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#31155 My second glaze firing ever! :)

Posted by clayshapes on 18 March 2013 - 08:17 AM

It's so rare to open the kiln as a newbie and be happy instead of disappointed! Glad you had some GOOD surprises!

#26819 Wishing for online sales venue

Posted by clayshapes on 22 December 2012 - 09:47 PM

You needn't be concerned because someone whose work you don't approve of sells a lot of pottery -- If you want to sell a lot on Etsy, you need to do the right kind of marketing to bring people to your shop. Those who sell more, simply market better. And you should never be concerned that potters you don't necessarily like sell a lot. That's quite elitist and -- actually quite unkind, if I am reading your remarks correctly. Different kinds of people like different kinds of things -- I never begrudge someone else's success, just because I don't care for their work. I congratulate them.
I am frequently quite shocked at the snobbery here!

#25862 kiln ventilation

Posted by clayshapes on 02 December 2012 - 08:28 AM

I know others will say this is not great -- but it works for me. I had my handyman install a heavy duty exhaust fan, vented properly to the outside, above my electric kiln (which is located in my laundry room in my basement). I leave it on for the entire firing. I have forced air heat in my home and for the first three or four hours of the firing, I turn my heat and furnace fan off, so that air isn't circulating through the house. I close the laundry room door and open a window upstairs. I don't smell a thing in the rest of the house. I live in Toronto -- but even so, turning off my heat for a few hours is no problem in winter. I turn it back on when all the stinky fumes have burned off.
Anticipating finger wagging and lectures to come!

#16947 single firing, cone 6 stoneware

Posted by clayshapes on 10 May 2012 - 10:16 AM

All of these posts are so great! I'm really encouraged to keep experimenting. Thanks for all the advice, and for sharing your experiences with single firing. When I posted this I was afraid I'd get a lecture about doing things the established way. Glad to see there is a history to this, and a lot of other risk takers out there.
And "oldlady" (I don't like calling you that!!!) your comments about there being NO constants is well received. There are so many variables, as I have learned, often the hard way.
But in the end, it's only mud and water, isn't it? You can always try again. Although it never turns out the same, the next time!

#6688 Repairing Small Crack In Bisque

Posted by clayshapes on 04 June 2011 - 06:15 PM

Thanks. Yet another new use for my blender. I'm going to try it. Curious though -- why paper? I've heard people say this before but don't understand what paper adds to the mix, from a technical point of view.