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Nancy S.

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About Nancy S.

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    My day job pays for my clay habit
  • Birthday 03/18/1977

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    Harrisburg area, PA
  • Interests
    Pottery (of course), sewing, and baking elaborate desserts.
  1. C'mon, spring! I'm just itching to rewire the tin shop and get my own kiln up and running....

  2. Springtime warm-up! First day after the winter hiatus. :D

  3. Would you be able to post some photos of the kiln and the sitter? Does it have two sections or three? 1700 is probably the wattage for each section. (Wattage / voltage = amps, by the way; make sure your wiring is up to snuff.) Don't forget to check if it's a 3-phase or single-phase kiln; it should say 1P or 3P on that metal plate. Also, if I'm not mistaken, you can't make your kiln fire hotter than what it's made to do. If you set all of your dials (I'm assuming it's a manual kiln, since it's older) to high with a cone pack ranging from 5-10 (you can try 11 or 12, but only if you are s
  4. You can also try using a very soft rubber rib, like the red ones from Sherrill, to do a final smooth-over on the rim. Or, after bisque firing, use a stilt stone to grind down any rough areas...though this is tedious and makes a rather annoying noise...
  5. Hi! Quick question for you. I noticed on a post that you mentioned having worked with Standard 365 porcelain, and I'm wondering if you have any experience with 551? Also, how foolhardy would I be to go from stoneware to porcelain? ;) Thanks for your thoughts! (I can give you my email address if that's easier for you.)

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      I have not used 551. I have tried a couple of their other porcelain like bodies, though, and was not impressed. Their 365 throws beautifully, so I don't feel like theirs any reason to go to a white body that is supposedly more plastic. I do 45 pound planters with it with the 365 with no cracking or warping problems. The transition from stoneware to porcelain can be awkward, but you'll get used to it. Any particular reason you want to switch?

  6. Thank you!! I just added a few more I found.
  7. I have added glazing info to my pottery gallery online, if anyone's interested -- it's mostly Coyote Glazes, but I'll be adding more Amaco and Mayco colors soon (once I test them and get photos)! http://smg.photobucket.com/user/rubian77/media/Pottery/blueapplebakers.jpg.html?sort=6&o=0
  8. I remember reading somewhere that you should flip your shelves with each firing, so the kiln wash should go on both sides. I have no personal experience with this, so....anyone? How true (or necessary) is this?
  9. you are not that far away. let me know when you are going to bake something fantastic. i will be happy to try it out for you.

  10. I don't have any experience with Mason Stains, but I have used Amaco's zinc-free clear (HF-9) - on white ^6 clay it's slightly off-white (kind of "antique-y" looking). I'd love a ^6 clear that lets the whiteness of the clay come through, but I'm not sure I'm ready to make my own glazes yet. :/
  11. Well, I don't have any actual scientific fact or study to back this up, but here's my educated guess based on what I know of kinesiology: The "dominant" or "active" hand (right hand in a right-handed person, left hand in a lefty) is better suited for fine motor skills like writing, design carving, etc. The "passive" hand (the left hand in a righty; right hand in a lefty) is better suited for what is called "gross motor movements," using large muscle groups. Many times, the passive arm is actually a tiny bit stronger than the active arm. The body adapts to have a 'right tool for the right j
  12. My friend and fellow potter Carrie Althouse has been using discarded scraps of stained glass -- the brighter the colors, the better they turn out. Here's an example of her work with it - http://carriealthous...2%20%284%29.JPG She just puts oddly-shaped shards in little bowls that have been glazed and fires them to ^6. She said they can have a tendency to "crawl" up the inside of the bowl at times, but I tried it myself with a chunk of random glass I found in my backyard, and it turned out just fine. It does have a tendency to crackle, so I wouldn't recommend it for food use (as previo
  13. I don't know about Bag Balm, but I personally swear by Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme. It comes in a little tin and all you do is rub your fingers on the waxy stuff and then massage it into your nails and cuticles before bedtime (do it every night whether you've been potting or not). It helps moisturize without petroleum products, helps your nails to grow and strengthen, and also works on those little cuts as well as chapped lips. Lemon has antiseptic properties, plus it smells refreshing and tastes great! It's all natural as well and easily found at many stores including CVS. If
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