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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.


In Topic: Cones Do You Bisque The Packs

08 February 2016 - 07:19 PM

The clay supplier I frequent recommends stippling the surface of the cone pack base with a needle tool and microwaving them to drive off the moisture.  I've never tried it, the idea scares me a little, but she swears by it.  


This came about after she was out of the premade cone holders, which is what I prefer--one less thing to prepare for a firing.


Make a note to not ever go to her place for dinner,esp. if she is micro-waving.Is that a verb?

In Topic: What To Do With All My Early Pieces?

06 February 2016 - 11:46 AM

I love my hammer. Get in there and smash away! It's a good idea to put them in a cardboard box and then break your pieces. Do this when no one else is around because the sound of breaking pottery is a little unnerving. Don't let anyone grab stuff out of the garbage. Smash em small enough so that they are completely unusable.

I think I shall go out to the studio with my hammer right! now!

p.s. It's always a good idea to cull your work before it goes through the glaze fire. That crack on the bottom / rim,or wherever is not going to get smaller.Don't waste energy on it.


In Topic: Valentine's Day - Marketing/sale Opportunity?

05 February 2016 - 07:51 PM

My groundhog day mugs where a flop- seems nobody cares about that animal? The movie was too long ago for them to recall the hype?

Maybe the diet mugs with a heart cut out will be a hit for valentines day. When you pour fluids in they run out the open heart cutout.I better get them done soon only a few days left.







Only kidding

Our ground hog died two days before he was supposed to make his big entrance. I guess we are stuck in winter until we get a new one.


In Topic: Qotw: Are "kiln Gods" Superstition?

31 January 2016 - 08:13 PM

I think it's a fun tradition, but I don't put much stock in it beyond that.

It makes for a good story, tomtell the students, and having them make a kiln god, gives them more of a connection to the process. They are doing something that potters have been doing for centuries.

But when it comes down to it, the only force that has any impact on my firings, is the idiot hitting the switches.


So, who hits the switches for you? :P