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Frank Hott

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  • Birthday 08/29/1949

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    North Georgia
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    functional pottery, digital photography

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  1. Amaco has a mid-fire Pear Celadon....it's pretty "brilliant".
  2. I don't wax. I use a Dremel with 511 easylock coarse and medium grit finishing abrasive pads....lots of control! But then, I don't dip, I brush. Wear an OSHA approved mask.
  3. Jet Stamps....commercial lucite manufactured from your design - I did my last name with my finger on an ipad app and emailed it. The owner worked with me to determine the final product....
  4. I may be speaking heresy to this group of fine people, but I purchased a handheld extruder from Scott Creek and love it. Less time spent, consistent form (obviously), and for me less frustration and handling of the clay. The more I touch it, the more mistakes I can make.
  5. TJR, that is funny. That soft clay is next to the truck stretcher back there in the warehouse! Seriously - slam wedging a little bit seems to wake my brick hard clay right up!! Wakes my neighbors too if they're sleeping in late!
  6. I have an L&L Liberty Belle, 2.5cf that works on a 30 amp breaker. The advantages are several. I enjoy quicker turn-around time since I'm currently only a weekend potter that I don't have to spend several weekends to "fill the kiln". The smaller kiln was less expensive to begin with and less expensive to install. Should I "grow" to need a larger-capacity kiln, my experience with lessons learned in my first kiln will save money in mistakes avoided. The electronic control coupled with smaller capacity enables me to experiment with different firing schedules to see the effect they have on the glazes - all at a considerable cost-savings. The smaller capacity also drives me to experience the "pipeline of process"...some of my work is always wet, some drying to await the bisque fire, some waiting the glaze fire, and I enjoy more often the joy of opening the kiln following the glaze firing! The kiln capacity also frees me to make larger pieces without having to rent space in a larger kiln from a studio. Without getting into the "Ford/Chevy" debate of brands, I am very pleased with the quality of design and construction that is apparent in the kiln I purchased. Best wishes to you - I hope you're pleased with the choice you make!
  7. I have one last bit of advice.....fan brushes!......they're my go-to favorite!
  8. I love Potter's Choice glazes that I've used, but my experience with Saturation Gold has been spotty. I am certain it depends on the thickness of the application and the firing schedule and I haven't had control over the firing schedule. You may enjoy the Blue Rutile very much, especially over lots of texture. I recommend the Albany Slip Brown....it is one of my favorites. You may want to include Indigo Float and Firebrick Red. I drizzle the Float around the rims and top of the handle. Firebrick is a dark red. I recommend Seaweed Green too. My experience with Coyote Glazes are positive as well. Pam's Blue is a good choice, but so would be Mottled Blue. Gunmetal Green is an option, but again, the firing schedule is important as to whether you end up with a gloss or matte finish. Archie's Base may offer the neutral glaze you're looking for....cream, and plays well with the other Coyote glazes. Really Red has been, for me, spotty also, some experiences with pinholing....the heatwork is so important to some of these glazes. I've no experience with Spectrum. Clay King is a first-rate supplier....fast, great customer service, and brilliant support. Because they're close, I've gotten orders delivered as soon as second day! Best wishes in your exploration of commercial glazes!
  9. When I pull handles from now on, I will remember Mea - ty. Can't help myself, my puns are as bad as some of my handles! Thanks, Mea, for the encouragement and great instruction you give all of us who are learning!
  10. I've enjoyed the 266 along with the others who replied. Yes, it is difficult going from 266 to a white clay - the cleanup is never thorough enough! I would recommend testing a few pieces first; my experience with throwing mugs ended up with several shrinking so much that they turned into "espresso cups".... I glazed with Potter's Choice inside and halfway down the outside and handle....left the lower half outside unglazed since the clay cooks to a handsome dark brown.
  11. MMB, if you haven't visited Daven's in Atlanta, you owe it to yourself. They've been in the ceramic supply business for approximately 25 years. Awesome selection of supplies and great folks, not to disparage Atlanta Clay....they're a fine source too.
  12. Valuable lessons can be learned from mistakes and unplanned events (I should be a wealthy person by now!). I have forty pieces that are meant to be lessons in glazing (I'm a very new potter). The clay and the commercial glazes are matched at cone 5/6. I carefully documented every glaze and glaze combo (learning how easy it is to misremember how many coats I brushed - 2 or 3?). The pottery store did the glaze firing and the unplanned event turned out to be a bad bottom element in the kiln. After firing for about 16 hours (a cone-sitter controlled kiln), it was discovered that the kiln never reached cone 5. After cooling, the pieces were moved to a working kiln and fired to cone 6. I haven't seen the results yet (not cool enough from the second firing). With the centuries of experience here, can anyone speculate whether or not my careful documentation will reflect a true evaluation of the glazes and combinations I used? I appreciate your fellowship and willingness to share from your experience and knowledge. Perhaps someday, I'll be able to contribute to the answer from someone else's question. In the meanwhile, I am very much enjoying my new activity. Thanks for your input.
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