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Joseph Fireborn

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  1. Go with Skutt/TS. It is a fantastic wheel and the large splashpan is amazing. I couldn't imagine working without it.
  2. Wife is a dental hygienist and she is home for the next 3 weeks and probably longer! Everyone is struggling. Starbucks just decided to allow 30 days paid time off for all their employees, but I haven't taken it yet. I don't want to leave my coworkers working understaffed and not having the people on the floor to wash their hands because they are in a rush. Times are hard, lots of tough decisions to be made. On the bright side, making pots is great stress relief!
  3. I work a job at Starbucks just for insurance. The environment is fun as well and it keeps me young, I learn all kinds of cool phrases like throwing shade, and no cap! I might move up given enough time, but there is no reason to think less of anyone working any kind of job as lesser or not as honorable as Tom said. Do whatever you gotta do to take care of the family! Hopefully things improve quickly for the USA and the rest of the world too.
  4. Threw my first pots in almost 8 months, used my mixed clay blend with course grog and chicken grit. Made 3 vases! felt good.

  5. No I haven't, but I throw clay with course grog, chicken grit and sand. It just takes a different approach. Did you ever figure this out?
  6. Unless you and your family are retiring soon, I wouldn't worry to much about it, enjoy the dividends and continue to invest. That is what I am doing, but I am 30+ years from retirement so I am not worrying about my portfolio at all. It sucks to see the massive amount of money that has disappeared if I were to sell today, but the thing is I have no plans to sell anytime soon. The market will eventually recover, and as I age I will continue to move more into bonds as everyone should as they near retirement. I keep telling everyone to just enjoy your family, turn off the news and try to rela
  7. I have been tossing the clay water in my yard for 5 years. I haven't seen any signs of negative effects.
  8. To me it just looks like someone wedged sand, grog and chicken grit into the clay and fired it like that. I have made results when I was testing clay to look very similar.
  9. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all you wonderful people.

    1. Denice

      Denice

      Happy holidays to everyone.   Denice

    2. Mark C.
    3. Denice

      Denice

      I read your last greeting with sleepy eyes and thought it said happy holiglaze. 

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  10. @Callie Beller Diesel I just saw this. Love! Perfect color and slip work. Very nice.
  11. oldlady robins egg is what i used for my faux celadon stuff a while back this is 1% if I remember right on standard 365 thin application: thick application:
  12. I don't have any advice, just wanted to say I really enjoy your figures!
  13. Yes! They do. I need to do more work with his chickens on them. I was using chicken decals for a bit, then I realized his chickens are the best. I single fired 365 as well and had no issues, I know you single fire also, so I forgot to mention that. Let us know what you think when you end up with it. I honestly preferred it over little loafers, which is the clay I learned to throw with.
  14. Made some breakthroughs in my glaze work this week. Finally going to have some stability in the final product which is what I needed to move forward in production quantities for online, future shows and galleries!

    1. Min

      Min

      If you were a mariner your vessel would be a sailboat.

      I think you enjoy the journey as much as the destination. 

    2. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      This is very true. I like a good journey, lots of interesting discussion and things to see along the way.

  15. Neil also uses 365 if I remember right? @neilestrick ? I am pretty sure he was the one who recommended it and I tried it based off his recommendation. It is probably the best porcelain I have ever used to be honest. I tried many different glazes on it and translucent glazes needing that faint white hue underneath never disappointed. I made several slabs out of it when I was doing Currie grid tiles and it didn't warp bad at all, considering I took zero precautions against warping. The blue faux celadon glazes I was doing a while back were also on 365 is that helps any. Here is a pot my son and
  16. I have used standard 365. It is fine. Throws well and feels like a good clay. Glazes came out as expected. Nothing out of the ordinary.
  17. This place basically taught me ceramics. So glad others feel the same way.
  18. https://www.sio-2.com/us/language_changed/subfamily/93 This clay will do exactly what you want but is very expensive and problematic to throw well. *shrugs* Maybe other's don't have a problem throwing it, but I for the life of me cannot get a pot higher than 12 inches with it, and I can throw all of the "difficult" porcelains just fine. I have never had black ice bloat, and I have fired it all the way to cone 7, and I also have single fired it with no bisque. The clay is remarkable, and I don't know how they get the dark body, but it doesn't change the color of the glazes on top
  19. The entire reason I got into clay was for my mind. I was going insane at home. I couldn't do much because of my health conditions and my son had started pre-k, so I didn't have a reason to be home anymore during the days. This led me to some intense depression because I couldn't work, I wasn't raising a kid fulltime anymore, and I couldn't take care of the outside stuff because of my conditions. I had always found pottery interesting to watch so that is why I picked it. Pouring myself into my work back then really got me through some pretty dark times and has now given me a life passion that
  20. https://www.amazon.com/Corn-Huskers-Oil-Free-Hand-Lotion/dp/B000RO3EMA This is what I use. I used it when I worked in cement when I was a young man. I used to get cement on my hands which had calcium in it in the winter to help it set up. Nothing cracks hands faster than cement and calcium. You can find it at almost any drug store or Walmart in my area. Apply it rub your hands together, and apply more again until your hands feel better. Sometimes we would use a bottle a week because our hands would get so bad. It works a treat. I still use it every day for my hands after pottery.
  21. Been making yunomi around the clock. I have been testing a lot of clay mixes and additions and I have some big plans for my standard white glaze work. Also been making some new marks on my work that I haven't usually made and I plan to leave the areas rawish of clay. Hopefully, once I can get what is in my head down on the pot it will be as beautiful as I imagine it. I could literally make yunomi and nothing else for the rest of my life. They are the absolute perfection of a pot.
  22. Green house isn't as good as a wet box for sure. It will give you a day or so to catch up but after that gonna be to dry. I mostly like it for even drying more than anything.
  23. I use a small green house for my mug handles. Works perfectly. I also use it for when something comes up and I can't get to my work to trim it.
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