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Benzine

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Benzine

Loading a packed kiln full of beginning student sculptures, is like putting an egg, full of nitroglycerin, into a bin full of more of those exact same explosive eggs. One wrong move and everything goes...
May 22 2017 09:04 AM
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    Pres
    End of year firing were always fun. Especially those that had mixed loads of bisque and glaze when firing ^06.
    May 23 2017 11:40 AM
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    glazenerd
    Perhaps an extended candling to insure dryness?
    May 23 2017 06:07 PM
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    Pres
    glazenerd, that goes without saying when you teach ceramics to kids. Heavy thick walled areas is not unusual, no matter how hard you try to get them to understand the problems with overweight poorly constructed ware.
    May 24 2017 09:31 AM
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Benzine

I will be gathering quite a few of these: https://goo.gl/images/NGXZn7. Think they would be good for small amounts of glaze materials? They even come with their own scoops.
Mar 12 2017 11:07 AM
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    Joseph F
    Nice. So exciting!
    Mar 12 2017 08:54 PM
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    Diesel Clay
    Congrats, Poppa!
    Mar 12 2017 09:30 PM
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    Benzine
    Had quite a bit of time in the hospital. On the plus side, I came up with a few pages of concept sketches for wares.
    Mar 13 2017 09:16 PM
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Benzine

I have a dipping glaze for my classroom, but want to have a small bottle, do the students can brush it on as well. What should I add to the small bottle? Epsom Salts to keep it suspended? Gum solution so it dries slower?
Feb 17 2017 09:28 AM
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    Chilly
    REad Pete Pinnells article http://www.claytimes.com/articles/glazeadjusting.html Adjusting glazes
    Feb 18 2017 02:20 AM
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    Mark (Marko) Madrazo
    Takes a lot of CMC, so I make my own.
    Feb 18 2017 10:30 PM
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    Benzine
    Thanks for the responses all. I went with a little bit of Epsom salt and gum solution. Initial test went well. Brushed on pretty evenly. I may have to tinker a bit more, but it's a start.
    Feb 19 2017 11:12 PM
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Benzine

Fired a class load last week. Had a larger student sculpture that had been drying for weeks. Had a slow bisque fire program. Everything was going well, until the kiln got around 1000 F. Felt steam coming out of the peep... It was like the engine room scene from Titanic. FULL STOP!!!
Nov 22 2016 09:53 AM
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    bciskepottery
    Scotty would have pushed her to Warp 12 and held on for dear life.
    Nov 22 2016 08:24 PM
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    Benzine
    Yep, it survived. After shutting off the kiln, I kept checking the peep for moisture. When none was detectable, I started it back up. No issues. There were no spots over 1/2" thick.
    Nov 22 2016 08:47 PM
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    Pres
    Good job on the steam check. I always use the hand at the peep hole to check for moisture during bisque, and glaze firings.
    Nov 23 2016 09:13 AM
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Benzine

Random thought, what would happen, if a Raku piece were put in a container of cooking oil as a means of reduction?...
Nov 06 2016 11:03 PM
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    Benzine
    I did a firing last night, and gave it a shot, with some pre-testing and precautions. It was SPECTACULAR-ly disappointing... The oil barely burned. Definitely no explosions and sizzled like bacon hitting a hot skillet. No real splatter to speak of. I've had worse from throwing frozen veggies into a skillet.
    Nov 10 2016 11:37 AM
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    GiselleNo5
    LOL Well that's good to know!!

    Nov 10 2016 02:32 PM
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    Benzine
    Yeah, not dangerous, but also not worth the time. I thought the oil would burn, and give some nice carbon effects. It really didn't. And since the glaze went from the oxidation of the kiln, to an environment that provided neither oxygen or carbon, the glaze didn't really change. It doesn't look bad, just nothing amazing.
    Nov 11 2016 09:42 AM
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Benzine

Did a Raku firing last night with some test tiles for my Art Club firing this week. Also used a pumpkin as a reduction chamber for a ceramic pumpkin... Yes, clever I know...
Oct 30 2016 08:37 AM
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    Marcia Selsor
    ''Tis the season

    Oct 31 2016 12:12 AM
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    Marcia Selsor
    ''Tis the season

    Oct 31 2016 12:12 AM
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    Benzine
    Babs, I tried something similar a couple years ago, but scooped out the "guts" first, and dried the pumpkin a bit. Some interesting results. This time, I just cut the top off the pumpkin, and put the hot ware directly into the pumpkin guts, seeds and all. The pumpkin top seals nicely to keep the air out. Pretty interesting result. I'll post photos later.
    Nov 01 2016 08:26 AM
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Benzine

Got some cement board, to replace the canvases in my classroom. Good Lord is that stuff heavy!
Oct 16 2016 09:22 AM
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    ChenowethArts
    Yes...but it works great! :)
    Oct 17 2016 08:41 AM
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    Benzine
    I am attaching shelf liner to the backs, so they don't skid, and so that the students only know to use on side. Hopefully they work as well as I plan...
    Oct 17 2016 09:47 PM
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    glazenerd
    I used a few stainless screws to set mine: just enough to hold it it place.
    Oct 18 2016 05:05 PM
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Benzine

I was pouring glaze over the outside of some little tumblers the other day. I used a small sour cream container lid to shield the bottom from glaze. Worked pretty well.
Aug 20 2016 08:06 PM
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    Roberta12
    did you simply place the lid over the bottom of the tumbler? Then pour?
    Aug 21 2016 10:04 AM
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    Benzine
    Yes indeed. I didn't want to bother waxing them, or spend the time wiping off the excess. I saw a lid sitting there, and I gave it a shot. If I wanted the end of the glaze to be further up, I would scoot the lid further to the side I was pouring on.
    Aug 21 2016 03:53 PM
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    Diesel Clay
    Why not just dip upside down? Were you using a different liner glaze?
    Aug 22 2016 05:17 PM
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Benzine

Did a Raku firing with my departing Art Club Seniors. For reduction, we used their old notes, papers and tests. Fun was had, minus the heat and humidity...
Jun 22 2016 08:13 PM
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    Marcia Selsor
    I need to bisque and raku fire but the heat is forbidding.

    Jun 23 2016 06:50 AM
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    Benzine
    Yeah, your heat is definitely worse that it is here. Walking outside yesterday, was like jumping into a pool. Instantly drenched.
    Jun 23 2016 01:39 PM
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Benzine

Came across a video on YouTube of a "Ceramics Throw Down" show on the BBC. Here's hoping they bring that one to the US too. Link for those interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ye4NT_j1d2U
Jun 17 2016 08:40 PM