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  2. Hi Neil:) I live in Fort Wayne Indiana, The one place here I found is United Arts which carries clay have not found another but as initially I will be buying just for teaching then if I have to have it shipped the first time that would be fine hopefully will find it at United Arts.. I am thinking Cone 4 or Cone 5 for Glazing. Thank you
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  4. I wrap my stuff in banana box material from Costco, super heavy stuff. Then I put them in a bigger box with peanuts. Haven't had one break yet, fingers crossed
  5. I suggest if you buy boxes to get the double strength kind > I do notbuy them but run across them and use them from others for free. I also suggest aanother box within-I say this as they are killing your stuff. Time to make it harder to crush.Box in a box or maybe 3 if that fit. Got to out think the demons.
  6. Yes and two" mugs" joined by the handles, non functional to boot , yeh seen many of them. On display forever hmmm..... @IHaveToKeepThisQuietA great number of fine mugs can be made using slab work and paper covered cylinders... Handles made by rolling coils flat and impressed design can be great. Use clay, have a go and experience where many of the comments are arising from. The simple looking designs can be the most difficult to acheive. Can take a life time to reach. But you may be born to make perfect pots first up, won't know till you try. Or let her in on it and both make mugs till they match........ you ok with her being better at this???Taught a couple. Lady took off like a downhill slalom champ. He, the perfect first time thinker, was left still trying to get his pants just right..
  7. Here is the the way the postal service treats out boxes. I have had more breakage this past 4 months than I have had in 5 years. The mail is getting bad for shipping . Just today a customer sent a message of broken pottery and said the box was crushed. Only 1 of the 3 mugs survived. We will replace the items at no charge but this is getting ridiculous with 6 order broken in the last four months. I am packing better than I ever have with most items double boxed. Next I guess I will have to build plywood boxes.
  8. I have had more breakage this past 4 months than I have had in 5 years. The mail is getting bad for shipping . Just today a customer sent a message of broken pottery and said the box was crushed. We will replace the items at no charge but this is getting ridiculous with 6 order broken in the last four months. I am packing better than I ever have with most items double boxed. Next I guess I will have to build plywood boxes
  9. I would tell them its more and get another wheel from them
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  11. @debdebdeb .006 is their maximum tolerance gap. Yours looks visually to be 1/32 - 1/16”. At 1/16 that would be about .06” which is about ten times greater than their Maximum tolerance. I would say if this bothers you they should take it back and provide new. If you have or can borrow a dial indicator from someone I believe a video of it will reveal this is easily beyond .006”
  12. Clippers are supposed to arrive the 17th of this month. Home haircut here we come! However, if that doesn't work out there is always a bigger hat. best, Pres
  13. I have contacted Laguna and they said their tolerance is .006 and as far as they can tell from the video it seems to be within tolerance
  14. Thanks, Callie! I have never heard of that trick and I will definitely try that in the future. Grateful for everyone's expertise here!
  15. That makes perfect sense as the cause for the cracking. Thank you!
  16. thank you for explaining Neil! I really appreciate it. I’ll make sure to look into the control boxes and see what I can do.
  17. @Min Sorry for the delay, just got back to the studio to take a pic of a test tile for it. Now if I can just get it off my phone to here...
  18. The middle ring doesn't have elements, so it lowers the kiln's ability to reach higher temps. Basically it increases the size of the kiln by 20%, but doesn't add any heat. Chances are the red control boxes have plugs that connect them, so to remove it all you have to do is lift off the top section, lift off the middle section, then replace the top section. You'll see the plugs when you lift off the sections. Inspect them while it's apart and check for corrosion. If someone upgraded the red control boxes at some point, then the boxes will have a hinge on one side, and the plugs will have been replaced with a hard wired system. If that's the case, open the boxes, unhook the wires, remove the middle section, and wire it back up the same way.
  19. I am. I really enjoy talks about this kind of stuff. However what I don't enjoy is that the law doesn't matter and fair use is often strongarmed out by lawyers because artists can't afford the money or time to fight a baseless lawsuit in court. But it's always nice to know more.
  20. Reed wax is great, so is mobilcer a, both still being produced and still available according to Seattle pottery supply.
  21. no, that is why i posted it here. i don't think anyone is interested in it anyway.
  22. Thanks Neil and Mark! You explained it very well and I have a better understanding on what to do. So I’m a bit confused on when Neil said I should remove the middle piece in order to do a firing above cone 1. Do I just remove the piece and and put the rest of the kiln together? Also, should I call the Skutt company on what bricks would fit this kiln or are most bricks they sell online generally the same size?
  23. This seems like a commercial ad to me-they are a amazon seller
  24. What cone do you intend to glaze fire to? What suppliers are near you- where do you live? Shipping clay can get expensive, so it'e best to pick it up locally if possible.
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