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  1. I just repaired a green stoneware pot that I clumsily cracked part of the rim off while moving it. I used the formula that I'm sure was listed here a while ago. One third each of the clay body, vinegar and maple syrup. I first applied vinegar to the broken edges then used the wet clay (more slippy than solid) as part of my mixture which I brushed on in layers, letting it completely dry in between. That fixed it and it was successfully bisque fired. This mixture was also used to successfully fill in a small crack at the bottom of a bowl.
  2. With about 90 minutes left in a glaze firing we had a neighborhood power failure that lasted 2 1/2 hours. I just restarted the kiln and crossing my fingers.

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    2. PRankin


      Everything came out ok except for one reglazed piece that had a lot of pinholes. Whew.

    3. Joseph Fireborn
    4. Mark (Marko) Madrazo
  3. Wow, Doris, is all I'm saying, but you're right and if worked.
  4. It felt so good to throw today after not getting into the studio for a month. Happy New Year. Happy New Pots.

    1. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Nice. Welcome back.

    2. Clay Butterfly

      Clay Butterfly

      Yay! Happy new year to you to.

  5. It's interesting that this thread popped up again today. I just spent the day brushing and pouring Potters Choice Blue Rutile, Temmoku, Oatmeal and Lustrous Jade on Sheffield stoneware. This was my first experience with these glazes and will be my first glaze firing with this clay. I'm planning on using the cone 6 slow glaze program and I'll post the results when finished. Paul
  6. Success! My first glaze firing in my own kiln came out perfect. Yay!

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    2. Evelyne Schoenmann

      Evelyne Schoenmann

      Bravo and congratulations Paul!!

    3. vinks
    4. GEP


      Don't you love that moment one second before you lift the kiln lid? Very addictive.

  7. Loaded my first glaze load into the kiln this morning. Looking forward to the thrill of opening it tomorrow.

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    2. GiselleNo5


      I second. I've done five or six glaze loads and I still don't sleep while they're firing. Combination of nervousness and excitement.

    3. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Exciting. I remember my first time.

    4. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      The labor of your hard work will shine when you open the lid.

  8. This is what I was working on yesterday and explaining in my previous post. These are stretched pots and because of all the random cracks it was the only way I could deal with the black oxide wash. The second, darker one, still needs a little more sanding. The clear, glossy glaze will mask most of the slightly smudged areas. Paul
  9. I just did this. Make sure your sponge is rinsed after every wipe and only use the clean part of the sponge once or you are just applying the wash back onto the piece and it wil smear more. I then sanded off the smeared areas, because no matter what you do there will be some, with coarse sandpaper. Its a lot of work but I haven't found any better way to do it either. Paul
  10. You may apply the underglaze on greenware and then bisque fire. You can then apply more underglaze to touch it up if needed before glazing and the second firing. Or you can apply the underglaze to the bisque ware and glaze it, but in either case let the underglaze dry completely before glazing. Paul
  11. Exciting day today. The electrician finished wiring my 220 line out to the garage AND I ordered a kiln!

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    2. Chris Campbell

      Chris Campbell

      Good for you! Fun times ahead.

    3. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      Hooray! You're on your way!!


    4. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Anticipation, is building, yes?

  12. Crazy, your work is beautiful and priced just right. When you're at a fair how many people actually are aware that your work is ^6 or 10? Do they ask or discuss it with you or do you volunteer that information? I'm just curious if any one else has that experience of people asking about how high the pieces are fired? In my limited sales experience only one person asked me the type of clay and firing temperature and he was a ceramics teacher in a high school. Paul
  13. I just contracted an electrician who will draw a 220 line out to my garage. Work will be done this week and then I'm ordering a kiln. Yay!

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    2. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Good for you Paul. I'm sure you will be enjoy it when it gets there.

    3. PRankin


      Oldlady, I know what I am getting and gave the electrician the specs and he is installing the appropriate wiring and outlet.

    4. PRankin


      Thanks for the congrats guys.


  14. Giselle, don't let the fear of trimming through the bottom stop you from making foot rings. When it happens, say "oh well", recycle the clay and try again. That's how you learn to gauge the thickness of the bottom and how much to trim. Paul
  15. I was also a lefty and forced to write righty in first grade. I failed all the penmanship tests they gave and they were stumped by it and wrote letters to my parents and discussed this problem at conferences with my parents but they still insisted I was going to be right handed grade after grade. I now have terrible handwriting skills no matter which hand I use, however, I have become ambidextrous in many other ways, so I guess it was worth forcing my brain to do the opposite of what was natural for me. I throw pottery "righty" with the wheel turning counter-clockwise but I am just as comfo
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