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Member Since 01 Aug 2011
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In Topic: What Is The Best Book In Your Pottery Library?

04 October 2014 - 10:59 AM

Centering In Pottery, Poetry, and The Person by M C Richards is about clay and life, and very inspiring

In Topic: Cataloguing Glazes

27 September 2014 - 03:03 PM

After 40 years of adding pages to my thick glaze notebook, I bought the Glazemaster program.  It's not ideal, but

it IS very organized and keeps formulae and results accessible and records safe.


Otherwise, in a card file, I classify by cone temperature, and then divide those in subdivisions by oxidation or reduction with notes on  color, and surface quality.

In Topic: Used Pottery Wheels: The Good And The Bad?

01 August 2014 - 10:07 AM

I've used my Shimp for over 40 years, never even changed the ring cone drive

and it still hums along...love the "reverse" feature as well as having both a foot

pedal and hand controller for fine speed changes.

In Topic: Building A Basement Studio

30 April 2014 - 02:38 PM

I have a bastement studio...have run a hose through a window into the line to a plastic

washing sink and it works just fine. I ran a drain line directly into the hole for my sump

pump and it's ideal.


I purchased a Gleco clay trap to keep the clay sludge out of my septic system, and I'm

very pleased with it...worth every penny.


The one thing I'd encourage is to use heated water if you are able, that makes a huge

comfort difference for cleaning up....I also use a small shop vac (you can often find

them on good sales) for keeping the dust level down since they dump your debris into water.


Have fun with your new space,   Melinda King in Vermont



In Topic: Wedging Table Surface Options

16 January 2014 - 03:09 PM

I use the backer board that is made for tile installation, and it works very well....strong,

somewhat absorbent, non-shedding, and light enough to "sandwich" slabs and flip

them for even drying.