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In Topic: Darvan #811

01 April 2014 - 01:28 PM

start adding the darvan slowly, and check the specific gravity of the slip using a graduated cylinder and gram scale.

In Topic: Earthenware Or Stoneware ?

07 March 2014 - 04:52 AM

earthenware can be fine for any of these applications--its all about the body, how you use it, glaze it, fire it, etc...  As with everything in ceramics, if you ask a broad question, the answer is almost always: "sure--but it depends."

In Topic: Help. Where To Start? Clay-Firing

26 February 2014 - 02:50 AM

Skip building a kiln.  Check out craigslist.  All the big cities within 200 miles of me have 5-10 electric kilns for 300-$700 depending on size and condition.


There is 50# cone 10 stoneware that Amazon sells with free shipping for prime.   hard to go wrong with that if your just starting out.


Except that if she takes your advice and buys an electric kiln, firing to cone 10 isn't particularly wise.   Honestly, if you're just getting back into making pots, and you were overwhelmed by the vast variety of clays, jumping into building and firing a reduction kiln is probably jumping the shark a bit.  Perhaps what would help you is to take a refresher course or two--check and see what is offered through local community colleges as they often times go a bit deeper than community studios in terms of firing and glazing work...  Otherwise, there are a myriad of books out there that serve as good references, one of my favorites is The Craft and Art of Clay By Susan Peterson...

In Topic: Act Of Vandalism . . . Or Is Turnabout Fair Play?

20 February 2014 - 01:37 AM

why cant it simultaneously be an act of vandalism, and art?  Art doesn't have an intrinsic moral value, negative or positive...

In Topic: This Old Extruder Part Of The Old Studio Series Volume 13

16 February 2014 - 08:04 PM

Now I know what brand extruder is living in the studio here at LSU...  I had no idea, and actually assumed it was a custom job...  Thanks for the info!