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Karen B

Member Since 11 Sep 2010
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In Topic: Skutt 1227 Band Snaps Loose During Recent Bisque-Gerrrr

21 November 2014 - 09:17 AM

A simple test for the Stainless steel is a magnet test. If the steel is magnetic, it usually doesn't contain the needed nickel (which resists corrosion). Corrosion resistant stainless steel is usually a combo of chromium and nickel. Called 304 and is not magnetic.

There are some newer stainless steels that contain titanium along with the chromium. They are magnetic and don't corrode. They also are resistant to heat expansion. Called, 443 and used by the Japanese.

In Topic: Overcoming Insecurity

19 November 2014 - 08:18 AM

Imho, art is at it's best if it reflects the individual's life, experience, physicality, view, etc.. One of the fabulous things about kids art is that it has no self judgement. Do not judge yourself or your work. You have a strong drive and a clear voice in your work. Accept that, be proud of yourself. Each pot created is a success. Give no credence to the negative voice in your head. It is a destructive force. Nourish your soul with the beauty you make. You give generously to your vision. That is something that not all can do.

In Topic: Does Your Kiln/wheel/other Have A Name?

10 November 2014 - 12:39 PM

I haven't named any equipment, but I do talk to my glazes.

In Topic: For Christmas.

07 November 2014 - 12:08 PM

Coasters, if I can get the darn things to stay flat when they dry (they're hand-built rather than thrown). Also spoon rests (which are thrown) and a couple of sake sets - the sake bottles are too big to be considered space fillers IMO, but the cups are itty bitty.

I make handbuilt coasters. After I cut them out, I smack 'em down on the table. Then put on wheel for a quick smoothing of the edge. They stay flat.

In Topic: What Else Is Going On (Or Playing) While You Work?

03 November 2014 - 08:42 AM

No radio unless it is a baseball game. The commercials drive me crazy. I listen to a book on cd or on my ipod. I listen to music only when I'm glazing as I need to concentrate. I can't have silence, don't want to listen to the noise in my head.