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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.

In Topic: How's The Weather?

02 January 2014 - 08:33 PM

Southeastern Vermont here, 6" of snow, supposed to be -12F overnight...my studio is in an

unheated basement, so I won't be making pots right away!

In Topic: Questions About Sharing Studio Space

31 December 2013 - 03:58 PM

I have shared a studio in several cooperative situations...there are lots of benefits.  The

scheduling for mixing glazes, sharing equipment such as kilns, is important.  It

worked best for us to cost out chemicals or to figure the cost of mixed glazes to

keep that fair. I enjoyed sharing clay mixing and firing chores with other people.


I you enjoy the people you are sharing space with, this can be a good

situation.  Just keep working on the details and you'll avoid problems.

In Topic: Broken :(

13 July 2013 - 10:52 PM

I agree that you should fire slowly, until the water is all out of the pots....keep slow and keep the lid and some peeps open through about 725 F and use that pyrometer with a firing temp chart handy, it really lets you know where you are in the firing if you are firing manually.


It only costs pennies for you to extend your firing time a bit, so that you avoid those unhappy "explosions". Better luck with your next firing amd enjoy a cocktail!    Melinda