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In Topic: Qotw: What Can We Find Under Your Table?

Today, 08:55 AM

Oldlady - yours looks like a good place for a treasure hunt! My fingers are itching to pull stuff out and see what goodies are there, kind of like my Grandmas attic as a kid... Best summer ever.


In Topic: Ceramic Income Streams For Studio Potters

Today, 08:06 AM

Did not want to start a new thread for this post: but passing information along. Two weeks ago my wife's cat had to be put down due to old age. Our vet makes paw print impressions on polymer clay as a free service. Few days later I bumped into him and I bought up the clay impressions. I asked him if anyone have ever asked about firing and glazing them? Turns out that over half ask about it; his estimate. It is a keepsake, and a possible income stream perhaps most have not thought about. Certainly would be a good way to dip your toes into the business without much time or investment.

When one of my Pugs died in February my vet offers the paw print too. I, of course lol, was already prepared with my own heart shaped clay pieces. She saw mine and looked at her plain little pat of clay, and went yours looks so much prettier. She asked if I would make some for her. I said I would do some research.

What my research showed:
Clay that you fire doesn't stay soft enough for a month which is what she wanted it to do.
After even a couple days the clay shape becomes too firm for a paw print to be impressed easily.
This could be fixed by wedging, rolling and recutting but that's more trouble than most would want to do.
There is no way to control what they do to the clay to get the impression i.e. Is the shape going to warp or crack because they didn't realize you shouldn't do this or that with a flat piece of clay.
The stress of it.... I would be responsible for someone's last memory of their pet and there would be no just make another if something happened in the kiln.

I would offer this as a normal keepsake of a living pet I just decided dealing with a constant stream of dead pet memories would be too upsetting for me. BUT I am the type person that cries when I see a Facebook post about someone losing a pet so it could just be my failing.

For my pugs paw print I made a heart shape that I then handpainted with Purple flowers and her name as well as firing on a transfer image of her on the back. It's very precious to me and I made an extra one to give to my daughter as well.


In Topic: The Electric Kiln By Harry Fraser 2006 Edition

Today, 07:41 AM

I looked at it originally but it didn't seem to focus on the care, maintaining and repairing of a kiln. It seemed to cover a lot of different stuff and I don't want to spend that much on a book that only breezes over those areas I want focused on.

I might be asking for too much but there has to be something out there somewhere on this subject.


In Topic: The Electric Kiln By Harry Fraser 2006 Edition

Yesterday, 08:12 PM

I did find older versions but am wondering if they cover the new digital controllers, does anyone know?


In Topic: How Long Do Thermocouples Last?

Yesterday, 03:56 PM

Thanks Neil!

I'm going to run a test load with 5, 6 and 7 cones on each shelf and see what they say then if I am getting hotter than I should I will pull it and put in a new one. I already have one here just never installed one before and want to make sure I actually need to at this point. Trying to learn every aspect of this business called pottery.

Again thank you so much for all your kiln wisdom!