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Karen B

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  1. A simple test for the Stainless steel is a magnet test. If the steel is magnetic, it usually doesn't contain the needed nickel (which resists corrosion). Corrosion resistant stainless steel is usually a combo of chromium and nickel. Called 304 and is not magnetic. There are some newer stainless steels that contain titanium along with the chromium. They are magnetic and don't corrode. They also are resistant to heat expansion. Called, 443 and used by the Japanese.
  2. Imho, art is at it's best if it reflects the individual's life, experience, physicality, view, etc.. One of the fabulous things about kids art is that it has no self judgement. Do not judge yourself or your work. You have a strong drive and a clear voice in your work. Accept that, be proud of yourself. Each pot created is a success. Give no credence to the negative voice in your head. It is a destructive force. Nourish your soul with the beauty you make. You give generously to your vision. That is something that not all can do.
  3. I make handbuilt coasters. After I cut them out, I smack 'em down on the table. Then put on wheel for a quick smoothing of the edge. They stay flat.
  4. No radio unless it is a baseball game. The commercials drive me crazy. I listen to a book on cd or on my ipod. I listen to music only when I'm glazing as I need to concentrate. I can't have silence, don't want to listen to the noise in my head.
  5. Ha ha, you surprised me by connecting that to me. Thanks! His work is gorgeous. Another view of my studio on Baileys.
  6. I have enjoyed looking at everyone's spaces. Here is mine, fairly neat after an Open Studio weekend. It is a one car garage. I took a pic of each of the 4 sides. One of the best things about it is the level cement floor. I dry most things on it. In the left corner by the garage door is a "rain" barrel full of clean water from the hose. In addition I collect rain in the 5 gallon found buckets.
  7. Are those buckets of glaze on the shelf 6 high? If so, how do you lift them??
  8. I have learned from MA potter Steve Murphy to use 3 holes. That way there are 3 possibilities to hang it. You can put the holes in the foot, or if you do platters like me with no foot, you can do the following. (This platter is 19")
  9. I few days before my first show, I was at a crowded gallery opening for some well known potters (Warren Mckenzie, Mark Shapiro, Randy Johnston...). One of the people in the crowd was Steve Branfman, who I had taken a workshop from many years prior. I was chatting with him and mentioned that I was doing my first show. He gave me a piece of advice that saved me many times over. He said, "If you don't sell anything, don't take it personally, and if you sell a lot, don't take it personally." Rebekah, I love your pots. Thanks for sharing your experience. BTW, I loved the plaid cloth! Karen
  10. When I read your question, I thought maybe I wrote it in my sleep because I have the exact one on my mind. I searched many container type stores in person and on line and could not find narrow rectangle that was wide enough. I ended up making large batches of glaze and using my Kitchen mop bucket which is wide enough to dip over the halfway mark of some large 14 inch plates. I've attached some small samples of what I'm doing. If I try to dip in a wide flat tray, the rims are at the angle of the dip. I realize i will have to build a plate dipper as the glaze batch size decreases.
  11. Yes, I would like it. That is generous of you.
  12. ,Thanks Babs. I'll have to remember to look at the catalog when I go into the studio to look it up. I don't think it is calcined, doesn't say on the label.
  13. Wanted to thank you for the chem comp Babs.
  14. Lucky me. The test on the left is the glaze from the test batch. The test on the right is the new batch with the crocus martis yellow. Just a note that the other colorant is Copper Carb.
  15. As tempting as it is, I will do just that Mark, thank you.
  16. I couldn't find anything either. Thanks for looking.
  17. I must have grog for brains. I was mixing up 5 large batches of glaze yesterday. Despite careful planning, I miscalculated and was short the amount of Yellow Ocher I needed for one, which is to be a translucent green glaze, which I discovered about 11pm. I was despairing, because schedules, deadlines, you know. I came across a bag of Crocus Martis Yellow. It looked exactly the same! Yes, I used it to finish the glaze. Now, as I am sieving, I notice some redness in the strainer. PLEASE TELL ME IT IS NOT LIKE RED IRON OXIDE! Please tell me it is yellow when fired. Just tell me the truth. Am I screwed? Thank you, Karen
  18. Hope you don't mind a different view Luke, but I would recommend getting involved in a ceramics program in your area. You pay one price and have everything you need plus (usually) open studio time to practice. In this setting, you would get to explore your options and find out about your favorite materials and what you would need, plus, you will have a community with lots of information. With this start, you will not waste a lot of time and money getting things you won't need or will have to move.
  19. Just wanted to say Neil, that your comment has been freeing for me. " Firing is pretty inexpensive, so don't feel too bad about firing it half empty." Since I stopped worrying about it, I have successfully made and tested 3 new glazes which I am so excited about. Because of others' suggestions, I am using cones in each firing which I date, and I have a book to record the firings and any nuances. Thanks.
  20. This resonates with me big time. At a show, a woman grabbed a colorful bowl I made. Looking suspicious, she asked why the price was so low. I said nothing. To my relief she bought it and thankfully carried it away, out of my sight. For you see, I despised it.
  21. Thanks for your common sense. If anyone is interested, here is the answer from Skutt: The kiln is designed to be used with all three sections together. If you want to just load a very small load in the kiln, I would place the load in the center section of the kiln and put empty shelves (with possibly extra shelf posts laying on shelves to simulate having a larger load in the kiln) on the bottom and top of kiln to keep the kiln firing more evenly. If you wanted to physically make this a two section kiln, you would need to; put different heating elements in the kiln, if it is an automated KilnMaster kiln it would also need a different control box, and the building circuit breaker for the kiln would need to be changed to a 50 amp breaker.
  22. I am about to do some mixing and testing of Alberta slip glazes which include, in part calcined slip , and I see the instructions on the Plainsmanclay website says: "We fire them (clays) to 1000F (Cone 022 or red heat) at 100F per hour and hold for 10 minutes.." Firing up for 10 hours seems a little extreme. Does anyone think that is necessary?
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