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In Topic: Hobby Potter Teaching Others.

06 April 2014 - 02:46 PM

I am in a similar position - leading a community pottery.  I sent you a PM via this site.  Should be an alert in the envelope icon at the top of the page.  Perhaps we can share info.  I am also located in Virginia.  Thanks.

In Topic: Water In A Studio Without Plumbing: Ideas Needed

19 March 2014 - 10:06 AM

My studio (separate bldg from my house) has no water and it works very well.  There's a utility sink in our basement, about 25' away that I use for final hand cleaning/glaze mixing water. I  wet mix glazes outdoors to eliminate dust inside basement or studio.  


In the studio I use a 3.5 gallon plastic beverage dispenser that sits up on wooden blocks the same size as the dispenser base so it's stable.  Dispenser has flip up/down lever to turn the water on/off so it's easy to use with slip covered fingers.  There's a 12-cup plastic catch basin on the table under the tap.   I use a 'clean water only'  3 gallon bucket to refill the dispenser.  


I glaze about 50-60 pieces at a time and have glaze buckets on dollies.  When glazing, I spread a fabric dropcloth on the floor that catches all the drops/splops. When it gets really dirty it gets hosed off outside and line dried.


Decades ago I had to haul every drop of potable water I used in daily life in gallon buckets which prompted efficient water use habits.  While it works for me, it's probably not efficient if you are making 100 pots a day, every day. I'm in my studio almost every day, but have a leisurely production schedule and only mix 5 gallon bucket sized containers of glaze.  My studio stays much cleaner without running water, probably because it makes me mindful of not being sloppy with clay/glazes.

In Topic: Electric Kiln Outside Environment?

11 November 2013 - 06:29 PM

Probably best to first check with the local building code folks.  When we moved to Dare County, NC in 1988 we had our builder add a 220 plug underneath our house (house was on 12' tall stilts and 3 miles from the ocean).  My plan was to have my electric kiln outside, under the house on a concrete platform..  When the building inspector came the day before we were to close on the house, he told me it did not meet the local code.  He said that since the kiln exterior got very hot, it was unsafe to have it out in the open where a child or pet could brush up against it.  I also expect the salt air would have been very bad on it as well since we soon learned that our gas BBQ grill elements rusted out within 12 months in that environment!

In Topic: Forbes Wax Contaminating Glaze?

02 August 2013 - 02:09 PM

It's on all the pots in the last two firings, some more than others.  Folks are really aware to have clean hands when handling bisque ware so I don't think it's lotion, oils or dust.  Seems like it would take right much Forbes to contaminate 2 gallons of glaze?  Was hoping someone else had experienced this problem before. 

In Topic: Broken :(

12 July 2013 - 07:46 AM

Low tech way to determine if moisture is still present before putting the peeps in and turning elements above Low:  hold a shiny metal object or even a small mirror near the top open peephole.  If moisture is present it will fog the metal or mirror.  Just hold the object in a way that you don't burn your fingers.