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  1. I'm some and some, but the other,#2, some seems to be taking a hold on me right now.
  2. I have been using this glaze for a while now, and rarely it is the satin matte that the recipe describes, but most firings it comes out really glossy.it is well behaved in the bucket and dependable, no running, fires out smoothly, a nice glaze, but not what I want. The cones are the same every firing and the clay is, also. The Si-Al rating is 4.6-1. any suggestions, the satin is great, the glossy not what I want. Neph sy 47 dolomite 10 ball clay 10 gerstly borate 23 tin oxide 5 zircopax 5
  3. For being able to put the freshly dipped hot piece down quickly, I put a small fan under the edge of my dipping table and position to blow straight up so that as I move the pot away from the heat and toward the plastic bat it is heading for, it passes over the stream of cool air from the little clip on fan, works wonders!
  4. I think my new title is "Creative entrepreneur". otherwise, just 'potter'. in the South, Ceramic anything means that lady who painted the Christmas trees in her garage.
  5. 2 months would work better for me, I am usually involved in something and only have 1 kiln.
  6. My large elec skillet is not large enough to do it. I am using liquid wax for these pieces. How do you know where to end the wax?
  7. Do you have a good technique for getting the wax high enough, but not higher than needed, for large, rather flat, irregularly shaped trays? I have hand built some of these and am trying to get this figured out. I have tried sitting the bisque platter on a damp towel and then waxing 1" higher than the wet mark, or putting the tray on the edge of an eye ball high shelf and marking the spot where it leaves the shelf on the underside in the upward curve. both of these ways seems like guesswork and I am afraid an error will result in the loss of the pieces to sticking to the kiln shelf. For other work, I hot wax very successfully. How do you do this?
  8. Not much to add to the excellent advice above. Be sure to use witness cones on every shelf you can so that you will learn what the kiln is really doing. I might bisque to hotter that 06, at least 05, to have fewer glaze burn out issues from clay contaminants. If you will be dipping glazes, they might go on easier with the clay a bit tighter.
  9. Chris, does this mean that my wine-burgundy, burnt red pieces that I can't move this year, (and it is my new favorite glaze) will sell in a few years since it is the color of NOW and in the South where I am we are 5 years behind? Restaurants here have just now started using square plates!
  10. I have that wheel, and don't have anything like that going on. Try taking the head off, checking in the hole and on the shaft for anything irregular and put it back on rotated 180. Call Skutt, I don't think it should be doing that, it is a very solid wheel.
  11. Alabama, do you mean for these feet-handles to be out of sight or planned in as a part of the design. The pieces I am thinking about are finished out at 14" square, thus the reluctance to use 3 feet, seems out of balance, design wise.
  12. Thanks. You mean a hand built foot ring? I know a thrown foot ring can be sturdy, I have been afraid to trust an add one.
  13. So the now bisque pieces that I work SO LONG on, a prototype, that is rocking might settle in the glaze if fired to maturity? I will glaze it and get back with you. I think I have been afraid to grind feet thinking that since they are small attachments, they are fragile.
  14. I am looking for a way to add a loop to the bottom of large platters that will stay out of the way of use but be available to hang if the buyer wants to. These are slab built pieces, so no foot ring to pierce like if it was thrown. Would a hand built foot ring with a hole in it be strong enough? I have visions of the ring letting go while hanging !! Would an added loop on the underside that doesn't affect how it sits on a table be enough?
  15. Is there a secrete to putting 4 feet on a pot and NOT having it rock? I have 0 success at this. They will be steady when green but come out of the bisque or glaze rocking. Advice?
  16. I can't grasp the idea of brushing on hot wax ??? The hot waxing I do sets up the instant I lift the pot out of the electric skillet. I tried brush filling a bare spot left inside a foot ring, and the wax hardened on the brush before I could get it to the pot. What don't I know here?
  17. So sorry, the title is not correct, it should say, "how to drill pin holes in BATS I have 8" squares with no holes and want to put holes in them to use them on my T S wheel head with bat pins.
  18. "80% of your sales come from 29% of your line" Provocative statement. Do others see this in their sales? Much to think about here, may need to be a new thread.
  19. Does anyone have any advice before I stumble through this? I have the squares of material I want to use and a new factory drilled bat to use as a template. What size bit do I use, and how do I get the oval hole correct? I would hate to end up with holes too big, <_<all though I guess I could then rotate the bat and drill another set of the correct size and placement .
  20. Skutt 1027 KM The cones in the light bisque were a full cone hotter than normal. Rather new Thermocouple.
  21. Working now on a new line of work that I want to get in a good gallery in a big tourist vacation city about 3 hours from me . I've been visiting it and looking at what they sell and what traffic is like. I have a relative there we visit often so I can keep an eye on things and deliver more work when needed. I want to have a couple of wholesale jobs, that provide non seasonal income from easily made pieces, have an eye on a couple of opportunities. things that are easily made and will leave me time and thought energy to develop a more art flavored line . Time to move away from the totally functional soup bowl work . Not do so many classes and raise my prices a bit. I ought to be worth at least minimum wage per hour to my students.
  22. Paul, thanks ! How pricey is the decal printing approach? Do you wax over the decal and then glaze the rest of the pot?
  23. Paul, would you expand on the 'decal' approach? I'm looking a commission on logo'd mugs and wanting to understand what is the best approach. A friend who does mugs with names on them says she stamps the logo on a slab, cuts it out and then slips and applied it to the firm mug. Seems a laborious approach to me. How do decals work? do you get sheets of them or is it something you use over and over?
  24. When you must fire a less dense load than you usually do, due to some 'gotta have it' situation, do you change your temps or holds to compensate? Last time I did a bisque that way the cones were over fired,even with extra shelves and posts to make more mass but the glazing process did not seems to differ. What about a light glaze load?
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