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#96290 Qotw: • What Are The Ions Of Creativity?

Posted by Min on 24 November 2015 - 06:35 PM

if necessity is the teacher of art then my ions of inspiration would be mortgage payments, grocery bills and kids tuition  ;)

#96223 Handles

Posted by Min on 23 November 2015 - 04:58 PM

One thing I sometimes do after I get a board of mugs done is quickly insert (and then remove) one of those red solo cups into the mugs to true them up. If the mug is a bit soft and I distort it while attaching the handle the solo cup gets it back to round really fast.

#96144 Handles

Posted by Min on 21 November 2015 - 03:34 PM

Hsin-Chuen Lin recently posted a youtube demo making handles. He says his method of attaching results in 99.9% success rate with no cracking. Love watching this guy work, thought I would share the link:



(my pottery supply place doesn't carry the ridged wood pieces but I bought smaller sized pieces from a cooking shop, sold as butter or gnocchi paddles, I think VanGilder sells something similar)

#96022 Cut, Spiral Bit Warped In Kiln

Posted by Min on 19 November 2015 - 12:17 PM

Hi, and welcome to the forums.


That looks like a lot of weight being supported by not much clay at the top of the bowl. Yes, pots can look okay in the bisque and warp in the glaze firing for ^6. There is a fairly long thread on yarn bowls here http://community.cer...+knitting +bowl

#95702 Beginner Bought A Cheap Kiln, Need Help

Posted by Min on 11 November 2015 - 07:10 PM

If it's like their basic model minus the kiln sitter then this owners manual should give you a start on how to operate it http://www.cressmfg....A,B,C KILNS.pdf


If not then contact Cress with the Model number and they should be able to help you out.


Sales 775-884-2777 or 800-423-4584

From Mexico call 001-800-419-1139

Postal address
4736 Convair Dr., Carson City, NV 89706


#94992 Clean Up Kiln Shelves

Posted by Min on 30 October 2015 - 11:15 AM

Kiln wash shouldn't be flaking off. After you get the old stuff off then change your wash recipe / application. 

Use 1/2 calcined clay so the wash doesn't shrink (and crack) so much. 50 alumina hydrate, 25 epk, 25 calcined epk. I use a small touch up paint roller, don't apply it too thick, no flaking. Other recipes out there that are good also, just don't put it on too thickly.

#94922 Qotw: Are You Living Your Dream, Or Dreaming Your Life?

Posted by Min on 28 October 2015 - 01:35 PM

I think in a way I’m on the same page Jed is. I look at “living my dream” as a moving target.


I quit my other job about 6 years ago to work in clay full time. That was my dream then. Now we are thinking of moving into the countryside, current dream. Having 4 terrific daughters is a daily dream, (actualized). For the past few years having all my oncologist visits clean is my fingers crossed dream.

#94555 Primitive Build

Posted by Min on 20 October 2015 - 06:00 PM

The link below is for a film of a fellow who built a hut with a clay tile roof, mud and stone walls and underfloor heating. All done with handmade primitive tools and technology. I thought it was quite the feat he accomplished. This was posted a few days ago on Clayart, thought I would share the link for those that don't follow that site.



#93896 Professional Courtesy

Posted by Min on 07 October 2015 - 02:03 PM

  "I asked him about this and he said he was offering his work wholesale to his fellow potters since he didn't have to pay his distributor, gallery fee, whatever." 


Hmmm, wonder what the other presenters there thought of this, or what his galleries would think if they heard?

#93454 Good Rubber Stamps

Posted by Min on 29 September 2015 - 07:17 PM

devolution of potters


#93450 Re Constituting Spectrum Glaze

Posted by Min on 29 September 2015 - 05:53 PM

Harry Potter, this looks a lot like what happened to another forum member a while back with Spectrum glaze. Check this thread: http://community.cer...king#entry72022


Post #20 has a reply from a fellow named Joseph @ Spectrum that might work.

#93361 Good Rubber Stamps

Posted by Min on 28 September 2015 - 03:01 PM

oops, I forgot to link where I got the decal from. if anybody wants one it is from here: https://www.etsy.com...cone-pack-decal  (it's a university graphics and ceramics student who makes them, think i might have to get one of her t-shirts too)

#93342 Good Rubber Stamps

Posted by Min on 28 September 2015 - 10:54 AM

It's not a rubber stamp but on Clayart a couple weeks ago someone posted a sort of secret handshake for potters. I ordered one but haven't put it on my car yet.


This is it on someone else's vehicle.




#93309 Maiden Bisque Witness Cone 05 06 07 Melted To Washed Shelf

Posted by Min on 27 September 2015 - 09:45 PM

If you were bisqueing to cone 06 and had 07,06 and 05 in the cone pack and they were all flat then you might have only reached 03 or thereabouts so you could still be okay.


If you touch the tip of your tongue to a bisqued pot your tongue should stick a little to the pot, a bit like when you lick a not too frozen popsicle. Not very scientific but it works. If your tongue doesn't stick then the clay is too tight to take a glaze without a lot of fussing and usually lands up with unsatisfactory results.  


YouTube video from Paragon on replacing kiln sitter tube: https://www.youtube....h?v=q0jxC-ZT7fs


Good luck and welcome to the forum.

#93244 Lead Glaze Recipes (No Safety Lectures Please)

Posted by Min on 25 September 2015 - 09:28 PM


 I'll retreat back to the woods, now. ;)



Wish you wouldn’t.


I for one would most welcome more of your posts on these forums. It’s a joy to read your intelligent comments.