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  1. 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
  2. Wow, Doris, is all I'm saying, but you're right and if worked.
  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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?

  9. 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
  10. 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.


  11. 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
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