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    Benzine got a reaction from Hulk for a status update, Finally got a new splash pan, for my classroom Shimpo RK-2. The old yellow one, has p   
    Finally got a new splash pan, for my classroom Shimpo RK-2.  The old yellow one, has probably been on there, since the Carter Administration.  It had been cracked, since I started in the District, and I have been meaning to replace it.  Finally, last year a bat flew off, and shatter one of the sides.  So that forced my hand. 
    The wheel head *really* didn't want to come off.  I actually had to remove the entire axle, just to get leverage, from the underside of the wheel head, to remove it.  Half a can of "Liquid Wrench" didn't really help, until that point. 
    Now, I just have to remove as much as possible, from the frame, so I can remove the rust and old paint, and give it a fresh coat. 
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    Benzine reacted to glazenerd for a status update, Had a long discussion with the math professor from SIU-E about writing math equations   
    Had a long discussion with the math professor from SIU-E about writing math equations for crystalline glaze: she thought it was doable. Interesting!
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    Benzine reacted to Pres for a status update, First glaze load of the year, pitchers and bowls, patens for chalice sets, orders sta   
    First glaze load of the year, pitchers and bowls, patens for chalice sets, orders start out this week.
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    Benzine reacted to Joseph Fireborn for a status update, That moment you have been making jars with a gallery and also a lid inner gallery tha   
    That moment you have been making jars with a gallery and also a lid inner gallery that are so perfect that when you wax them they no longer fit inside of each other... perfection. Then that moment where you realize you forgot to turn on a preheat for your greenware to fire in a glaze firing and remember at 540F before you have a terrible disaster in your kiln and you stop it and vacuum it the next day. Thank you Jesus. 
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    Benzine reacted to Mark C. for a status update, Last Glaze day of the year for me on Monday-sale is going strong now at my pottery bo   
    Last Glaze day of the year for me on Monday-sale is going strong now at my pottery booth-I'm closing two days to glaze and fire-also I do not want to go 18 days this year  selling only 15 maximum selling days from now on.
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    Benzine reacted to Min for a status update, Over this past weekend I had a conversation with a woman who’s dad has mild dementia.   
    Over this past weekend I had a conversation with a woman who’s dad has mild dementia. It was at a sale I was doing and she literally jumped when she saw my porcelain polar bears. They are just little standing bears, nothing spectacular. She told me her dad and her have gone on yearly vacations since her mum passed away a few years back. In the spring she is taking him to the Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat where they care for orphaned or injured bears. She said he has always loved polar bears but with his dementia his memory is slipping so she bought him a bear to put beside his bed to remind him of the trip they will be taking. Thought it was really touching and appreciated that she took the time to tell me the story even though it made her cry.
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    Benzine reacted to GEP for a status update, 2019 Smithsonian Craft Show, here I come!   
    2019 Smithsonian Craft Show, here I come! 
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    Benzine reacted to JohnnyK for a status update, Big weekend coming up as my trio of Horsehair Raku jars goes on the auction block at   
    Big weekend coming up as my trio of Horsehair Raku jars goes on the auction block at the local PBS KVIE station's annual Art Auction. At the preview Gala on Monday it already had an early bid of $150 against an asking price of $120. My segment of the auction will air in the 1PM hour on Saturday...
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    Benzine reacted to Marcia Selsor for a status update, Got my 2 new raku kilns sprayed with rigidizer. Now they just need the kiln shed fini   
    Got  my 2 new raku kilns sprayed with rigidizer. Now they just need the kiln shed finished to get them protected from the weather. Last year it snowed -22" around Sept. 15th. First frost ( its late this year) is expected next weekend. Happy to have those kilns out of the studio. I now have 3 raku kilns outside the dining room patio door.  It makes it easy to read the pyrometer.
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    Benzine reacted to Min for a status update, Nicest customer at my market today. She invited us to a bbq dinner at her place after   
    Nicest customer at my market today. She invited us to a bbq dinner at her place after the market today. Total sweetheart.
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    Benzine reacted to lgusten for a status update, So excited I can barely contain myself. Kiln is ordered!!!! Space is ready for it!!!!   
    So excited I can barely contain myself.  Kiln is ordered!!!! Space is ready for it!!!!  Been a long time coming.
     
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    Benzine reacted to Pres for a status update, Crazy things happen. . . another tip to be published in Ceramics Monthly this next mo   
    Crazy things happen. . . another tip to be published in Ceramics Monthly this next month.
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    Benzine reacted to JohnnyK for a status update, Just had a trio of horsehair Raku pots juried and accepted for a local PBS TV station   
    Just had a trio of horsehair Raku pots juried and accepted for a local PBS TV station's fall Art Auction!
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    Benzine reacted to yappystudent for a status update, So I'm buying a kiln. Probably a Skutt from Georgie's. How do you like them bananas?   
    So I'm buying a kiln. Probably a Skutt from Georgie's. How do you like them bananas?
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