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Member Since 07 Dec 2011
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In Topic: Buying My First Wheel

01 May 2016 - 10:17 PM

Like others[Pres.,Mark C,

I have a Brent CXC.Bought used in Seattle 35 years ago. There was a grinding sound about 2 years ago-no,not my Mother -in-law.

Anyway, our shops teacher in high school replaced the bearing.[for about $20.00]. The wheel works GREAT! Unfortunately, I bought a lighter Brent to use in the interim. Can't remember the letters. The wheel has a quicker response time, lighter to move around,etc. I have often thought of have the two wheels in my shop. Taught one of my sons how to throw on it over Christmas. He picked it up way faster than me. I think I will keep one for decorating and one for trimming and throwing.If I were to buy new, I would probably buy a Whisper. Does this help, or make your decision more difficult?


In Topic: Pottery Project Ideas For Kids

06 April 2016 - 08:47 AM

The anthropomorphic mug.

Some part of mug creates a handle, as in you are making a mug out of a cylinder and the handle becomes the trunk of an elephant. Giraffes are also good. Snakes-too easy.


In Topic: Clay Comparisons & Identifying Unmarked Clay

25 March 2016 - 11:23 AM

I agree with Mark. I once mistakenly fired some pitchers made with Cone 6 clay in a Cone 9 gas firing. Lost all the pitchers as they melted. Luckily, they were all fired on one shelf. Both clays of mine were white, so it was an easy mistake.

Cost me $60.00 to replace the shelf and keep the friendship.

Beware of unmarked materials. The gift bearer is not dong you any favours. They are cleaning out their studio.


In Topic: Weird Question On Refiring Bisque

21 February 2016 - 08:02 PM

Touch your piece to your cheek. If it feels cool, there is moisture inside.

For bisquing I fire my electric kiln on low for two hours, then all switches up to medium for one hour, then all switches on full.

Bisque should take approx 8 hours.

Try rolling your slabs on sticks. Your cylinder looks pretty uneven.

Great decoration. Sorry for your loss.


In Topic: Need To Make Slip A Bright White

09 February 2016 - 06:38 PM

You could try 10% zircopax in the slip. I have seen recipes for this, but I don't have any personal experience. Wouldn't hurt to try it.