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JohnnyK

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  1. During my college Raku class we were required to build saggars and we used ^10 Laguna Soldate 60 which is a grogged clay and it worked out pretty well...I don't remember what cone the saggars were fired at, probably ^10, definitely gas.
  2. I go both ways...books and videos. Since I got into ceramics a little more than 10 years ago, I've accumulated over 50 books on the various aspects of pottery, about a third on just glazes since that's what I think makes a pot. For me, it's part of the learning process. Videos have also played a large part in my learning and understanding of the field along with the 3 community college courses I've taken. Like Tom says..." learning with/from others, there's nothing else like it; same for opportunity to help others learn - there's nothing else like it, and no matter how much one may try to fully appreciate the opportunity when it's happening"...I totally agree! Been there, done that and look forward to continuing in the future!
  3. What cone did you bisque to? Looks like too heavy a coat that dried too quickly...
  4. I would first try Bill's suggestions, then, if the mixer is not powder coated, I would try stripping the paint off the mixer before you use it again. If that doesn't work, get a stainless steel mixer...
  5. Here's a couple of thoughts...is your splash pan removable? If so what you might do is wire the bowl off the wheel head, splash additional water on the wheelhead in the direction you'll want to slide the bowl and, pushing the bowl into the water, off the wheelhead and onto a ware board. Another option would be pot lifters... cut the bowl loose and, using a pair of pot lifters under the foot, lift the bowl up and onto a ware board. Then there is also the option of getting bats that fit properly on your wheelhead. I've made bats from Corian sink cutouts, Formica countertop cutouts (these I seal the edges with a waterproof polyurethane). A local kitchen remodeling contractor is usually a good source for these. Then you can also purchase plastic bats from you local or online pottery supplier...
  6. Can you send a photo with the weight and dimensions of the piece?
  7. Hi Sophie and welcome to the forum...Can you upload some photos of the crawling effect. Sometimes the what and where can give us an idea of why...
  8. I would check your wiring again just to be sure. If you didn't take pix when you took things apart, I would refer to the wiring diagram for your specific kiln...
  9. Slowing down is good, Mark! Sometimes it's difficult to stop what you've been doing for decades...I was in the remodeling business for more than 35 years. I retired from it 3 years ago but still have a few long time clients that I do minor handyman stuff for. I've moved on to farming, pottery, and now drone photography to keep the creative juices flowing...How are the hands doing ?
  10. Yesterday was the last day for the veggie stand this season, so it's time to get back in the studio and start producing for my foray into a local farmer's market this fall as a craftsman...

  11. Hi Spring... If you look at the foot pedal, you will find a pivot pin about 2" from the heel of the top plate on the side, near the top. (Make sure your wheel is unplugged.) The pins are spring loaded and by depressing them you can release and remove the top plate. Inside you will find a gear driven potentiometer which is controlled by the white plastic lever with teeth on the end. What may have happened in your case is the teeth on the bottom may have worn or broken, thus keeping the pot gear from turning to full zero. Another thing is the pot retaining nut may have loosened causing the pot to rotate slightly. I think it improbable that the teeth on the pot gear have worn or broken. You can press the pins in and release the white lever to remove it so you can check to see if the teeth are worn or broken. If they ARE worn or broken, you might check with Speedball to see if parts are available. If not, it may be cheaper to just buy a new foot pedal. Otherwise you might contact a machinist to fabricate a new part. As you and I can see in the pix, I have to clean and lubricate the guts of my foot pedal.
  12. You have learned a lesson here, Katie, but it is good...Your questions will be answered when you open the kiln and removed your pieces. As you look at the outcome of this firing, remember what you did to get the results that you get so that if you want to reproduce something that turned out well, you can reproduce it in the future! JohnnyK
  13. Welcome to the Forum, Raymond. What is the quantity of this mystery powder that you have...1 kilo. 5 kilo? If it is not a lot, I would get rid of it responsibly...
  14. A large damp box might be helpful... I am running a looong term experiment in one I made back in '13. I have 2 pots that I put in there back in 2013. They are still pliable, but the rims they are sitting on are starting to deteriorate from the moisture. Mine is a good plastic storage bin with a good sealing lid about 16wx24lx16h with about 1.5" of potters plaster in the bottom. I think I put about 2 cups of water in it on day 1 and I put about a cup of water in it about every 3 months and it does a really good job of maintaining the moisture level in it. Depending on the amount of work that you do, you might want to have 2 or 3 on hand...
  15. What cone did you fire to?
  16. A few ??? Where in CA? How large a tile? Do you have pix of the look you desire?
  17. Can you provide a photo of the crack on the piece you're talking about?
  18. The summer means more time growing, tending, and selling vegetables and more time doing yardwork on my 3 acres...less time in the studio...
  19. Welcome to the Forum, ShadePeg...The WC401 is NOT a porcelain clay although it is a smooth clay similar to porcelain. The firing pegs you show here look like they could be slip cast or press molded from something other than a smooth clay. The bubbles would tend to indicate slip cast... I would think that the B-Mix would stand up to repeated firings in your environment but I would take some time to run some tests before you make your final selection. Since you already have the clay on hand, I would run a number of pins you have fabricated through a series of test cycles along with the firings you do on a day to day basis to see if it works for you....
  20. Another alternative to the duct tape which can get sticky over time is the flexible black automotive wire loom material in 1/4" or 3/8". You can get it at any auto supply store and even Amazon.
  21. I'm guessing that the translation for "torch" would be "Flashlight" on this side of the pond...
  22. Going through a "black" phase where the next glaze firing will contain all pots with Amaco's  C-1 Obsidian as the base glaze with a number of different colors layered over it...Results to follow...

  23. With regard to what Bill has noted, unless you have a leaking gas tank or fuel system on your vehicle or an open gas can or other highly volatile compound in the carport, I don't think that there would be any problems with firing your electric kiln in an open fronted carport...BUT, if you have any concerns about that, set up a fan between your kiln and car to dissipate any fumes. Welcome to the Forum, David!
  24. Any reason you couldn't bring the "leftovers" home in a plastic bag and dry and wedge it there?
  25. From the album: JohnnyK's Glaze FX

    A simple yarn bowl that a customer bought for an art piece...
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