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About Denice

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  • Birthday 10/15/1952

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    Wichita, Kansas
  • Interests
    Remodeling projects, gardening and restoring classic cars.

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  1. I have a tiny test kiln like Neils that has the thin brick walls and cools fast. I bought the kiln in 1998 for testing glazes, I soon realized that my glazes were different than the test samples. At first I thought I had made a mistake in measuring after double checking that and many other scenarios I determined it was the fast cool. The kiln is so small it was difficult to down fire, couldn't afford a new test kiln so I just started cooling the bigger kilns a little faster not a crash cooling. I work with a clay that will take that kind of abuse. The bricks in the big Skutt and test kilns are in good shape, I did have to toss Paragon last year because the bricks were disintegrating. The kiln was 45 years old so I don't know if cooling faster was a factor. Denice
  2. I am with Pres, I am not a tea drinker but I was told that you warm up any ceramic pot with hot water before you put any thing in it that is extremely hot. Denice
  3. I don't know if a photo will be able to show the effect I am getting with the glass. I am making the molds with the bottom surface with a throwing rings and a broken area where a hand blown bottle would have been broken off of the blow rod. The glass that is against the mold comes out a satin matte finish, the glass on the top is very glossy. When you hold the glass up to a light and look through the glossy top you can see the pattern from the mold. So far the glass is firing very clear with a few small bubbles, The bottle pattern looks like it is floating in the thick glass has almost a eerie feeling. The glass is turning out better than I expected, I may have to put a spot light on it at night to get the full effect after the sun has gone down. Denice
  4. Throwing some more glass molds today, I nearly have a kiln filled with them. I have my firing scheduled figured out finally for the glass. Turns out making a inch thick disc shape out of recycled glass is very difficult to do. I have a 11 hour firing schedule for it, most of the time is spent holding at certain temperatures for a hour or more. The thicker the glass the longer the annealing takes, I don't have a computerized kiln so I spend the the whole day with the kiln and my pyrometer. I could have bought fritted glass that is easier to fire and at a much lower temperature but I wanted to do something with recycled glass. Denice
  5. I use to recycle 5 gal buckets at a time but now I just recycle in the clay bag. It is a little different for hand builders when it comes to recycling. When l clean up leftover pieces of slabs and chunks of clay that are getting a little dry i dip them in water and throw them in a bag.. When I get the bag half full and it has set for a few days I slam the bag around . It usually comes out perfect for wedging, If it is to wet I leave the bag open for a while or spread it on some plaster. Too dry I use the old water pressure technique in a 5 gal bucket. I don 't have to worry about my clay getting short like throwers do. Denice
  6. Finished my glass casting tests Saturday and finally got my finished cast to look like old wine bottle bottoms. I still need to throw more molds but I have been cleaning and reorganizing the bookcase in my shop. It was so full paperwork and books were spilling onto the floor. I can get back to throwing molds today. My mother in-law is getting ready to move into a senior residence apartment, that will keep me busy for awhile. Denice
  7. My slab roller is also a Bailey, I bought it about 15 years ago. My husband saved some money by building the table it needed. It was a unusual table and needs to be strong so you will need some carpentry skills . Denice
  8. I bought a huge rolling pin from a restaurant supply store, it has ball bearings. I don't use it anymore since I got a Bailey slab roller. I am more of a slab builder and tile maker than a thrower it was one of the best investments for me. Denice
  9. My studio isn't that dirty right now just over crowded. Obsessed with working not selling, I have about 100 pots sitting on shelves and in boxes I need to sell. Denice
  10. The first thing I thought of was a paint sieve that fits on a 5 gal bucket. I had bought several of them when I painted the house and had a extra one. I tried one out when I was mixing a 3 gal batch of glaze. I sieved it through the paint mesh before I sieved it through my 100# mesh sieve. Doing it this way seem to make the whole process easier and faster. They are also very inexpensive, about $3 each. For people who work with slabs a seam roller for wallpaper can help mesh your seams together. A vinyl layout pad with measurement marks for fabric can also be helpful for slab, both are also inexpensive. Denice
  11. Working with a coarser clay makes the smooth process a little slower, I got into coiling when I was in college. I took a archeology class that was in a competition with other colleges to replicate Anazai pottery. It was held in the pottery studio and I was the only clay person in the class. The professor taught the class how he thought they made the coiled pots, I told him he was wrong that the pots would crack and fall apart. At the end of the semester we fired them in a trench firing, my work come out fine the rest was broken shards. I had a dozen pieces come out of the firing most of them quite large and thin walled. The professor admitted I was right, the archeology department won the competition with my work. Denice
  12. My studio is full of clay right now, I have a off white speckled, Speckled buff. Standard red, Death Valley red and yellow. These are my clay's used for coiling , the coils are smoothed and Indian designs usually Mimbres or Anazai are applied using stains or glazes. At least half of the pot is not glazed so the color of the clay and texture is important. I also have a buff throwing clay that I have been using to improve my throwing skills. I recycle my clay, it is part of my process. I went to college during the hippie era and was taught that all of mother earths offerings such as clay are precious and need to be recycled. I was also taught to evaluate a piece before you fire it, think about someone finding that pot hundreds of years from now. Is it worthy of being around that long, because it is fired it won't disintegrate and return to the earth. Denice
  13. You have had your first lesson in kiln ownership. I would sell this kiln and go ahead and invest in the kiln you want and get your wiring done for it. They sell really well on Craigslist in the city I live in. Denice
  14. Do you have the kiln in your house,? I use to e-mail with a beginner potter, found out he had him kiln in his house when he nearly burned his whole house down. He gave up pottery when that happen. Denice
  15. I think you should have a name that draws the type of clients you are wanting. If Girl Scout and church groups are your target you should come up with something like TON OF FUN PAINT YOUR OWN. If you are going for the crowd that drink while they paint pottery when they get off of work something like UNWIND AND DESIGN. Then you can have a sub title describing what to expect, something as simple as Pottery Painting. At first glance someone might think that Sadie's Ceramics is a store where you shop for ceramic gifts. Denice
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