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Callie Beller Diesel

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  1. If the timer has enough time on it, there's a cone in the cone sitter and the speed dial and thumbwheel are both set on something other than manual, it should be going as long as the elements aren't worn out. So that leads to more questions. Have your firings been taking longer lately? Are the elements lying down? How many firings do you have on it/did you buy it used?
  2. Bel Decal’s instructions say that their metallic and china paint decals can be used on glass. So I assume it can be done. But I also know that some stained glass doesn’t do well with heat. Check what the glass manufacturer says about the specific colour way you’re using.
  3. Usually lustres are fired at cone 020-018, roughly in the same neighbourhood as slumping temperatures. So it depends what you want to do with them. The might be compatible with some stained glass, but some glass colours will change at those temperatures.
  4. You will have to test everything if you want to mix colours. Underglaze colours don’t mix like paint, and often they don’t even mix intuitively. You can’t always apply the usual colour theory rules to them, and intensity can be difficult to gauge. I’d make some colour mix samples, the same way watercolour artists do, to refer back to as you decorate your work.
  5. @oldlady Jim Butcher is an urban fantasy author who's largest and most ongoing series is the 15-book-and-counting Dresden Files. They follow the adventures of Harry Dresden, Chicago's resident wizard. Pres and I discovered we were both reading him in the "what are you listening to in your studio" thread earlier this year. If you'd like more details I'd be happy to share them in dm, but I should probably stop hijacking the thread here.
  6. I mean, you don't live in Canada without learning how to drive in the winter. We'd be at home too much otherwise. I was thinking the boxes would be ideal for butter, as it comes in 1 lb bricks here. These are of a size that they should be able to hold half a pound easily. ( @Pres, yeah Mr. Butcher and I were friends off for a few minutes over that one! There's more than a few bombshells in this one.)
  7. @Pres I’ve only just started making them, but I think the wax resist designs have a lot of potential for play. And the snow won’t last at this point. It’s supposed to go back up around freezing next week. (Also Pres, did you read the latest Dresden yet?)
  8. What Liam said. Another problem with wood ash is that it’s so variable in composition from batch to batch. Typically anyone using ash in a glaze will create a large batch, or homogenize several smaller ones so that results will be consistent over time. You're already dealing with one variable material in the form of a “wild” clay. I would think it’d be a lot easier to amend with ball clay and neph sye as recommended, at least until you’ve worked with the clay enough to establish what it’s working properties are.
  9. I’d be concerned about using wood ash. It can be quite caustic in glazes, especially unwashed.
  10. I agree fully with what's already been said about standing by everything you put out, and being identifiable to people who may be interested in more of what you have to offer. When you say "soulless" pots, it evokes certain images of boring/unengaging work, or stuff you don't like making: stopgap items that you hate. When I was being taught professional practices more than 20 years ago in art school, there was a prevailing attitude of snobbery toward making things that paid the bills or having a bread and butter line, as they were probably distractions from our "real" work. It went a
  11. I can also confirm that my third quarter is also the best one I've ever had. It has been due to existing customers or social media followers reaching out and placing orders, and my usual summer farmer's market. Because it was one of the only venues that was open and had pottery available at it, people took some serious advantage. I'm actually glad that one of my consignment outlets went under and that I was able to reclaim the stock from them, or I wouldn't have been able to keep up!
  12. In regards to the firing, is it in an electric or a gas kiln?
  13. @Bam2015 @neilestrick It should be noted that the OP has stated they're Canadian (and in my province!). Age and proximity to retirement have no bearing on what you pay in taxes on an RRSP when you withdraw money from it. RRSPs are tax deferral vehicles where any money you invest grows interest free until withdrawal. When you withdraw money, it's treated as income and taxed at the applicable bracket. So if you pull the whole thing all at once, it's still a really bad idea, especially since it'll be added to this year's employment income if you do it before January.
  14. The good news is that no, glazes don't go bad. They're a combination of a few different minerals, and as long as they're thoroughly mixed, they should be able to be used almost indefinitely. The thing is though, you have to get all the heavy stuff off the bottom, and all the lumps out, or you're not working with the full recipe. If you have a significant portion of the ingredients still on the bottom of the bucket, it will affect the outcome of the glaze. If they've been sitting for a few years with no mixing, glazes will settle and hardpan. Some glazes will do this worse than others, as you'
  15. Moved this to the Clay and Glaze Chemistry section to get it more visibility
  16. For instance, I wish that someone had been able to tell me how long it takes to get established, and that it wasn't a failing on my part to be taking so long. If a more typical retail business takes 3-5 years to operate profitably, it can take us 5-8, or even more. For favourite tools, I designed myself a weekly/monthly calendar that has space in the back for special order forms and a section where I can track what I sold at different sales to decide if it was profitable or not. I do not do well with electronic planners. I spend too much time online as it is. The book on finances and
  17. Because of a recent post from a new forum member wanting to transition rapidly from paid employment to owning their own business, I'd like to pose a question to some of the members that are farther along in their careers. The original thread had a lot of us sounding maybe a bit harsh about jumping in headlong, which can be discouraging, and I know all of us want to see others succeed. The list of things NOT to do is long and varied, but what is often more important is the list of things you can or should do that's beneficial. I wanted to make a list of things that CAN be done to get going on a
  18. Waaaaay back in high school, a classmate wanted to refire a piece she'd painted with acrylic because she changed her mind and wanted to glaze it instead. Most of the paint did burn out, but there was some colour residue left in some areas. In hindsight, it was probably some form of mineral pigment being used in the paint, one that would survive ceramic temperatures. So it might depend a little on the quality of acrylic paint used in the first place.
  19. @kristinanoelVideo is worth a million words! Thank you. It's a bit tricky to tell because of the time lapse, but are you bracing your elbow into your body and using your body weight to centre by leaning in?
  20. @dirtball Ok. You’re in Medicine Hat. I’m in Calgary. Check your dm’s. I may have a suggestion, especially if you’re willing to relocate.
  21. The amount you add to a glaze in order to flocculate it properly isn’t significant enough to affect the chemistry, no. If you add too much to a glaze batch, it’ll clump up to the consistency of your reclaim, and at that point you can’t apply it to a pot. Sue Macleod is the queen of teaching about glaze flocculation. Her blog here is an excellent one. https://suemcleodceramics.com/how-to-make-a-saturated-epsom-salt-solution-to-flocculate-your-glazes/
  22. Normally I'd say beware of adding vinegar, but I find this glaze needs flocculating anyways. I usually do epsom salt solution, but vinegar could maybe do double duty. But as Min says, keep it separate from the new batch just in case. (Very jealous you got the last of it. I am testing to find a base that has the same colour response and COE.)
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