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    mnnaj got a reaction from jrgpots in Do you have pictures of extruded colored clay   
    Unfortunately I do not have photos.   The school I work in has a red cone 6 clay and a white cone 6 clay.  I have used the two clays together and extruded them as a hollow 6 sided tube.  This is what I recommend;   
    -let the two clays be in the same bag for at least a week to get to the same moisture content.
    -make 2 logs of each clay to slam/roll together,  stack them like a checkerboard.
    - put in the extruder , don't mix the clays too much or it will be one color. 
    Good luck - most of the color changes were in stripes, they didn't move around on the bias.  One of my students made her extrusions solid, then cut them like coins and built a tray out of them, she put them through the slab roller to even  them out.  Turned out great.
    Nancy
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    mnnaj got a reaction from Magnolia Mud Research in Do you have pictures of extruded colored clay   
    Unfortunately I do not have photos.   The school I work in has a red cone 6 clay and a white cone 6 clay.  I have used the two clays together and extruded them as a hollow 6 sided tube.  This is what I recommend;   
    -let the two clays be in the same bag for at least a week to get to the same moisture content.
    -make 2 logs of each clay to slam/roll together,  stack them like a checkerboard.
    - put in the extruder , don't mix the clays too much or it will be one color. 
    Good luck - most of the color changes were in stripes, they didn't move around on the bias.  One of my students made her extrusions solid, then cut them like coins and built a tray out of them, she put them through the slab roller to even  them out.  Turned out great.
    Nancy
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    mnnaj got a reaction from Rae Reich in Parting Stones - better than a covered jar?   
    I too have made urns for family.  All had seen the jars before they died.  I have made small urns for myself and my husband.  He wants his ashes to be in multiple places.  
    The idea of "parting stones" sounds interesting.  A stone is portable, no one would look twice at someone dropping a stone at a rivers edge, an urn seems to need to be concealed or buried. 
    My only regret would be that I would be unable to do it myself, because I would be gone.
    Nancy
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    mnnaj got a reaction from Rae Reich in Hump molds   
    Once you get the form made out of the foam, you could coat it with plaster to make a mold that will dry the clay.   I saw Margaret Bohls make a form that way.  It was lightweight and easy to use.
    Nancy J
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    mnnaj got a reaction from Roberta12 in Hump molds   
    The form that Margaret made out of foam looked similar to the one you just posted out of clay.  She glued multiple thickness together to get the height she wanted.  After carving out the foam, she mixed up some plaster, when it got to the point of being thick - not hard, she spread it on like frosting over the entire top of the hump, she also set the form on some plaster to completely surround it.  I believe she tapped and jiggled  the form a bit to get it to flatten the high spots .  There may have been use of a surform or green scrubby to smooth things out when it was hardened.
    Nancy
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    mnnaj reacted to neilestrick in Prep, pack, transport & set up for a craft fair   
    @Bam2015 Here's a PDF version.
     
    Estrick_Feb20CM.pdf
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    mnnaj reacted to Min in Wood Firing Tips   
    The seashell is supported with wadding, sandwich the seashell between the pot and the wadding. Cockle shells are good, you want the shells or pieces of shell big enough so that the flame can work along it to make distinctive pattern (if you're lucky). After the firing any stuck on bits can dissolved by soaking the pot in water. The place you are firing at might want you to use their wadding.
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    mnnaj got a reaction from shawnhar in Gratitude and thanks   
    I've mostly been a lurker here.  I comment occasionally and read many of the posts.  
    I have been feeling very grateful for this community of people lately.  I have found answers without asking the questions.  And yes answers to questions I didn't know I had.  Some of the comments are way over my head - technical glazing and electricity posts come to mind.  I may not understand what you are posting, but I appreciate that each of you takes the time to share your knowledge with those of us who want to know.  I am very glad to have found this group of knowledgeable, agreeable and respectful people.  There are too many of you to name and I don't want to miss anyone.  I know if I see a particular avatar that I should read that post.  
    Thank you for your time and experience.  I hope that you all continue to contribute for many years and that I can continue to lurk, while avidly reading the posts.
    Nancy 
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    mnnaj got a reaction from JohnnyK in Gratitude and thanks   
    I've mostly been a lurker here.  I comment occasionally and read many of the posts.  
    I have been feeling very grateful for this community of people lately.  I have found answers without asking the questions.  And yes answers to questions I didn't know I had.  Some of the comments are way over my head - technical glazing and electricity posts come to mind.  I may not understand what you are posting, but I appreciate that each of you takes the time to share your knowledge with those of us who want to know.  I am very glad to have found this group of knowledgeable, agreeable and respectful people.  There are too many of you to name and I don't want to miss anyone.  I know if I see a particular avatar that I should read that post.  
    Thank you for your time and experience.  I hope that you all continue to contribute for many years and that I can continue to lurk, while avidly reading the posts.
    Nancy 
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    mnnaj got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in Gratitude and thanks   
    I've mostly been a lurker here.  I comment occasionally and read many of the posts.  
    I have been feeling very grateful for this community of people lately.  I have found answers without asking the questions.  And yes answers to questions I didn't know I had.  Some of the comments are way over my head - technical glazing and electricity posts come to mind.  I may not understand what you are posting, but I appreciate that each of you takes the time to share your knowledge with those of us who want to know.  I am very glad to have found this group of knowledgeable, agreeable and respectful people.  There are too many of you to name and I don't want to miss anyone.  I know if I see a particular avatar that I should read that post.  
    Thank you for your time and experience.  I hope that you all continue to contribute for many years and that I can continue to lurk, while avidly reading the posts.
    Nancy 
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    mnnaj got a reaction from High Bridge Pottery in Gratitude and thanks   
    I've mostly been a lurker here.  I comment occasionally and read many of the posts.  
    I have been feeling very grateful for this community of people lately.  I have found answers without asking the questions.  And yes answers to questions I didn't know I had.  Some of the comments are way over my head - technical glazing and electricity posts come to mind.  I may not understand what you are posting, but I appreciate that each of you takes the time to share your knowledge with those of us who want to know.  I am very glad to have found this group of knowledgeable, agreeable and respectful people.  There are too many of you to name and I don't want to miss anyone.  I know if I see a particular avatar that I should read that post.  
    Thank you for your time and experience.  I hope that you all continue to contribute for many years and that I can continue to lurk, while avidly reading the posts.
    Nancy 
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    mnnaj got a reaction from Mark C. in Gratitude and thanks   
    I've mostly been a lurker here.  I comment occasionally and read many of the posts.  
    I have been feeling very grateful for this community of people lately.  I have found answers without asking the questions.  And yes answers to questions I didn't know I had.  Some of the comments are way over my head - technical glazing and electricity posts come to mind.  I may not understand what you are posting, but I appreciate that each of you takes the time to share your knowledge with those of us who want to know.  I am very glad to have found this group of knowledgeable, agreeable and respectful people.  There are too many of you to name and I don't want to miss anyone.  I know if I see a particular avatar that I should read that post.  
    Thank you for your time and experience.  I hope that you all continue to contribute for many years and that I can continue to lurk, while avidly reading the posts.
    Nancy 
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    mnnaj got a reaction from Joseph Fireborn in Gratitude and thanks   
    I've mostly been a lurker here.  I comment occasionally and read many of the posts.  
    I have been feeling very grateful for this community of people lately.  I have found answers without asking the questions.  And yes answers to questions I didn't know I had.  Some of the comments are way over my head - technical glazing and electricity posts come to mind.  I may not understand what you are posting, but I appreciate that each of you takes the time to share your knowledge with those of us who want to know.  I am very glad to have found this group of knowledgeable, agreeable and respectful people.  There are too many of you to name and I don't want to miss anyone.  I know if I see a particular avatar that I should read that post.  
    Thank you for your time and experience.  I hope that you all continue to contribute for many years and that I can continue to lurk, while avidly reading the posts.
    Nancy 
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    mnnaj got a reaction from Min in Gratitude and thanks   
    I've mostly been a lurker here.  I comment occasionally and read many of the posts.  
    I have been feeling very grateful for this community of people lately.  I have found answers without asking the questions.  And yes answers to questions I didn't know I had.  Some of the comments are way over my head - technical glazing and electricity posts come to mind.  I may not understand what you are posting, but I appreciate that each of you takes the time to share your knowledge with those of us who want to know.  I am very glad to have found this group of knowledgeable, agreeable and respectful people.  There are too many of you to name and I don't want to miss anyone.  I know if I see a particular avatar that I should read that post.  
    Thank you for your time and experience.  I hope that you all continue to contribute for many years and that I can continue to lurk, while avidly reading the posts.
    Nancy 
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    mnnaj got a reaction from dhPotter in Gratitude and thanks   
    I've mostly been a lurker here.  I comment occasionally and read many of the posts.  
    I have been feeling very grateful for this community of people lately.  I have found answers without asking the questions.  And yes answers to questions I didn't know I had.  Some of the comments are way over my head - technical glazing and electricity posts come to mind.  I may not understand what you are posting, but I appreciate that each of you takes the time to share your knowledge with those of us who want to know.  I am very glad to have found this group of knowledgeable, agreeable and respectful people.  There are too many of you to name and I don't want to miss anyone.  I know if I see a particular avatar that I should read that post.  
    Thank you for your time and experience.  I hope that you all continue to contribute for many years and that I can continue to lurk, while avidly reading the posts.
    Nancy 
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    mnnaj got a reaction from Hulk in Gratitude and thanks   
    I've mostly been a lurker here.  I comment occasionally and read many of the posts.  
    I have been feeling very grateful for this community of people lately.  I have found answers without asking the questions.  And yes answers to questions I didn't know I had.  Some of the comments are way over my head - technical glazing and electricity posts come to mind.  I may not understand what you are posting, but I appreciate that each of you takes the time to share your knowledge with those of us who want to know.  I am very glad to have found this group of knowledgeable, agreeable and respectful people.  There are too many of you to name and I don't want to miss anyone.  I know if I see a particular avatar that I should read that post.  
    Thank you for your time and experience.  I hope that you all continue to contribute for many years and that I can continue to lurk, while avidly reading the posts.
    Nancy 
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    mnnaj got a reaction from liambesaw in Cracked hands   
    I also suggest a barrier  cream of some sort, I ordered mine from Walgreens, can't remember the name.  There are barrier creams that act as a resist to water (useful for clay) and barrier creams for oil (working on cars or with oil paint).   I used mine for a while, but couldn't remember to put it on BEFORE touching the clay.  It works when it is used.
    Nancy
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    mnnaj reacted to Bill Kielb in Solid State Relay Conversion   
    That’s a lot of grinding, I would try a diamond tile saw (wet saw)  to cut.  it has worked for me when cutting old shelfs for spacers etc.... This  post started out as something about using bonded nitride shelves which resist glaze sticking to them.  @Mark C. mentioned that his posts did tend to stick over time so his answer was to kiln  wash the ends once per year or so. If they stick,  (Regardless to cone six or ten) then using his solution seems simple. If not there appears to be no need for it.
    Personally I like his idea as we do this with our posts for our soda kiln even though everything gets wadding it makes cleanup much easier and is a simple quick dip of both ends of the post as needed  before it is put away after removal from a soda fire.
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    mnnaj reacted to Mark C. in Solid State Relay Conversion   
    Wet diamond saw cuts posts like butter
    you can use a dry masonry saw blade on a stationary saw but it’s dusty
    consider cutting them down to 1/2 inch sizes as well
    i used to fire 600 5 inch slip cast pots in a car kiln do I ordered 5.25 inch stilts custom made and they really saved space 
    think outside the box
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    mnnaj got a reaction from Rae Reich in Quartz powder to protect kiln shelves?   
    How do they plan on keeping the loose powder from the inside of pots?  Personally, I wouldn't want a pot I worked hard over to have schmutz (crap) or powder blown or dripped into it.  If it won't melt on the kiln shelf, it will leave marks in my pots - the bowl or plate will not have a usable surface.  Ish.
    Nancy
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    mnnaj got a reaction from Rae Reich in New Potter   
    Take classes.  The dream of being a potter or playing with clay maybe upset by the reality of things you can't control, like back pain, allergies to dust, always having rough dry hands.   Your instructor will be able to give advice on how to do things easier - things that might take you months or years to discover on your own.  I also find that the  interaction with other students improves me and changes my work.  Seeing things online are ok, but being able see it done, walk around the demo, look at it from another angle, touch the clay at each stage, that is worth much, much more. 
    Nancy
     by the way I started classes at age 50.
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    mnnaj got a reaction from Mullins Pottery in Quartz powder to protect kiln shelves?   
    How do they plan on keeping the loose powder from the inside of pots?  Personally, I wouldn't want a pot I worked hard over to have schmutz (crap) or powder blown or dripped into it.  If it won't melt on the kiln shelf, it will leave marks in my pots - the bowl or plate will not have a usable surface.  Ish.
    Nancy
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    mnnaj got a reaction from JohnnyK in New Potter   
    Take classes.  The dream of being a potter or playing with clay maybe upset by the reality of things you can't control, like back pain, allergies to dust, always having rough dry hands.   Your instructor will be able to give advice on how to do things easier - things that might take you months or years to discover on your own.  I also find that the  interaction with other students improves me and changes my work.  Seeing things online are ok, but being able see it done, walk around the demo, look at it from another angle, touch the clay at each stage, that is worth much, much more. 
    Nancy
     by the way I started classes at age 50.
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    mnnaj reacted to D.M.Ernst in Pregnancy and Clay Class   
    I took pottery classes on kick wheels during two of my pregnancies and all went well.   My adult children are doing just fine.  General safety  guidelines should be sufficient.  D
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    mnnaj reacted to glazenerd in Qotw: Is It Craft Or Is It Art   
    The skill sets, the tools, the equipment, the kilns; along with the clay and glaze all fall into the category of craft. Those everyday functional mugs, plates, and bowls fall into the craft category as well. However, there is a point where creativity extends into craft and the pieces produced are works of art. Craft is what I drink coffee out of every morning, art is hung up on my walls. Art pulls you into the work visually and emotionally.  I would pay $30 for a well crafted mug to drink from, but I would also pay $150 for a mug that stirred my soul to look at.
     
    Nerd
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