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#124250 Metal Frame For Sprung Arch Kiln

Posted by oldlady on 24 March 2017 - 11:20 AM

jed, if you want to see mark's kiln, search for "tumble stacking" and his post starting with "stuffers".  he has a picture of the kiln showing both the arch and the bottom.

#124202 Advice On Old Kiln

Posted by oldlady on 23 March 2017 - 10:33 AM

you can't take that as an answer.  call them, they appear to be in the same area.  badger them if you must, ask many questions but make sure you are talking to someone in their technical department, not the person who answers the phone.  


try to know exactly what you want to know before you call so you can get the right info.  take notes and tell them you are taking notes so they know you are serious.

#124094 Qotw: Do You Have A Question For Us?

Posted by oldlady on 21 March 2017 - 09:55 AM

evelyne, it has been a great two years, seems only yesterday you took on this job.  you have done it well and i am sure all of us are grateful to you. 


just to be sure, you are simply moving in a different direction, this step is not taken because of a health problem, right?

#124049 Is Anyone Going To Nceca?

Posted by oldlady on 19 March 2017 - 08:33 PM

anyone going please look for my friend Jan Richardson who is Windy Meadows Pottery.  She is terriffic!

#123956 Qotw: What Shape Do You Prefer?

Posted by oldlady on 17 March 2017 - 07:56 PM

well, we all have some kind of favorite, and enjoy making what we like individually.  isn't it great to be self-employed, no boss telling us "Make 50 mugs, three inches wide and six inches tall with a three finger handle.  and do them by noon."

#123752 Identify My Clay

Posted by oldlady on 14 March 2017 - 02:59 PM

wizard, why not try to get close to the local craftsmen who made what we see in the picture?  they may not offer structured "lessons" but you can bet anyone who does such hard, physical labor can use a hand.

#123714 Looking For A Reliable Emmanuel Cooper Transparent Earthenware Glaze 1050...

Posted by oldlady on 13 March 2017 - 09:51 PM

sine, i am in the USA and know i have seen that book in public libraries.  i can try to find it here and if you will identify the glaze in some way, i would be happy to copy it or them for you.  even if it is not in the st petersburg, fl library, it may be available on a loan from another library. 


finding it on amazon so i have the details at hand would be helpful.  i will look.


found a copy in clearwater, title, the potters book of glaze recipes,  dated 1980, 207 pages.  is this the one?

#123624 Need A White Matte Commercial Glaze Suggestion.

Posted by oldlady on 12 March 2017 - 11:53 AM

roberta, that is exactly why i LOVE the "edit" feature of this website!  thank you, CAD.

#123601 Crystalline Party Tonight, Wonderful!

Posted by oldlady on 11 March 2017 - 10:10 PM

took 44 pics, too many for here but just 4 more, please.

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#123600 Crystalline Party Tonight, Wonderful!

Posted by oldlady on 11 March 2017 - 10:00 PM

after breaking (accidentally) 3 large pieces today, i had the pleasure of visiting at the Potteryboys studio in Palm Harbor this evening.  there is a workshop going on this weekend with several crystalline potters and featuring the work of Robert Hessler, who was giving the workshop.  as usual, glenn and keith made the whole party marvelous, inviting everyone and welcoming all of us to their lovely home.  and as usual, everyone brought wonderful food.  robert had a number of pots available to buy and the crowd certainly took advantage of that opportunity.


i took photos of gorgeous pots, not always sure who made them, i just saw beautiful things everywhere and snapped away.  everyone seemed to be having a great time and so did i.  will try to post pictures of what i saw.  thank you Jed, for helping me understand how to adjust the photos i take, now if i could just learn to hold the %$%$ camera still, they might be in focus!  happy viewing.


sorry, jed, i forgot so much that i did not alter them as much as i could have.  the last one is so dark you can hardly see GLENN.  worked on them for a long time but did not do what i wanted.

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#123569 Plates - Slump & Hump

Posted by oldlady on 11 March 2017 - 12:14 AM

joseph, your plates remind me of the Arabia plates i saw at Scan many, many years ago.  the stacking was done with precision engineering of rim and foot to allow easy pick-up of stacked plates.  maybe you can see them somewhere online, maybe ebay.  


saki, a slump mold will allow you more options than a hump mold.  most things on a hump have to be removed before the shrinkage forces the plate to crack from stress.  so you have to be alert to the condition of the drying plate.   a slump mold can sit around for a long time without causing a problem because the shrinkage is within the confines of the mold.

#123443 Going To Buy Wheel And Kiln... What Do You Like?

Posted by oldlady on 08 March 2017 - 07:38 PM

you might be surprised to see that things can hang over the edges of the shelves so the shape is not as critical as you might think.  there are many ways to load a kiln, and just as many opinions about it.


as a new member, you will have the opportunity to look at the gallery section of this website.  there are lots of wonderful things to see.

#123400 Qotw: How, When Or Why Did You Start With Working In Clay?

Posted by oldlady on 07 March 2017 - 11:30 PM

i started in 1948.  third grade.  studying the pilgrims.  we were to make something to represent their lives.  i got some of that awful old oily modeling clay in colors.  made a small farm on a plate with tiny vegetables in rows, tiny green cabbages, a brown cabin.  the teacher said i had just made it so much more complicated than it needed to be.  my mother wanted to scream about the oily residue in the carpets.  i just remember the fences and cabbages.

#123399 Plates - Slump & Hump

Posted by oldlady on 07 March 2017 - 11:26 PM

oh, yappy, you are bordering on a HUGE difference of opinions.  fortunately, this group of potters and pottery lovers is diverse enough to absorb the shock.  


there  are places i cannot go anymore.  the attitude of the owners is that everything is beautiful.  well, yes, that is true.  BUT when someone wants to learn a skill, it should be treated as a journey from no skill to something approaching much better.  not just "well, you can always use it to hold nuts".

#123277 Wooden Ribs And Rollers

Posted by oldlady on 05 March 2017 - 04:15 PM

my tools date from 1972.  keep them clean, it is easier to clean a little wet mud off one wooden rib 20 times a day than to wash 20 of them that have dried crud all over them.