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  1. So I successfully mixed some 400G test batches. I was very happy with them. But I have read that it would be foolish to jump to a 3000 gram batch right from a 400G test batch. Where is the middle ground? Do I move up to like 1500G batch and see if it looks the same? Then if thats good, go to a 3000-5000 gram batch depending on how happy I am with the glaze?
  2. Bought a heater for my garage. Made a bunch of pots today. So nice throwing in 70 degree heat.

    1. Denice


      What kind of heater did you get?

    2. ChenowethArts


      Warm...is of the good.

    3. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Sent you a reply Denice.

  3. Thanks for this glaze recipe and picture. I am obsessed with whites and I have all the ingredients for this one. Plan on mixing it for my next test batch!
  4. My favorite part of that pot is the kiln wash all over the bottom of the cup in the last picture ?!?!?
  5. I have developed a method I like to use for opening a kiln to even temp. I cut off my vent when kiln cuts off at cone 6. Let it cool naturally to 250. Once it reaches 250. I turn on my vent and remove the 2 peepholes. It cools the rest of the kiln pretty quickly and within an hour it is below 150 usually. I like this method because it is evenly cooling. There isn't a huge gust of air coming into the kiln from just yanking pots out. It is also nice and easy to handle with some basic gloves. I used to open at 250, which is what most people do, but I found that the bottom of the kiln was still rather hot, so I developed this method of cooling. It works for me pretty well. Waiting on the kiln to cool below 250 naturally can take like a long time to hit 150s.
  6. @ Stephen, I am not disagreeing with you on your logic. If you are making money making pots or your job, then by all means make pots and pay for the tools you need. I have always felt that way about everything. It is way more wise to spend money that you made doing what you like, then making something you dont like or dont know how to make and end up wasting more money per hour of time invested. I was just stating that it seemed expensive, but I should retract my previous statement seeing that I don't know much about the device. For example the filter. It is wise to think before you post, and I didn't research enough to post above. Good points well made sir. @ Mark, I live in a slab house, which all the plumbing is in the cement floor or I would have plumbed it already! I plan on moving in the coming years, so I will just work out of buckets until I am a production potter or I move. The next place I buy will have a separate studio that I can plumb.
  7. I feel a lot of oil spot glazes coming in this challenge. I have seen some Oilspot pots with some glaze overlapping, that in my opinion look like the galaxy or something.
  8. http://www.axner.com/the-cink.aspx absurdly pricey, but it would be nice to have. i will keep my buckets but I guess it is good to know that is out there. I bet you could build one of these pretty cheap, with a wooden frame and a cheap sink from homedepot, and any of the sink traps and a pump. I imagine probably 400-500 dollar price maybe even less.
  9. You should at least test your underglazes, at a very minimum, before firing them on a completed statue.
  10. Can you explain this more in detail? What do you mean by, "I had to remake it and just fired it on top of the platter?"
  11. The only way to really tell is going to be, you guessed it, testing! I haven't even fired real pots in the last month because I have been testing so much. I know it sounds awful, but it prevents headaches and questions like this. I kept making beautiful pots, then would open my kiln and get really depressed at how terrible everything went. Now that I am testing, I am a lot happier when I open my kiln. Just curious, what was your bisque like, how heavy was it loaded, did you stack? How did you places theses pieces which had pin holes?
  12. It is probably a combination of a few things. Was this piece stacked with another piece during the bisque firing? If so it could have not gotten proper burn off of the agents inside the clay. You could have put an extra coat on this one by mistake and thus it was too thick. If this one is near the top peep hole and the other wasn't then the burn off could have settled on this one. If this piece was near the peephole, the glaze could have cooled to fast before it had time to melt and smooth over properly, since it would have had air flow coming in that was much cooler than the kilns environment. These are just a few ideas off the top of my head. The first thing to do to help with pinholes is a vent kit. I know the hard way. Took me like 15 firings without a vent kit to finally get one, then once I did it took 5-6 firings to get it right, now I don't have pinholes anymore. I have a few questions: 1. Are the pin holes on the entire platter or just that one side? 2. If so was that side near the peep hole?
  13. I constantly get raw pinky fingers. I also sometimes get lots of pokes and sticks from cutting myself and sticking myself with the needle tool. I also just randomly bump my head doing odd things while cleaning my studio. lol. thus is life I guess. atleast we are living.
  14. oldlady (i still feel uncomfortable saying your handle), thanks for the tips, that is a good idea. I like the idea of 3 stuck together and of different sizes. would make it really interesting for sure. also thanks for confirming the unglazed inside.
  15. I am not trying to get a good price for them really. I just love succulents and stuff like that, so I am gonna make little ones, almost like cups with holes in the bottom. For the friend I am going to make a bigger planter, probably like 10-15 lb pots. It is best to leave the inside unglazed right? I have read in places in the past that if a plant hits the inside of an unglazed pot with the root system it turns around and grows back into the middle of the dirt. If it hits a glazed area it wraps around the inside of the pot, which isn't as healthy. Is this just a rumor, or does anyone really know if its more healthy for the inside to be unglazed? Also thanks for all the neat and interesting replies.
  16. Thanks for all the great info. Cone 6 stoneware planters it is.
  17. So I was having a discussion with a friend about planters for outside. Is there any benefit of firing cone 6 clays for planters. Or is it more cost effective to fire lowfire clays for planters outside, the kind people don't have to bring in for the winter. Cause I am thinking about making some planters for myself and some friends for a house warming present, and I was wondering if I should do it in a low fire clay, or if I should do it to cone 6. Anyone have any advice for this. The other big thing is I already have cone 6 glazes for the outside of the planter pots. So thats one bonus for cone 6. But I mean efficiency wise, if I was going to make a lot of these to sell in the future would it be smart to make them cone 6, or would you be better off using earthenware? Thanks as always. Looking forward to the discussion.
  18. Paul what you need is a balloon with a tube into the stick down into the pot. Put in the stick, blow in the tube, balloon inflates. pot expands. cap the tube, leave stick and balloon in and then wait for dry. remove cap, air comes out, pull out stick. i guess that could work. would have to experiment a lot . seems like a neat idea for a lazy mans rounded jug/bottle. You could get different types of balloons for the different types of bottles you wanted to make. I wonder if the balloon would have enough pressure to push out the walls of the clay. Might not work. Would have to have a nice thin wall that stretched well. Would need a really nice plastic clay.

    1. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      I will feel more magical when I get the results out of the kiln later this upcoming week. I will fire it tomorrow. I think one of them is a bit too thick. So only time will tell. But it was easier than I thought it was to mix the stuff together, at least a test batch of 400G.

    2. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      post the results.


    3. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Where at? In my gallery?

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  20. Esty has a good article about this: https://blog.etsy.com/en/2014/4-essential-product-shots-for-your-etsy-listings/ I think it sums it up pretty nice. It is a lot of work though to do it for every single item.
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