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In Topic: Pug Mills :)

26 June 2015 - 07:00 AM

Thank you Mark!

In Topic: Qotw: • What Is The Best Advice Anyone Has Ever Given You?

25 June 2015 - 09:28 PM

I too received the advice, Never Give Up.

You can never lose if you never give up.


In Topic: Pug Mills :)

25 June 2015 - 09:13 PM

Pres. - I agree pottery is no where near a super expensive hobby. Try sailing, or Porsche restoring or model trains, any one of those would blow the bank doors off compared to pottery. And in my opinion at least pottery is useful. LOL

I am seriously thinking about saving up for a Pugmill, in the long run think it is a good expenditure for me after reading through all the posts and especially Marks where he lists the benefits.

I have a question why a de-airing model? What does that give you? I understand a stainless version and would need that since I use Little Loafers but am unsure what the benefit is with the de-airing version.


In Topic: 97 Degrees F

23 June 2015 - 07:11 AM

Up here in Georgia the humidity gets pretty awful, so awful I have had doors swell to the point they don't shut properly. To combat this I run dehumidifiers in the studio and the kiln side of the garage. Last summer I gave in and bought a window unit air conditioner for the studio, mostly because my Pugs can't handle the heat and humidity so if I want to go down and work I need an environment they can handle as well. If it's just me then I pretty much just run the ceiling fan and it keeps me cool enough.

Drying work is always a challenge since our valley is so humid. If it rains for days on end the dehumidifier can't keep up and everything takes forever to dry. I tend to dry stuff very slowly anyway as have found with boxes and mugs especially it doesn't pay to dry them quickly. I always wrap them for a day then slowly uncover them until they get to the point I place them on wire shelves for the final drying.

I find I do more wheel work in the summer as in the winter its a bit cold even with a the wall heater running to spend much time in with wet hands. I like summer for cleaning up bone dry and reclaiming clay since I use water to to that and it can be a bit messy so do that on my outside porch.

I have found my kiln fires differently in heat as opposed to cold. The firing cycle is a bit shorter since I start out at a higher temp but then the final cool down takes longer because the temps are higher. I have an open upper door for air to come in and a vent to send the stinky air out. I like to fire my kilns at night hot or cold, in hot it keeps the room cooler in cold it warms the room up a bit plus electricity is a tad cheaper at night.


In Topic: What Happened To These >-<

17 June 2015 - 09:08 PM

What does the glaze look like along the crack? Knowing this can help us know whether it cracked in the heating or in the cooling stage.