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  1. Great, I was just checking that it wasn't an iffy bisque in your raku kiln.
  2. What cone/temperature did you bisque at, how long did it take?
  3. Just FYI "little rocket" kilns can reach stoneware temperatures. Interesting as a show demonstration, but for even small-scale production? http://www.ian-gregory.co.uk/kilns.html PS Posted because it mentions insulation thickness, shows chimney dimensions and mentions partially covering chimney vent.
  4. In case it's of interest: Inlaying Copper Wire On Pots https://community.ceramicartsdaily.org/topic/5621-inlyaing-copper-wire-on-pots/ Copper Wire Glaze Test #2 - Cone 5/6 Electric Glaze Experiments PS Raku pix Tim Scull: White Crackle and Inlaid Copper Thread Vessels
  5. If you have opened things up you might do a visual check on any electrolytic capacitors, these sometimes fry/gently explode. ... as suggested by @Rockhopper https://community.ceramicartsdaily.org/topic/16981-brent-cxc-wheel-problem-with-fuse/#elControls_136520_menu I've never opened the controller on my wheel, but I'm guessing there are at-least a couple of capacitors in the controller and/or power supply. The pic below shows both a normal 'cap' and one that has leaked. There are different types, and they come in different colors and sizes - one thing they have in common is that
  6. Seems to work for some A clowder of cats moved into the kiln during the fall/winter of 2005. Quite literally. I had left the sutema open from the 5th firing and they decided it made good living quarters. I've since built them some high up cat houses and ramps but I've left a little opening for them to get into the kiln. They love it in there so much, I can't refuse them. Besides, the kiln god was first to care for them, I'm sure they all want to visit with each other from time to time. Many pix at@ http://www.anagama-west.com/anagama/neko/neko_01.php
  7. Cracks, especially fresh cracks, can be difficult to see so it's helpful to rub indian ink onto the pot to highlight them. See 1:49 into this video. https://youtu.be/VqBkTfGcgmo Digitalfire is a good place to start https://digitalfire.com/trouble/glaze+crazing. It also gives several stress-tests https://digitalfire.com/test/iwct Once you give some details about you pots (body, glaze, firing) and perhaps a photo I'm sure some friendly expert will be along with more specific advice.
  8. Look like it's Malatchi CTS Slider Pot 10k Ohm on https://www.surplussales.com//Potentiometers/Slider/Slider-1.html
  9. You live and learn (slowly). I found ubay a few days ago searching for wax resist, and suspected that it is some sort of importing service. It offered several wax resists, but when I looked at the ordering pages of a few they were all marked This product is restricted in your country. This also seems to be the case for the soy wax you mention. Mildly emboldened I revisited the wax resist offers. While most of them are marked restricted some are not, and might be worth trying if the prices are acceptable. https://www.ubuy.com.eg/en/search/index/view/product/B084DNSRVS/s/wax-resist-1-pi
  10. You might find something of interest in http://users.skynet.be/russel.fouts/Files/Piece_de_Resistance_Published_Article.pdf Rethinking the concept of a resist and what makes it work, or not work, opens up a whole new world of possibilities for resist decoration. My efforts are now entirely directed toward the use of “permeable” resists. Resists that sort of resist and sort of don’t; that block while still allowing some interaction with the surface underneath. Once you understand how resists create barriers, you can broaden your resist decorating “palette” and use their special characteristics
  11. You might find something of interest in the thread Stainless Steel In Kiln?
  12. This looks like an example of Pharaoh's Serpent/Snake, in which a combustion process produces a very light ash/foam of some sort (in this case zinc oxide). I first met it in school chemistry lessons in the 1950s, and repeated it at home as an "indoor firework" with a 1950s level of H&S. However ... do try this at home. https://food-hacks.wonderhowto.com/how-to/make-fire-snake-from-sugar-baking-soda-0164401/ https://youtu.be/Hibxz9_ZW18
  13. A couple more variations on the theme: In the Studio: Get Up, Stand Up https://ceramicartsnetwork.org/pottery-making-illustrated/article/get-up-stand-up/ Ergonomic Throwing https://robertcomptonpottery.com/index.php/vermont-studio/forming-techniques-2/forming-methods-wheels/ ... I was interested/surprised by an idea in the latter
  14. @Babs Correct me if I'm wrong, but Fibre Rigidiser might be a good search term.
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