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  1. I can usualy get the wax off by scraping with the edge of a metal rib, you know the one that come in every beginner kit. Make sure you scrape deep enough to get all the wax which will mean you are digging some of teh clay body away as well. I have never burnt it off, but I am sure that is a good route as well, just costs for time and $$.
  2. I cannot even fathom the amount of panels you would need or how to channel that much power. I would say no, but perhaps someone else has some insight. I have run a small cabin off solar panels and a pretty nice system and it barely would power everything I had. I think it is best to fire with wood or gas in an "off the grid" situation.
  3. Thanks Mark, I has ben meaning to give it a try and in between making some bowls, I chopped up a bag a clay and followed your directions. I use small Masonite bats, but should have about the same result. I will see how they al turn out once they are leather hard. Things are drying very slowly around here lately. Next time I will make a video and share.
  4. back to the original question. I am sure people here will tell you I am wrong, but I would go to your clay supplier and ask them what they have that is cheap and on sale and get them at low a cost as possible. I picked up many shelves from him that were odd balls and they are working fine. then as you learn more spend the money on nicer shelves as they need replacing. That is what I did and it is working out great. sure shelves break and warp, but at 20-30 dollars a shelf no big loss.
  5. Spodumene is a sort of Feldspar at least that is what I have substituted it for in a Shino I was working with. I wanted to try it with Lithium. It is a good source of Li2O It has Li2O, AlO3, SiO2
  6. Thanks for all the comments. I sped up the video to 8x speed so that was not real time. lol
  7. I promised a blooper, and here it is. This was attempt 4. They all ended pretty much the same. I took different approaches, 1. make cylinder as narrow as possible. 2. Make wide bottom and narrow top. 3. No bottom on cylinder. They all ended the same.
  8. I asked a similar question last year and got a varity of answers. Now when I introduce myself I will say Potter.
  9. Joshur, I am so very interested. I fire gas reduction and would like to purchase an O2 reading device, but the cost is too high for me. If you had an alternative that I could make I would so be all over that.
  10. On first thought I figured it would be easy. 3 lbs, 3 pulls, 12 inches. However in practice it was harder that I thought. I even made a video as evidence that I could do it..ha ha. I tried 4 times, with porcelain first and then stoneware, and all 4 times were a failure. I got closer with porcelain, where I was at over 11", but not quite there. I tried the narrow base method, and the wide base method, but could not quite get there. It was fun trying and with a few more attempts I am sure I could do it. thanks for the side track and the challenge! I now have footage for my bloope
  11. At the local teaching pottery here is Snohomish they have a very good rinse bucket that is actually a large horse trough. This works great and can hold a large load of clay and water. Each morning siphon off a few inches and let the clay settle. Once a week or very few weeks get down and pull out what settles and set aside for recycling. When I was in High school we has a similar recycle bucket and when most purchased bag clay the recycle bucket was free and I spent one entire class wedging and kneeding and bagging my own clay once a week. I think that this is a skill many do not apprecia
  12. Oops wrong image. This is a small White swirl egg vase with green interior.
  13. A celadon and iron oxide brushed chatter jar. 13" tall.

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