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About nancylee

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    Upstate NY
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    Pottery, metalsmithing, painting, quilting, sewing, reading, learning!

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  1. Hi all! I've recently become enamored with tall, funky birds, kind of like sculptures, but I think they are hollow and also jaunty shapes with attitude, like teapots or pitchers that kind of lean or look like a person with a hand on her hip. I don't want to throw the birds, cause they have a narrow neck and I am not good at tall forms that narrow like that. Any ideas on how to handbuild them? As for the jaunty forms, I can handbuild or throw pitchers and teapots, but I'm unsure as to which would be better to then change their shapes so they are more intriguing. I know, I should play around but I am starting to work 60 hours a week for the next few months and I just don't have time so I'm hoping for some suggestions. Thanks, Nancy
  2. Thank you, Neil. I appreciate your generous help. Nancy
  3. Thank you. I'm looking at the sites, and do I need 3 elements for each part? Does that make sense?? It's like 7 elements for $350? I hope I'm reading this wrong!! Thanks!
  4. Thank you, Bill, for all that great information. My husband is the handy one, so I'm sharing all this with him, but I want to learn how to do it, too. Best, Nancy
  5. Hi all, My Skutt kiln, a KM1022-3 model, isn't getting to temperature so I did the test where I put it on, set it for Cone 6 at fast speed and looked at it 30 minutes later. The middle elements don't light up at all. The top and bottom do. My husband also did an amp test as described in the booklet. The amperage test showed 17 for the top, 0 and 0 for the middle elements and the bottom. We are going to try replacing the relay/s first, as that worked last time, but if that doesn't work, we are going to have to replace the elements ourselves. Gulp!! Some questions: where would I buy Skutt elements, and are there top and bottom ones? What is an element crimper?? And what am I missing?? Thank you in advance for any help, Best, Nancy
  6. Ah, thank. I always thought Sgraffito was going through black while this is going through 4 different clay colors.
  7. Hi all, I have wondered this for years. What is the name of this technique where the colored clay is in layers and then the artist scrapes away clay to show the colors underneath? Here is the link for credit purposes:
  8. Hi, I actually fire stuff with Alison!! She is amazing. But her kiln doesn't do the heavy soda that I really love and am trying to learn. Thank you, Nancy
  9. Good morning, I've been looking to find a soda firing workshop or kiln open to outsiders within driving distance of NY. I do have a teacher who does soda firing, but I like the look of Caroline Currier's work and I don't know anyone who does that, as I'm told that amount of soda is tough on the kiln. Alternatively, if anyone knows how to make that kind of kiln, I would love to collaborate on building one, and then open it up to the community who may be interested. Thanks for any information, Nancy
  10. I looked at it last night before I went to sleep. The thermocouple is looking very crispy! Thank you! Nancy
  11. Hi, I have a Skutt kiln. It has been off for a week and it is registering as 489 degrees, when it is clearly about 60 here. When I go to set a cone fire, I get to the end, the Hold, and it says FAIL. i can hit the Start button several times to get it to go ON, but immediately goes off and says FAIL. I can't find my booklet, and online help is not good. Anyone know what it could be? Thank you, Nancy
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