, but in a small business like this it just isn't a possibility.


With all those Thomas Stuart wheels, you probably wouldn't notice if you were missing one...

In Topic: Underglazes Flaking Off

20 October 2014 - 05:40 PM

*Sigh*  I pulled the students bowl, out of the kiln today.  The same spot, that they touched up twice, was bare.  This time, they only glazed the spot, no underglaze.  There were bits (chips) of the glaze, on another project next to it.  The glaze apparently popped off.  So the clay is shrinking more than the glaze it seems, shivering right?  This is odd.  I've never had this happen, in the ten years I've used these glazes/ underglazes and this clay.


In Topic: How Forgiving Is Placement Of Posts Under Shelves?

20 October 2014 - 05:36 PM

I've honestly never thought too much about loading the kiln.  I place the shelves and posts, so they are stable, with the least amount of wobble.

 

I use a full shelf, on the bottom, because it's solid, heavy, and doesn't need to be moved very often unless it gets dripped on, or I have to clean the kiln.  I have my bottom shelf on short posts, because that's how I was taught.  I never questioned it.  So I could gain another bit of space, since I don't have to do that.  I have no bottom elements, nor a vent.


In Topic: Handles Make/break Your Pots

19 October 2014 - 07:59 PM

There are handles I've seen, that are not my taste, but I'm not terribly critical of them.

 

Now, when my students choose to slap and ugly coil on their mug, as opposed to pulling one, that I get critical about!