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Rae Reich

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  1. I like to do this, too. Two advantages: the piece being glazed can be dipped/covered evenly and, a smaller amount of glaze is needed so that last 1/4 bucket or small batch can be stretched out.
  2. Cats - don't piss them off. They know which things you love.
  3. I don't need the volume of a Talisman, but thanks for reminding me that I have an old broad and shallow sink not being used out back! I've been using a standard laundry tub for clean-up, and don't like hauling heavy buckets in or out of it. The perfect solution
  4. I've always used an old credit card to squeegee the glaze, but I think I'll try a soft, hand-held brush. Don't think I want another power tool to depend on.
  5. Your sinks won't be draining into the sewage system, so not the problem. It's the baths/kitchen sink that need to be closer together. I would move the second toilet to the intersection of bath and kitchen walls so they can share vents and drains. plastic drain is cheaper to run long lines, but you pay for cleanout by the foot, too
  6. Looking at your water plumbing and wondering why it's so spread out. You could save quite a bit by bunching as much as possible close together or at least locating everything on one side of the building, preferably an exterior wall.
  7. My BrentC has the extensions, but I don't throw standing, I sit on a tall stool. This allows me to extend my legs more and sit a bit straighter. I have a couple of wooden crates for the pedal and other foot,
  8. Just a hint about informing customers, a positive statement like "hand wash only" is better than "not dishwasher safe." They should expect to take extra care with your original creations.
  9. Just remembered Mark's covered shelves at his local sales venue. If your pottery storage is long-term or you won't need to access individual pots, maybe that would work well for you.
  10. Heavy plastic won't be any more dust proof than lighter plastic. Both will deteriorate eventually. Before investing in that, test lightweight plastic dropcloth and sheer curtain from the dollar store. Nothing will be as good as cupboard doors, but even lighter coverage will make a difference. Heavy stuff is not easy to reach into without uncovering everything. Imho. also, fabric is washable. Your budget is not bad for all that you plan to accomplish. Some or all could be converted to living space, should you need extra income, with your thoughtful extra kitchen and bath areas. I ran a crew of friends to build an addition and a studio. I think I wouldn't have gotten it done as fast (several months) if I hadn't had them live here during the week. No problems with tardiness or no-shows. Two tents pitched in the yard, a camper-trailer and a van and wonderful neighbors who didn't complain about extra cars and noise here in the middle of the city. Cultivate a great relationship with officials/inspectors and never argue with them about requirements.
  11. Mind if I ask what your budget is for this Claystravaganza? What happens to Ohio concrete floors in coldest weather? Wonder if it would be worthwhile to install heating into the floor? Would help with drying after hosing. ( I wouldn't seal it, either way) Be sure to scrape off excess tenmoku before stepping into your shower (! ) I thought I was fancy by having a studio toilet - really does cut down on tracking clay into the house. I like your circular workpath. "to keep the pots from getting as dusty; thought about some kind of drop cloth system to cover the pots when not in use" Tension curtain/shower curtain rods, draped with fabric, could be placed selectively on/over wooden shelves. Polyester curtains are large and inexpensive, sheer enough to see through and already sewn with rod pockets or loops. If the shelves are metal racks, curtains can be suspended by S-hooks or clothespins. I ran all my studio electric at 4' above floor (with a couple extra outlets on ceiling in the center of the workspace). Outdoor covers are helpful when hosing.
  12. Very interesting and entertaining! She went down several rabbit holes in her inclusive research and describes reasons and methods well enough to use as jumping off points, as well as good descriptions of "failures." Thanks! Added to my Kindle library.
  13. If you haven't pulled yourself along by your elbows lately, be prepared to awaken some muscle groups!
  14. That's a lovely concept for bonsai. Because you cannot know the sizes and habits of the little trees until they grow, it would be best if the pot, although looking very airy, was very well balanced and stable.
  15. Doc, I don't think you can have a glaze that stands up and holds its shape like frosting (too fluid when melted), but white earthenware clay , thinned out a bit to act like buttercream in a pastry tube, would hold its shape and probably self-glaze when overfired. At least it has for me. You'd have to do some tests.
  16. Lol! How big is your furnace that fires 50 bricks at once? (Fewer if sculpted for the Rae/Ishtar Gate )
  17. Flying in from the west, you can see there are still some massive brickworks carved into the landscape. So much great brickwork in need of restoration, though. Hope there's more money available for that than there used to be. @glazenerd, I envy you that experience.
  18. Truthfully, I always wanted my own Ishtar Gate since I first saw it <3
  19. One of my fellow students, back in school, did a self-portrait sculpture of herself hunched over a wheel that was attached to her ankle with a massive chain. Mine was so complicated it was never finished.....
  20. I like the bullnose brick that make the rounded edges.
  21. In addition to the glaze transfers (there's something so appealing about those blue/white designs) you have some beautiful textural and architectural glazes! These bricks make a beautiful, durable surface for exterior walls with one pass of the contractor. When I visited St Louis, MO, I enjoyed the creative variations of bricklaying to be seen downtown. It seemed those bricklayers put some thought into the individuality available to them. Imagine what can be done with more variety of color and surface available.
  22. This is a high-fire glaze which has a lot of rutile. Not possible to use this glaze on earthenware, but there might be something similar in cone 06 you could use.
  23. Those cups look like production-made blanks that the artist has glazed with his own designs. Might be possible to track down blank, plain-glazed cups from the same manufacturer.
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