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Callie Beller Diesel

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  1. @oldlady It’s mostly a StatsCan thing. The government just wants to be able to track trends within industries. It doesn’t change the amount of tax you do or don’t pay. edited to add: Mostly because we’re self employed, our taxes are figured based on our gross earnings, minus any tax credits or deductions we may be eligible for. Office expenses are office expenses, whether you’re an accountant using a printer for documents, or an artist printing business cards or shipping labels. Equipment is depreciated, whether it’s a welding rig or a kiln. Mileage can be calculated and deducted a
  2. I believe I’m under manufacture as well, but I can check with my accountant if you want confirmation. (I do my own book keeping, I leave the filing to her.)
  3. They’re a job to break down, and you need to make sure there’s room in the firebox for all the nails.
  4. I’ve never really heard of kiln shelves being made successfully, but that could work for saggars, where warping is less of a concern. Is the wood being used for convenience as a fuel, or are you looking for a specific effect? If you’re just using the wood for fuel and ash accumulation on the ware isn’t important, I have fired wood kilns using shipping pallets. I think the composition of those varies, depending on where they’re originally made. If you do this, only use the ones that haven’t been treated with chemicals, or you’ll be breathing in all kinds of bad stuff. The heat treated
  5. @LeeUThey’re delightful! Whoever said art needed to be serious all the time? And who wants to hang with the guy that said it? He sounds like no fun.
  6. My impulse would be to take the item to a very low bisque (010) so that it’s *just sintered, and use a non-ceramic finish to colour.
  7. @Jen WC They’re those brown folded paper towels you usually find in public washroom dispensers. Sometimes called tri-fold.
  8. Aahhhhh! The home page is much better. The next step you need to take, whether you choose to DIY this, or hire it out, is to make a list of what you want your website to do for you. Do you want to sell things on it? Do you want to collect people’s emails for a newsletter? Do you want to let them know where they can find your work in other shops (stockists)? Do you want to let people know about your show schedule when that gets going again? Do you want to let people know how to contact you? Do you want a gallery that’s separate from your shop? Do you want a brief introduction to you and yo
  9. Another option might be to hire out a redesign. I was just poking around on the Wix website because I wanted to make sure, but they do have a marketplace where you can hire a freelancer at a wide variety of affordable price points. The options I was presented with were mostly in my province, so I assume you'd be presented with folks that are closer to your location should you open the same page. It would save a lot of time and harassment if you're not as code inclined. If you're going to hire a professional, you should decide if you want to do the upkeep or hire it out, and then make a li
  10. @Stephen It’s been about 2 weeks since the OP made this post. I can see she has made some alterations, but it’s likely going to take her awhile to get through all the suggestions, especially as someone working part time on it. It’s still awkward to use on an IPhone XR, although there does appear to have been a bit of an update. There are some issues tapping on the bottom drop down options if you have one of the menus expanded: it wants to slide below the edge of the screen.
  11. I once kept some pieces I’d intended to soda fire for 10 years before I was able to get to it again. I knew they’d be waiting a while (at the time I was thinking maybe 6 months), so I ran the pieces through the bisque after they’d been glazed. They sat in a box and survived a couple of moves.
  12. I’ve always wondered how rebuilding an electric kiln for a higher temperature would affect any insurance polices. You’d be invalidating any safety certifications it would have had.
  13. @CeeJay I think it actually might have been someone’s custom build. It’s marked clearly as an FT31, but that’s not a number they manufactured a lot of, I guess. I gave Arturo the numbers on the plate and he sent me 2 wiring diagrams, and my kiln uses elements of both. It’s got the thumb wheel, a timer, a kiln sitter, and it has a really rudimentary set of servo motors that turns the kiln up at different rates. It’s like a weird steampunk version of an electronic control panel.
  14. Shhhh! It looks deliberate. No one else noticed this. I like the soft lines.
  15. Shrinking is normal. All clay shrinks as it looses water, and it will shrink more in the glaze fire.
  16. I don’t know who thinks less of planters. People who have boring houses with no plants, I suppose.
  17. Hi Fuller and welcome! Just as a heads up, if your wet pots freeze, they’ll break apart and collapse as they thaw.
  18. I agree with Sorce about refiring probably making the pooling situation worse. Will it be necessarily harmful to use as is? Probably not. Will it break down eventually because of that thick pool on the bottom? Probably. Verdict: use it yourself to find out *exactly* how that works and what it’s like, but don’t sell it or give it away.
  19. I think he’s just working with might just be straight oxides, perhaps with some flux added. I think the uneven drying of inside vs outside of the pot in order to create that rough, cracking texture, similar but milder than the sodium silicate effect is what he’s after. The fact that the slip or glaze is changing somewhat under the blowtorch is likely just a side effect that he’s taking advantage of.
  20. If your elements have dark spots, that’s a strong indication your elements are dying, along with the fact that it’s firing that unevenly. Elements can be shot, and still be in place and upright. Testing your resistance is a quick and easy way to confirm that, yes. If you don’t own a proper meter, make sure you get one that can be used on a stove. There are ones that don’t read up to that level of voltage, and they’re cheaper, so you might be tempted.
  21. Gas kilns tend to be outfitted with sensible peep plugs that are made out of one form of insulating brick or other. Electrics mostly come with slipcast ones that are breakable and stupid. Or maybe not stupid from the point of view of whoever manufactures them.
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