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Finally! I Am Learning To Post Pictures!

19 May 2015 - 12:18 PM

going to post some pics of work started but not yet glazed. pics taken in march in fl.  later glazed and some have sold. Attached File  001.JPG   179.33KB   1 downloads 


and some of the empty bowls with the cobalt slip and white matte glaze.  these are gone or broken now.

Ok, This Is It, Opening The Kiln

07 May 2015 - 08:20 AM

the excitement never ends.  opening the kiln is always an event like christmas morning when i was 7.  even after all these years, the anticipation is high that this time some magic will have happened.  something unexpected always does!  got to go out there NOW!

Just Because The Sale Is Next Week!

02 May 2015 - 10:54 PM

my sears, DeVilbis, 8 gallon, 2 horsepower, 125psi compressor started to smell like burning oil as i cranked it up to spray the many pots i need to glaze and fire before next friday.  turned it off immediately.  cannot find a way to take the plastic cover off.  the holes where one would usually find a Philips head screw are very deep and whatever the screw head shape is, it is not a philips.  looking with a flashlight shows a shape similar to what an allen wrench would handle but the hole is too deep to reach it with an allen wrench.


i never knew the compressor would need oil and have no manual for it. do not know where i would put oil or what kind to use.  i know i should call sears and ask them but the computer was down until a little while ago and it is now almost 11pm.  phone depends on computer.


does anyone use this kind of compressor and know what i might do on a sunday morning to make it work?  last firing date is wednesday, should i just relax, make more glazes and tackle it on Monday?   


i have heard the word relax but do not understand how to do it.

Math Help Needed For Recipe

27 March 2015 - 05:39 PM

i have a recipe for a white matt glaze that comes from Charles Counts via his apprentice, Susan Maslowski.  i was given the recipe in the 1970s and the paper is so yellowed it looks a hundred years old.  this was his standard exterior glaze and the batch size was large, i usually make it in a 5 gallon bucket.  i need to give 100 grams to a friend to try on her clay body.  the big bucket is 1000 miles north of here.


could one of you math majors please help me reduce the size correctly?



translucent white matt glaze  cone 6


nepheline syenite                     1161

silica                                           126

whiting                                        423

zinc oxide                                   193.5

e p kaolin                                    346.5 


i know it doesn't add up to a neat number, but it works very well over colored slips.  thanks for your help.

Today Is The Gasparilla Craft Show, Outdoors In Tampa

28 February 2015 - 10:31 AM

and i cannot hear myself think because of the pounding rain smashing onto my roof.  the forecast was for a 40% chance of rain.  if this is 40%, there cannot be any rain left for anywhere else.


oh, those poor exhibitors.  some come from a thousand or more miles away.