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    Crusty got a reaction from liambesaw in Gas VS Electric Kiln   
    Next Question=== > Where is the best place to mount my Pyrometer? its a 3 section kiln, in the middle section?
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    Crusty got a reaction from Bill Kielb in Gas VS Electric Kiln   
    thanks , I was at work and it was a crazy day..  I saved both schedules..  I also purchased a pyrometer to help us out ..  it gets old looking into the kiln to see the black spots LOL.  
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    Crusty got a reaction from Min in Gas VS Electric Kiln   
    yes. 
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    Crusty got a reaction from liambesaw in Gas VS Electric Kiln   
    Simon Leach swears by a cooler air temp after a glaze firing. he says it makes his colors pop more.  I get in the 60s in my basement. hes in a garage, could be even cooler..
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    Crusty got a reaction from liambesaw in Gas VS Electric Kiln   
    Thats nice. i guess we been taking it to easy to slow .. ill get the new elements in saturday or sunday and try a bisque on monday..  im still going slow until 250 F though.. dont need to lose any pots LOL...
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    Crusty reacted to Min in Greek Key style   
    If your customer would go for a slab built rather than a thrown pot then the smaller patterns could be easily done with wood rollers like these: https://mkmpotterytools.com/product/rm-001-medium-handle-roller-square-spiral/ and https://mkmpotterytools.com/product/mrl-09-mini-roller-1-cm-right-slanted-lines/. The larger design could be drawn to get the spacing right then use a straight edge in one hand and a small loop tool in the other to carve them out. You can use the wood roulette wheels on thrown pots but they tend to distort the pot a bit, depending on the thickness of the walls and getting the timing right it might be doable. If you can still get one hand inside the pot to support the area getting stamped that would help.
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    Crusty reacted to Denice in Greek Key style   
    You would have days,  maybe weeks  in learning a new technique like this,  unless you are wanting to delve into this area of design  I would decline.   Denice
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    Crusty reacted to neilestrick in Greek Key style   
    The large design is carved. The smaller designs may be made with stamps and rollers. If it's not your style, like Denice said it could take a while to get the hang of it. I would try to make one first before committing to the order.
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    Crusty got a reaction from Rae Reich in Why make functional ware?   
    For me its simply being creative. i dont care if its clay,oil paint, latex , charcoal.. if im not creating, im not happy inside.. I make functional wares because i love the idea of people using them in their daily life.. i seen a post about the form or forms being hard to create or recreate as these have been around for so long now.. yea that may be true but how about the glaze's..  all the layering that can be done.. The Glazes are endless.. a person can use the same form and use different glazes etc. for years n years and still be creative..
    if someone wants a new area to dabble in, i made Marine Ceramics for reef tanks.. create the forms and bisque fire only-Done.. very good biological filter- the price for live rock vs the price of bisque, you will make a profit..
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    Crusty got a reaction from LeeU in Why make functional ware?   
    For me its simply being creative. i dont care if its clay,oil paint, latex , charcoal.. if im not creating, im not happy inside.. I make functional wares because i love the idea of people using them in their daily life.. i seen a post about the form or forms being hard to create or recreate as these have been around for so long now.. yea that may be true but how about the glaze's..  all the layering that can be done.. The Glazes are endless.. a person can use the same form and use different glazes etc. for years n years and still be creative..
    if someone wants a new area to dabble in, i made Marine Ceramics for reef tanks.. create the forms and bisque fire only-Done.. very good biological filter- the price for live rock vs the price of bisque, you will make a profit..
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    Crusty got a reaction from cbarnes in rolling clay without a slab roller   
    something that will go along with what Neil said.. Make some cutting sticks.. take 2 square sticks about 1 inch square and mark them off like a rule .. cut notches in them so your wire cutting tool can fit and be pulled through the clay, then move up to next measurement you want and pull through clay again etc.  its fast and easy , works very well ..
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    Crusty reacted to Mark C. in Throwing Plates, Different Way?   
    I like a more defined lip on a plate than one that is just raised as in above photo on Chilly's post.
    These wider lips need to be thrown as they will sag at least at high temps if not made right with a curve.
    I agree a plate rim is personal and takes time to master..
    My dinner set I use every day was thrown in 1975 and they are still like that today-I just sold the same type dinnerware set  I have always produced (13 place settings) last Friday.
    The lips are wide and raised. Most commercial ware has that this barely raised lip.
    Mark
    Here was the set last week-its in another state being used everyday now.You can see the wider lips.
     




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    Crusty reacted to neilestrick in Reliable Cone 6 Temmoku Glaze Recipe Oxidation   
    If you run tests in a small kiln but fire work in a larger kiln, you will not get the same results. Little test kilns cool really fast. IF you plan to go that route, I highly recommend getting a digital controller on both kilns so you can do the same cooling cycle on both kilns. At the very least you'll want a digital controller to control the cooling on the small kiln to mimic the cooling cycle in the large kiln, even if you don't have a controller on the large one.
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    Crusty got a reaction from Oddisgood in Another Newbie Question   
    A lot of people use Vinegar in different ways. I keep it simple, i use a toothbrush and water. I rub the brush where i need to attach and it makes slip for me..
     
    Im not sure about WD40- it might give you trouble if you under glaze the piece when green... There is a lady that i know that does mould work, she just dampens the mould with a sponge before she uses it..  I would assume it would be safest to bisque it first so the oils can burn out.. I dont think i would use it myself, most clay related materials use water or water based materials..
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    Crusty got a reaction from Rae Reich in Almost There   
    Thanks everyone.. Its been a busy around here but things are finally slowing down to a more normal pace...
     
     


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    Crusty got a reaction from ChenowethArts in Almost There   
    Finally, all moved in the new house.. Got the basement ready or at least able to start making pots again.. I never thought it would take this long..I did start a new job in the mean time, i really like it and i get more time off and make more $$$$ woot woot... Had to update our electric service and run proper electric to the kiln..Built a 12X16 covered deck in the back with a nice sized fire pit where we can do some wood/raku firings... Had to make a few minor repairs to the homestead then of course get past the holidays... We now have a pretty good start on a place where we can be happy and make different styles of pottery..
      Started throwing pots last week and like they say, its like riding a bike... One thing i noticed is that i am finding my balance.. Im not in a hurry to make a certain number of pots or to make the perfect pot.. I still stay with the normal "rules" so to speak but if something is a tad off here or there it dont bother me as much and i just go with it... I am finding a controlled looseness that i really enjoy... I can throw 20 of the same form and have the same dimensions yet no two are the same..Reminds me of Impressionism in paintings... 
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    Crusty reacted to oldlady in Almost There   
    this is all really good, happy news.  congrats!
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    Crusty reacted to flowerdry in Almost There   
    Welcome back to your clay journey. May it be joyful and full of discovery.
     
    Personally,  I've always had trouble with the bicycle thing.  Even after a few days of not throwing, I feel off when I start up again.  And, coming back to it after 30 years, I felt (and threw) like a beginner.  Guess I'm slow.
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    Crusty reacted to Cavy Fire Studios in Almost There   
    I was wondering where you went! Congrats on the new pad! Totally jelly.
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    Crusty reacted to Denice in Almost There   
    It's great to be in a house that is  suited to your clay work.  You can picture yourself being there for a long time.  Congratulations   Denice
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    Crusty reacted to Marcia Selsor in Almost There   
    Congratulations on settling in to your improved lifestyle. May you have a very good New Year!
    marcia
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    Crusty got a reaction from vinks in Almost There   
    Finally, all moved in the new house.. Got the basement ready or at least able to start making pots again.. I never thought it would take this long..I did start a new job in the mean time, i really like it and i get more time off and make more $$$$ woot woot... Had to update our electric service and run proper electric to the kiln..Built a 12X16 covered deck in the back with a nice sized fire pit where we can do some wood/raku firings... Had to make a few minor repairs to the homestead then of course get past the holidays... We now have a pretty good start on a place where we can be happy and make different styles of pottery..
      Started throwing pots last week and like they say, its like riding a bike... One thing i noticed is that i am finding my balance.. Im not in a hurry to make a certain number of pots or to make the perfect pot.. I still stay with the normal "rules" so to speak but if something is a tad off here or there it dont bother me as much and i just go with it... I am finding a controlled looseness that i really enjoy... I can throw 20 of the same form and have the same dimensions yet no two are the same..Reminds me of Impressionism in paintings... 
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    Crusty got a reaction from Cavy Fire Studios in Almost There   
    Finally, all moved in the new house.. Got the basement ready or at least able to start making pots again.. I never thought it would take this long..I did start a new job in the mean time, i really like it and i get more time off and make more $$$$ woot woot... Had to update our electric service and run proper electric to the kiln..Built a 12X16 covered deck in the back with a nice sized fire pit where we can do some wood/raku firings... Had to make a few minor repairs to the homestead then of course get past the holidays... We now have a pretty good start on a place where we can be happy and make different styles of pottery..
      Started throwing pots last week and like they say, its like riding a bike... One thing i noticed is that i am finding my balance.. Im not in a hurry to make a certain number of pots or to make the perfect pot.. I still stay with the normal "rules" so to speak but if something is a tad off here or there it dont bother me as much and i just go with it... I am finding a controlled looseness that i really enjoy... I can throw 20 of the same form and have the same dimensions yet no two are the same..Reminds me of Impressionism in paintings... 
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    Crusty got a reaction from Marcia Selsor in Almost There   
    Finally, all moved in the new house.. Got the basement ready or at least able to start making pots again.. I never thought it would take this long..I did start a new job in the mean time, i really like it and i get more time off and make more $$$$ woot woot... Had to update our electric service and run proper electric to the kiln..Built a 12X16 covered deck in the back with a nice sized fire pit where we can do some wood/raku firings... Had to make a few minor repairs to the homestead then of course get past the holidays... We now have a pretty good start on a place where we can be happy and make different styles of pottery..
      Started throwing pots last week and like they say, its like riding a bike... One thing i noticed is that i am finding my balance.. Im not in a hurry to make a certain number of pots or to make the perfect pot.. I still stay with the normal "rules" so to speak but if something is a tad off here or there it dont bother me as much and i just go with it... I am finding a controlled looseness that i really enjoy... I can throw 20 of the same form and have the same dimensions yet no two are the same..Reminds me of Impressionism in paintings... 
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    Crusty got a reaction from Joseph Fireborn in Almost There   
    Finally, all moved in the new house.. Got the basement ready or at least able to start making pots again.. I never thought it would take this long..I did start a new job in the mean time, i really like it and i get more time off and make more $$$$ woot woot... Had to update our electric service and run proper electric to the kiln..Built a 12X16 covered deck in the back with a nice sized fire pit where we can do some wood/raku firings... Had to make a few minor repairs to the homestead then of course get past the holidays... We now have a pretty good start on a place where we can be happy and make different styles of pottery..
      Started throwing pots last week and like they say, its like riding a bike... One thing i noticed is that i am finding my balance.. Im not in a hurry to make a certain number of pots or to make the perfect pot.. I still stay with the normal "rules" so to speak but if something is a tad off here or there it dont bother me as much and i just go with it... I am finding a controlled looseness that i really enjoy... I can throw 20 of the same form and have the same dimensions yet no two are the same..Reminds me of Impressionism in paintings... 
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