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  1. On 5/20/2020 at 12:27 AM, Brandon Franks said:

    What I am most concerned with is trying to get the piece in the exact middle of the slip form. I have had issues in my very limited past attempts where the center of the piece was 1 mm off and it would just rip the clay as I took it out of the mold.

    Instead of two pieces for the main cylinder, which have to be pretty exact so they will part properly, you could do that with 3 parts, then no matter how unequal they are, it should part without tearing.

  2. As above, but I'd like to really REALLY emphasise that clay and glass were not designed to go together.  Read through this forum and you will find hundreds of posts where people are having difficulties to get a good match between clay and glaze, which are designed to go together.

    Glass can explode away from the clay.  It might not happen today or tomorrow, but might be in 6 months time.

    You wouldn't put petrol in a diesel-engined car.  Don't mix clay and glass.

  3. 19 hours ago, neilestrick said:

    It should be able to do custom programs with at least 5 or 6 segments, and ideally would have pre-programmed firing schedules for any cone.

    My programmer is from Stafford.  It's higher spec than the one at the centre which is an Ipco.  Both are programmable for up and down ramps, just that the Stafford has more segments. You get what you pay for.  I think almost all new UK kilns come with decent digital programmers.

  4. I'm in the UK, and have a very old Potterycrafts kiln.  It's had new elements and thermocouple since I've had it.  Also replaced the very basic timer with a proper programmer.  It's a small top-loader.

    At the community centre we have a larger front-loader, don't know what brand it is, was bought from Essex Kilns.  Have had no problems with it, it's about 7 years old, fired once a week most weeks.


    Whatever you buy, pay proper attention to what you plug/wire it into.  Many here are much more knowledgeable than I am, they'll help you out when you get to that stage.

  5. Whatever you put in it also has to be safe for skin.  I can handle clay, but need to wear gloves when glazing as it dries my hands too much.  I wear gloves for general domestic stuff - washing up, cleaning bathroom etc,.  I would not touch clay if i thought bleach had been added to it.

    No other suggestions, sorry, but it's something we might all have to consider in community studios - including me.   Arrrgh, will it ever end!

  6. On 4/21/2020 at 2:01 PM, Hulk said:

    "1st rhubarb crop this year."

    Pavlovian! ...what are the round brown bread bits?

    Yorkshire puddings.

    On 4/21/2020 at 11:36 AM, Babs said:

    Rhubarb as a veg?

    Rhubarb crumble my favourite.

    Or rhubarb with curds...

    Must have a meal with you s. time...dream on Babs

    Yes, it goes really well.  Don't know if this is a UK thing, but we eat pork with apple, gammon and pineapple, turkey and cranberry, blah blah blah

    I too love rhubarb crumble, but try not to eat too much pastry/crumble/cake.

    The new way of eating together is decide on a menu, cook the same, and eat at the same time, while practising social distancing, and communicating via phone, skype or similar.

  7. 10 hours ago, CactusPots said:

    I tried 3 post stacking and found it to be very difficult in my kiln.  In a car kiln, sure. A 36 cf front loader, no.   When I'm trying to slide a pot to one corner and there's no post there, no good.  The whole idea where there is only one post is that both corners balance each other.  I've got my whole head and shoulders into the kiln and if I lean on a corner of a shelf with no post, no good.  3 posting would be nice, then, as you say, warped shelves aren't a big deal.


    I put two posts at the front of the shelf, one post at centre back, then there is no post in the way at the front, and if I lean on the front of the shelf it doesn't tip.  

  8. On 4/19/2020 at 10:21 PM, Gek said:

    I'm trying to make some stone skipping stones. I'm a good stone skipper and i want to compete in championships, but taking away stones from rivers is illegal in Italy (i live there), so i want to make artificial stones to practice.

    I think that's a brilliant challenge.  No ideas from me, but I wish you well in your quest.

  9. Yes, you can add up to 30% trimmings.  If you try to make casting slip only from trimmings it will be........ something that I can't remember.  There is an ingredient that leaches out of the slip into the plaster mould.  It's the reason that moulds are not infinitely re-usuable. they are being eaten by the ingredient that I can't remember.

    Anyway, yes is the answer.


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