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Babs

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  1. Clarified thanks. Olena, if you quote , it is more usual to place your answers outside the original poster's text box. I didn't think to look and reread my reply Good luck! Fun times ahead
  2. A question Neil. Why is your splash pan full of bits of clay? Have you thrown a few already of have you a technique for big pot throwing which makes these knobs multiply:-))) Do you add sausages?
  3. All I see is Thanks Babs Bill Kielb noted the same. Hopw you can resend them
  4. If you give the asnswes to this forum people can help you more specifically. Can you supply these details? I make my own glazes and so cannot help you with off the shelf stuff but others have lots of info on those, but need the specifics of what your intentions. Cheers
  5. What cone do you fire to? Gas or electric firing? Brushing or dipping when glazing?
  6. Start making notes now! Don't think anyone knows everything about this field ever. Extremely generous and knowledgable folk in these forums. won't ever be bored again!
  7. I love the effect of your glaze on the speckled clay. On top of glaze inside one day and exterior the next, though on pots of your thickness may be not as important as stirring your glaze after each pot dipped. Some glazes need this unless flocculated. If want a whiter glaze add some zircopax
  8. Ifyour old kuln tripped the breaker, may be that kiln ok but too much draw on your system so check out what your new kiln needs..
  9. 7celsius...ambient temp? Button not fully pressed?? Short power outage, program stops? Possible reasons?? Better make a kiln god for your new kiln then you can blame it, or Murphy
  10. +1 With Rockhopper. Unknown...don't touch them. You made them...darker shade...going to higher temp, poss more shrinkage, bloating...
  11. How about a professional potter? " Production" pottery not Art??? Well Art and Design are key to great selling"production " pieces imo. Makes one want to pick it up, interact with its shape , texture and balance. Professional in that we evaluate our pots anddiscard ruthlessly the ones whicvh don't make the mark. Hobby...just that, not sleeping, eating drinking , absorbing ceramics, time to natter and shoot the breeze with other Dabblers. Gets you bad? Get professional, quit the hours on the phone etc etc You'll know when it hits you for sure, as will your family.
  12. Is that a wooden bveamm just above the stack?
  13. Did you fire a piece just to see.....new technique perhaps?
  14. And straws that break camels backs. Better to have a durable safe liner flaze and lip with fancy glazes on outside.
  15. The pinholes are throughout your glaze surface, not just the stain so the advice will sort the problem
  16. Yes indeed but my large slab platters didn't like the two clays I had, obviously different shrinkage so that is a key fact to the success
  17. I did this Min i.e. a red clay and a white clay and the difference in shrinkage of the white and red clays made the clays split away from each other, esp. Slab work on bisquing , even being pretty careful with drying. Thrown stuff fared better. So I added rio to the white clay
  18. Just do a test piece. It will colour it but not the exact hue probably. Do you remember the quantity added? Would pay to do a few test coils of increasing amounts of RIO. Then you knmow what is best for you
  19. That vesssel is glazed on upper half of outside. Same glaze inside and out. Just saying.
  20. Can burn them off. Kiln away from amoke detectors, sprinkling system:-) Better to peel off as you can see if there has been any bleeding occurred under stencil and so can clean up.
  21. Check out Greg Daly, Linda Arbuckle, John Britt and a few others. Majolica work. On glaze decorators. The glaze itself can alter greatly your results. Initially put your washes on top third of your vertical surfaces..runming glazes not much fun on shelves of kiln. Lots of fun ahead!!
  22. Ok makes it less flexible for sure! Bisque 100C/hr to 600C 150/hr to end temp Hold 10mins. (1063C is pretty high, what coneis that?)
  23. Not techical, but your 2 increases then soak can simply be... Say 100C /hr to 200C 100C/hr to 600C Soak 00.00 i .e. none Then 150C/hr to 700C 150C/hr to 750C Soak 00.15 (15mins) Basically dividing your schedule into more sections of ramp than "needed" but fits the program. And so on. How many ramps available?
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