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#119613 Fired Too Much? Or Not Enough? Help!

Posted by Pugaboo on 01 January 2017 - 05:23 PM

Pug which camera model do you have and is the picture clear?

I have 7 of the Foscam 18910 cameras with one dedicated to just my kilns. I only have to do a slight angle adjustment on the camera to get it to focus on the kiln I am firing.

I am attaching a screenshot from a video I captured using the camera while the kiln was firing one night. I have to turn off the infrared to get it to read the digital display because the heat of the kiln messes with the image which you can see in the second photo. Both images were taken in pitch black only difference is the one you can read has infrared turned off and the 2nd one has infrared turned on.

They are not SUPER fabulous but for the price and capability to see them when away from home they totally worth it. I can see what my husband is doing upstairs while I am working in the studio without having to run up and down all day to check on him. I can check on my Pugs when I am away from home as well as see every door in the building. I have my phone set to send me a warning anytime one of the motion sensors goes off as well. I LOVE love love being able to simply roll over grab my phone or my iPad in the middle of the night to check on the kiln rather than running up and down downstairs repeatedly in my pjs. Sometimes I turn on the speaker and lay there and listen to it clicking away. When I get the flashing CPLT I scoot down, record the readouts, turn it off, throw the shut off switch and scamper back up the stairs to bed.


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#119468 Fired Too Much? Or Not Enough? Help!

Posted by Pugaboo on 30 December 2016 - 08:54 PM

Yep gotcha

I turn off the thingamajig switch.


#118392 Just Dreaming ...

Posted by Pugaboo on 13 December 2016 - 06:20 PM

Dreams are what get you out of bed. Dreams are what get you to make the 100th Spoon rest for the day. Dreams are what get you up at 4am to drive to an art festival and set up your booth. Dreams are what wake you up at 3am to sneak down to the studio and work through that new design you just can't stop thinking about. Dreams are what get you to ignore dinner so you can package up yet another box to ship out due to arrive before Christmas.

What would we do without dreams.

It's the cold as nails spreadsheet of goals and business plan that keep those dreams rooted and not floating away into the ether. Build your dream one day at a time, don't give up but don't jump too far ahead in the game or the whole thing could go poof. I always keep the phrase, "do you want fries with that" running in the back of my mind. It keeps me focused when the dreaming draws me away from the business at hand.


#118302 I'm Trying To Figure Out The Best Way To Make Spoons

Posted by Pugaboo on 11 December 2016 - 08:59 PM

Yep totally glazed and hung to fire. The hole sometimes gets a little sharp from the glaze and hanging but I have a special dremel bit that fits in the hole and easily smooths out and sharp bits.

I should also state I made my own bead racks so was able to make them to my specifications.


#118289 I'm Trying To Figure Out The Best Way To Make Spoons

Posted by Pugaboo on 11 December 2016 - 05:38 PM

Yes the disc makes the bowl of the spoon. I roll the clay, cut a circle, press my thumb in the center to make it as deep or shallow as I want. Score and attach one side to the extruded handle.


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#118286 I'm Trying To Figure Out The Best Way To Make Spoons

Posted by Pugaboo on 11 December 2016 - 05:22 PM

I extrude the handles then roll out a small disc and attach. I shape the bowl of the spoon to suit the purpose intended sometimes deeper sometimes shallower.

Very easy and quick to do.


#118002 Amaco Underglazes And Crawling Issue

Posted by Pugaboo on 06 December 2016 - 10:29 PM

Glazenerd... good eye. It's got me wondering are you by chance sketching out the design with something then painting the underglaze over it? If so is it possible there is a bit of wax in it? I know some pencils use a waxy type binder to hold them together and this could be making the underglaze pull away from the drawn lines.

Just another thing to consider.


#117984 Another Milestone

Posted by Pugaboo on 06 December 2016 - 06:21 PM

Here is the link... hope it's okay to post since it's for a page here on CAD.



#117979 Another Milestone

Posted by Pugaboo on 06 December 2016 - 06:07 PM

I have finally achieved another Milestone that I set for myself when I started this ceramic journey.

I FINALLY have business Insurance... YAY!

I went with Zinc Creative Insurance which I found by following a link here on Ceramic Arts Daily under the Potters Councils Resource Page. I am starting with the basic coverage but hope to be able to increase this as time goes by. Having this policy is a great relief off of my mind since now I have Liability, Business Property, Transit and Exhibition Coverage. Whew!

Breaking down the cost means I basically have to sell 1 Mug a month to cover the premium, that's not so bad and an easy way for me to look at it.

It also means I can start looking into offering private one on one lessons in my own studio.


#117838 Opinion: Using A Non Glossy Liner? Tested Durability.

Posted by Pugaboo on 04 December 2016 - 10:25 PM

When I started making mugs I used dark interiors that matched or contrasted beautifully with the exteriors and everybody commented they couldn't see the color of their coffee in a dark cup to know if the cream was right, or how much coffee was left in the mug, or if the mug was dirty or not. I had no idea it was such a big deal so I listened and went with a glossy white (boring ugh) on all my mugs and now they fly off the shelves.

I have said it before.... people are weird.


#117722 I'm Never Wedging Clay Again!

Posted by Pugaboo on 02 December 2016 - 10:02 PM

Well everyone I LOVE IT, absolutely love it. I am so happy I saved every penny I could so I could get it, it made sitting in 90+ degree temperatures for every festival I did this year worth it. It will make working extra hard the next 6 months to finish paying for it worth it.

I have already reclaimed/pugged 200 pounds of clay. I have to admit though that doing it didn't hurt at all! LOL I got to where I wouldn't wedge any of my scraps because if I wedged anything more than just the smallest softest amount, my hands, wrists and back would hurt so bad for days afterwards that it was torture to be in the studio. Carpel tunnel, arthritis and back surgery are the pits let me tell ya..... but then a lot of you already know that.

Everyone kept saying just throw it out... I can't do it... I tried ireaaly did and then had to fish it back out of the garbage... my dead Russian grandmother was screeching in my ear about waste. So I ended up just bagging it and stacking it in the corner and pretending it would one day be wedged when I could do so and then not work in the studio for a week.... well a year later and I had a growing mountain. I've run 200 pounds through so far and I'm not even halfway through the pile plus I have two 5 gallon buckets of reclaimed dry scraps sitting on my porch. Feel rather ashamed to admit that if I am honest, but now I have a solution and once I get caught up with all this past stuff it won't be a problem in the future since I will pug scraps at the end of each day.

I know it was an extravagant expense but it's already making my studio life better and once I get the extruder attachments for it I am hoping things get even better. I hope to be working in clay and growing my pottery business for the next 25 years and this machine should more than do that. As Mark C has said in the past there is more involved in the decision to buy a pugmill than just the price of the clay.


#117646 I'm Trying Not To Be Angry But

Posted by Pugaboo on 01 December 2016 - 09:03 PM

That is super rotten and down right rude. They should realize when they put on shows and get artists lined up that we are often making decisions to do THEIR show and not a different show on the same weekend, that we also will be booking many shows over many weeks and just shifting the dates will bring it all down like a house of cards. Asking them to also understand it's how we make a living is often beyond their understanding, to many, though they need us we are worse than carnival drifters. Ill planned shows are a huge pet peeve of mine, but you are right there is no benefit to you to confront them as they might be involved in other shows that you want to do and that could make things difficult for you going forward. Just mark it down as a " no do" and find a different venue for next year on that weekend.

I'm sorry you lost the income, I hope your other festivals more than make up for it.


#117571 I'm Never Wedging Clay Again!

Posted by Pugaboo on 30 November 2016 - 09:36 PM

Thanks Min! I will give the foam trick a try since it might work even better than what I tested today.

Today I tried covering the board in plastic and then I gave it a spritz with my spray bottle so the clay pug will glide right along.

Ps.. and yes it's a mess just look at that floor! I'm just glad you can't see behind me in the photo since I had to take that shelf down and shorten it to install the pugmill most that was on it is stacked behind me on a table.

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#117569 I'm Never Wedging Clay Again!

Posted by Pugaboo on 30 November 2016 - 09:16 PM

My new Bailey MSV25T mixer pugmill arrived, has had its electrical needs met and I tested it for the first time this afternoon....

OMP! (Oh My Pug!) I am never never never wedging clay again! No more back pain no more wrist pain no more pain in the rump wedging!

I am attaching a photo, please excuse the mess I had to move stuff all over the place to get it to fit, then had a festival, orders, etc so haven't mopped this week. I still need to add a shelf or 2 underneath and get the studio reset up in it new configuration as well.

Once the studio is back in shape I'll take pictures of the whole place so you all can see and post them in my gallery.


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#117354 Craters Appearing After Decal Firing

Posted by Pugaboo on 27 November 2016 - 10:15 PM

If she is using the Justin Rothshank website chances are she is using laser Transfers. I do TONS of pieces with laser transfers.

I fire mine to cone 05 if alone or I put them into a 04 bisque load. When I do with bisque I put them on the cooler shelves and have never had an issue with craters and such. Have you used this particular glaze before with the Transfers? If so is it a new batch of glaze or has anything else changed? Have you ordered new transfer paper or changed the printer you are using to print the Transfers.

I do know some glazes can change color and not to the good all the time so testing will need to be done to figure out just what is going on in the kiln. Some glazes will make the Transfers come out more Orange or even fade away. I would suggest test tiles with a few different glazes, test tiles at different temperatures, different firing schedules, if you have some older Transfers put them on a piece and fire it and see what happens, etc. Basically you are trying to isolate and the eliminate whatever has changed, think back to your last successful transfer firing and think on what might have changed around that time.

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