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  1. Thank you Marcia for introducing this process to me. I would like to try it with my class. Could you tell me the temperature to which you bisque fire the pots? and the temperature when you pull them? Many thanks again. Peggy
  2. Thank you both. I should have included that the clay I'm using is Highwater's Phoenix Stoneware. I will try to look into its content and its firing recommendations.
  3. I have always bisque fired to ^06 but have recently begun doing some "naked raku" for which bisque firing to ^010 is recommended. I have tried both, and the naked raku results for pieces bisqued to ^010 are nicer. My question is, how will pieces bisqued to ^010 behave in high fire (^10 gas reduction)? I would like to avoid having to conduct separate bisque firings, but I haven't been brave enough to try glazing and firing these ^010 bisqued pieces in high fire. Thanks in advance for your help!
  4. Many thanks for sharing that link... very helpful. Have a wonderful day. ~p
  5. From my 12 years experience in the construction of wooden birdhouses for Sparrows, Parus major, Parus caeruleus, Blackbirds, White Wagtails and Tawny Owl, I would have to agree with the importance of researching into the size of hole and depth of birdhouse in order to assure the suitability and success for habitation. I used the Latin names (above & linked to Wikipedia) because this website censored out the common names I originally supplied (also used by the English speaking world as well as Wikipedia!) This always trying to maintain the politically correct aspect for the Puritans is tota
  6. Thanks John. Another great idea. I'd seen these a long time ago and but had forgotten about them. I'm excited about all these ideas and hopefully will have some to try this spring. ~p
  7. Thanks for those tips Marcia. I'm not familiar with Hamer & Hamer, but I'll look into it. ~p
  8. Interesting. Thanks for your feedback and advice. ~p (Indiana)
  9. I have only worked in stoneware, firing to ^10 in gas reduction. I am interested in making a series of birdhouses (to be used by real birds) and wondered if terra cotta is considered better for this and why? Is a more porous clay considered better for outdoor use?
  10. Oops, this is probably a better question for the Clay/Glaze topic. I didn't realize where I was... so I'll pose it there as well.
  11. I have only worked in stoneware, firing to ^10 in gas reduction. I am interested in making a series of birdhouses (to be used by real birds) and wondered if terra cotta is considered better for this and why? Is a more porous clay considered better for outdoor use?
  12. Hi, I know of several places that your niece might want to check out. First, is SF City College. They have a ceramics studio at the historic Fort Mason (which was originally established as a militray fort in 1776 by the Spanish). It's right next to the bay with great views of Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, and Angel Island. It's also probably the cheapest place to tryout ceramics in SF. The studio is nice, lots of regulars and newbies, supportive environment, all that good stuff. She would't have a lot of freedom in terms of doing her own thing but probably doesn't need it since she
  13. I am Indianapolis ceramic artist with a niece who's interested in taking classes in her area. She lives in San Francisco-proper. Any recommendations?
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