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About Peter

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  • Birthday 05/22/1955

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    BC. Canada
  • Interests
    Pottery, Drawing, Riding, Reading, BBQ, Beer, Wine and Coke (the cola kind) and various combinations of the above.
  1. Hi Brad, Never having used a Brent wheel I don't have an opinion on them...I do have 2 of Baileys' Pro series wheels... The guild, I am a member at, uses wheels with removable splash pans...Great because of the rule that the pan must be cleaned after each use.. For my studio though I find the slurry drain at the back of the pan and a small removable side door which allows me to push trimmings and dried slurry out the side into a 5 gallon bucket works well for my application. I will leave my wheel dirty if I'm using the same clay for days at a time. Then using a sponge I just wash out the remaining clay into the drain bucket and it's onto the next... My .02 and a thumbs up for Baileys Peter
  2. If I may chime in. I've been using my Bailey's roller for a few years now and never had any trouble. I run the clay through from a 3"tapered log to 1/4 inch thick in one feed. The rollers have a rough gripping surface and the canvas that originally came with it was quite coarse also.. My original instructions say to lay the canvas (approx. 7' long) with half in front of the rollers and the other half draped over the roller assembly. Place the clay on the canvas, fold the rest back over it and feed it through folded side first. I found that using 2 sheets causes the rollers to feed top and bottom differently. The bottom wants to go through while the canvas is still held back a bit by the compression of the clay and the coarse roller on the bottom will grab and hold the canvas longer while turning thus buckling it...... My .02 cents.... Peter
  3. Hi Bette, Not sure about California but should something happen, would your insurance company cover your loses if you were not there? I think it could be an expensive gamble. Cheers, Peter
  4. Hi there, Plainsman F-95 fires to a nice natural looking yellow. I'm not sure if its' still available. Some of our guild members had trouble with the pieces leaking even after being glazed inside and out but I've only used it for decorative wear and love the bare finish with some glaze accents. Peter
  5. Congrats on the new studio along with that exciting first firing. And thanks for taking the time to make this great video.... Peter
  6. You should never have your wheel facing a wall. That's just asking for someone to sneak in and shoot you in the head. Jim Oh, I always wondered what the mirror was for..........................
  7. Love the idea. I'm now hammering the pieces. It's quick and can't be taken back. That way I can keep and display ones that I'm proud of and enjoy looking at.... Visitors are not distracted by them either so it's a win, win situation.
  8. Hi John, I'm a firm believer in proper kiln venting for every firing. My studio's on 8 acres and the vent's not in any area of concern. I've yet to detect any smell while the kiln is firing so I'm confident in it's effectiveness. The kilns are on a loft level of my studio and I've had issues with heat build up so I've installed a 2600cfm, thermostatically controlled blower with 2, 12" fresh air inlet vents. None are near my kiln vent so there isn't cross contamination. The temp is controlled to 78 degrees max keeping the area comfortable enough to work in. I wet clean all surfaces so I'm confident that dust is minimal although I do use a proper respirator when necessary and never do any final sanding or cleaning in the studio. Thanks for your information, Peter
  9. Hi Neil, Thanks for your informative reply. My concern was that information I received from the gal using B-3 that her hands were stained from the clay. I want to believe that the safety label is reliable and appreciate the fact that Laguna wouldn't risk liability by selling a toxic product without proper warning. Using gloves is not something I look forward to so I'll experiment with it and take precautions, as always, with the dust. Thanks again, Peter
  10. Hi David, On a side note relating to the high cost of shipping. I live in Summerland BC and have found Georgies, in Portland, the most economical place to deal with as far as shipping goes. Bob and his staff are very friendly and easy to deal with. They have a deal where anything that can be stacked on a pallet, up to 1900lbs, will be shipped anywhere in WA. for $85 US. This includes Equipment and Clays. I have my orders shipped to a receiving business in Oroville WA where I pick them up.. The order is unloaded from the shipper with a fork lift and stored until I can get down to pick it up. Chris there will load it on my truck and for a $20 charge (forklift charge) I'm on my way. It may be worth looking to see if there are any similar receivers across the line from you. I just pay the taxes (based on the US dollar amount) and save a bundle. Cheers, Peter
  11. Hi Dinah, I will be using gloves and a mask. The manganese content is high so I won't be taking any risks. Consensus seems to be that best results are achieved at ^5. I'll do some testing at both 5 and 6. Thanks, Peter
  12. Bruce, I'll be testing at both ^6 and ^5. My interest in this clay will be mostly for hand building. Gloves and mask will be used to be on the safe side. Peter
  13. Thanks Bc. My Google hates me..... lol
  14. Hi Leanna, I have to agree. It doesn't seem like a popular clay. It's beautiful at ^6 but apparently shouldn't be used above ^5. Not sure about that because the mugs I saw were all ^6. I've never thrown with gloves. Are there any that are recommended to withstand throwing clay? High 5 from Summerland Peter
  15. Hi Everyone, I had the pleasure of seeing some pieces thrown with Laguna' B-3 clay. It's almost black at ^6 and has a wonderful raw natural look to it unglazed. My question is has anyone here had experience with it? The fact that it contains Manganese is a little bit of a concern for me. It'll be used for purely decorative pieces but the handling of it may require extra safety measures. The MSDS sheet seems to gloss over the 6% Manganese issue. I'd also be interested in how this clay holds glazes. There seem to be some mixed reviews but the sources are vague. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Peter
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