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Callie Beller Diesel

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  1. Just because it turned up in another thread, you can add paper pulp to your attaching slip, and you don't have to score. This does have a stink factor if left for too long. I imagine bleach might cure that, though.
  2. There's probably more room for a galley in the body of the pot, rather than just on the lid:) Seriously though, I make a lot of covered jars, and I prefer putting the gallery in the pot. I find the way it squishes into being very satisfying. Although if I'm making teapots, the lid gets a flange.
  3. Thank you every one for weighing in! I did actually go with the square, as I liked the idea of being able to eventually turn it into a proper till for sales closer to home. Also, they seem to have fixed a lot of the bugs that came up in previous threads. JLowes, what do you mean about not wanting to accept debit cards through Paypal Here? Is that to say you don't want to accept your customers debit cards, or that Paypal sends you debit cards?
  4. I'm not gonna comment on the student/teacher dynamic that seems to be going on here. Sad things happened to your clay work. The rebound off of that can be painful, and learning to deal with the rebound is yet another thing to have to figure out in order to work in any art form. (Many potters have been found in the company of the occasional beer..) I find the discussion about blame allocation to be unhelpful. In terms of the technical bits, if you don't own a copy of Daniel Rhodes' "Clay and Glazes for the Potter", it can be had for $50 CA used, so I'm sure you can find it cheaper. It was my undergrad glaze and clay text. If your brain box is being twigged by the idea of mixing a clay body, it, or other similar books (suggestions, anyone?) are likely a valuable investment in your six year plan. There is an awesome thread started by BigLou that details his journey formulating his clay bodies. It lists many good resources. Using any kind of $(!? mix reclaim is a crap shoot. Are there any suppliers in your area that sell dry bags of their prepared clays? If they do, you might try doctoring one of those to your taste. I wish you much better luck with the next round! Cal
  5. Does this NOT happen to anyone?? Hang in there. I find this is the dark before the dawn of a breakthrough. Cal
  6. I knew a potter who saved all his glaze scrap and sintered them into disk shapes that he used as stepping stones in his garden.
  7. I get image envy a lot. Who was it that said "comparison is the thief of joy"? The converse side is that perhaps your images are admired by others for qualities you embody better than they do. I'm not sure I have the patience to execute your level of colourwork, Chris.
  8. Ask your friend specifically, so you know for sure, if they wish to learn the process, or if they wish to have product at the end of the week. If they want to learn process, go cylinder. If he wants something at the end, go bowl. Good luck! Cal
  9. I would suggest that wall mounted storage is very valuable for small spaces. (L brackets and plywood are my friends). Anything that can do double duty is awesome. I have one of those big plastic tubs that holds my reclaim. It is topped off with a 20" bat, so it doubles as a table in close proximity to my wheel. The bat is actually a bit narrower than the bucket, so it doesn't tip over. I also favour 5 gallon buckets for glaze, so they're light enough to stack on top of each other for a smaller footprint. My 3 slabs for plaster are 1' square and 3" thick. When not in use, they can be stored on their sides. Hope this helps! Cal
  10. Speaking of display shelf images, Mark, would you mind horribly making that image of your portable shelves available again? I'm trying to describe them to my husband, and I'm failing miserably. Thank you so much! Cal
  11. As it turns out, Plainsman Clay also runs DigitalFire.com. Ask them. They're pretty free with that kind of technical info.
  12. I Dude! I almost spit tea out my nose!! Alberta slip is a blended clay designed by Plainsman Clay out of Medicine Hat to be a substitute for Albany clay. It's very plastic, loaded with iron, and melts into a glaze by itself at ^10. Not ideal for kiln wash by any stretch. If you tried calcining it to 1000*c, well...it might be a bit more than calcined. Some good fire clays and stonewares come out of my neck of the woods, but nothing really in the way of primary clays or kaolins. The deposits are too far away from the parent rock.
  13. Since I'm kind of in the position of beginning to set up shop, I think mentorship desperately needs to be on that list somewhere. What you don't know can and will kill you, and there are times when you don't even know what you don't know. You know?
  14. I will say that the Canadian version of the Propay website looks super sketchy at the moment. I don't know if they're updating, or what.
  15. I am getting back into the game after a few years of hiatus. I'm taking the plunge, and going for the mobile device credit card option. I have read some of the other threads on this topic, but I notice several of them are now 2 +years old. This can be a lifetime for some tech, and there has been time to fix bugs and create new ones. I want to know opinions on Square vs Propay vs Gopayment. Canadian input is extra valuable if there is any difference in services, but all is welcome:) Cal
  16. I've never noticed a green tinge to this one. I like this one specifically because it is so toasty.
  17. Argh. The recipe is 39 neph sye 17 kaolin (epk) 16 soda ash 13 ball clay 9 kona feldspar 6 red art I know you mentioned hating the soda ash, but the carbon trap is soooo nice. I wear tight fitting nitrile gloves (latex=itchy). As a plus, this glaze NEVER hard pans. Cal
  18. Phil, I agree with TJR, red art in shino is where it's at!! I find shino crawling to be heavily related to thickness of application. I also notice that how it looks once the glaze has dried will tell you if it will crawl. Rub out the little crack lines with your finger, and I find this helps. Here's an image of the shino recipe below. The repaired mug is a much darker clay than the other cup. Maybe putting a red art wash under your existing recipe would do something interesting?
  19. Scrape and bake, granny green ware, paint your own pottery places. See also, "oh, my neighbour does ceramics"...
  20. It sounds like you already do! I am familiar with those crocks . It's not the shape that dictates the cost, it's the freight from Germany on those puppies. The tricky part in making one will be finding or formulating a glaze that will resist the acid attack of 6 weeks worth of lactic acid fermentation. Glazes, as well as clay, are made of minerals, that if mixed and fired improperly can be slowly dissolved by even mild acids such as coffee or tea. Some of those minerals fall into harmless categories, some don't. If the wrong ones leach out, you can inadvertently add small quantities of things like heavy metals into your sauerkraut. Personally, I like mine with a bit of caraway seed rather than iron contaminants:) Higher temperatures than any low fire clay will tolerate are needed to form the glass within both clay and glaze that would make it food safe under the kind of abuse you're talking about. It IS doable with a lot of testing, and if you want to learn the process, this is an excellent place to find a lot of good information and support. Good luck! Cal
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