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  1. Invited to do a pop-up show at 'last minute'...said, "OK" because it is less than a mile from home and will last only 3 hrs. I can do this :)

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    2. Roberta12

      Roberta12

      Outdoor shows take a certain amount of courage.

    3. GiselleNo5
    4. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Probably a little late, but heck, congratulations. You can did it?

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  2. This semester I'm starting the transition from Cone 10 reduction to Cone 6...is that like moving to "the dark side"? :)

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    2. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      I think glazes for 0xidation cost more than reduction because you use a higher percentage of metallic oxides for the colorants. It isn't a matter of temperature.

       

    3. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      and you don't need frits. You use more fluxes like Neph Syn. Spars,

    4. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Thats it!! According to the Equal Oxidation Act of 1964, kiln environments must not show bias towards reduction. I will be filing a complaint with the National Frit Review. Board.

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  3. It is glaze firing day...I seem to forget just how hot it can get in the kiln room when the outside/combustion air is coming in at 95F+. The pots are reducing and apparently so am I :)

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    2. ChenowethArts

      ChenowethArts

      <-- Doesn't flash. Rarely runs. Cracks up occasionally. Bottom is too thick.

    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      "cracking" up over here!

    4. Cavy Fire Studios

      Cavy Fire Studios

      Sauna and a show!! -whistles!- ;)

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  4. It is glaze firing day...I seem to forget just how hot it can get in the kiln room when the outside/combustion air is coming in at 95F+. The pots are reducing and apparently so am I :)

  5. I spent the morning spraying underglaze outside (and wearing a respirator)...just so you know, attempting to 'blow away' a bug that lands on your arm doesnt work well through a mask...trust me on this :)

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Next time, give em a coat of under glaze.

    2. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      LOL I have a magnifier with a lamp for making stamps and I'll try to blow little bits of clay away and end up steaming up the magnifier instead. Every. Single. Time.

    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Check the member gallery. Got one headed for red in oxidation. Few hundred more attempts perhaps.

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  6. No one wants to buy a lottery ticket to have the privilege of cleaning out the cly trap in my studio sink...people just don't understand how much fun that is (spoken in my best Tom Sawyer voice) *snicker*

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    2. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Oooooh no. I used to clean the floor drains at the restaurant where I worked but I still think clay stank can be worse. I'll definitely take studio cleaning any day.

       

    3. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      I did not now anyone who knew Tom Sawyers voice-did't he die long ago??Maybe thats why the trap stinks

    4. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      I'll be there as soon as I can remember where I parked my flying carpet.

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  7. I must get better/faster at submitting applications for shows...I seem to spend way too much time agonizing over copy edits and photography.

    1. ChenowethArts

      ChenowethArts

      LOL @GiselleNo5 !

      @alabama you gotta do what works for you!

      @Diesel Clay...that's a deadline i will miss, dagnabit! :)

    2. firenflux

      firenflux

      At least you don't talk yourself out of applying altogether like I do.

    3. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      @firenflux Oh, no!!

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  8. Just acquired just under a ton of semi-dry Coleman porcelain clay...re-constituting this mess may take a while.

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    2. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      Medium size peter pugger would take about 2 hours

    3. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      ...munch munch munch, spit. And repeat. ;)

    4. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      first try the dropping on all sides. If it doesn't soften it up, then do the water in a bag. Coleman is very thixotropic and hardens on the outside. Mine softens when I drop it...twice on each side. Worth a shot.

      You said it was borderline hard. That's what mine feels like before I drop it. Otherwise I could never wedge it.

       

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  9. Day 3 of playhouse construction for the grand-kiddos...I'm thinking it needs a gargoyle just to get me back into the studio :)

    1. oldlady

      oldlady

      take them with you while you can.

    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Paul: teaching the grands about clay yet?

    3. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Gargoyles are cool. Post pics, Sir Paul.

  10. I just finished packing ONE large bowl for shipping...I think my first sofa came in a smaller box *grin*

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      So we are talking soup for 8-12-30?

    2. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Are you sure that wasn't the kiln you packed...hmmm.

    3. rakukuku

      rakukuku

      large bowl or a hot tub?

  11. It is glaze firing day...I suppose that makes tomorrow bisque 'hiring' day. 'Better run for now...things are getiing hot in the HR (Heavy Reduction) department. :)

  12. Back in the dark ages when I first started using clay, I don't recall anyone telling me to be sure to photograph finished work...see, it is ALL their fault :)

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    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      COOL- brontoburgers!

    3. Chris Campbell

      Chris Campbell

      Good thing you didn't waste your time ... I have hundreds of slides ... even I don't want to sort them!

    4. Chris Campbell

      Chris Campbell

      Oh yeah ... And images on floppy discs. Really useful.

      Throw money at someone to convert them all.

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  13. After a month of conquering 4qt bowls, I'm finding myself much happier with 8 pounds of clay and just a 3qt bowl. Yes. That makes be about a 'quart low'...but we've known that for a while, right?

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    2. Cavy Fire Studios

      Cavy Fire Studios

      I would die if I tried making that!! :D

    3. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Ha! "Only" 8 lbs.? í ½í¸‰ My current limit is 5 lbs.

    4. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Cavy, I would get a hernia.

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  14. My wedding ring survived a batch of stoneware in the Peter Pugger...I always knew of my attraction to clay, but this takes it too far, methinks :)

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    2. ChenowethArts

      ChenowethArts

      You people are nutz!...and I love it!! :)

    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      I am just an almond with joy.

    4. Joe_L

      Joe_L

      Oops! I lost mine years ago after taking it off for pottery. Not sure if my wife has ENTIRELY forgiven me though we're still together 20 years on ;-). In fact it was her idea for me to get back into clay - I'm beginning to wonder why.

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  15. If te results of my last two glaze firing is any indication, I may be close to pefecting my 'un-even firing' technique...if only that were actually useful :(

    1. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Sounds like my old electric stove. It's the only stove I've ever had to allow me to have a burger raw on one side and burned on the other. I miss that stove.

       

    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Paul: part of the fun of pottery is discovering new things and the unexpected surprises when you open the kiln.

  16. You know its all about that glaze, 'bout that glaze...no bubbles (earwig for today, with apologies to Meghan Trainor)

  17. Looking at a licensing agreement for logo use that will mean a busy summer of handbuilding...crunching numbers & schedule carefully.

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Paul: as a business decision- very smart indeed. Niche markets bring big money.

    2. karenkstudio

      karenkstudio

      please suggest resources for information on licensing and how this would aid potters.

  18. As promised (and procrastinated)...new 'mug' gallery/album is online now :)

    1. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      interesting stuff, all very awesome. i like the shoes on the tennis ones. thanks for sharing the pictures, very creative work

  19. New pieces do not photograph themselves *sigh*. I'll get right on that...perhaps tomorrow :)

    1. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      looking forward to it. I always enjoy your work.

    2. Denice

      Denice

      I have the same problem.

    3. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      When you finish, can ya do mine? í ½í¸€

  20. Ah, finally. A stay-cation so I can work in the studio...I hope to see the floor again after 3 days of de-crapinating the space :)

    1. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      It's always faster to clean that I think it will be. :) Then you'll have a wonderful place to work!

    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Decrapinator? Did the Arnold star in that?

    3. ChenowethArts

      ChenowethArts

      glazenerd... yes, I believe Arnold came "bah-ck" for that :)

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  21. Really dodged a bullet on this latest glaze firing...whatever low fire glaze that was accidentally included was on the interior/rim of a bowl and did little harm (except for a few not-so-interesting drips). Whew!!

    1. Marcia Selsor
    2. Benzine

      Benzine

      Were additional offerings made to the Kiln Gods, during or post firing?...

    3. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      extremely lucky

  22. That moment when the cone 10 glaze firing is well underway, you are cleaning up the glazing table, and suddenly there is an out-of-place container of low-fire glaze sitting in front of you...

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    2. Min

      Min

      how did it turn out? we are all holding our breath

    3. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      It should never be allowed in same building -Its a hard lesson but a true one

    4. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Mark the low fire with fluorescent paint or something! Mine are on a different shelf, I have to actively go after them.

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  23. I like the idea of pulling fresh air into the studio, especially when venting a bisque firing...but let's not confuse 'fresh' with 'artic'. #Brrrr

    1. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      I'll try and push some of this 80's we're getting up your way.

    2. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Brrr! Is right. Gonna get even colder tonight!

  24. Some half-crazed, clay-slinging, glaze spraying, slab-building, old-dude maniac has made a mess in the studio...oh wait.

    1. Benzine

      Benzine

      Call the authorities. Though, I don't know if this would be the Police, or Animal Control...

    2. ChenowethArts
    3. Denice

      Denice

      That person sneaks into my studio occasionally. He really gets around.

  25. Glazing. Its what happens to people who enjoy making things but then can't always decide what those things should look like once fired :)

    1. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      I know how I'm going to glaze something as soon as I texture it, but I still put off glazing till I absolutely have to. I'm definitely a mud potter.

    2. Roberta12

      Roberta12

      I have a stack of bisque in the shop, awaiting glaze. I am having an indecisive moment. or two!

    3. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      I have the same thing going as Roberta12.

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