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    Chantay got a reaction from kristinanoel in Glazes With Alberta Slip   
    I couldn't be happier with the results of the glaze testing I did last week.  I have been looking for glazes that work well over standard's Red rock.  It's a red cone 6 clay that is a joy to throw with.  I will attach pictures of test tiles which should show the name of the glaze on the picture.  If anyone is interested in these glazes they are available on the Plainsman clay website.  The Alberta Slip Rutile is suppose to be a substitute glaze for a traditional Rutile blue.  These were all fired in a regular firing sequence without any hold or long cool down.  The Alberta Slip Rutile should give an even more Hares Fur Blue in a slow cooling cycle.
     
     
     






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    Chantay got a reaction from OlgaBiff in Reading The Cone   
    Thanks everyone.
     
    Highbridge, the article really helped. 
     
    Ray, your right.  I am wasting a lot of time messing around with a finiky glaze.  Works at cone 5 slow ramp, over done at cone 5 1/2 med ramp.
     
    So I have gone back and studied my cone packs and kiln log.  Everything looks good, but now I am confident about it.  Using the kiln vent helped even out my kiln.  The bottom shelf is still about a quarter cone cooler than the top but it is not a problem.  When I pull the cones out of the kiln I mark them with the firing number and T, M, or B for top shelf, Middle, or Bottom.  Detailed notes, change only one thing at a time, and be ready to trash a bunch of work before getting it right.  Now you know what to do with that 100 bowls you made for practice. 
     
    Next firing I get to see what happens when you accidently pour the freshly mixed glaze into the wrong bucket. I now have three gallons labled with a question mark. 
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    Chantay got a reaction from Tabathos in Firing Beads and Pendants   
    I am soooo lazy.  I made a bowl. then squished into a square/rectangle shape.  When it was leather hard I cut small wedges out of two opposite ends.  This is where I place the wire to hang the pendents after the bowl was bisqued fired.  This way if the glaze dripped, the bowl caught it.
     
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    Chantay got a reaction from terraworks57 in Manual Sitter Vs Digital Controller; Your Preference?   
    I have both. I bisque in the kiln with the sitter and glaze fire with the digital controller. I got the digital controller kiln so I could do slow cooling. It also has a delay start and preheat function that I use. My dream kiln is gas. I love the look of reduction.
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    Chantay got a reaction from Wingnut in Firing Beads and Pendants   
    I am soooo lazy.  I made a bowl. then squished into a square/rectangle shape.  When it was leather hard I cut small wedges out of two opposite ends.  This is where I place the wire to hang the pendents after the bowl was bisqued fired.  This way if the glaze dripped, the bowl caught it.
     
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    Chantay got a reaction from dnarthun in Low Hand Strength?   
    The above is excellent advice.  At first I only did it in the winter, now year round.  I also have arthritis, past broken bones and fybromyalgia in my hands.  I didn't think I would ever be able to throw.  First, when I get new clay I add water so that it is VERY soft.  My clay is so soft that if throwing something large and tall (4 - 5 lbs.) I may have to stop after the first pull and let the wheel spin slowly for a few minutes for the clay to firm up.  Also try to center 2 lbs with a flattened top, then add 2 lbs on top of that and center it.  Good Luck.
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    Chantay got a reaction from LawPots in Teaching Ceramics to Adults   
    My first pottery class, at a local college, was terrible. The class I'm taking now is so much better. In the first class the teacher offered very little instruction and minimal demonstrations. The class I'm taking now, beginning throwing, the teacher has a set schedule. Starts with cylinders, next bowls, etc.. She does several demos in each class. She also repeats, repeats, repeats instructions. The class is all adult, many older. I for one need the repeated instructions. My throwing has improved immensely after just the first two classes. She also allows room for experimentation and creativity. But this is a teacher who can teach good basics. Others in the class must like her. Most of the students are repeats.
     
    -chantay
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    Chantay got a reaction from flowerdry in Clay College   
    I had to drag this thread back up.  If only to present a bright side.
     
    I started classes again.  The place I'm taking classes has been teaching them for 50 years.  of the 25 class currently offered in clay, I believe most are full.  (current online list is inaccurate).  My instructor has a collage education.  He has work in clay for 40 years. Selling and teaching are his only source of income.  His adult advance throwing/hand building classes are always full.
     
    Several of the students in my own class have participated in shows in the past year.  When I look around the room at class I see people who have enough dedication to make big changes in their lives in order to make clay a part of it.  Growing up I was always told that you could never support yourself with art.  So I became a nurse.  Now I'm back at art again.  No matter what happens with the colleges, there will always be people who will do what ever it takes to learn the craft of their choice.  With the internet these people will find each other. 
     
     
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    Chantay got a reaction from Marcia Selsor in Clay College   
    I had to drag this thread back up.  If only to present a bright side.
     
    I started classes again.  The place I'm taking classes has been teaching them for 50 years.  of the 25 class currently offered in clay, I believe most are full.  (current online list is inaccurate).  My instructor has a collage education.  He has work in clay for 40 years. Selling and teaching are his only source of income.  His adult advance throwing/hand building classes are always full.
     
    Several of the students in my own class have participated in shows in the past year.  When I look around the room at class I see people who have enough dedication to make big changes in their lives in order to make clay a part of it.  Growing up I was always told that you could never support yourself with art.  So I became a nurse.  Now I'm back at art again.  No matter what happens with the colleges, there will always be people who will do what ever it takes to learn the craft of their choice.  With the internet these people will find each other. 
     
     
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    Chantay got a reaction from GEP in Clay College   
    I had to drag this thread back up.  If only to present a bright side.
     
    I started classes again.  The place I'm taking classes has been teaching them for 50 years.  of the 25 class currently offered in clay, I believe most are full.  (current online list is inaccurate).  My instructor has a collage education.  He has work in clay for 40 years. Selling and teaching are his only source of income.  His adult advance throwing/hand building classes are always full.
     
    Several of the students in my own class have participated in shows in the past year.  When I look around the room at class I see people who have enough dedication to make big changes in their lives in order to make clay a part of it.  Growing up I was always told that you could never support yourself with art.  So I became a nurse.  Now I'm back at art again.  No matter what happens with the colleges, there will always be people who will do what ever it takes to learn the craft of their choice.  With the internet these people will find each other. 
     
     
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    Chantay got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in Clay College   
    I had to drag this thread back up.  If only to present a bright side.
     
    I started classes again.  The place I'm taking classes has been teaching them for 50 years.  of the 25 class currently offered in clay, I believe most are full.  (current online list is inaccurate).  My instructor has a collage education.  He has work in clay for 40 years. Selling and teaching are his only source of income.  His adult advance throwing/hand building classes are always full.
     
    Several of the students in my own class have participated in shows in the past year.  When I look around the room at class I see people who have enough dedication to make big changes in their lives in order to make clay a part of it.  Growing up I was always told that you could never support yourself with art.  So I became a nurse.  Now I'm back at art again.  No matter what happens with the colleges, there will always be people who will do what ever it takes to learn the craft of their choice.  With the internet these people will find each other. 
     
     
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    Chantay got a reaction from Aurora in Firing Beads and Pendants   
    I am soooo lazy.  I made a bowl. then squished into a square/rectangle shape.  When it was leather hard I cut small wedges out of two opposite ends.  This is where I place the wire to hang the pendents after the bowl was bisqued fired.  This way if the glaze dripped, the bowl caught it.
     
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    Chantay got a reaction from flowerdry in Creating Product Lines / Over Time   
    Grape,
     
    I also have health issues.I only do indoor shows in the spring and fall. All local. When I do a show I have a helper to do most of the lifting. They are paid in pottery. Even if you have to hire help and take a loss I would try a couple of shows. The experience of personally selling your work and return in information is priceless.
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    Chantay got a reaction from Pugaboo in Creating Product Lines / Over Time   
    Grape,
     
    I also have health issues.I only do indoor shows in the spring and fall. All local. When I do a show I have a helper to do most of the lifting. They are paid in pottery. Even if you have to hire help and take a loss I would try a couple of shows. The experience of personally selling your work and return in information is priceless.
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    Chantay got a reaction from alabama in Creating Product Lines / Over Time   
    Grape,
     
    I also have health issues.I only do indoor shows in the spring and fall. All local. When I do a show I have a helper to do most of the lifting. They are paid in pottery. Even if you have to hire help and take a loss I would try a couple of shows. The experience of personally selling your work and return in information is priceless.
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    Chantay got a reaction from bciskepottery in Disastrous Glaze Prep How Do You Recover   
    I started to think of glazing the same way I do throwing, it's a process with a learning curve. For me, I needed to devote as much time to glazing as I did to throwing before I had results I liked.
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    Chantay got a reaction from ruddhess in Opinions On Pre-Mixed Dry Glazes?   
    Thought I would add my 2bits.  I have been using the Laguna Morrocan sand glazes for two years.  I purchase these dry and mix them myself. 
    Positives: 1. you can purchase as little as 1 lb. which makes up about 16 oz.
                      2. easy to use. mix, sieve, use. consistent and reliable
                       3. wide range of colors and effects
                        4. cost much less than equal amount in liquid state
                          5. photos on various website are not reliable as to product results.  Really, like you can tell what it is going to look like from a 1" square.
     
    Cons:       1. cannot be easily altered as you don't know the ingredients
                      2. Many hard pan.  I was able to correct this with adding bentonite and salt
     
    I don't know if I can recommend a supplier. I use Axner.  Some other supplier may be cheaper, but will get you with the shipping. If you would like I could post test tiles I have made of some of the glazes I use.  Now with all that said, I am now starting to mix my own glazes. Partly due to cost as I am making more pots, partly due to desire for different glazes.
     
    -chantay
     
     
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    Chantay got a reaction from DirtRoads in Packing Methods For Show   
    Hi all,
     
    So with a few shows behind me I'm looking for packing advice. Do you pack by product? Ie: all mugs together, all bowls together, etc... or for those who have more than one color scheme, all blues together, all white, all green, etc....
     
    I do all functional ware. Planning to narrow down to three color schemes. I packed by color. Then when I sold a green mug, I had to dig through the green boxes to find another. Thinking there must be an easier way.
     
     
    I have a new glaze. Almost every person who came in my booth picked it up and commented on how beautiful it was. They would hold it and fondle it. Only one mug sold. It was only $16. I plan to make more of this glaze. But wondering if it is going to sell.
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    Chantay got a reaction from Babs in Glaze Test City   
    I think most people would be happier if they all had something they were as passionate about as we are about clay? I feel a lack of purpose leads to a lot of unhappiness.
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    Chantay reacted to Mark C. in Kiln Foundation-If You Get It Wrong Use A Jackhammer   
    Looks like oldlady saw thru all this illusion and  noticed I only have one leg.I lost it back during my teenage years while whaling. As a young boy I signed on the ship the Essex- out of Natucket -you can read about that boat -there was a book written on the boat-its called -In The Heart of The Sea
    I suggest you read this book if you like a true story and a great sea story-this story was adapted by a little known author called Herman Melville-his story is called Moby Dick-its a yarn wheras the heart is true story.
    anyway on that boat my leg got caught on the outline and taken off while doing a Nantucket sleigh ride. Its been a peg ever since.My kickwheel has a peg hole in the counter wieght that works well.
    Sorry I do not have any photos of my early whaling years but I still have a love for the sea
    I light our house with sperm oil from a few barrels  I still have from my youth.
    Speaking of sea yarns this ones about as thick as it gets mates.
    Mark
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    Chantay reacted to oldlady in Kiln Foundation-If You Get It Wrong Use A Jackhammer   
    mark, i am speechless.  you have worked hard all your life with only one leg?
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    Chantay reacted to Benzine in Community Challenge #3   
    I'm not sure if this fits the criteria, but here are some clay Jack-O-Lanterns I made.
     

     
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    Chantay reacted to oldlady in Community Challenge #3   
    with undying gratitude to john malone, my final entry, oldlady.

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    Chantay reacted to rayaldridge in Community Challenge #3   
    Final Entry-- Ray Aldridge
     

     
    White water buffalo effigy water pipe
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    Chantay got a reaction from Mark (Marko) Madrazo in New Smell With Firing   
    Old lady,
     
    No. I have been using the same wax, out of the same bag, for over a year. I use soy wax. Far as I can tell it has no order when burning. I even heated some up to boiling. Apparently the flags point is 450 degrees and my skillet doesn't get that hot.
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