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About aperhapshand

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    Brookfield, IL
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    ceramics, typography, painting, and daydreaming

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  1. There is an online class I have been thinking about taking myself but haven't yet. https://www.ceramicmaterialsworkshop.com/about-glaze-calculation-online.html
  2. Ahh!! I totally understand - pints do add up. I think Amaco Potter's choice would be your best resource to search - there is a facebook group that shares glazes on different clay bodies and on Amaco's website they show the glazes on different clay bodies (scroll down to see the charts ) https://www.facebook.com/groups/potterschoiceex/ https://www.amaco.com/t/glazes-and-underglazes/high-fire/potters-choice
  3. Why are test tiles pricey? In my experience with commercial glazes, they seldom react like the pictures on the internet show - Red or white clay. There are so many variables that testing is important to me. That said I often "gamble" on smaller pieces like small sculptural work or the outside of a shot glass to get the feel for a glaze. If I have a large piece that I am especially proud of the form I will not risk it; time for a tried and true glaze or for it to sit on a shelf while I work it out. I can't take the heartbreak. I also find that the wasted kiln space for a large dud is crush
  4. I, unfortunately, was unable to get images. I have passed along your comments. I really appreciate the help! Thank you!!!!
  5. Thank you, Neil. He said he was going to remove the whole bottom and put plywood underneath - pour the "cement" (as he kept calling it, but explained that it was a castable material for kiln repair) - - I would assume that after the "cement" is set the plywood would be removed and the kiln would be placed on a regular metal kiln stand. I will see if I can take some pictures tomorrow when I am in the space.
  6. HI All, I am currently helping with a just starting out Art Gallery and Community art center. I have worked in community studios for quite a few years and have helped a similar style studio start their ceramics room/department. My concern is that The Owners were gifted a kiln that is a VERY OLD manual electric Duncan - I heard somewhere that the year is in the serial number; if true the kiln is from 1964 . The kiln is in pretty bad shape. The electrical and the heating elements don't look too bad, but the floor and the lid are in really bad shape. The floor is crumbling, the edges
  7. Thank you Min - The flexible plastic sounds like a great idea.
  8. For these homemade bats - do you drill out for the bat pins? I just bought a bunch of Plaster to make a new reclaim area and think I might try this.
  9. I have taught pottery for almost 5 years now at a local art center. Hand-building and wheel throwingI started teaching when I was 23 so the adult classes were always intimidating. It didn't help that I look(ed) much younger So when structuring the class and writing up the syllabus I created the class that I would have wanted when first began. Our terms are broken up into 10 week sessions (2 hrs once a week) so like many of the other responses here I asked what the students goals were the first day and always adjust accordingly. 90% of the time the first 2 weeks I cover basic techni
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