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  1. That was not the intended purpose of this program. But I suppose you could use it as such. If you calculated a program to take 16 hours to fire and it took 20, then you'd know something was up. It wouldn't be of much help identifying what the problem was... just that it was there. Are you familiar with the term "ramps?" The calculator does display the time needed to complete each ramp, so that information could be useful in identifying an issue. Say if everything was fine, ramp 1 and 2 completed on time, but ramp 3 was either way too early or took too long... I guess I'm just not experienc
  2. Yeah, the calculator doesn't have anything to do with cones. It calculates the time needed to complete a firing schedule and it allows the user to figure out the approximate time the kiln reaches a desired temperature. I used this program in my college studio to determine the time to shut the lid on the kiln, but what I've found out is that most hobbyists don't manually vent their kiln. Either they just don't do it, or they have some kind of venting system installed to where leaving the lid open is not necessary. I was taught that leaving the lid slightly propped open until 800 degrees ca
  3. Wow, that's a lot of good information! Sorry it took me so long to reply, this project kind of got put on the back burner... It sounds like for the most part it's not super helpful, but maybe someone will find a use for it or maybe something unexpected will surface. I know that I'll use it when I do finally get my kiln installed. It is intended to be a free web tool, not sure when or if I'll be able to make it an app, but it was programmed to work on an iPad/iPhone in the web browser... we'll see how the webtool works out and I'll make sure to let everyone know when it's available. Th
  4. I figure seasoned ceramicists probably don't need a tool like this, but it might be really useful for people who are super busy and need to calculate a specific time to handle a programmed kiln, or someone who's not good with math and want to make sure they are available to shut a kiln... I think this would be a good tool for a University or community studio setting. Basically, I'm trying to get more feedback before my site goes live. It's actually up and running now, but I'm still tweaking the design and features. We're also working on a reverse calculation tool where you tell the progra
  5. I was wondering... I'm in the process of developing an easy to use web-based tool that will calculate the hours required to fire an electric (computerized) kiln. The calculator is useful in that it can tell you, surprisingly accurately, exactly what time your kiln reaches a desired temperature. I developed this as a tool to easily figure out when I need to close the lid of the kiln... Can anyone see any other potential uses for this kind of calculator? Or, perhaps, why this calculator wouldn't be all that useful? ---------- The reason I ask is because I learned to fire kilns that
  6. Yes! Georgies is fantastic. If you head down to Salem at all, there is also the Willamette Art Center (http://willametteartcenter.com/).
  7. I would suggest going to a community ceramics studio and seeing what they have. If you don't have any locally, you could probably find some online. If you honestly have no idea what you're doing, maybe hire or ask someone who has their own studio to come in and see your space. Ceramics equipment is very expensive, fragile and very dangerous. It would be a shame to waste 15k on stuff you either don't need or won't use. Good luck!
  8. is entering the next part of his life... post college...

  9. Okay, I've been warned that this is most likely not going to work... *sad face* I'm still interested what people have to say though.
  10. Uhhh... anyone else having problems viewing the pictures because they're HUGE?
  11. I'm in the process of planning a very large slip cast mold. The dimensions of the final piece is aprox 16-20" in one direction. I'm also estimating the mold will hold 5-7 gallons of slip...But there's a twist... This is not a traditional slip cast I'm attempting. It's a much larger version of the "series of two part molds" in this video: The reason I'm doing this is because I want each casting to be slightly different (rotate the layers, move them around, put them in different orders, etc.) My questions before I attempt this are: Do you think this can be done? Is the weigh
  12. If you make your own clay, I have a recipe for a very versatile porcelain body that is pure white in oxidation and offwhite/grey in reduction. It's can also fire to ^10, but is very nice at ^04 - ^6. My experience with porcelain hasn't been as difficult as a lot of people make it out to be... one thing to keep in mind is to let it dry SLOW. Cracking is the issue. I've also yet to be very successful with joinery at ^10... It looks fine at the bisque stage, but once it high fires the joining areas become very noticeable. I'm using the slip and score technique, so maybe I need to adjust my me
  13. Last year I was helping a fellow student make a plaster mold for a giant sphere... at least 1.5 feet in diameter... she had the coddle made, sealed and ready to pour the first half over the sphere... I should add that the sphere we were trying to make a mold of was a giant inflatable ball... Attempt 1: The coddle cracked and 50-75 lbs of plaster spilled all over the floor. (She was cleaning plaster for hours). She decided that the weight of the plaster was too much for the wood and screws to handle, so she decided it would be easier to cast in the bottom of large garbage can... Att
  14. Yeah, those are some sculptures I did last year. I had given some thought to using a wax resist or tape, as you suggested, but I ended up trying the wheel method. It was a challenge to get the different stripes centered on the wheel... as you can probably imagine, in order to get the top spinning in the center, the bottom needed to be off center. It was an experiment that I will admit didn't give me the straight lines that I'd hoped for, but then again it was the first time I had ever attempted it. Not bad for my first go... If I continue with that series I'll try your tape method and let you
  15. Sorry, I should have been more specific... where did you submit them, not how. I'm just wondering what the best forum would be. Thanks though!
  16. Just out of curiosity... where did you post them?
  17. I talk with my adviser and peers weekly. I'm more interested in getting some critique on my most recent work that isn't on my website yet. I think I'll post some photos like buckeye suggested... I just wasn't sure if it would be appropriate for this forum.
  18. I did a little searching around, but I can't seem to find a good place to get a little unbiased critique on my work. I understand that people aren't jumping at an opportunity to critique a complete strangers work, but surely there is a niche somewhere where I can get some feedback without bothering my friends. Perhaps there is already a topic on here that I missed? If not, perhaps I should start one...
  19. Damn, I was holding on to the idea of doing this first... As far as the signing my work debate... I think you should do what you feel is right. If you want people to like your work simply for the fact that it's good work, then that's a philosophical choice you've made for a reason... and that reason, whatever it may be, must be important otherwise you would have been slapping your name on everything willy-nilly without a second thought. That's my two cents....
  20. By the way... this is old news BUT.... I ended up spending the summer in Greece. Despite the riots, I had a fabulous time... it was incredible! And... I learned a lot. Thank you all for your advice, it helped.
  21. 3 credits is a small number to take an entire semester off to acquire. Is this in addition to other academic credits for that semester....or is this all they allow to you to bring into your program of study overall? Do you mean that there is no "Study Abroad" office at the college, or that there is nothing specific to ceramics offered? Are you talking to the ceramics department chair and your advisor as your first line of information? Remember.... you are paying for their expertise. Living outside your home country will be an invaluable experience for you as a human being and as an
  22. Yeah, I'm trying to find more specific information... there is just too much crap online. Everytime I find something good, i'm hesitant because anytime something sounds too good to be true, it usually is, right? I guess I'm just looking for people with experience actually going through a specific study abroad program and I'd like to hear the details. The sad thing about my school is their BFA program gives you the option of satisfying a service and learning requirement with 3 credits of studio art in an accredited university that is not in the USA, however, they do not have a specific prog
  23. I don't know what the actual definition of a mentor is, but my understanding of the word is that a mentor is someone who is responsible for the "passing down" of knowledge or experience. A true mentor should care about the development and success of their student(s). Being a mentor is a great responsibility because they are often seen as role models and students tend to shape their values and beliefs after the person who is mentoring them. I don't have an opinion about whether one on one mentoring is better than group mentoring, but I do think that it should be personalized for each student. S
  24. This makes me giggle a little bit, but I think it's an interesting way to think about your own work. I never thought about evaluating my work in this way, and while I don't know if it's really useful to help improve, it's an interesting way to see IF you're improving. I work in a more of a sculpture field, and I think I will try using this tool to assess my work before I fire it. Sometimes I neglect certain angles of my sculptures and it ultimately hurts the overall successful"ness" of the piece... interesting to ponder at least.
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