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Rebekah Krieger

Member Since 01 Jan 2013
Offline Last Active Sep 17 2014 09:50 PM

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Repair Bisque Piece?

14 September 2014 - 11:27 PM

My favorite bowl exploded in the kiln (bisque fire) It's completely in tact except for a sculpted appliqué piece (I actually put the clay on the piece and then sculpted it) I REALLLY want to save this bowl.  It's my largest bowl yet 8#, and had a face sculpted in it.  The front of the face blew right off... :( 


Would a paper clay mixture actually help repair bisque?  Just water/slip?  




Pinch Pots

14 August 2014 - 10:20 AM

I am taking the porcelain e course and this week is all about pinch pots and refining them etc.  I have never made a pinch pot until this week.  I would love to see a thread with tips, tools, and discussion about making a proper pinch pot.  Pinching seems easy, refining it and making it even and smooth is not so much!  (to me anyways) 

Reduction Kiln- Too Early?

09 August 2014 - 01:33 PM

As you know I have been throwing for 2 1/2 years. I was just offered the chance to purchase a large brick reduction kiln for $300.  I feel like I am at the point where I need to start working on alternative firing methods and glaze making to start making work that is unique to me. Is it too early for me to start something like that? I always wanted to have a small anagama kiln in my yard.  Is this a logical next step or taking on too much? I do not have a shelter to use for this kiln.   

Kiln Vent Questions

11 June 2014 - 11:02 AM

I just had the vent (under kiln) installed in my basement. The construction guy seemed nervous about what I was asking him to do. (i can attach a photo if needed) He was worried that the air coming out was going to be very hot and a fire hazard. What kind of vents do you use? How do you care for it or prevent risk of fire? 

Glaze Making/ Testing Again!

09 June 2014 - 04:51 PM

Sorry If I sound repetitive. 


I FINALLY got around to watching John Britt's Glaze DVD.  My goal is to start developing a few of my own. (i would like to have a base of maybe 6 glazes that I use for my functional/ or signature pieces and then just use commercial glazes or underglazes for specific pieces if I don't want to create a glaze for) 


Anyways I watched Disc 1 and felt very excited about testing (colorant testing in a base glaze) .  I watched Disc 2 and now I feel very overwhelmed with all of the information I need to know to even begin. I absolutely suck at chemistry.  


Is there a bare bones beginner way to start learning this? The idea of doing the tiles with dollops of each material seems easy enough (except most of the materials seem to melt much higher than my kiln goes!!) And I wouldn't even begin to know what percentages to blend the materials.  I feel like the video was equivalent in teaching somebody how to read / phonics but I am not even at the stage of knowing the letters and sounds they make.  (i hope my reading analogy doesn't throw anyone off) I feel like a complete idiot.