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    #2. Art (Pottery & Printmaking)
    #3. Art Health and Safety
    #4. Environmental Issues
  1. Do not try to remove the glaze, there is no way this would turn out well. Three options I can think of: #1. Try over glazing it (talk to a potter with experience over glazing and get their help). #2. Make a plaster cast or press mold of the tile, and make a new one. #3. Find the maker of the tile and go on line and and see if they make one you like, or if there any on e-bay for sale.
  2. During the first stages of firing organic and sulfur compounds are burned off/released from the clay, causing that “rotten eggs†smell during bisque firing. The natural sulfur in the clay forms sulfur dioxide, sulfides and sulfates which corrode your bricks and elements, as well as, items near your kiln. Trapping these sulfur compounds in your kiln can also effect your glazes, dulling both the colors and the surface of the glaze. Your whole studio needs to be vented, breathing these fumes is not good lungs or your health.
  3. I am building a small soda kiln and need bricks, but not that many. I'm in Portland, how much are you thinking about charging for them?
  4. Try firing you work to a slightly lower temperature, one or two cones cooler might do it. Check to make sure your clay is getting to vitrification temperatures and the glaze still fits without popping off. The glaze may be softer and scratch easier.
  5. Just a quick note: To much sodium silicate will jell to whole mix, this can not be fixed. Use as little as possible, a little goes a long way. Sodium silicate is corrosive. I have seen people get skin rashes using it.
  6. The place you sand off will absorb water faster, making that area slightly thicker in your finished piece. The mold will deteriorate faster where you sand it. The clay may not release from the mold the same in the sanded area, resulting in distortions.
  7. My Skutt is still going after 30+ years of use, I've had to change out the elements and wiring a few times though. Its not fancy, I bought it in 1979. I still like it. But my question is why not go for a gas kiln, it costs about the same to fire my 9 cubic foot skutt as my 25 cubic foot gas kiln.
  8. There several possible reasons for your skin cracking. #1 Fungi in clay (most likely reason for your skin cracking) Chaining the pH of your skin may help, try rinsing hour hands with vinegar. or using a little tea tree oil in an olive oil base on your hands may help (test a small amount on your skin first, you may be sensitive to it, don't use tea tree oil if you are pregnant or breastfeeding). # 2. Iron oxide in the clay has the potential to damage cellular lipids, nucleic acids, and proteins in skin. Iron oxide also has an affinity for oil. Try using a clay with less iron in it. Make sure you get all the clay off your skin. #3 Clay is a oil sorbent, meaning it will absorb the natural oils from your skin. I wear nitrile gloves while throwing sometimes.
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