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#76782 Shortage Because Of The Weather Up North

Posted by Benzine on Yesterday, 06:12 PM

None of that "Pampered" clay for you Pres!

#76569 Kiln In The Garage?

Posted by Benzine on 02 March 2015 - 08:19 AM

I'm sorry to hear about the latest series of events. I hope for a reversal in your fortunes very soon.

In regards to the kiln. The only issue, I've heard, is that computer controlled kilns, don't like the cold. So people, who use them, have to heat the controller before it will operate. They usually just use a small space heater, until it warms up. Once the kiln gets going, the heat from the firing, keeps it warm enough.
For kiln sitters and such, the only limit to how cold it will operate, is all dependent on how much cold the operator can take.

#76394 Best Domestic Alternative To Drying Cabinet?

Posted by Benzine on 28 February 2015 - 08:45 AM

To control drying, I just lay plastic bags over the top.  If you want them to dry slower, wrap the bags tightly and seal them.  If you want them to dry a bit quicker, have the bags a bit looser, and leave them partially open.

#76377 Brent Wheel Chirpping

Posted by Benzine on 27 February 2015 - 10:28 PM

Ceramics, where you talk to pots, and the wheels talk back...

#76335 Brent Wheel Chirpping

Posted by Benzine on 27 February 2015 - 04:04 PM

I've been meaning to ask this question for a while, and now a dedicated place to do so!

Lately, my Brent ie wheel, makes a chirping sound, after it's been running a while. Any ideas, as to the cause, and how to address it?

Also FIRST!!!!!

#76010 *gasp* Handle Sacrilege!

Posted by Benzine on 23 February 2015 - 08:12 PM

you can almost describe pulling as linear throwing.


That's essentially how I explain it to my students.


Also, another reason I enjoy pulled handles, is because I get to demonstrate it straight-faced, to a group of teenagers, while watching them try to not laugh...

#75347 What's The Most Risque Out There Thing You've Done In Clay.....

Posted by Benzine on 12 February 2015 - 06:42 PM

 He also once heated a large rock in a rake kiln, pulled it out red hot then smashed it with a sledge hammer. I have no idea what the point of that was.



Was there a photographer there?  If so, the purpose was that he was making a Heavy Metal album cover...


I've never done anything terribly risque.  Some of my sculptures have had small attachment points, and intricate pieces, but that's about it.  

#74995 Trouble With Closed Lidded Forms

Posted by Benzine on 07 February 2015 - 07:40 PM

Lovely piece Dana. If the Community Challenge is ever "Aquatic", "Liquid", "Waves" or something of the like, you are already set...

#74939 Community Challenge #1

Posted by Benzine on 06 February 2015 - 08:01 AM

Zuul huh, firenflux? Makes sense, as there is no Dana, only Zuul....

#74922 Thrown Form Help

Posted by Benzine on 05 February 2015 - 07:06 PM


... but keep in mind, everyone making pottery is one pull from a disaster, 


Ha, I love that statement!  I would post it in my classroom, but I don't want to frighten the students, away from the wheel, more than they are already.

#74726 Great Video On Decorating

Posted by Benzine on 02 February 2015 - 10:59 PM

Someone posted a video, of the first potter, before.  But this link contains several more, all displaying amazing skill:


#74721 Community Challenge #1

Posted by Benzine on 02 February 2015 - 09:00 PM

I have to say Callie, I'm somewhat disappointed in the fact, that your username isn't based on the fact, that you mix diesel into your clay.....

#74708 Community Challenge #1

Posted by Benzine on 02 February 2015 - 05:36 PM

Paul, I'm hoping, that I am using the word correctly.  We may need a ruling from High Bridge or Babs.  I hope I'm using it correctly, because  may start adding it to my repertoire.

#74697 Community Challenge #1

Posted by Benzine on 02 February 2015 - 12:23 PM

I understand your point of view Evelyne.  Using actual names, makes things more personal.  And since many of us here, have been communicating for months, or even years, I feel that many of us, are probably comfortable enough, to use real names.


Those, who choose to go by their forum names, that's fine.  I fully understand that as well.  A bit of anonymity is a nice safe guard.  The internet is a great tool, for the sharing of information and knowledge.  It's also full of (to steal a term from across The Pond) complete nutters.  It can be a bit too easy, for people to find a lot of information about you, through social media.  There is also the risk, that something you say, online, comes back to bite you.  I make it a point, to never say anything, online, I wouldn't stand by.  That doesn't mean, that someone wouldn't take it, and use it against you.


So, I can definitely see both sides.


In regards to myself, if you choose, you can save a couple microseconds of time, drop the last four letters of my username, and just call me "Ben".

#74624 Studio With No Main Water Or Mains Drainage....ideas ..can It Be Done ?

Posted by Benzine on 01 February 2015 - 09:35 AM

With my studio firenflux, it would take one cleaning, to break a carpet cleaner.  With my school studio, and the  mess the students make, it would take about half a cleaning...