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  1. Thank you so much for this!! I will remember this. I misted the T-Shirt and so far so good. One leg looks like it wants to rise, but if it does, I'll be ok with it. It'll probably end up being trash anyway...I'm never happy with anything that comes out lately.
  2. I wish something that I love would come out of the kiln. But I think the "jinx" is taking photos of work before it goes in for bisque firing! Everything I show off doesn't make it! The stuff I don't photograph is FINE! So weird!

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    2. ChenowethArts


      Sounds like Murphy's Law of firing pots...The better your clay piece, the more likely a lesser quality piece will come out of the glaze firing looking better. Yep. It happens.

    3. Biglou13


      It's the camera, when you take a picture it steals it's soul. You have to have camera spiritually cleansed. ( something with monks, medicine man, chanting, burning sage, throwing salt...Then after cleansing ask the pot if you can photograph it.

    4. ChenowethArts


      Yep. What Lou said! Bwahaha!!

  3. I've been trying for months now to make a successful octopus that the tentacles won't break on! I'm starting to think I can't! I'm make the tentacles with clay coils and add details. However, when it starts to dry, the tentacles start to raise up. They don't break...but me trying to readjust them or press them back down breaks them. I feel like an octopus is going to look DUMB with his legs in the air!! So here's what I'm doing right now: I've got his body uncovered (so it will dry out...the tentacles are thinner and always dry out fast) and his legs have been misted with water and have a plastic bag draped across them. For weight to counter the rising tentacles, I've laid a cotton t-shirt on top of that. I keep checking and misting...but this seems like a never ending cycle. How do I keep these legs from dring and raising up?!?!
  4. Hello, all. I am REALLY wanting to buy my own kiln and have been researching, etc. I stumbled upon an ad at the community college of a kiln for sale, but I have a few questions. The specific kiln is the Duncan 1029-2 for $425 with shelves, stilts, etc. I live in an apartment, and from what I'm reading, kilns can require specific wiring. I'm thinking that if there are no options that I just plug in and go, this isn't a good idea right now. I'm looking to buy a house within the next year, and it may be something I have to wait on (because I'm not spending so much money to alter an apartment that I won't be staying in forever). My question about this is...will this kiln require special wiring/breakers? How do I know?
  5. I'm so glad I have Elementary.....if I move up to middle next year, though, I know I'll have to worry! But I really don't think it will be as big of an issue as you guys seemed to have had. That instinct though...I've got it after only a few years of teaching. Somehow I always know when they're up to something...EVERY time I think, and follow through with the accusation of materials being stolen....I've always turned out full pockets of sharpeners/pencils/crayons/markers/etc.
  6. I love this forum! Everyone is so helpful and I haven't ran into a single judgmental person! Thank you so much everyone!

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    2. Benzine


      Yes indeed Evelyne. And I meant to say "Elementary Classroom". My high schoolers would love not having to center, but I actually want them to learn skills and techniques

    3. Chris Campbell

      Chris Campbell

      You are to be congratulated on your teaching ethic Benzine. Self centered throwing is only for those pursuing an MFA.

    4. Benzine


      Very nice Chris!

  7. If I use my underglaze on leather-hard clay, and carve out....and fire.... will it be ok to use clear on? Without fear of running? It should be set after it's been bisque fired, correct? I've learned a lot by reading this thread! How is the outcome (look) different on leather-hard vs. bisque?
  8. Thank you guys!! I may just have to redo it then. :/ Bummer. I really liked this sushi platter I made.
  9. I do indeed teach Art, high school. Crazed work, may be frowned upon by some, but others really like the look. John will be the first to tell you that, as Japanese work has a good deal of crazing. He, and others, would also point out, that a lot of glazes craze, even if we can't see it. This is why you have to be careful using low fire wares. They don't fully vitrify, and the glaze, which CAN seal them from seeping, could fail to do so, because of the crazing. There is nothing wrong with using commercial glazes, as a professional. A lot of people will make the comparison, "Not all painters mix their own paints.". It's very true. It's all on how you use them. I too, am slowly getting my studio together. i plan to mix my own glazes, because it will be cheaper than buying commercial. I use commercial glazes in the classroom, because I don't have the time to mix my own, nor do I have the space to keep the raw ingredients. I'm at the Elementary/Middle level now, but I'm hoping to be moving up for next year! The kids are really excited about my work, regardless of age...so that keeps me going when I get a piece that doesn't turn out how I want or when I make a goof like I did with the load that started this post. I really like the look of crazed work, so it makes me feel good that at least SOME people also do. I definately do not have the room in my classroom as of now...and even if...my older audience is really limited as far as students go! It wouldn't be worth the school's investment. BUT I want my own space at home!
  10. I just bought some clay that had mold on it. ><

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    2. Benzine


      Students will open a fresh bag, "Is that mold?!!!"

      Me: "Yep!". And walk away.

    3. Rebekah Krieger

      Rebekah Krieger

      most bags i open have mold. consider it a bonus! ;)

    4. ashleigh_arts


      Ok! I'm still new to this so I thought it was a bad thing!!

  11. Hello! I had a couple of pieces that, freakishly, dried just fine...evenly...even thickness...all around good slab pieces... cracked in the kiln! I fired at the correct temp and somehow this happened. I've read about magic mud...and I was under the impression that it could be used on bisque fired pieces. However, my instructor told me that it couldn't? I wanted to see what everyone thought?
  12. I've been considering buying some of the books, but wasn't sure! Glad to know they are worth it!
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