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  1. Unless I'm absolutely positive that everything is 100% dry, I always fire a slow bisque
  2. My father and I just built a work table. We used 4x4's for legs, 2x4 rails and a plywood top. I also got a sheet of mdf board (I call is masonite, but it's that peg board stuff without the holes) for the top. Screwed it down on top of the plywood and then put some linseed oil on it. Works great and is a solid table for wedging and working.
  3. Is your clay body vitrified at cone 6? Might be something to test out. If it is vitrified at cone 6, then a "mild" amount of crazing isn't the end of the world. If the body is not vitrified, then even a small amount of crazing will allow liquids through.
  4. Here are some favorites that come to mind: I personally love the Lark 500 series books A Potter's Workbook by Clary Illian Low-firing and Burnishing by Sumi von Dassow THe Complete Guide to High Fire Glazes by John Britt
  5. Hello. My name is Meghan and I live in KY. I just graduated with my BFA in ceramics. I first got into ceramics when I took a class in it at my university. I left school for a time and then came back to finish up my degree. I own a wheel and just purchased a Skutt KM1027 kiln. I plan on having a studio in my garage and I'm in the process of getting that organized and making a work table, shelves, etc. I love doing a combination of wheel throwing and altering and handbuilding. I'm planning to work with earthenware for a while and fire to 04. I love perusing the forums here, great community and good info!
  6. I like the Shimpo stool with the adjustable legs. I set the rear legs one notch higher than the front legs, and voila, no more back pain! It's just the amount of tilt that I need. Clay-King is where I got mine, along with my wheel. I also have a shimpo stool. It has just the right amount of cushion and adjustable legs. Love my shimpo stool!
  7. Bisqueing the slip cast pieces before pit firing them should give them more stability. I don't slip cast, but I pit fire and bisque my pieces first (bisque cone 018-08 range). I do not preheat and have had no casualties after several firings *knock on wood.
  8. Nice! I'll keep that in mind. I've been pit firing but I want to play around with saggars more.
  9. I get coal-black pots (with no terra sig or brunishing) at cone 6 simply by firing them in an electric kiln in saggers filled with used coffee grounds. I have also noticed nice blacks with coffee grounds. I've also heard cow patties can give some nice blacks.
  10. I love my Shimpo VL-Whisper. It's extremely quiet. If you're buying new, check the prices around the internet and call your local supplier. If you find a good deal online, chances are that supplier will match it.
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