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Slip Trailing - Silly Post

14 August 2014 - 04:00 PM

So, I had to make some cookies for a wedding shower this weekend. Turns out you can use slip trailing for other things.  :blink:  



Axner Kiln Wash

05 August 2014 - 07:03 PM

Axner now has a kiln wash that they say can be put on both sides of the shelves with no flaking. At first I thought it might be a knock off of ITC but at $40- gallon I don't think so. I couldn't find the MSDS for it so no clues there.


Any idea what they are doing differently or what would be in it? Would be nice to be able to coat both sides and flip the shelves for glaze firing.


Anybody try it yet? 



To Share Or Not To Share

15 July 2014 - 12:08 PM

There have been several threads the past week about copying and giving inaccurate information. I found it interesting but not that surprising that Phil had so little respondents to his “Favourite Glaze Recipe” posting.


For those of us that make our livelihood from selling our work I’m assuming it is difficult to give away our hard earned recipes and possibly methods used to make some of the more complicated work. I imagine it would be easier to be more generous if you are not earning an income with your work.


I fall into the first category, I don’t mind sharing basic white and clear glazes but I don’t share my bread and butter glaze recipes that I depend on to sell pots. I have spent years developing my glaze palette; to me it is like any other business, you don’t give your R&D away to the competition. Clay recipes I'm happy to share as most are based on published recipes.I have a few complicated pieces where I don’t share the method for making, anything else I’m happy to.


Working as an instructor is a whole other topic. Thoughts?

Tips & Tricks

25 June 2014 - 11:38 AM

It's been a while since we have had a tips and tricks posting and it's seems to be a bit quiet on the forums so anybody have anything new to share?


I've got this one: for pots that have gotten to dry to cut the rims of or attach handles to, wet cheesecloth works really well. I dip the cheesecloth in water then squeeze out the excess and drape 2 or 3 pieces on the area of the pot that needs to be softer. For fairly thin pieces it takes about 15 minutes and the clay is soft enough to work again. For thicker pieces I re-wet the cheesecloth and reapply. This works much better for me than misting or dipping the pot in water.

Kiln Disclosure

06 June 2014 - 06:44 PM

For those of us that have home studios I’m curious as to how difficult it was for you to find an insurance company that would insure your home when they are told there is a kiln on the premises.  My kilns (electric) are in a fully enclosed 12’ X 12’area on our back deck. I was shopping around the last time the insurance came due and couldn’t find any companies, other than my current one, that would sell us a policy due to the kilns.  


So, in talking to some local potters they say they don’t declare the kiln. Am I the odd one out here in declaring it? Do most people just take the chance that they will never have to deal with the insurance company’s denial of a claim if it came to it?