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Member Since 10 Jul 2011
Offline Last Active Sep 29 2014 09:01 PM

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In Topic: Leveling the Wheel

18 September 2014 - 04:57 AM

I was just thinking yesterday that maybe I should check that, since wet clay and slippy-water migrate to one side of my splash pan. However, then I decided I was too lazy since the level (which was in a shed all of 20 feet away!). Everything I've been throwing is coming out all right, but I don't usually throw anything higher than maybe 9". Actually I did throw some taller bottles a few weeks ago but didn't notice anything. I am leaning toward agreeing with Marc about over-thinking this (or am I just rationalizing because I am still too lazy to go get the level?).

In Topic: Questions About Firing With Peep Out

07 September 2014 - 06:45 AM

If you're running a downdraft vent, all the peeps should be in whenever the fan is on.


You're probably right about the cooling time affecting the glossiness of the glazes. Slower cooling usually promotes matte surfaces. The vent will help speed cooling little bit, but you could always open a peep at the end of a firing to speed the cooling more. If your vent motor is mounted under the kiln, leave it running even with the peep open to keep the motor cool. If the motor is mounted away from the kiln you can turn it off when you open the peep. There will be a limit to how fast you can cool the kiln simply because it's bigger.

Thanks, Neil. I will try this next time. The motor is mounted away from the kiln, so I will shut off the vent and open the top peep when the kiln reaches temperature and shuts off. I was worried that with one peep out the kiln will cool too quickly and cause cracking of glazes, but it doesn't sound like that is likely since it is a bigger kiln.

In Topic: What Are You Working On?

23 July 2014 - 12:37 PM

Plates. Hate plates. Easy to throw, but take up so much room in the studio and take forever to dry slowly to avoid problems.

In Topic: Breakage

20 July 2014 - 08:10 PM

My Laguna B-mix 5 plates once cracked kind of like this (only one jagged crack down the middle) when I peaked in the kiln too early and let in a blast of cool air. I heard them go right then and realized that I'd just done a really dumb thing. Did yours cool too quickly, even though the error said "failure to cool"?

In Topic: Inspiration, Appropriation Or Downright Copying?

16 July 2014 - 08:47 PM

I often try to isolate the reason I am drawn to an inspiring work. Is it the use of contrasting glazes? A detail, or maybe an unusual twist on a traditional form? Then once I think I've got the element that I am responding to, I try to think of a way to try out the same idea but in my own style using my repertoire of forms, colors and techniques. Or, I just enjoy the inspiring work without feeling like I have to try it myself. I love lots of salt and Woodford ware, but I don't have the facilities to do that right now, so I just enjoy the work I love and get generally inspired to go into the studio and do what I do, which is much much different!