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Everything posted by rox54

  1. I am self taught but will offer from my own experience. Could the pinholes be caused by a thick glaze? I've had success by thinning my glaze.
  2. I think they said that the bisque is less risky than a glaze fire if it slightly over or under fires and of course, with wares you arent overly concerned about, there is even less risk. They said to put some bisque in and some furniture so the load is similiar to a typical load. It all went well and I moved forward with a glaze fire right after. I have a programmable Skutt btw
  3. I am a relatively new potter, so I only replaced my TC one time. If I remember correctly, I think Skutt told me to fire wares I'm not too concerned about and fire bisque, not glaze.
  4. I am thinking that it depends how much dry glaze you're talking about. If it's every pot you glaze, isn't that a lot of dry glaze floating in your studio and into your lungs?
  5. Thank you everyone! I haven't heard about the dishwasher tablet. I heard about the lemon test. I will look that up. Thanks!
  6. yes, mine was turned on. I will pass it on. Thx again!
  7. I don't claim to be a very knowledgeable potter, but I would probably try to level them using a diamond disk on my pottery wheel, if you have one. That has helped me in the past.
  8. Wow! Thank you for taking the time to share this! Is this posted on Facebook's Clay Buddies group page? If not, I will pass it on to them.
  9. Is gertsley more important when putting the colorant on top of a glaze? I've used it alone as a wash on greenware, bisqued, then clear glazed and that seems ok so far. In the video, he is putting the colourants on plates, so I assume he would have to test for food safety.
  10. what would result from using the oxides mixed with water, but without gertsley borate?
  11. Wow, I can't thank you enough for the time you put into this! I was getting frustrated in my search, probably because of how I went about it. I was looking at "ceramics/safety" and not having much success. You wouldn't think it would be so hard!
  12. Thanks for asking! I slip-trailed then did an oxide wash. Easy and fun to do. ETA It is a loosely designed bamboo leaf btw! I stamped it before slip-trailing.
  13. Ah, thank you! I think I can mind those rules! I experimented with it on one coffee mug and would like to move forward, but was also concerned with food safety since its on the rim. I fired it to cone 6 with a clear glaze over top.
  14. I am interested in using a cobalt oxide wash on leather hard clay but am concerned for my safety as well as food safety. I can't find information on this site, but found enough elsewhere to suggest that I should use it with caution. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  15. Thank you for the replies. Just to be clear, with an Envirovent, I should keep the peeps in, but if you are not using a downdraft vent, keep the peep out til 1000 degrees?
  16. Just curious, why the first 1000 degrees? Moisture leaves long before that. Just looking to learn here. TY
  17. that was my question too. Which one to buy. As always, "test, test, test"!
  18. Very nice bowls and helpful advice. Thank you!
  19. Thank you all for sharing your knowledge. I'm looking forward to testing your suggestions!
  20. I will definitely test. Would you say the cobalt is over the white glaze? The band at the top and bottom makes it appear that way to me.
  21. Thank you for the fast, helpful reply! Would you use cobalt oxide or cobalt carbonate? I've never used a cobalt wash but am willing to try! Here is a closer shot of the pot. I think I see a tan clay at the bottom?
  22. I have a request to make a marriage crock and my customer sent me these pictures. Is this salt fired? I have lettering stamps I can use but need suggestions for glazing at fine 6 electric. TIA
  23. I'd like to jump into this thread to ask a question on elements. One person suggested holding my cone 6 firings for 10 minutes to even the glazes but another said that a 10 minute hold at high temp is really hard on elements. In my research, I found that a hold really just raises heatwork. I would appreciate your thoughts.
  24. I called Skutt regarding my kiln not firing to cone 6. I told them that as a new kiln owner, I called them early on to say it was firing a little hot. They had me press buttons to control that; in hindsight, I suppose a thermocouple reset. So yesterday I asked if I should put it back to factory settings. Instead they told me that after 55 bisque and cone 6 firings, my thermocouple could be bad even tho it looks great. They said I should replace that first and test it with mostly furniture inside for both bisque and glaze. I've heard that Skutt has great customer service so I guess its best to follow this man's advice, but I'd appreciate your experiences.
  25. Thanks Callie. I'll check the rates. I did take the time to work on my mobile site tonight. On my android, it looks better.
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