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In Topic: Lesson #541

06 May 2017 - 12:32 AM

You know how long it takes to assemble a teapot? I put my freshly assembled teapot down on the wheelhead, then got up and tripped on the foot pedal, sending the teapot rolling around between the wheelhead and the splashpan like a high-speed tumbleweed.

I have three so-called studio cats, but they're more like toddlers. The wheel is switched off when I finish a piece.


My lesson was using Cassius Basaltic to form little hollow orbs. Sure, I poked a 1/4 inch hole through the bottom into the newspaper core - but rested the items on said hole in the kiln to keep them from rolling around. Then I single-fired to cone 5. The effect of the gasses escaping through the hole but being stymied by the shelf would have been spectacular had these orbs not been shaped like cats. Every one looked like they just returned from a trip to Mexico and happened to drink the water after eating beans.

In Topic: Why Didn't Someone Tell Me About Paperclay!?!

20 April 2017 - 09:54 PM

So far my only complaints are:

  1. It's addictive.
  2. Tried re-bisqueing a mask that had come loose from the base (all the same paperclay), which I had tried to reattach with more paperclay. Did not work at all. Came loose again immediately.
  3. I have to babysit the fully-open garage during the burn-out stage so the neighbors don't panic and call the Fire Department. Curious as to what this might do to the kiln coils. I don't put the plugs in until it quits smelling like a campfire.

Cool things I've discovered:

  1. I can roll it out thin and use scissors to cut shapes when it's partially dried. Almost like cutting thick felt.
  2. I can forget to cover something I'm working on or even save pieces of a failed attempt that is bone dry and all it takes is a few spritzes of water to bring it back to life.
  3. It dries quickly enough to provide a solid backbone for delicate sculpture.

In Topic: Vent To Empty Garage Overnight

26 December 2016 - 05:02 PM

My kiln is in the garage, and when bisquing I don't bother with opening a door since the roll-up door is not a snug fit. When glazing I roll the door up a few inches (enough for the cats to get under, but not the dog) and open the side door a bit to allow air flow. I'm in CA so I'm not as cold as some of you, but the other day it was quite cold but I wanted some studio time, so I turned the kiln on low and left the lid open long enough to take the chill off so I could get some work done.

I need to get my spare propane tank filled and drag out my sunflower heater!

In Topic: Can't Locate Pemco 626 Frit Or A Substitute

26 December 2016 - 04:00 PM

Well, sounds like it's going to be more trouble than it's worth so I'll try to find something else.

In Topic: Pre Heat Greenware To Dry Out Days Before Firing

25 December 2016 - 11:50 AM

I always candle for a few hours no matter how dry things seem and I'm never had a piece explode.