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  1. Left the forum. I think I will do the same. It was fun for a while. Best wishes!
  2. I think AtomicAxe did the right thing.
  3. No, he is from Bulgaria. 100% sure. And what he makes is VERY ethnic. I've been to Bulgaria once.
  4. I was just recently thinking how lucky I am WITH the mistakes! 1) Pulled the cylinder too fast once: got a beautiful curve! Looks great! 2) Another cylinder collapsed: I tucked it in and got a double bowl. Cannot repeat it again. 3) Pulled the corners of the slab too much. Wanted to smash it back to the ball, but wait ... doesn't it look like a color of the coat? (This is how the series of my "coat vases" started.) 4) Had some clay scraps, was about to toss it, but noticed it looked like a whale on the wave. Kept it. There is actually a test done by psychiatrists, called "Rorschach test". They show you inkblots that actually have no meaning and ask you what you see in them. They then analyze your interpretation. So what I see in crooked bowels or a bended plates of mine reminds me that test. The problem is, I am more successful when I make the mistakes! So, my question is: Do the professional artists still practice accidental art, or it is just a beginner's thing? Is your the most successful work was a result of your imagination (Jim, I mean WITHOUT taking hydrocodone/vicodin!) or it happened by accident?
  5. I think it would've been more helpful for you to ask WHY your glaze didn't turn red as supposed rather than blaming your "furious" students. Or just use a different glaze. Try Mayco maybe? They are more reliable; especially for the beginners.
  6. Posted 22 July 2013 - 08:37 AM weeble, on 07 Apr 2013 - 12:43 AM, said: So, if we leave the stuff in and let it burn, wouldn't it be detrimental for the elements of the kiln? I thought that is why we are using a sagger. I do realize the difference in amount of organic stuff we burn in sagger and what we press into the clay, but still...
  7. Stroke and Coat has: "Ruby Slippers", Candy apple red", Cinnamon Stix", "Hot Tamale" (- the latter is redder than red!). All of them are Santa/scarlert/blood/tomatoe red. ALL of them ARE FOOD SAFE. Coyote's "Red MBG019" is slightly on a cranberry side red, but still looks red for me and food safe as well. There are actually more commercial glazes of other colors that are not food safe. (Usually blue) Ironically, Coyote has "Iron Matt" that is not recommended for food use.
  8. Oldlady, what made you post this bitter-out-of-frustration post anyway? Looks like out of nowhere.
  9. Again! Spiritual?! What are you talking about? Didn't find any "Spirituality" in his blog. (Not that it matters) Good books, great artist, good potter, a complicated person. Sorry he is ill now. Sorry he was interrupted at the work shop. Definitely a language barrier for me with this word. In fact the other day one of my patients asked me how is my father doing. (He is really old, 91, but is doing great, independent, does not even need medications). After hearing the old man is doing fine, the patient said: "Is he SPIRITUAL? Maybe that is his secret?" No, he is not spiritual at all (whatever this word means). He just has a right life style, walks 4 miles every day and does not have a sweet tooth.
  10. OK, thanks. Can you add a stain or any other kind of colorant to it? Does the ball clay come in different colors?
  11. I personally like Jetstamps.com I think the guy is using 3D printer. The stamps are great for clay.
  12. You sound very nice, no harshness at all. I like your diagram, too, but the round kiln would not be inside of the square one. (See theorems for "squaring the circle" ). That is your main mistake. What you drew would be very important if you had only one huge bowl/platter you had to place on one shelf. The reality is we are all stacking multiple, different size objects, so there is plenty of room for the posts in between of them. You have a very good point, but only if your work is a very large round bowl or platter that hardly fits into the kiln.
  13. Do you make square bowls? No. Does the heat from the elements stops at the corners? No. That is why the "bucket" kilns are more efficient than the "box" kilns. (And that is why everybody should be obligated to take a science class while in school!) You see, the corners of a rectangular shelf are perfect for posts (or pots, if posts are in the middle). Take, e.g. an electric element as long as 100cm. If you put it in a square shape, you will have a kiln with the surface of 625 sq cm. (25x25=625) If you put it in a round shape, it will give you a circumference of the kiln of 100cm, which is equal to a circle with the diameter of: 100 : 3.14 = 31.847 cm. Then the radius of this circle will be 31.847 : 2 = 15.9 cm The area (surface) of the round kiln then will be: 15.9 x 15.9 x 3.14 = 793.8 sq cm. Now compare the numbers: Square kiln: 625 sq cm. Round kiln: 793.8 sq cm. Since the amount of electricity/energy going through the 100 cm electric element is the same in both round and square shape, the round kiln will be 27%more efficient. By putting the posts in the corners you are simply "smoothening" the corners to more round shape. You are actually doing opposite to "squaring the circle", but there is always a lot of available space in any kiln for the posts between the bowls.
  14. Do you make square bowls? No. Does the heat from the elements stops at the corners? No. That is why the "bucket" kilns are more efficient than the "box" kilns. (And that is why everybody should be obligated to take a science class while in school!)
  15. I really like learning by youtube. Much more efficient than taking classes. Videos, books, help from the forum, common sense, and a basic knowledge of science. This is all you need.
  16. Dear Marcia, does it mean you are using the dry ball clay in a form of powder?
  17. I am using MS-95. On the vase I showed it is in the very center over Speckled Buff clay and it looks like a deep water of Tahoe. It is interesting what you said. I will try it over the white glaze now. I, too, wish there were a way to find out what are the ingredients in the commercial glazes. Some of them are very unique and beautiful.
  18. Laguna "Desert Sand" and "Peacock" Duncan "Sephia Brown" Coat&Stroke "Java Bean" and "Blue Grass" Coyote "Red Gold" No overlaying.
  19. After all these stories about never-drying-pots and saturated with water soil, Nevada seems to be a perfect place for potters. Humidity is next to zero here. Takes 2 days to get the pot completely dry on a shelf and 4 days if it is covered with a plastic wrap.
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