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    Benzine got a reaction from EA Potter in Hey all! Excited to be here! I'm a new potter and I'm looking forward to learning all   
    Welcome to the Forums.  
    There is a wealth of information here.
    One suggestion, it's best to do a search, before you start any new topics, as there are many questions that have come up numerous times, over the years.  So there will be threads, with those questions that have a lot of replies.
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    Benzine reacted to JohnnyK in Cleaned my studio/ workshop Sunday. My workbench was overflowing with materials from   
    So it would seem that you have the answers to both QOTWs on the board today...
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    Benzine reacted to Mark C. in Annual clay order comes in next week. 33,000 #s total -my share is 25,000#s.I odered   
    Thats 48 boxes per pallet always from Laguna when ordered in bulk(over a ton )-all 10 tons is special order soft.12 boxes per layer 4 layers high per pallet.One pallet will be a mix of clays.
    I have them trucked to a nearby lumber yard as its about 12 hour drive to LA one way-11 pallets are mine on the 15 pallets coming on my order.$ pallets for two other potters.
    I will have them power loaded (forklift) at lumber yard 2 per trip in my pickup.I have to then handunload into my clay shed(I have a hired helper for part of this job,The 10 tons of clay fits into my shed and the 1 ton of glaze fits in two loctions where I store glazee materials-all of it come off the pallets and get hand move once. The clay is backed up to shed and taken off truck with about 6 feet of max movement-stacked 9 boxes high.
    about 500#s gets mixed into my peter pugger for an 84 year old potter friend who I mix and deliver her clay to her as a friend. She can only handle 25# bags
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    Benzine reacted to Joseph Fireborn in That moment you have been making jars with a gallery and also a lid inner gallery tha   
    Yes! I single-fire a good bit of work. Sometimes I bisque and sometimes I single fire it just depends. It would have been fine if I had turned on my preheat. Haha.
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    Benzine got a reaction from Joseph Fireborn in That moment you have been making jars with a gallery and also a lid inner gallery tha   
    Single firing, I take it? 
    I have neither the skill nor disposition to attempt that...  I have had some of my students, make that decision for me though.  Thus far, it has been on wares, that I didn't stack...
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    Benzine reacted to Mark C. in Last Glaze day of the year for me on Monday-sale is going strong now at my pottery bo   
    I NEVER count  pots-If I did I would have gone crazy years ago. What I can say is I count tons of clay used per year-Its been about 10 the past few years  . This year  its about 7.5 for 2018 . Have not counted exactly  yet but thats my guess.I'm slowing down fast now but that said my guess is a few thousand spoon rests and the same with sponge holders.The rest I do not want to know.
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    Benzine got a reaction from terrim8 in raku'd all morning & then I get into the kitchen tonight and burn my hand from th   
    When you are dealing with temperatures around 2000 F, for a ceramic firing, you are ready for anything.
    A couple hundred degrees, in the kitchen, autopilot is engaged...
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    Benzine reacted to Mark C. in Daylight savings time is going away this weekend which means less time in the yard an   
    It ends my drying time outside as the sun has lost its power to dry my pots outside . That means I have the heater going in studio and its hot in there and you learn to work in the heat.T -shirt weather always until x-mas production is done.Shop was over 80 yesterday to dry pots before todays bisque load.
     
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    Benzine got a reaction from GiselleNo5 in Aarrgghhh...we only got a few weeks notice that the guild I belong to is doing a raku   
    Careful, Raku is addictive...
    It's the gateway to other alternative firing methods.
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    Benzine got a reaction from LeeU in Aarrgghhh...we only got a few weeks notice that the guild I belong to is doing a raku   
    Careful, Raku is addictive...
    It's the gateway to other alternative firing methods.
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    Benzine got a reaction from Pres in Have to cancel my next weekend art fair due to broken elbow 1st canceled show ever (c   
    Here's to a quick recovery Mark!
    I know, that scaling back on work, might not be the norm for you, but healing is something that you want to get right.
    Hurt by an apple tree.  Now I have images of those tree from the Wizard of Oz, throwing apples at Dorthy and crew.
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    Benzine reacted to lgusten in New kiln arrived and is in place. Got the kiln vent installed too. If the pending hur   
    Update to the update.  Yesterday relentless rain resulted in water in the basement  and under the kiln.....not too much though.  We caught it just in time.  Best news is we found the source of the leak.  Patched a little after we sucked up the water...  Looks dry this morning.    I am relieved!!!!
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    Benzine reacted to Marcia Selsor in Got my 2 new raku kilns sprayed with rigidizer. Now they just need the kiln shed fini   
    My  extension to old wooden kiln shed weill have all metal clear story with windows and exhaust fans 2 barn doors and 14 ft ceiling slanting down to10 or 12'. I already have 4 kilns to go inside. My tiny demo kiln I built for taping my online courses. I have a sawed -ed oil drum with the tope third removed, a 2' high x 2'wide chamber to sit on brick plus my large pulley or topcoat kiln. Very excite to be able to fire in winter. BUT I do regret not being able to fire much this summer.
     
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    Benzine reacted to Marcia Selsor in Got my 2 new raku kilns sprayed with rigidizer. Now they just need the kiln shed fini   
    maybe we should have a raku fest at my place before my husband retires and comes home permanently!
     
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    Benzine reacted to lgusten in New kiln arrived and is in place. Got the kiln vent installed too. If the pending hur   
    I like to just look at it....but it's gotta get dirty sometime.  Test firing tomorrow.
    Sewer stack?  Now that would be not good.
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    Benzine got a reaction from Marcia Selsor in Got my 2 new raku kilns sprayed with rigidizer. Now they just need the kiln shed fini   
    Awesome Marcia!
    You are accumulating, quite the collection of kilns!
    Indoor Raku firing.  That sounds like a great idea, especially with your Winters.
    It seems, that every time I do one, either with students, or at home, it's either too hot or too cold.  Though mid-Fall tends to be just right, where I live.
    I have fired my Raku kiln, in my garage, when it was cooler out, and I was having issues, with a form continually cracking.  It's not something I've ever done again, and my garage has high ceilings, so it was safe.
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    Benzine reacted to Marcia Selsor in Got my 2 new raku kilns sprayed with rigidizer. Now they just need the kiln shed fini   
    i had 2 rolls from Texas and didn't bring my old pulley kiln from Texas. A few years before  I left Texas I built 2 new oil drum kilns, one for me and one for a friend. That is still in good shape. And my little demo 19 lb kiln that I built for my online course to demo firings is still fine. I used that in the park in July to demo Obvara. 
    I needed to build a new pulley (top hat) kiln to fire larger saggers and horse slabs. After all the snow last Fall, Winter and Spring, I decided to build an indoor raku facility. While building the top hat, I figured there was enough left over fencing for a frame for a cylinder kiln a little larger than an oil drum diameter plus just enough fiber. I ended up using all but 2 feet of the 2 12.5 ft. rolls and about 3 ft of fencing now around a tomato plant protecting it from deer and magpies. I now have 4 raku kilns and 3 electrics that will be housed in my new kiln shed extension. The 3 electrics are in the wooden part, the extension will be all steel with 2 barn doors, clear story windows and exhaust fans.
    I may start offering workshops!!! The top hat is upside down in this photo and the cylinder is sitting on cinder blocks. I will permanently locate them in the shed on fire brick bases.My oil drum kiln I bought from Texas is under the bucket in one photo and under plastic behind the new cylinder kiln below.. I fired it yesterday and will fire more today. 
     
     


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    Benzine got a reaction from Joseph Fireborn in How is everyone? It has been a while. Just wanted to check in and say I love and miss   
    Nice to have you back.  The forum has been a bit quiet lately, not a lot of posting going on.  Can't say I've been terribly active myself...
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    Benzine got a reaction from lgusten in So excited I can barely contain myself. Kiln is ordered!!!! Space is ready for it!!!!   
    Kiln collector.  I think that might be a type, that I've never seen on American Pickers...
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    Benzine reacted to Denice in So excited I can barely contain myself. Kiln is ordered!!!! Space is ready for it!!!!   
    Before you know it you will be a kiln collector.   I started out with a small kiln,  then bought a large Skutt for sculptures.  When I graduated from college my professor suggested I buy a test kiln.   I just recently had to toss my small kiln it was forty five years old.  I found a small kiln at a estate sale that had only been fired once for cheap.  I am back to my three kiln collection.    I  recently fired the small kiln an it still had that new kiln smell, it made me so happy.  Enjoy your first firing.     Denice
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    Benzine got a reaction from Pres in Took an afternoon off after grinding bottoms of latest glaze load. Went Kayaking with   
    Then indeed, living the dream.
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    Benzine got a reaction from Gabby in Sad to hear that the world of ceramics is not exempt from it predators . Have a look   
    The world has its share of bad, or even terrible people and events.  It can be overwhelming,  and discouraging, when we are hearing stories about nothing but.
    However, I believe that there is just as much good, if not more so.  The reason, we don't hear about these kinds of (good) people or events as much, is because they are the norm.  It is expected that people will do the right thing.  It is expected that things will work out for the best.  These things are not news, because they are the everyday. 
    Stories about terrible people and events become news, because they are so different and shocking.  But we need not dwell on them any longer than necessary.  Otherwise we can lose hope, and start to see those terrible things as the new norm, and that is a path we don't want to go down, as a society.
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    Benzine got a reaction from Richsound in Sad to hear that the world of ceramics is not exempt from it predators . Have a look   
    The world has its share of bad, or even terrible people and events.  It can be overwhelming,  and discouraging, when we are hearing stories about nothing but.
    However, I believe that there is just as much good, if not more so.  The reason, we don't hear about these kinds of (good) people or events as much, is because they are the norm.  It is expected that people will do the right thing.  It is expected that things will work out for the best.  These things are not news, because they are the everyday. 
    Stories about terrible people and events become news, because they are so different and shocking.  But we need not dwell on them any longer than necessary.  Otherwise we can lose hope, and start to see those terrible things as the new norm, and that is a path we don't want to go down, as a society.
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    Benzine reacted to oldlady in Mark I was wondering if you had ever used the Wonderbat system. I tried it out today,   
    denise, i used them for years.  if you dampen the bats themselves, they expand just enough to fit tightly.  you learn to center a little differently if they lift up a bit.  very useful as the pot pops off when it dries enough.
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