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#57063 But, Dear, It's Only $36M And Our Anniversary Is Coming Soon

Posted by bciskepottery on Yesterday, 07:15 PM

$36M... right...how much you think the person who made it got :( ???

Silicosis, a case of lead/cadmium/cobalt poisoning, and a swift kick every now and again to get back to work. :(


#56971 What The Heck Is Glaze Chemistry All About? | Sharon, Nh | Sat July 26, 2014...

Posted by bciskepottery on 18 April 2014 - 06:36 PM

John . . . opportunity calls. You and NHIA should offer one of those massively open on-line classes on glazes. Reach audiences around the world. Crash the internet bandwidth. Etc.

Seriously, an idea worth thinking about. Fills a void.

#56960 How Long Did It Take?

Posted by bciskepottery on 18 April 2014 - 02:28 PM

"Fifteen years and 20 minutes." - David Hendley

For the amount of time to make a mug, the item focused on in his article, the answer is . . . well, you'll just have to read it yourself.

#56915 Ceramic Supplies In Washington

Posted by bciskepottery on 18 April 2014 - 06:52 AM

Clayworks Supplies, Inc: Virginia Location
5704 General Washington Drive
Suite C
Alexandria, VA 22312
Phone: 703-256-7500


#56641 How Big Of A Bucket Do I Need?

Posted by bciskepottery on 14 April 2014 - 07:07 PM

Mixing instructions from Mid-South:

"Opulence Glaze sold in powder form will need to be mixed with the correct amount of water and sieved through an 80 mesh screen. Basic Ratio of powder glaze to water by weight is 1 lb of powder glaze to 0.9 lbs of water. 5lb example: In One Gallon container, add 5lb of dry glaze to 4.5 lbs of water (9 cups). 25lb example: In Five Gallon container, add 25lb of dry glaze to 22.5 lb of water (45 cups). *Always add dry glaze to water. * Avoid breathing dust of any dry glaze. Wear appropriate respirator when mixing glaze and work in a well-ventilated area."

Each glaze will be a bit different, so you'll need to adjust water portion accordingly. You really need a container larger than 1 gallon to allow for stirring with drill/mixer. I prefer adding half water, then glaze, then rest of water. Keeps dust down and allows for slaking of glaze.

#56526 Very Thick Mosses Type Of Glaze

Posted by bciskepottery on 12 April 2014 - 03:49 PM

You might want to consider a thick slip colored by mason stain, built up in layers and textured to look like moss, rather than a glaze. Check Eric Serritella's work.


#56452 Cone 6 Body Or Cone 6-10 Body: Much Difference?

Posted by bciskepottery on 10 April 2014 - 01:28 PM

If you are firing to mid range, use a clay body rated cones 4 to 6.  Standard has some nice Cone 6 clay bodies that will work. 


At cone 6, a clay body rated 6 to 10 is not mature and vitrified, creating the weakness in strength you mention.  You may also have some glaze fit issues at cone 6 with a clay body rated 6 to 10.  Check the Coyote web site to see if anyone else has reported pinhole or other problems with Standard 181 clay. 


Pinholes could be caused by dust or oil on the bisque surface,  or by organics not fully burning out during bisque -- although bisque firing to cone 04 should be high enough  temperature wise.  Maybe add a 10 minute hold at top temperature to your bisque and see if  that helps.  And wash items before glazing to remove dust, oils, etc. 

#56292 Expectation And Appearance

Posted by bciskepottery on 08 April 2014 - 08:59 AM

Oh the 70's were the days! What happened to us?

We grew up and became . . . our parents.

#56282 Expectation And Appearance

Posted by bciskepottery on 08 April 2014 - 06:13 AM

Actually, Soldner might consider that being over-dressed.

Yup... he was well known for 'streaking' at the NCECA dance every year for a LONG time. And his older posters for the equipment were R rated for sure. ;)

His ads used wonderful wordplay and were considered risqué -- hey, we're talking about a ceramics magazine. If you look at his website, there is a collection of about 175 or so that you can look over. A potter friend of mine has a classic Soldner poster -- him and a group of his "students" (or devotees/groupies) all in the buff and posing with his, er, equipment. A legend in the so many senses of the word.

#56266 Expectation And Appearance

Posted by bciskepottery on 07 April 2014 - 08:36 PM

attachicon.gifProf Paul Soldner 1975.jpg
How we have changed! ..or have we?
1975 at the Ranch Colorado, Prof Paul Soldner glazes in his Undies! Taken from an old 70's Pottery in Aus. journal
No regard for protecting the skin, but definitely a potter! Understatement!!

Actually, Soldner might consider that being over-dressed.

#56077 Instagram

Posted by bciskepottery on 04 April 2014 - 12:35 PM

Here is a link to a Guide to using Instagram by Aumi Horie. Might be of interest. Originally posted by Carol Epps on her blog, Musing About Mud.


#55969 Favorite Instructional Youtubers?

Posted by bciskepottery on 02 April 2014 - 06:45 PM

Bill Van Gilder -- his website has links to his Youtube videos, plus links to all of the shows he did for DIY TV. Bill is a good teacher; he works at a speed that allows your to follow and he is very good at explaining what he is doing, how he is doing it, etc.


#55609 Happy Birthday Warren Mckenzie

Posted by bciskepottery on 28 March 2014 - 06:26 AM

Ninety years old and still potting. Here a great collection of video clips.


#55580 How Have You Rejuvenated Your Creative Juices This Year? | March 28, 2014

Posted by bciskepottery on 27 March 2014 - 06:44 PM

Last night I hung out with an old friend from high school and we talked for a few hours about what we were each doing and where we wanted to go.  I don't think it was 15 minutes into the conversation when the ideas started flowing.  He makes vinyl toys.  I suggested that he could easily transfer his toys to slip casting or even sand/lost wax casting without too much difficulty or expense.  He showed me a lot of mind blowing prototyping stuff he uses or has access to.  He loved the idea of porcelain figurines.  This morning I got a message from him, he had this for me: http://www.kolintribu.com/ .  And we were off again. :)

http://brettkernart.com/ It can be done.

#55572 Rewiring 3 Phase Kiln To A 1 Phase?

Posted by bciskepottery on 27 March 2014 - 05:26 PM

On the kiln should be a metal plate that shows the wattage, voltage, and amps needed for the kiln. Your electrician is going to be your best friend on this. Also, contact the manufacturer and ask them about converting from 3 phase to 1 phase; they can tell you if you'll need to redo the controller, elements, etc. They might even provide a wiring diagram for your electrician.