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clay lover

Member Since 08 Apr 2010
Offline Last Active Dec 01 2015 07:23 PM

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Galleries In Central Ca ?

29 November 2015 - 08:46 AM

I was not sure which Forum this Q belonged in, but...


I will have 5 days north of LA and south of Carmel next week to tour around.  People have suggested Cambria as a good stop. Have you been there? Is it a full days worth of looking and poking?  I have been in the nice shop at Ventura Harbor.  Do you know of any good craft-pottery sale events or good galleries that I might want to visit ?   I don't need to stay on the coast and will be in SLO at least 1 day.  I will be there from  Dec. 6-11. Thanks, it's always interesting to see what potters on the other coast are doing.

Standard 266 ?

03 November 2015 - 06:54 AM

I got a couple of boxes of this ,looking for a dark brown clay. It is rated cone 4-6. The suppliers said it might bloat at hot 6. He said dark clays were more likely to do this.
Do you use Standard 266 and what is your experience ?

Replacing Thermocouple Changes Firing?

31 October 2015 - 06:44 PM

I have replaced the thermocouple several times in the 8 years I have had my Skutt 1027.  this last replacement, the kiln fired about 1/2 cone cooler. Never happened before. (Elements and relays are fairly new, a few firings on them. ) Any ideas why?

First Time To Make Jewelry, Need Advice!

21 October 2015 - 08:39 AM

My students are asking for an opportunity to make some pendants type things for Christmas gifts.  I don't have a bead tree or anything to hang the pieces when glaze firing.  What can we do to the backs of the pendants that will keep them from being 'necked clay' but still allow them to lay flat for firing?  I am OK with putting these small pieces on cookies to keep the edges up off the kiln shelf, but want a way to add color to the backs.

Any suggestions?  I have a large collection of underglazes and various oxides to make 'stuff' with.

Cutting Dies From Plastic, Need Advice

27 August 2015 - 07:29 AM

Have you had any luck cutting extruder dies from salvaged plastic cutting boards?  I have seen some used on You Tube, but my efforts to cut the ones I've been collecting aren't going anywhere. The plastic is melting back together behind the saw, yes, I have tried lube and cutting slower, didn't help.  Other times I have had the materials crack.