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  1. It's wet and cold, so sitting here preparing notes for running a "Slip-Casting and Mould-Making" session at next year's Potters' Camp.

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      Celia UK

      Getting my name on the list already Ann!!

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  2. There's a job at Denby for a trainee lab tech developing glazes. Gimme please :D Also one as a craft potter but not sure I am good enough for that. Might send in a cv anyway.

    1. Celia UK

      Celia UK

      Go for it Joel - what have you got to lose? Sell yourself.......

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  3. Anybody ever had their instagram account follow a load of random people? Mine has about 300 new follows that were not me, I don't think I have used anything dubious with instagram, no third party apps.

    1. Celia UK

      Celia UK

      I don't have an Instagram account but received an email from them last week, so something might be going on here in the uk. Never had anything to do with it before this.

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  4. It's 7AM; 1080 deg F on my first kiln firing in more than 4 years and the first ever ^04 bisque/glaze firing with my new Orton digital controller...The first 2 hours were a real disappointment when i saw the TCL message on the controller. The kiln didn't fire. I had ultimately realized that I hadn't pushed the reset button on the kiln sitter. Pushed the button and the kiln came to life!The firing took 12Hrs 18 min, but only reached 1941 degrees which is about halfway between ^...

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      Celia UK

      Worse than this, today I forgot to put the thermocouple in the peephole (a retrofitted one) & set the kiln for a bisque firing. 2 1/2 hrs later heard error message beeping! It had reached 500oC! Reset programmer thinking it would continue from 500oC without noticing the programmer said it was in the first segment, when actually near end of 2nd one! Spotted this 3 hrs later by which time temp was down to 220oC. Moved program on to 2nd segment and now keeping my fingers crossed...

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  5. It's 7AM; 1080 deg F on my first kiln firing in more than 4 years and the first ever ^04 bisque/glaze firing with my new Orton digital controller...The first 2 hours were a real disappointment when i saw the TCL message on the controller. The kiln didn't fire. I had ultimately realized that I hadn't pushed the reset button on the kiln sitter. Pushed the button and the kiln came to life!The firing took 12Hrs 18 min, but only reached 1941 degrees which is about halfway between ^...

    1. Celia UK

      Celia UK

      I remember that 'forgot to push the reset button' moment too. Such a relief when you realise it's nothing major. Hope all ends well.

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  6. I have made my Christmas production list, and am now terrified...

    1. Celia UK

      Celia UK

      I've just put in my application for my first ever exhibition - this Christmas (starting Nov 12th) - scary or what? This thread has reminded me that I should definitely make a list, otherwise the coming weeks will just fly by and I'll have v little to show!

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  7. Glaze firing on - mostly transparent over oxides and tissue transfers with my v reliable glossy glaze. On the shelf is a batch of stoneware pieces from a throwing workshop I attended - after 2 failed stoneware glaze firings I'm very reluctant to get on with these. Have tweaked the glaze and will do just one test piece before sacrificingthe rest to the kiln gods

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      Celia UK

      Pictures in my gallery. Quite pleased - some glaze a bit thin and oxides on the pale side. I was trying not to overload either! Cobalt transfers on the creamers have run a little at this temp, so will fire lower next time. Full speed ahead for the rest of the wedding favours, now I know the glaze will work.

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  8. Glaze firing on - mostly transparent over oxides and tissue transfers with my v reliable glossy glaze. On the shelf is a batch of stoneware pieces from a throwing workshop I attended - after 2 failed stoneware glaze firings I'm very reluctant to get on with these. Have tweaked the glaze and will do just one test piece before sacrificingthe rest to the kiln gods

    1. Celia UK

      Celia UK

      That was - 'previous' disaster - though the work was of course 'precious' !!!!

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  9. Glaze firing on - mostly transparent over oxides and tissue transfers with my v reliable glossy glaze. On the shelf is a batch of stoneware pieces from a throwing workshop I attended - after 2 failed stoneware glaze firings I'm very reluctant to get on with these. Have tweaked the glaze and will do just one test piece before sacrificingthe rest to the kiln gods

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      Celia UK

      Will post pics in the morning when I unload.

      That's a very good question Roberta - it crawled horribly on various pieces. I THINK I'd thinned it too much with water, when someone suggested it should be thin (after a precious disaster!). Now, I've drawn off the excess water and will be programming a slow cool. Problem is getting enough stoneware together to fill the kiln and having the right pieces for a different glaze to accompany my test piece.

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  10. Glaze firing on - mostly transparent over oxides and tissue transfers with my v reliable glossy glaze. On the shelf is a batch of stoneware pieces from a throwing workshop I attended - after 2 failed stoneware glaze firings I'm very reluctant to get on with these. Have tweaked the glaze and will do just one test piece before sacrificing the rest to the kiln gods

    1. Celia UK

      Celia UK

      Current firing is white earthenware - didn't make that clear! I too am no lover of glazing - after various disasters!

  11. You know you are getting old when you open the test kiln only to realize you never glazed anything!. hangs head in shame...

  12. Forum's quiet. Where have you all been?

    1. Celia UK

      Celia UK

      I felt somewhat bereaved - a relief to find the problem has been resolved!

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  13. Visiting Kingsbridge Devon this weekend any UK potters nearby up for a visit?

    1. Celia UK

      Celia UK

      HaHa! Joel - with a 5 hr drive in the opposite direction - I think not! You still working from home? Got a shed in the garden?

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  14. Had to take the decision to move out my studio, a little sad but going to keep working as much as I can from home.

    1. Celia UK

      Celia UK

      Such a shame Joel - it looked like a good space to work. You just have to hang on in with the ceramics and get a bit of a commercial head on. You've definitely got what it takes!

       

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  15. I'm beginning to think that the Kiln Gods hate me! :(

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      Celia UK

      Oh no Amy - the best and worst part of ceramics to my mind. Joy opening a successful glaze fire, distress opening an unsuccessful one! I'm making assumptions here of course.

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  16. If anyone knows the whereabouts of the Glaze Elves, please let me know...I'm getting over run by bisque and can't seem to get motivated to glaze :(

  17. I have that uneasy feeling that I accidentally added 2x the amount of Bentonite to a 5 gal mix of Ohio White...And I won't know the exact effect until I test it. Pooh!

    1. Celia UK

      Celia UK

      You do so have to concentrate during some aspects of ceramics - glaze mixing being one. For me, when attaching & refining delicate clay stencils (cut from 1/8" thin slabs) to the rim of bowls - the slightest loss of focus and I can catch the stencil and it's irreparably broken. As an inexperienced thrower, I also have to avoid throwing when I'm tired! Hope you can salvage the glaze!!

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  18. Made my first sale on Etsy :D feels good.

    1. Celia UK

      Celia UK

      Well done! Good feeling when someone clearly likes your work enough to buy it?

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  19. For small quantities of glazes, what ratio of water to dry glaze do I use?

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      Celia UK

      My baseline is 50/50 water to glaze powder, but I'm no expert!

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