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In Topic: Qotw: What Do You Listen To While Working In The Studio? Music, Tv, Talk Radi...

15 May 2017 - 10:13 AM

The first thing I did when I set up my current workspace was to install an old CD player, and sit a pile of CDs next to it. Everything from Philip Glass to Miles Davis.

The CDs still sit there, the player is never switched on. I just bathe in birdsong and the hum of insects, and resent anything that interrupts the lazy drone of nature through the open door a few feet from my wheel.

In Topic: Clay Trap Suggestions?

15 May 2017 - 02:37 AM

Just make one. Far cheaper.


Bricolage ingénierie poterie


Scroll down to where it says 'Bac de décantation', and follow the pictures.

You don't need to understand French to see what's going on here; you can scale it up/down to suit any vessels/pipes you have lying around, or what space you have to play with.

In Topic: Cones Won't Bend

12 May 2017 - 05:49 AM

I just want to bend those cones now.

Pair of pliers would do it.

In Topic: Soda Firing Techniques

09 May 2017 - 02:25 AM

As far as books go:


'Soda, Clay and Fire' - Gail Nichols

'Soda Glazing' - Ruthanne Tudball

'Salt Glazing' - Phil Rogers


...no doubt there are many more.


There is an obvious cross-over between soda glazing and salt glazing - techniques are similar, slips are similar, liner glazes are similar - so any good book on salt glazing will be invaluable (hence the Rogers book in the list above), even if you use soda. Plus, you might just figure that your prefer salt to soda, as I did!

In Topic: Cones Won't Bend

07 May 2017 - 06:33 AM

It seems highly improbable that all three cones were defective.

Is it possible that your thermocouple is lying to you?

What was the 'colour temperature' of the kiln when it was supposedly 1280 deg C?


KILN FIRING CHART  (PDF from Ceramic Arts Daily, with colour chart)


No chance that your pyrometer was showing you deg F instead of Deg C, I suppose?