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Joseph Fireborn

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  1. Hello! New potter here and I am trying to always start in the right direction and make sure everything I make is responsible and safe for anyone who I give or hopefully sell my pottery too one day. I have ordered a few of the pint sized potter's choice glazes for layering a few cups and bowls I was going to make for my own personal use. However I have been studying up on these forums and reading through all of the FAQ and I realized that just because they are AP safety rating and dinnerware safe doesn't mean once I layer them they still will be. In fact AMACO even states: At the time when I ordered these glazes I missed that message nicely placed at the bottom of their website under all the benefits of their safe glazes. However I did make sure I bought all AP safety rating glazes as I have a 3.5 year old around and even though hes a smart guy, you never know what kids are going to do, much less his friends. My question is, has anyone used some combination of the potter's choice glazes that are listed here: http://www.amaco.com/amaco-glazes-information/layering-potters-choice-glazes/ and have had them sent off for testing? Is it even possible for us to list what we have done here and be confident that we are producing safe pots for our own personal use? And if so would we be able to use for this thread is to list glaze combinations that we have sent off for testing before we make some plates/cups/bowls for our personal household use. I was hoping that I could list the bisque firing, clay type, glazes used, # of layers, layering order, and glaze firing schedule for future people who use the same glaze choices as I have decided too. I am almost regretting my decision to buy potters choice glazes now, because I don't feel like I can safely use them without sending each combination I have made off for testing. I don't particularly care for some the base colors of the glaze as much as I do the combination effects. For now I am thinking I might just end up using the celebration glazes in single layers while I have some sample cups sent off for safety testing. I know a lot of people make their own glazes and know that their combinations after making them have been safety approved. As a new potter I haven't moved on to creating my own glazes yet. Although now it seems like I need to invest in purchasing "Mastering Cone 6 Glazes", and start creating my own as soon as possible. Hope this all makes sense, and I hope that others have had some experience with this to give me some insights into what I might be up against? Thanks Joe
  2. I have only been doing pottery for a few months, but I use the same method as many people above. I have a 2x2 particle board that I covered in canvas wet and stapled down. I put it on top of a steady workbench or sturdy table and wedge away. I dont have a ton of room, so when I am doing other things I can just move the wedging board off the table and gain back my table space. I am sure it isn't as nice as the plaster wedging tables, but if your on a budget and need room, it does the trick just fine. Eventually I plan to move into the garage and get a nice 2x2 plaster one setup.
  3. Yea I already look at most of my work as, well I'm just learning. When I chip a pot or something goes wrong when I am throwing I dont even worry about trying to fix it. I just go BLAMP and start over.
  4. threw a few(14) octomugs the other day, was a good help, need to throw about 154 more before I think I have a grasp on good looking handles. I watch a few videos of different peoples methods lots of crazy handle methods out there besides just pulling.
  5. Thanks for all the great advice. I threw 10 something mugs yesterday. Ended up keeping one after the trimming/handle process. Had a few fly off the wheel, woops. Had several others that the handle popped off, and had a few that the handle was just ugly. Promptly trashed them all. Gonna start again tomorrow. About my 5th week in pottery and 2nd week owning my own wheel. I don't have a kiln yet, so I just build things then trash over and over and over. The advice here is great, and I am going to make like 10 Octomugs tomorrow.
  6. Thanks for all the welcomes and replies. I started taking pottery classes and I loved it, so I bought a skutt wheel to get better. Well I didn't realize how much better I would be with the time and my own wheel. I am getting to the point now where I am throwing beautiful things then crushing them down and drying the clay out to practice more. I didn't think I would need a kiln so quickly after buying a wheel, but I am getting ready to get one in the near future. It seems like the average reviews is leaning towards bailey and l&l. I will look into those more. Like you all said, when your spending 1000+ spending another 300-400 isn't that much more for something that last a long long time. Thanks this forum has proved to be one awesome place, its nearly impossible to find information on the net that isn't sales.
  7. No one else have experience with these kilns? The price seems nice for a good starter kiln.
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