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    Benzine reacted to liambesaw in What’s on your workbench?   
    This week has been fairly frenetic, I'm prepping for a farmers market next Wednesday, and at the same time researching resinous lustres and experimenting with them.  Made my first batch of straight bismuth lustre yesterday after months of dissecting trade secrets and obfuscated SDS's, reading research papers and books, etc. There's just not a ton of information available on the science of them.  Will be doing my first tests probably tonight to see how close I am, we will see!
    As far as throwing, I made a bunch of thrown sponge holders, a bunch of succulent platters, and a bunch of small lidded containers, and need to trim them all and bisque them so I can get a glaze firing in this weekend before the market!
    I finally got all of my ducks in a row, formed a business, established marketing materials and bought a canopy and tables.  Only time will tell if it ever pays off!
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    Benzine reacted to Babs in Cone 9-10 Electric?   
    Check out member Joseph Fireborn's pottery...amazing results in c6 electric!
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    Benzine reacted to neilestrick in How to trim a platter wider than wheel head and giffen grip?   
    I don't like to trim large platters while they rest on their lip. Too great a chance of cracking the lip. I keep a chuck I threw many years ago for trimming platters that's a little bit smaller than the wheel head and about 3 inches tall. It gets the weight off the lip, and lets me trim platters of any size.
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    Benzine reacted to neilestrick in Cone 9-10 Electric?   
    You won't gain anything by going to cone 10. The big difference between cone 6 and one 10 glazes is that most people who fire cone 10 fire in reduction, which you can't do in an electric. So you can't fire the 'classic' cone 10 glazes like shino and tenmoku and expect them to come out the same. Pretty much anything you can do in cone 10 oxidation you can do at cone 6. Firing to cone 10 will cut your element life and overall kiln life in half.
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    Benzine got a reaction from Selchie in Giffin Grip Tips?   
    Beyond all the great advice given, I will add one thing.  I use a Giffen Grip, in my classroom, and I always tell the students, to *not* let the sliders/ arms do all the work.  They have a tendency to just casually set their ware on there, and then torque on it, in an attempt to center the piece, no matter how far from the center it was.  
    This will distort or damage, even something that is leatherhard.  So I tell them, to use the sliders as more of a guide, and still scooch the ware, bit by bit, as they move the sliders.  
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    Benzine reacted to Mark C. in Giffin Grip Tips?   
    One other point is mantaince of that grip
    they get slow to slide when clay gets under and in-between the two platters.
    I take mine apart and blow it off and spray a bit of spray silicone on the bottom part resemble and its works super slick for a tad.
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    Benzine got a reaction from Hulk in QotW: What is your studio companion lately?   
    As I noted, in my recent Status Update, my cat Mari, hangs out in the studio, sometimes more than I do.  The past couple months, she was sleeping against my tool storage bag, and it was matted with her fur.
    She used to get into my throwing water bucket, and steal my sponge.  I'd have to follow the trail, to figure out what she did with it.  
    My daughter will occasionally come in, as she has an easel in there.  When she was younger,she used to come in, when I was trimming, and collect all my scraps to throw in my reclaim container.  She doesn't do that anymore...
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    Benzine reacted to Pres in QotW: What is your studio companion lately?   
    Understand house having an attitude. Years ago, our starter home that we never moved from had an attitude. Doors we knew were closed were open, footsteps sounded in the middle of the night, things in the attic were moved around, doors would slam without any reason. Disconcerting! Over the years, we have made major changes to the house, stripped rooms to bare walls and redone, added space with bump outs at old porches, created different movement patterns by consolidating smaller rooms, and made a bathroom suite across the back of the second floor while adding a downstairs bath. House is now quite quiet. I guess things are at rest or it wasn't home anymore. We did find out that there was a tragedy when someone died in a burning kitchen, evidenced from framing exposed during a kitchen renovation a few years ago.
     
    best,
    Pres
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    Benzine reacted to Mark C. in QotW: What is your studio companion lately?   
    I have full blown large set of speakers(cerwin-vega) in studio also a set in outer kiln loading area-and 5 more sets spread around like kitchen living room salt kiln-office all hooked to two 300 cd disc players and also can pipem pandora thru the system.Most speakers have their own volume control nearby. The players and amp is in the living room so its dust free.There is a 8 speaker control as well. Player goes all day on shuffle .Or pandora on a shuffle mix .
    Music is must for me. 
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    Benzine reacted to Pres in QotW: What is your studio companion lately?   
    As there have not been any new questions in the question pool, I will pose an old question.  QotW: What is your studio companion lately? This for some of you may be a pet, or it may be a radio, or a television or some other device . . . CD player. . . 8 track tape?  At any rate, I pose the question.
    I have a television in my studio, and use old movies or movies that I don't have to watch to keep me company. Long hours of wedging and throwing can be repetitive and to some degree boring. The tv adds a little noise and on occasion I do watch. Lately though, I have been wondering about putting an Echo Dot in the studio. The prices right now are really low. it is voice controlled, and can play off of a variety of streaming services both free and for subscription. I prefer free! It will also play audio books. Might be a possibility. What are your thoughts?
     
    best, 
    Pres
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    Benzine got a reaction from GEP in What’s on your workbench?   
    Right now, I've got ten, school mugs, for the new teaching/ support staff for the school year.
    A couple years ago, my Art Club made over ninety mugs, for all the staff, in my building.  We gave them to everyone, for National Teacher's Day, but it was actually just part of my larger plan.  I have always wanted to give new teachers a gift, and what better for teachers, than a vessel to hold caffeinated beverages?  Aaaaanyway, I figure if I just started giving them to new teachers, the rest of the staff would feel left out.  So  we had to front load it, and make one for everyone at first.  
    The plan works well in theory, as we wouldn't have to make many, after the initial batches, but we've had some steady turnover with retirements and transfers, the last couple years, so we are still making several each year.
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    Benzine reacted to Pres in What’s on your workbench?   
    About 5 years before retiring from teaching, I was commissioned to throw 2000 vessels for a religious retreat, the particular even was called "Filling your Vessel". Truth be told I decided to take the job as I needed to improve my skills at throwing off the hump. I would seem to get "s" cracks in everything. By the time I was done, no "s" cracks. They disappeared after about the 300th vessel. Makes life easier today when throwing off the hump.  A lot can be learned from repetitive throwing, even though not changing forms is quite boring, IMPO. 
     
    best,
    Pres
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    Benzine reacted to Pres in Re-Occurring Student Disruptions   
    Get a container of disposable earplugs, and explain to her that material presented is intended for her enrichment. She doesn't have to listen to the music, and you can have captions shown on the screen(optioned for TV and CD/DVD players).
     
    best,
    Pres
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    Benzine got a reaction from Pres in Giffin Grip Tips?   
    Beyond all the great advice given, I will add one thing.  I use a Giffen Grip, in my classroom, and I always tell the students, to *not* let the sliders/ arms do all the work.  They have a tendency to just casually set their ware on there, and then torque on it, in an attempt to center the piece, no matter how far from the center it was.  
    This will distort or damage, even something that is leatherhard.  So I tell them, to use the sliders as more of a guide, and still scooch the ware, bit by bit, as they move the sliders.  
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    Benzine reacted to GEP in Giffin Grip Tips?   
    I hardly ever use the arms. Only when trimming something with a neck/mouth that is narrow compared to the body, therefore prone to tipping over when upside down, such as a bottle. I use the sliders for just about everything, I recommend letting the mug body get more dry. It’s fine to attach a wetter handle to a drier mug, as long as you use good attaching techniques. Then cover the mug with plastic for a day or two (depending on your climate) to allow the moisture to equalize. 
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    Benzine reacted to Pres in Giffin Grip Tips?   
    I use the GG on nearly everything, from mugs to bowls, to small jars and larger pieces. I have also used the GG to hold chucks for trimming made from plumbing pieces for plastic pipe. I hope I have a little expertise to pass on. I have been using one for over 30 years.
    When using the GG with mugs and small jars, I set the gripping pads to just below the base of the upside down piece. This allows me to trim when the pot is between cheese hard and leather hard. I don't like to trim anything before cheese hard. Definition of cheese hard is to imagine a slice of clay. . .if held out by the hand parallel to the floor, it will slump slightly from gravity. However the leather hard piece done the same will not. Both will be able to be bent slightly without cracking, the cheese hard more so. Both will trim well, but the leather hard piece is stronger and more resistant to denting. So trim at cheese to leather hard stages, then join your handles. 
    If interested in some of the chucks I use to trim lids, chalice stems, and other things, check out my blog site. 
     
    best,
    Pres
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    Benzine reacted to Callie Beller Diesel in The perils of using a .CO domain name   
    I would suggest that if the .com extension is taken, .net would be a better one to try than using an extension from another country. Using another country’s extension will affect how you show up in search, which matters if you’re trying to reach a local market base, or even just one where you don’t have to ship internationally. 
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    Benzine reacted to GEP in The perils of using a .CO domain name   
    Lots of new business owners are finding that the .COM domain names they want are not available, or that they are considered "premium" domain names and are too expensive for a small business owner. Many are opting to buy .CO domain names instead. (.CO is the country code for Colombia, but the suffix is being marketed to American audiences as a close approximation of .COM). 
    I don't think there's anything wrong with having a website with a .CO url. But there is a serious problem with using a .CO domain name as your email address. Don't do it! 
    These days, most website are visited with a hyperlink, so the visitor does not need to know the exact url. However, email addresses are often keyed in by the sender. Many people will reflexively type .COM instead of .CO.
    Recently, another small business registered a domain name that is the same as mine, but with the .CO suffix. I get a lot of emails that are meant for her. When it started, I contacted her and let her know it was happening. I forwarded her emails for a month or so. But she wasn't doing anything to solve the problem. In fact, sometimes it was clear that she signed up for a service or newsletter and typed in her own email address incorrectly. 
    Eventually, I told her that this problem was her responsibility, and I would no longer forward her emails. She once again refused to change anything. I sensed that she thought I was bothering her, or being “mean.” She has missed out on some rather important sounding emails since them. I am baffled by her response. If I knew this was happening to my business emails, I would consider it an emergency that needs immediate solving.
    If you want to buy a .CO domain, that's fine for your website, but not your email! Stick to a gmail address instead, or anything else that does not invite confusion. 
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    Benzine reacted to neilestrick in Old Electric Kiln and Kiln Sitter installation   
    We should probably start with what you hope to get out of this kiln. How hot do you need to fire?
    Next, what's your comfort/ability level with electrical systems? Do you have a digital multi-meter?
    Third, are you willing to spend some money and time to get this thing working? Depending on what you spent, you may be better off taking the loss and buying a different kiln. This kiln needs rewiring, a switch, a power cord, control box, a stand of some sort. Once you get into the details, it may also need new elements. You could end up spending several hundred dollars just getting it to work safely.
    I'd ditch all the electrical parts and turn it into a gas fired raku kiln, if you have any interest in raku.
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    Benzine got a reaction from Rae Reich in Very paranoid about Silicosis   
    Speak for yourself!  I'll have you know, that I've seen every episode of House, most of them several times...
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    Benzine reacted to neilestrick in Underglaze crazing   
    I would try adding some gum. Thinning them out shouldn't matter, they just go on thinner.
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    Benzine got a reaction from JohnnyK in Sink In My Classroom Solution   
    I would say, the drainage problem may be due to the build up of settled clay, over the years.  So even when you aren't working with clay, it's still causing a problem.
     
    I had this issue, in one of my classrooms.  The maintanence staff had to come in, and run a long snake to clean out the main drainage line.  Drained fine after that.
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    Benzine got a reaction from LeeU in Very paranoid about Silicosis   
    Speak for yourself!  I'll have you know, that I've seen every episode of House, most of them several times...
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    Benzine got a reaction from Babs in Very paranoid about Silicosis   
    Speak for yourself!  I'll have you know, that I've seen every episode of House, most of them several times...
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    Benzine got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in Very paranoid about Silicosis   
    Speak for yourself!  I'll have you know, that I've seen every episode of House, most of them several times...
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