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  1. Fired a class load last week. Had a larger student sculpture that had been drying for weeks. Had a slow bisque fire program. Everything was going well, until the kiln got around 1000 F. Felt steam coming out of the peep... It was like the engine room scene from Titanic. FULL STOP!!!

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      bciskepottery

      Scotty would have pushed her to Warp 12 and held on for dear life.

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  2. Firing our mural today and we'll install it at the SiO2 Ceramics Supply company outside Barcelona. we'll be firing Obvara and Milk firing at the same time we install the mural. SO far a fabulous clay experience. WE have 272 years experience collectively.

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      bciskepottery

      272 years/11 potters . . . just a bunch of rookies. :) Looking forward to pictures.

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  3. just got. back from picking up 1000 lbs clay from Trinity Clay East in Florence, Alabama! A 214 mile trip!!!

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      bciskepottery

      Just back from H'ville; only clay I brought back is red and on bottom of shoes. Maybe next trip I'll go for quantity.

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  4. This semester I'm starting the transition from Cone 10 reduction to Cone 6...is that like moving to "the dark side"? :)

    1. bciskepottery

      bciskepottery

      Mark ... some say they have gone to ^6 to save fuel and be more "green". Others say the cost of ^6 glazes is higher than ^10, so its a wash. Who knows.

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  5. Shelly M I have two earthenware pieces already glazed and fired to ^05 that turned out poorly. I want to reglaze and refire them (^05) but don't have any other low fire pieces to put in the kiln. Can I put these two pieces in with my BISQUE fire load of cone 5-6 pieces and fire them to ^05 along with my bisque? Or will the speed (slow) of the bisque fire and the organic matter that burns out of the clay affect the low fire glaze?

  6. Off to salt kiln rebuild.

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      bciskepottery

      Pictures are being taken; too tired at night to upload. Kiln hard bricks literally weigh a ton. Did a lot of dry fitting with arch yesterday, warm up for the real event. Challenge on this one was building kiln to fit existing chimney -- although we increase flue size to match burners. Love hydraulic jacks. On to day 3.

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  7. Off to salt kiln rebuild.

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      bciskepottery

      Good progress day 1. Floor and walls up to first soldier course in place. Burner ports and flue done to right sizes/raios. on to day 2.

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  8. Was doing a forum search on rare eath oxides such as Yttrium, Holium, and Samarium: wonder why these never came up in topics before?

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      bciskepottery

      Probably a couple on the forum would be familiar. Cost is a factor -- Holmium goes $125/lb; most choke at cobalt at $30/lb. Commercial "shinos" and other take offs allow you to get the look without the fuss of experimenting.

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  9. slow day on the forum. Guess people are going on holiday.

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      bciskepottery

      Except for Mark C who always has time for one more glaze load.

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  10. Finally got to use my diamond bit hole cutter to perforate a little kiln shelf for my demo kiln. I got the bit at NCECA and it works great!

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      bciskepottery

      Just like that old saying, "Girls and their toys."

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  11. A sad day for this North Carolina potter.

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      bciskepottery

      Just a reminder, the terms of use agreement prohibit political postings.

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  12. Helping a fellow potter (in return for free firing) -- kiln floor and bag wall, cut posts from brick, hung new lights. Salt fire next weekend.

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      bciskepottery

      Mark -- wet diamond saw, yeah. Big bricks into little bricks.

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  13. Hmmmm . . . kiln log said last firing was in September 2015. How time flies.

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      bciskepottery

      More like clay inaction. Have a major salt firing in April (1/3 of kiln); making wares like bat out of hell.

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  14. Expecting orders for more than 400 mugs in the next 5 days... Too much fun!

  15. My husband was on TV yesterday for the NSF news conference in brownsville, Tx re; the discovery of Gravitational Waves. He works at the Center for Gravitational Waves Astronomy. He is still very excited by the discovery.

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      bciskepottery

      Einstein has so many great/brilliant thoughts. I am hoping for just one.

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  16. 100 online here now ... All trying to escape football?

  17. Having trouble getting to sleep? Ordered a 1000 lbs of clay. Always an incentive to start making.

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      bciskepottery

      First spring show is in April . . . plenty of time; no need to rush.

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  18. I thought Community Challenge #5 would be a cake walk because I am a tile guy. After seeing just a few posts, I am getting very very nervous. Forgot how talented the people are in here. Do judges take bribes?

    1. bciskepottery

      bciskepottery

      Of course. Just PM me your bank account information to my friendly and trusted Nigerian banker and he will handle all the details. ;). Remember, its a challenge, not a competition. :)

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  19. I have to re-throw a series of spoon rests for a housing development this morning. I threw them in white stoneware, turned my head to look at this mug on the shelf. It was the mug the customer pointed at for glaze selection. How did I get that irony green rim? Duh! Hazelnut brown clay... 24 hazelnut brown spoon rests coming up!

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      bciskepottery

      And now you have back stock. You happy with Hazelnut vs 266?

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  20. Having trouble ccreating an avatar ......

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      bciskepottery

      The avatar/profile picture function is sort of broken. Members have been successful by first uploading the image to the gallery and then finding the options drop down menu and selecting 'set as photo'.

       

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  21. All things are possible with patience and tenacity.

    1. bciskepottery

      bciskepottery

      Always thought it was all things are possible with time and money, provided you are not breaking any laws of physics.

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  22. Anyone get a spam message from some Filipino lady today?

  23. Ceramics. So hard...

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      bciskepottery

      More like a series of challenges to bring out our best . . .

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