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    LeeU got a reaction from Benzine in How to make a pizza or baking stone?   
    I literally just had this conversation two days ago, when I made this beauty on my (worth-every-penny) Pampered Chef pizza stone. People don't seem to like it when I explain that no, I really can't just make them one (the stone, not the pizza).  Oh-for those who might be curious, it's a gluten-free crust of cassava & almond flours, enriched with the oil sun dried tomatoes are kept in; the topping is a true pure Italian sauce, fresh real mozzarella, fresh basil leaves & some of the sun dried tomatoes. It was delicious! 

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    LeeU got a reaction from nancylee in How to make a pizza or baking stone?   
    I literally just had this conversation two days ago, when I made this beauty on my (worth-every-penny) Pampered Chef pizza stone. People don't seem to like it when I explain that no, I really can't just make them one (the stone, not the pizza).  Oh-for those who might be curious, it's a gluten-free crust of cassava & almond flours, enriched with the oil sun dried tomatoes are kept in; the topping is a true pure Italian sauce, fresh real mozzarella, fresh basil leaves & some of the sun dried tomatoes. It was delicious! 

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    LeeU reacted to saltedfire in QotW: What is the silliest thing you have done or seen done dealing with Ceramics?   
    No thanks.  It's boarder line embarrassing to me.  It's bad enough that I talked about it.
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    LeeU got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in QotW: What is the silliest thing you have done or seen done dealing with Ceramics?   
    Seriously--ya can't just drop that here & leave w/out pics!! Show us at least a few, or one of the display case ! 
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    LeeU got a reaction from Hulk in How to make a pizza or baking stone?   
    I literally just had this conversation two days ago, when I made this beauty on my (worth-every-penny) Pampered Chef pizza stone. People don't seem to like it when I explain that no, I really can't just make them one (the stone, not the pizza).  Oh-for those who might be curious, it's a gluten-free crust of cassava & almond flours, enriched with the oil sun dried tomatoes are kept in; the topping is a true pure Italian sauce, fresh real mozzarella, fresh basil leaves & some of the sun dried tomatoes. It was delicious! 

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    LeeU reacted to neilestrick in How to make a pizza or baking stone?   
    A pizza stone is the same as a kiln shelf. While it is ceramic, it's not your typical clay body. It can handle thermal shock much better than a clay slab would. Chances are if you made it out of a regular clay body, it would crack when you placed the pizza on the hot slab. Flameware clay wold be the only type I wold trust, but you can't just buy it. Nor can you just buy the mix that kiln shelves are made from. You would have to mix your own, which wouldn't save you all that much money and still probably wouldn't perform as well. Either buy a pizza stone or a kiln shelf. I use a CoreLite kiln shelf, and it works very well. On the grill the open core structure keeps the slab from getting too hot, and it works very well in the oven, too. Get a new shelf, do not use a kiln shelf that has been used in a kiln already.
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    LeeU reacted to Callie Beller Diesel in Do certain glazes effect the tase and smell of coffee?   
    Just because a recipe fires to cone ten doesn't mean it won't leach. Oribe and shino recipes can be suspect if they're not properly balanced, and they're not the only ones. Glazes need to be tested for durability before you try selling them, imo. If you are getting reports from more than one household that the glaze is giving the coffee a "taste," I would not waste a lot of time on suggesting washing is the problem to your customers. I'd offer them an apology, and either a refund or an exchange for a mug with a liner you know is more suitable. I would also take the extra step of reaching out to anyone you'd sold a similar mug to, and offer them the same. Some people won't make the complaint to you, but they will to their friends and family, which is never good. If they take the exchange, I might even add a small extra item (ring dish, ornament, spoon rest) as a thank you for their patience and understanding. It can turn an embarrassing mistake by a newbie into a positive customer service experience from a conscientious and professional craftsperson ;).
    If you have indeed done your due diligence and you're sure it's the customer not washing their wares properly, a combination of baking soda and boiling water works much better than vinegar. Put a tablespoon or so of baking soda in the mug, place it in the sink and fill with boiling water. It will fizz, so don't do this on the counter. After the water cools to the point where it's easily handled, the stains should wipe out easily with a cloth. I live in an area of very hard water, and it works a treat.
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    LeeU reacted to Hulk in What’s on your workbench?   
    More from Labor Day glaze fire,
    Clockwise, from top left
      Tortilla warmer in Cassius. I took a closer look (with magnification), see now that the clear glaze that "clears" the bubbles fairly well over the black clay also crazes (my vision ain' great); have finished the one bag, may not buy more...
      Storage jar, ~7.5 inches tall, same Rutile Green
      The two mugs are same Celsor Faux Celedon, same white clay - the seven o'clock one is from previous bisque and glaze firing, the five o'clock one appears similar (the colours are actually about the same - camera settings, not), but very little crazing, just a few spots! Hard to believe that firing  (more thorough bisque and a bit cooler glaze with slower initial cooldown) could make that much difference!? Same clay, same glaze. ...more testing...

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    LeeU reacted to Hulk in What’s on your workbench?   
    From Labor Day's glaze firing
    Clockwise, top left,
      Test tiles for "waste" glaze (retained, settled, sieved and adjusted cleanup, wipe off, etc. - just over 1.5 gallons; it's "free!"), crazes over these clays, may fit buff and red clays better, tbd
      New lower expansion liner glaze (per recent entry to https://community.ceramicartsdaily.org/topic/19922-clay-composition-and-crazing), goes on well, looking good so far - more testing required. I'm not minding the specks, which may be from petalite, as all the other ingredients have been used in previous low expansion trials...
      Am still liking the Lakeside Clear Blue, here over white clay; the lower part is BVG Rutile Green, which mutes the carved red slip - will be trying this again.
      Really liking this tin chrome red, here over Cassius. This firing, no bloating in the black clay pieces, likely due to extended bisque (longer holds at critical temps).
      Selsor Faux Celedon (with some minor coe adjustment) over buff clay - really like this look.
     

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    LeeU got a reaction from Rae Reich in What’s on your workbench?   
    Well, not exactly on the workbench but I thought I'd share a peek at how my test herb markers did and a new shallow dish treatment that I like (PC Ancient Copper).


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    LeeU got a reaction from Hulk in QotW: When slab building, do you use a form , work from a template, or from scratch?   
    Funny--this is what I did today with some slab trimming scraps---I'll make hundreds and they will be gifts for the staffs of my favorite local non-profits
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    LeeU got a reaction from Pres in QotW: When slab building, do you use a form , work from a template, or from scratch?   
    Funny--this is what I did today with some slab trimming scraps---I'll make hundreds and they will be gifts for the staffs of my favorite local non-profits
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    LeeU reacted to JohnnyK in Fresh exposure through local news article   
    As many of you know, I’ve been pursuing a serious hobby in ceramics and pottery for the last decade or so. I’ve sold a bunch of stuff and have donated a bunch of stuff to various causes. Local PBS station KVIE-TV has been the recipient over the last 3 years and this time around I was recognized with their Juror’s Award for Sculpture for this collection of my Horsehair Raku…They, in turn, had put out a press release which was picked up by a local online news source, The Citrus Heights Sentinel. I was interviewed by a young, up and coming reporter, Rylie Freisen, and the attached PDF is the article she wrote which was published last Sunday.citrusheightssentinel.com-Meet John Klunder the Citrus Heights man who works wonders with ceramics.pdf
    For those of you who are interested, my time on the Auction will be Saturday, 3 OCT at 4PM…
    Thanks for your consideration!
    JohnnyK

    These are my other KVIE submissions, both of which were “Bell-Ringers”:
     
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    LeeU reacted to Sorcery in QotW: When slab building, do you use a form , work from a template, or from scratch?   
    I have a couple templates. I found plastic folders to be excellent material to cut for templates, just came into a bunch so....might make some more!
    Spending a life of building to exact standards has led me to enjoy eyeballing as much as possible, building things "into the air" as I call it, I was happy to find out the Japanese have a word for it. "Tatara". 
     
    Sorce
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    LeeU got a reaction from Hulk in QotW: When slab building, do you use a form , work from a template, or from scratch?   
    These are just inventory reference pics-not meant to see the light of day! The current key fobs are held on a spring clip (like for lanyards) and then attached to the ring, to give them some 'swing' and not be too fixed to the ring...I figure that might help prevent breakage-tho so far after a year or so none have broken that I know of.  I don't care for the pendants (the cording-can't afford gold or sterling YET, which is how I would prefer to offer them...but people like them & it keeps them inexpensive (i.e. they sell) , so whatta ya gonna do! 




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    LeeU got a reaction from oldlady in QotW: When slab building, do you use a form , work from a template, or from scratch?   
    These are just inventory reference pics-not meant to see the light of day! The current key fobs are held on a spring clip (like for lanyards) and then attached to the ring, to give them some 'swing' and not be too fixed to the ring...I figure that might help prevent breakage-tho so far after a year or so none have broken that I know of.  I don't care for the pendants (the cording-can't afford gold or sterling YET, which is how I would prefer to offer them...but people like them & it keeps them inexpensive (i.e. they sell) , so whatta ya gonna do! 




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    LeeU got a reaction from Hulk in QotW: When slab building, do you use a form , work from a template, or from scratch?   
    I no longer have the temperament or patience for proper construction w/slabs. I do mostly freeform from scratch or a combo with hump/ slump forms. I am doing more clean and sometimes even straight edges to dishes now because I am in a touristy retail shop. It kind of distresses me tho that people get excited about my key fobs and not ..oh well......go figure!
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    LeeU got a reaction from Hulk in hand-building and throwing with arthritis, suggestions   
    Seems like a medical question---personally I would want to do some research into the specific condition and choose carefully what type(s) of health practitioner(s) I consulted.  Mainstream medicine did nothing for the type of arthritis I have, in a segment of my neck/shoulder, and in my right hand, but a year of  (insurance-covered) expert chiropractic treatment reduced it significantly, proven by x-rays. It is not gone, of course, but in over 3 years it has not progressed from that reduction and is nowhere near the pretreatment degree of pain and restriction of movement.  I am absolutely not offering a medical opinion--just sharing what has been the case for me, which has been counter to what I was being told by M.D.s., including that progression was inevitable.  Keeping my hand/fingers/wrist moving-including working with clay-is a recommendation for my ongoing flexibility. I do not throw very often; I handbuild. My most significant restriction is wedging, and I have found that the cut & slam method is the best technique for me.
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    LeeU got a reaction from Pres in hand-building and throwing with arthritis, suggestions   
    Seems like a medical question---personally I would want to do some research into the specific condition and choose carefully what type(s) of health practitioner(s) I consulted.  Mainstream medicine did nothing for the type of arthritis I have, in a segment of my neck/shoulder, and in my right hand, but a year of  (insurance-covered) expert chiropractic treatment reduced it significantly, proven by x-rays. It is not gone, of course, but in over 3 years it has not progressed from that reduction and is nowhere near the pretreatment degree of pain and restriction of movement.  I am absolutely not offering a medical opinion--just sharing what has been the case for me, which has been counter to what I was being told by M.D.s., including that progression was inevitable.  Keeping my hand/fingers/wrist moving-including working with clay-is a recommendation for my ongoing flexibility. I do not throw very often; I handbuild. My most significant restriction is wedging, and I have found that the cut & slam method is the best technique for me.
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    LeeU got a reaction from Babs in What’s on your workbench?   
    Well, not exactly on the workbench but I thought I'd share a peek at how my test herb markers did and a new shallow dish treatment that I like (PC Ancient Copper).


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    LeeU got a reaction from blackthorn in What’s on your workbench?   
    Well, not exactly on the workbench but I thought I'd share a peek at how my test herb markers did and a new shallow dish treatment that I like (PC Ancient Copper).


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    LeeU reacted to Sorcery in What’s on your workbench?   
    @Chillylove those!
    @liambesawhope your friend is riding again!
    I have been practicing my spiral wedging. I love it! I don't usually work with so much clay, but since these reclaim and body projects, I've had much to play with! 

    Sorce
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    LeeU got a reaction from Min in What’s on your workbench?   
    Well, not exactly on the workbench but I thought I'd share a peek at how my test herb markers did and a new shallow dish treatment that I like (PC Ancient Copper).


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    LeeU got a reaction from GEP in What’s on your workbench?   
    Well, not exactly on the workbench but I thought I'd share a peek at how my test herb markers did and a new shallow dish treatment that I like (PC Ancient Copper).


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    LeeU got a reaction from Hulk in What’s on your workbench?   
    Well, not exactly on the workbench but I thought I'd share a peek at how my test herb markers did and a new shallow dish treatment that I like (PC Ancient Copper).


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