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  1. Thanks for the ideas! I'm trying it again with a new big mold.
  2. Hi all! I am slip casting a large one piece item. It is drying pretty slowly. Is it best to dry it upside down on some sticks to prop it up for air circulation or just leave it right side up?
  3. drying a large slip cast item - still in the plaster form- is it better to leave it upside down to drop out or will it dry faster right side up?

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    2. terrim8


      It seems to dry/absorb so slow- its still in there! It was the right SG too so I'll keep it right side up . I may have complicated it all by having a paper-plaster mix behind the solid wall.

    3. JohnnyK


      Can you send some pix?

    4. terrim8


      with the next try-  decided to start again- back to the model to remove any imperfections so it will be totally smooth & then I'll insure its a smooth one-shot pour for the plaster.


  4. Sure those are commercial glazes? Everything looks matte and the pigments are so concentrated- looks like sprayed over resists many times - I like it! Looks like I have to make more test tiles and try some undergazes- over glazes
  5. I use a tile sealer on some of my raku work- it dries invisibly.
  6. I was working with cotton linters & Polar Ice last year and left some cotton linters mush in a bucket. It's still wet, mushy & white - no smell. Wonder if there's preservative in it?
  7. A few of us at a shared studio are thinking about building a wood fired kiln. We also want to also use it for salt or soda firings. We have access to some free wood from a mill down the road I thought I'd see what designs people like, pros,cons,etc . Comments, thoughts??? The 300 cubic ft John Thies one looks nice.
  8. Have to hurry up and make a vessel for my fresh cherry brandy mix then. The cherries are still green so I've got about 4 or 5 weeks. It doesn't have to ferment but its an excuse to make a nice vessel. 6000 years ago making wine! That was an interesting article.
  9. podcasts : Marketplace, Planet Money, Freakanomics - its all so interesting & entertaining
  10. with regard to halloysite in Canada: Callie - true- its not mined here & Ive been frustrated for years because I know where there is some, same geologic setting as the NZ deposit except its not right on the coast for handy-dandy extraction, processing & shipping. Can't get the area I know about going due to lack of funding for initial exploration work. I've heard rumors about a possible deposit in Idaho but nothing in production yet. If I ever get a chance to be back in the area that I know about I will grab a big bucket full.
  11. Very paranoid about Silico… hoping the copy/paste stays as is I read a few other tech blogs & when I first saw this my mind finished the sentence differently than intended
  12. you probably already have this book but just in case.....https://www.amazon.com/Kiln-Book-Frederick-L-Olsen/dp/0812221869 prob lots of answers in there I used to have a gas burner ca ternary arch brick kiln and i had to reduce the size of the flue opening - a friend helped me - I probably should have read the book!
  13. I burnt hand in the kitchen again! I'm getting a set of protective raku style gear for the kitchen :angry:

    Plus its such a bad time to have an injury!

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    2. terrim8


      I hate cookin. Problem is I like eatin. :(

    3. oldlady


      so do i.  proof is making potato salad from the pot of potatoes that i forgot and let burn .   sorry looking potatoes with half an inch of black burned skin and meat make fine food when the black is cut off.   don't know what to do with the pot.

    4. Hulk


      Hope you feel bettrsoon terrim!

         ...soak that pot, soak it goood

  14. Anyone know of a good brand or type of polish for smoked pottery that is non-yellowing? Closest I've found so far is Pledge but it doesn't produce a high shine. Beeswax is really yellow (surprise, surprise) and floor paste wax causes the white parts of the terrasig to go yellow too
  15. The arts council thing is what bothers me the most too. Politics & ethics.........
  16. I think my kids watched a movie about this. How its made talks about it too
  17. Go on a tour at Kohler and spy out the cone they fire their porcelain to. The factory is in Wisconsin. Unless you have a similar factory in St.Louis?
  18. Simon Leaches videos show him nodding while throwing. I thought it was involuntary. Simon Leach uses a mirror too. Pretty sure I don't nod. I pull up the pots either looking in the mirror or eyes closed.
  19. there's a thread about it. Its not really a straight line- there is a bit of a wiggle so I think its an s crack. go to this discussion : PS your post is in the wrong section.
  20. The white streaks on the neck of the vase - wonder if that is the marbling coming through?
  21. You will stop looking for new glazes when you "kick the bucket". If you believe in an afterlife, then never. Firing results may vary in heaven vs hell
  22. I went to visit Gary Holt about 7 years ago. He explained his process and it does take more care and safety to work with the metal salts. His work is beautiful and it really has a striking water colour effect. It would be best if you had a background in chemistry to proceed and had all of the personal protective gear and a good place to work. Much of the metal salts are difficult to obtain. He works with southern ice and it takes multiple firings to complete each piece. I've been kicking myself for not buying a piece - just the how-to-video
  23. My wheel acts up too - its a pacifica. I should try to rewire the foot- just been too lazy to try. They have some new shimpos at the studio I belong to - they are sooooo nice
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