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#114798 Brent Wheel Model C-Smoking Deal On Ebay

Posted by oldlady on 17 October 2016 - 03:34 PM

BETHESDA is right outside DC.  if someone wants it, i can pick it up and hold for your wagon train's arrival.

#114772 Pestal And Mortar Machine

Posted by oldlady on 16 October 2016 - 03:26 PM

there was an article once in ceramics monthly showing someone using a small motor mounted on a piece of wood with a belt  running around a jar that rested on 4 wheels.  the jar was a ball mill when it was filled with marbles.  bruce, our intrepid internet searcher, could probably find it.

#114636 Concerns About Wood/anagama Kiln Smoke Vs Neighbors...

Posted by oldlady on 12 October 2016 - 11:25 PM

i knew a woman who lived in a densely packed neighborhood.  there was a 6 foot wall  around the tiny yard and she put an obvious smoker close to her kiln.  she cooked meat while the kiln fired.  nobody said anything.

#114635 Qotw: Ceramics In Action Pictures Anybody?

Posted by oldlady on 12 October 2016 - 11:21 PM

he is a dog, four feet of love.  because i had asked for one, the shelter called him a cocker spaniel.  he clearly is not since he is taller and heavier than any cocker.  his stance says there is a bulldog somewhere in his heritage and his feet are enormous.  should have been called bigfoot.  

#114615 Qotw: Ceramics In Action Pictures Anybody?

Posted by oldlady on 12 October 2016 - 06:10 PM

this is Bentley.  and his bowl which got dented when i put it on a shelf.  it was still flexible enough to be bent so another dog bowl joined the pile of dog bowls.Attached File  bentley and bowl 001.JPG   124.89KB   0 downloads

#114557 Spray Gun For Glaze

Posted by oldlady on 11 October 2016 - 07:25 PM

eze sprayer has worked for me for many years.  the only problem is the bottles.  i put my thumb through one last week.  granted it is over ten years old and plastic but it was not a good one from the beginning.  have about 35 of them, a few are perfect.  


the good part is that the actual spray part can be changed to go on any other top you select so if you can find good bottles, fit the eze onto one lid and you have it made.


just spray water out of the cleanup bucket, swish a brush around the inside of the lid and it is clean.  NO TAKING APART A HUNDRED TINY PIECES.


AND YES,  the glaze should be thick to spray it.  some of my glazes hardly pour out of the bottle when turned over.

#114556 How Long Do You Like To Be In The Studio?

Posted by oldlady on 11 October 2016 - 07:17 PM

heating pads are wonderful.  you can slip one on your waist toward the back and hold it in place with a sweater or even a belt if you have to.  makes a huge difference.

#114467 Amaco Opalescent Crazing Badly

Posted by oldlady on 09 October 2016 - 09:00 AM

hi, guinea, missed you. :) have no suggestion but feel very bad about this situation.  you are not responsible but i know that doesn't help your feeling bad about it.  since it is a coffee mug, maybe it will be alright to continue to use it for coffee for that person.  her own germs, etc but do not ever put it into the microwave again.  lots of old china, earthenware, is crackled but in use all over the world.  it is us modern, germ-free phobics who worry about the microscopic.  it could give her years of service and besides, whatever beautiful art you put on it should be seen by her and used because she loves it.


looks like my commercial china that has a sign on the bottom saying it is microwave safe but is crackled just like your photo shows.  a guest put it into the microwave once. :(


i use corelle in the microwave because it is made for it.

#114444 Anyone Deal With Buying And Shipping A Kiln From Clay-King?

Posted by oldlady on 08 October 2016 - 04:04 PM

stupid question but isn't Paragon just down the road from Dallas?  what makes the skutt so much better?

#114264 Wedging Clay

Posted by oldlady on 04 October 2016 - 01:07 PM

we discussed this last year and lots of people do lots of different things.  learning to wedge is a very important step in your clay education.  learn to wedge first and then decide whether to use it as a preliminary step in whatever you will be making.  your education in all facets of clay work is what is important now, and wedging is one of the first things to learn.  you could not play Mozart's finest piano music without learning the scales. 


most of all, have fun.  

#114262 Keeping Plates And Slabs Flat

Posted by oldlady on 04 October 2016 - 12:54 PM

second that suggestion of pounding the slab.  i make "molds" from flat slabs.  have had cracking and warping often.  the last one is just finished drying and ready to fire.  it is flat, has been flat since the beginning.  i had very little clay left so i carefully made the shape i wanted and then pounded it with the thin side of a large, 1/4 inch thick yardstick.  whacking the sides with the thin side to square it up compressed the edges.   whacking it with the flat side on the top and bottom compressed the whole thing, rolling it with my 30 inch wide rolling pin over 1/4 inch sticks compressed it more. then i rolled leaves into the top with my pony roller.  it is still flat, no cracks.


let's see how it fires............

#114193 New-To-Me Refurbished Kiln Overfires. Where To Go From Here?

Posted by oldlady on 02 October 2016 - 05:22 PM

looks like a well cared for kiln, you are lucky to have found such a good one.  noticed that your shelf looks brand new, no kiln wash on it.  it will help if you use a protective barrier to keep your shelves from damage from possible glaze runs.  there is a great recipe for kiln wash on the forum and it involves calcined EPK so if you are going to bisque things, maybe put some in a bowl and calcine it now.

#114166 Slip Trailing

Posted by oldlady on 02 October 2016 - 11:30 AM

giselle,  you are the master of slip working.  i just discovered all those lovely things you have been doing this year.  wish i knew how to make the gallery section of this website work.  it is frustrating to have the same things come up when accessing the gallery.  once i find someone's work that i want to see more of, each picture has to be seen, enlarged, read and then another picture can be seen, enlarged, read and then another...........


what is the secret to seeing all your pieces one after another without all that work on my part?  the arrows do not work the way they do elsewhere.  i cannot make them go beyond one choice.   wish i could figure it out.  


your pieces are all so interesting because of your vision of the finished work.  i love them all but cannot find the finished, glazed pieces to complete the idea.


did guinea ever get her pig???? :wub:

#113998 Qotw: Mirror, Mirror On The Wall?

Posted by oldlady on 29 September 2016 - 04:22 PM

the only mirror in my house that shows the good stuff is the one at my wheel.   all the rest have some fat, old woman living inside them.  i avoid her.

#113893 Quartz Inversion

Posted by oldlady on 27 September 2016 - 06:41 PM

that is why putting a large circular piece into the center of a round-ish kiln helps prevent warping.  thanks for the technical reason, i just noticed that it worked that way.  can show you lots of sample warped bowls.


just loaded a kiln with 11 inch square plates in the center and an equal number of smaller ones surrounding it.  i hope it will even out the heat so the flat sides stay level.