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Rebekah Krieger

Member Since 01 Jan 2013
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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.  


Changing Member Profile Page

31 May 2014 - 10:05 AM

How does one do this? Thanks 


What Are Your Pit Fire Must Do's Or Must Haves?

26 May 2014 - 09:20 PM

I am going to throw a few pieces specific for pit firing. I understand wood, sawdust, and some organic material are helpful. I have seem some people use various things in foil saggar and some burnish and or use terra sig.  (on videos)

What are your favorite things to use in a pit fire or in a foil saggar? Do you have any tips with photos? Thanks! There are so many ways to do this I would love to hear what everyone does. 

 

Can you add horse hair to a pit fire pot before it is cooled completely or is it only reserved for raku items?


Trimming Issues

29 April 2014 - 09:35 PM

I have been making long neck bottles and vases.  I have been unable to get them to stay put when trimming. The bottom of the vase is larger than the top, so they tend to not hold steady even if I use clay to hold it still. I have thrown a "chuck" But since the clay is soft on the chuck, it doesn't seem strong enough to keep the form still, top-heavy when upside down.  I also have trouble with the chuck clay sticking too much to the pot that I am trying to trim.  I have tried using stoneware to mount the white porcelain so it has a stronger clay body to hold it up, but I have the same issues and it leaves ugly brown marks on my porcelain what require scraping and sponging off…. 

 

Does anyone have a solution?