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  1. Can anyone recommend a stamp fabricator / maker?I used to use Jett stamps but it seems they've gone out of business.
  2. Ha! Well Mark, I actually think it has gone downhill since then. Living here as I do I guess I interpret the "live free or die" slogan more as "leave me alone". It must be the lobster shortages that makes everyone so grumpy. When I visited my brother in California he said I kept "blanking" people who smiled at me on the street. I honestly didn't mean to! We don't do that here!
  3. follow up: Tried to get the shelves sand blasted at two auto body shops, forgetting that I live in New England where people are notoriously Unfriendly and unhelpful! No one wanted to "get into that"....but, my husband happened upon some sandpaper called "sandblaster" at a local builders supply, and put it on his sanding machine. Worked like a dream.
  4. Thank you. I am in Massachusetts, not in India. I will look into finding a shop to sand blast them for me - would that be an autoshop, Mark? I don't actually have a grinder, although I could look into buying a motorized wire brush if it isn't too pricey. I'd like to avoid the cost of new shelves if possible, so I wouldn't want to invest too much money in getting the kiln wash off. Thanks again!
  5. My kiln shelves are warping and I'd like to turn them over. However, I'm having a hard time getting all the kiln wash off them. I tried scraping and a little sanding. Neither worked very well. I don't want any flakes of kiln wash falling on glazeware....Any ideas?
  6. I suggest you cut out the trimming. Redesign the pieces so that there is no extra clay to trim. Will save time.
  7. When I am in production mode going through many 25 lbs. bags of clay I can really see how fast the plastic bags accumulate. I've tried to find uses for them, but there are too many and it is very time consuming to try to clean them. Not sure if one can recycle them or not. Wish B-mix 5 came packaged a different way. Maybe Laguna will start using wet leaves, etc. if we agitate enough? Seriously though, does anyone have good ideas for reusing or recycling the plastic bags commercial clay comes in, or other suggestions?
  8. I've decided that centering is a lot like parenting. It's usually a conversation, but sometimes an order!
  9. My sister in law went recently to see the installation with her two sons. Said it was amazing. Sent pictures but the ones posted here are better. I wonder who came up with this idea? It is a really beautiful one and extremely successful both visually and conceptually....
  10. I have some bright white talc that someone told me is from a new York state mine that closed. Is that Nytal? I don't use it. I use a gray talc from Texas... I can tell you where I got it if it is what you are looking for Marc.
  11. I know the feeling all too well. How many students in the class? Is there a cap? Sometimes in your position, I tell students that we are going to have 20 minutes (or whatever you decide) of silent work time so that people can really introspect. At the end of the 20 minutes they will share what is the single most important question a student at their level should be asking...at least it buys you 20 minutes of quiet in which to think.... good luck!
  12. ah. It turns out that my kiln is not sectional. It is an old Gare kiln. That would make sense, though, and I'll remember it when loading the kiln I use at the school where I teach, which is sectional...
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