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TJR

Member Since 07 Dec 2011
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In Topic: How Often To Clean Your Kiln?

Today, 07:30 AM

Here's another confession-since we are going there. I don't use kiln wash either. Not using glazes, so I don't need to wash the shelves. The shelves that have kiln wash on them I often place in the kiln with the kiln wash facing down as the bare  unwashed shelf is smoother.

Sometimes I put the peanut butter laden knife in the jam jar.

TJR. :blink:


In Topic: How Often To Clean Your Kiln?

Yesterday, 09:40 PM

Never. It's just me bisquing in my own kiln. Had a used kiln in my new studio for three years. I fire about 10 times ayear. Maybe it's time to vacuum it out. I never blow anything up.Yet.

TJR.


In Topic: Help With Purchased "name Brand" Glazes

Yesterday, 09:36 PM

Just check the labels and make sure they are not lead based. It will say on the label. Don't use those.Put some water in the jars of good ones, soak over night, and mix with a fettling knife. If you are brushing them on, no need to sieve.

TJR.


In Topic: Onglaze Question Percentage Of What?

Yesterday, 02:07 PM

It's a percentage of the total glaze that you are mixing. If you have a glaze test of 100 grams-2% manganese would be 2 grams. That is if you were adding it to a glaze. I would try it at 1% assuming it was a glaze test. Mix it up in a cup based on a total of 100 grams, then brush it on. The talc is there as a flux to cause it to melt into the glaze surface.

TJR.


In Topic: Confess. How Many Of You Colored Outside The Lines As A Child?

Yesterday, 01:58 PM

My fourth grade nun squashed any artistic ability I may have had.  She returned a landscape drawing with my clouds circled asking "What are these?" .  If she could not tell they were clouds then I obviously could not draw.  My entire life I said I had no artistic ability but flourished in math(she made us do long division problems on turned paper with the red line).  I have been potting about 3 yrs now and am enjoying every minute. Pottery has allowed me to explore my creative side.
Looking back I think I was drawing on white paper and made the clouds blue so you could see them.  Amazing how our interactions with others paints who we are.

I didn't know you could become a nun in the fourth grade?!!? :unsure:

TJR.