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    Benzine reacted to GEP in Hope someone can help me! Shivering problems! My business is at stake   
    @Dottie, not that you have much free time to read, but here is my recent blog sharing a similar story. I developed a pinholing problem last winter, and had to figure out where it was coming from, and how to fix it, all with a deadline looming. It was not fun. But my point is, we've all been there and understand what you’re going through.
    https://www.goodelephant.com/blog/there-are-times-when-pottery-is-not-fun
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    Benzine reacted to Mark C. in Hope someone can help me! Shivering problems! My business is at stake   
    Dottie
    Problems crop up in ceramics all the time its part of the whole process.
    Just when you think you have the tiger by the tail you can get bit.
    On a much larger scale I was firing 35 cubic foot car kiln loads of funtioinal wares in the 80s. The clay was from Laguna Clay co.
    (by the way I'm still firing 35 cubic foot kiln loads)
    A few whole loads started to bloat. They said to bisque hotter and it was not their issue it was mine .No way could it be the clay-which was porcelain.
    Next glaze fire bloated I took the whole 35 cubic foot load and put it in Three large boxes (old TV size) and shipped it off for $100 at that time via UPS with zero padding to the owner. It filled my large truck pickup bed turns out UPS took it to his upstairs office and dropped it off. He came to work and opend the heavy boxes full of bloated broken pots and he had to carry it all to the downstairs dumpster. He was steaming mad but he did get it at that moment that it was not my isssue it was theirs. I heard about the end of this story 25 years later at an art opening where I live which is 12 hours north of that clay company location. Turns out they had a change in material in that clay body that did this.
    If nothing elese I felt great about it.Meanwhile I switched clay for a time until they fixed the issue.
    In ceramics it many times overcoming issues-whether they are glaze or kiln or clay.
    I was and am a full time potter so I have seen many things go sideways. The key is working thru it.
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    Benzine reacted to neilestrick in Hope someone can help me! Shivering problems! My business is at stake   
    I remember that. It seems to be totally random when it happens, which is why I think it must be a clay mixing problem. It may only be in a few bags from a batch.
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    Benzine got a reaction from Pres in QotW: What is the silliest thing you have done or seen done dealing with Ceramics?   
    I think it's awesome!
    I've actually thought about doing that in my classroom with students.  I'd probably start by making one myself, and then have a volunteer make one for each subsequent firing.
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    Benzine got a reaction from Babs in Hope someone can help me! Shivering problems! My business is at stake   
    I had some shivering-like problems on my low fire white, that I have used for years.  It was a handful of projects, and with specific underglaze colors. 
    Haven't had any issues since. 
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    Benzine reacted to LeeU in How to make a pizza or baking stone?   
    I literally just had this conversation two days ago, when I made this beauty on my (worth-every-penny) Pampered Chef pizza stone. People don't seem to like it when I explain that no, I really can't just make them one (the stone, not the pizza).  Oh-for those who might be curious, it's a gluten-free crust of cassava & almond flours, enriched with the oil sun dried tomatoes are kept in; the topping is a true pure Italian sauce, fresh real mozzarella, fresh basil leaves & some of the sun dried tomatoes. It was delicious! 

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    Benzine reacted to liambesaw in Kiln Brick repair, cement I should use?   
    Looks fine to me, just a couple of pins should keep it in place.  I don't think kiln cement will work very well 
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    Benzine reacted to GEP in Kiln Brick repair, cement I should use?   
    I am a big fan of buying kiln cement is powder form, rather than liquid. You can mix up the small amount that you need, and the rest can be stored indefinitely. I have bought small jars of liquid kiln cement before. It works great right after you buy it, but when you reach for it again a year later, the liquid has turned into a solid rock. 
    https://www.theceramicshop.com/product/9654/kiln-repair-cement-powder-1-lb/?gclid=CjwKCAjwwab7BRBAEiwAapqpTHPiFknNmJkWpDylWjehyL1q2OhvGEJu25uORQN8MDD_nX4aVP5V0RoCb1kQAvD_BwE
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    Benzine reacted to neilestrick in Kiln Brick repair, cement I should use?   
    Most likely a repair like that won't hold very long.  Put a couple pins in it, and replace the brick next time you replace elements.
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    Benzine reacted to Pres in Kiln kicked off early on bisque, can I glaze?   
    @Sorcery, As much as I would like to agree with you that finding a new clay body is not the answer, I will agree that maybe not in this particular instance. That said, over the years of research and experience with wide range, and narrower range bodies,
    I have found  that I do better with the narrower range clays. Absorption rates for clay bodies should be posted, along with shrinkage rates at different cone temps. These criteria allow one to compare various clays before purchase. Standard Ceramic has always been good about posting these criteria. When in doubt about choosing a new clay, I always ask one of their team to recommend or send me a sample so that I can determine on my own if the body will fit my needs. So  many variables come into play when making these decisions. . . should i fire a cone or two higher. . . is using a speckled manganese clay body appropriate for these mortar and pestles I'm making, . . . is the shivering from the clay body or from the glaze. . . . are my mugs weeping because the glaze is underfired even though glossy. ..  . . what have I overlooked. .. . . . so many variables, and like most puzzles solvable, but experience helps.
     
     
    best,
    Pres
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    Benzine reacted to Pres in Kiln kicked off early on bisque, can I glaze?   
    @Babs?????!!!!BLUSH?????!!!
     
     
    best,
    Pres
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    Benzine reacted to Babs in Kiln kicked off early on bisque, can I glaze?   
    Well you and Pres came to my mind as you are doing it and Pres lived it for a  very long time. Things you just do and you know works...drying ware to get to students before semester finishes so helpful to newbies..
    Ways to ensure silica dust kept to minimum.
    Stacking bisque etc etc.
    Forum invaluable, your teaching knowledge and willingness to share so valuable also.
    Didn't mean to be exclusive:-))
    @Syvanis just keep posting.
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    Benzine got a reaction from Hulk in Kiln kicked off early on bisque, can I glaze?   
    I don't know about all that... But the hive mind that is the Ceramics Daily Forum has plenty of knowledgeable posters many of which who were/ are also teachers. 
    To me, this place is invaluable. 
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    Benzine got a reaction from Pres in Kiln kicked off early on bisque, can I glaze?   
    I don't know about all that... But the hive mind that is the Ceramics Daily Forum has plenty of knowledgeable posters many of which who were/ are also teachers. 
    To me, this place is invaluable. 
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    Benzine reacted to Pres in QotW: What have you done of late that makes you think "Done well" or pat yourself on the back?   
    @JohnnyKThat is not a little pat on your back, take a bow! Major applause!
     
    best,
    Pres
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    Benzine reacted to JohnnyK in QotW: What have you done of late that makes you think "Done well" or pat yourself on the back?   
    The recent PBS Juror's Award for my Horsehair Raku submission and the follow up interview with a local news source has been my recent pat on the back!
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    Benzine reacted to Babs in Kiln kicked off early on bisque, can I glaze?   
    Yes, if fired to C 6 will be awful to glaze with any success. Glazing dependant on porous pots.
    Imperative you are around for end of firing..
    Glazed on bottom of pots in cupboard...get a shallow tray, put old carpet or towel i n bottom thoroughlt wet. Place bottom of glazed ware on wet carpet and twist aroun d a couple of times. Will remove glaze from bottom pretty efficiently.
    Can do lots of hand construction with students. Wheelwork can be frustrating if you havent got it yourself.
    You will love claywork.
    @Benzine would have oceans of tips.
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    Benzine got a reaction from Chilly in QotW: What is the silliest thing you have done or seen done dealing with Ceramics?   
    I think it's awesome!
    I've actually thought about doing that in my classroom with students.  I'd probably start by making one myself, and then have a volunteer make one for each subsequent firing.
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    Benzine reacted to liambesaw in QotW: What is the silliest thing you have done or seen done dealing with Ceramics?   
    My wife tied the scissors to our drawer handle because I kept losing them in my studio...  My ingenious solution was to go to Costco and buy a 3 pack of scissors...  I still have one pair and the only reason I still have it is that it's tied to my decal book.  :/
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    Benzine reacted to Denice in QotW: What is the silliest thing you have done or seen done dealing with Ceramics?   
    I don't even like lending tools to my husband,  the only way I get them back is to hunt for them in his garage.   Now he has a new woodworking shop in the basement so I it will take longer to find them.   He will go in my studio and get a tool without asking,   what really bothers me is that he will take tools that he also has but can't find them.   He doesn't want to bother looking for them so he takes mine and promptly misplaces them.  I try not to complain,  I am lucky to have a husband that can fix anything.     Denice
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    Benzine reacted to blackthorn in QotW: What is the silliest thing you have done or seen done dealing with Ceramics?   
    It arrived today.  I think I'll be keeping this one close by.

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    Benzine reacted to Pres in firing during the wildfire smoke   
    To all of you out there in the west coast zones, STAY SAFE!
     
     
    best,
    Pres
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    Benzine reacted to neilestrick in How to make a pizza or baking stone?   
    I cracked 3 'pizza stones' on my grill before switching to the CoreLite shelf, which has lasted a couple of years so far, with almost weekly use.
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    Benzine reacted to Sorcery in What’s on your workbench?   
    6 and 7's. 7 and 8's. 9 and 10's.

    Soldiers for a couple firings.
    Sorce
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    Benzine got a reaction from Dick White in Newbie looking for a first kiln   
    No worries there.  My room and building have plenty of wireless access points.  Wifi is a necessity in schools these days, especially in the COVID digital learning era.
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