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  1. 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?
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Thanks for all the great info. Cone 6 stoneware planters it is.
  7. 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.
  8. 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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  10. 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.
  11. Personally from a tech perspective, the hashtag method seems to be the absolute best option. It allows us to easily look at them, it requires no one to moderate anything, and we can use likes for votes.
  12. Check out simon leach, he might have some videos about it, he throws on that type of a wheel. I am not sure if he will, but its worth a check. https://www.youtube.com/user/sleachpots
  13. In my experience heating a clay past its cone will cause glaze issues. It will also bloat and blister the clay.
  14. I am sure there are some gallery websites out there we could use for this instead of the forum software. Surely so?
  15. I am starting out with 3 of john britts recipes. Folk Guild White, Ron's Yellow, and a fake shino Stewart. I assume they are gonna look a lot darker on the clay body. But I am not sure, I plan to mix and test this weekend. I will post results Crusty. Looking forward to seeing your stuff too.
  16. I am not against voting. I like critique as most of you know. But I have seen things go south quickly on other forums. That is why I was recommending against it, but we can always try it and see who knows. I surely dont.
  17. Nice. I just took out all my test bisq pieces. Going to mix my first ever batch of test glazes this weekend and glaze my test pieces and fire. Pretty excited.
  18. So here is what I think might work with some adjustments. The postings happen for 2 months, as soon as you feel you have made something worth posting about the topic, you post it. Everyone sees it and talks about it. Then others post their creations, and people have lots of fun talking about it and creating new ideas. At the end of the 2 months, you just don't open another thread for a month or what ever, and everyone can keep posting or talking about stuff until the thread dies down. Then say another month or so later when everyone is ready to do it again, you could start another and repeat. Something like 3 to 4 a year would probably be about the right number. This way no one feels pressured and its a real place for creative ideas to brew. Worrying about it ending really isn't a problem, because as people lose interest the thread will die off, like every other thread does. If the thread keeps going for longer than 2 months, then is it really a bad thing? Obviously its something the community wants to talk about? Just an idea. Edit: The hardest part will be finding a topic most people are interested in. lol that could be nearly impossible.
  19. A big read heart pumping black sludge. You would have won that one for sure..
  20. I found that my glaze defects weren't solved 100% by the top peep hole open. I ended up going with a down draft vent and it made my glazes a lot better. Also I think people on here would recommend if your firing in your garage to open the door a foot or so when your firing your kiln so there is new air coming in and the radiant heat has a place to disperse.
  21. I think the term winners will detract from the challenge. I think just everyone posting what they came up with and created would inspire more people to post their work. Just my opinion, could be wrong, been wrong before. The idea of a challenge of creating something based on an idea is a great way for everyone to work and talk together though. Good idea.
  22. I will post some results here when I finish. Right now I just have a few test cups and test tiles to fire. I want to get into hand building stuff one day.
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