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  1. Linking or 'pig-tailing' tanks from what I understand essentially increases the total volume and as a result does indeed prevent loss of gas pressure due to low volume frost build up.
  2. For me it's a matter of authenticity. It's unfortunate that the idea of race has persisted as a means of identifying what should, for my liking, be more accurately described as ethnicities. I'm only very lightly familiar with how the term 'race' has come into use and how the term, for a lot of people, is troublesome. It's also unfortunate and most likely an unpopular opinion that, in echo chambers, ideas that challenge the comfortable positions are likely to be ... misunderstood. I find it absolutely true that a pedigree is necessary to promote work as authentic. I also agr
  3. If you are looking for book recommendations Natural Glazes: Collecting and Making by Miranda Forrest is one of the best out there, at least for glazes.
  4. Again, I appreciate what you are trying to say but, for me, a chawan must be considered in a much larger context than a soap-dish. I can see why it's tempting to separate the idea of a chawan and it's form but it seems to me the idea of a chawan is very much tied to the ceremony the form is designed for. If, as you suggest, someone modifies an idea of a soap-dish the idea, for me, fundamentally changes. The authentic soap-dish becomes a dish that holds soap. I very much wish JBaymore could chime in here and set us all straight. He had a way of bringing clarity to a post. He is a
  5. With all due respect a sponge holder holds very little, if any, cultural significance but I appreciate what you are trying to say.
  6. Stoneware is typically high fire clay so significantly hotter than earthenware. People fire to stoneware temperatures in electric kilns but the drawbacks are sometimes difficult to justify for most.
  7. "Plastic fritware bodies are most easily made by simply replacing the feldspar with a high sodium frit. Near zero porosity can be achieved around cone 04-03 ... if more frit that can be tolerated even lower maturing temperatures are possible (to an extreme where more more than 90% is frit and the body is vitreous at cone 020." fritware
  8. This discussion reminds me of an old clayarts thread. The thread references Soetsu Yanagi and the romantic/idealistic notion of mingei. Without getting into my distaste for the flippant use of terms like wabi-sabi the work of folks like Warren Mackenzie inspire a more humble approach to self promotion that unfortunately is sometimes at odds with the 'new-age' internet business model. The influence of Soetsu Yanagis collection of essays: The Unknown Craftsman: A Japanese Insight Into Beauty seems to be slowly fading away unfortunately. We live in a vastly different world today wh
  9. I always thought this: looked like a lot of fun.
  10. I have a bucket of glaze that used to smell like sulfur I added some drops of tea tree oil and it's better this year. The smell was pretty the same as an old bucket of clay. I've used a bit of bleach in my reclaim if it starts to get a bit swampy. Tea tree smells better.
  11. Gas Kiln Conversion - Downdraft The design works for S.M. Boris Robinson
  12. Not so sure about that. That bowl will never be made again same as you can never step into the same river twice. It's a personal thing. I tend to challenge blanket statements. most of the time I just lurk and move on
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