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  1. I've been saving my throwing scraps and slip in a bucket with the intent of making a dipping slip (occasionally I'll use a hand blender to smooth it out). I use Highwater Little Loafers fired to cone 5 and was told the easiest way to make slip was to just use the clay body you throw with. The part I'm trying to figure out now is how to color the slip so that it fires black and looks black when covered with a clear glaze. I read on some forums that using Mason Stains could work. Has anyone used Mason Stains before to make a color dipping slip? If so, what is a good ratio to start testing out with? Also, any suggestions on which one black stain to pick (http://www.sheffield-pottery.com/Black-Mason-Stains-s/106.htm) based on non-toxicity and/or behavior? Still learning the chemistry side of colorants and glazes so any tips are appreciated.
  2. On the L&L kilns they offer the options of having quad elements per section. If I get the 23t, is it worth the extra $300 for the elements upgrade (I'm probably going to be doing cone 6 for the near future)?
  3. Thanks everyone for the feedback. I also had some local potters say L&L's are great b/c of the ceramic holders but they did have some issues getting support from L&L. In my classes I've helped load kilns but not gotten involved with any of the firings/maintenance. Does element sagging, bricks chipping, and replacing elements happen enough where the L&L ceramic holders are a major plus? Right now it looks like L&L and ConeArt are the top choices so I think I'll start waiting around for the holiday sales to start. Knowing my luck right after I put in the order, someone will run a sale selling the same setup for cheaper.
  4. I'm in the process of setting up a home studio in my garage and have been talking to a lot of potters about what kind of kiln to get. I'm convinced that something in the 6-7 sq. ft. range will be sufficient for work I'll be producing. My former teacher pointed me towards Skutt but all the potters in my new studio say that ConeArt is the brand I should go with. I looked at ConeArt kilns and I like the features they have (extra insulation, floor elements, etc). The kiln I'm considering is the ConeArt 2327. I've been trying to do some more research on their kilns to get some other people's experiences/thoughts on those kilns but haven't found much online. Has anyone ever used/owned ConeArt kilns before and can toss out their thoughts about them (good and/or bad)? Any comments related to maintenance, durability, and customer service would be great.
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