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About oldlady

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    single firing an electric kiln to cone 6
  • Birthday 08/30/1940

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    harpers ferry west va and pinellas park fl
  • Interests
    architecture, old Sears mail order houses, cocker spaniels, name a subject, I will love it

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  1. ronfire, the photos of the $999 pugmill remind me of the awful ads for extremely cheap wheels and kilns that were discussed here over a year ago. does not look like a well made machine to me. love my bailey.
  2. OK, you two. are you talking about an author? i have been through so many of them this year that my library is searching for some to keep me busy. spill it, please. best so far Cup of Light. by nicole mones. (porcelain)
  3. min is right, the first compressor i ever used was a 2 gallon hot-dog type. i had no idea it would burn up on the first day i used it. got a used 8 gallon one later for only $40 on craigslist. still have it but i do not use it much anymore.
  4. my scott creek is aluminum. i do not think clay of any type is in it long enough to cause or suffer from contamination. besides, even if it gets a little aluminum darkness won't it fire away?
  5. you might contact a local ceramic supply house to ask about shared kiln usage in the area. there are studios normally filled with classes that may be seeing a very slow time with covid. maybe you can work something out there.
  6. good for you!!! having a good time and feeling as though you are accomplishing something is really uplifting. having other people who are also interested is a bonus. happy days ahead for you all.
  7. denise, you might be more comfortable trying a technique i use to make bowls. i think your husband is a woodworker if i am remembering correctly. a woodworking friend made me a series of discs from walnut. they ranged from 4 inches to about 8 inches in diameter and were each about 3/8 inch thick. they thinned at the edges. to make a soup size bowl, i would use about a softball size piece of clay and center it. opening it and making it into a flowerpot shape with a slightly thick bottom is next. when the pot is about 5 inches high, firmly insert the disc that is about 5 inches in
  8. barb, it sounds as though you are an experienced potter and have your own kiln. assuming that, i also assume you know the pieces are thoroughly dry and ready for firing, not too thick, either. i single fire to cone 6 but my pieces are usually the same relative thickness and i have glazed them with reliable glazes that do not run. i use a computerized kiln on the standard slow glaze firing schedule with a preheat first. my large kiln is usually closely packed and takes about 14 hours from turning it on to end of firing. you have not indicated the kind of clay your lucky grandkids
  9. not a teacher but i have worked with some kids and noticed something about them. they LOVE to add water to the color and that thins it out so much that there is not color left on the piece. especially if they are using brushes to apply the glaze. what seemed to work was having a brush in each container so they did not constantly wash out the blue and use that wet brush in the green and wash it out again for whatever comes next.
  10. depending on where you are, $600 seems a high price for a small, used kiln. can you get the owner to photograph the inside so you can see the elements inside their grooves? if they are upright they may have only been used lightly, perhaps for only cone 06 earthenware. if you can find out who used it, that might help, too. perhaps someones' mother or aunt who made china dolls. earthenware china. what else comes with the kiln, shelves, posts, anything?
  11. why was the line of choices above Forums Gallery Staff Online Users recently changed to black type? can it be returned to something lighter, please?
  12. too bad you have not seen mark cortright's beautiful display setup. it has been posted here several times. it looks as though you are not coming back so, good luck!
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