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  1. I used to do this a lot in my outdoor gas kiln. It is correct to use a glaze with a significant quantity of clay in the recipe. Just go by the book- slow warm up - (its called candling) even overnight then start the regular firing in the morning. I used recipes specifically for once firing - some even went on as a slip right after trimming. Dry things really well. Everything has to shrink and fit together at the same rate.
  2. I will miss them-it's Leslie's too right? I used to pick up things at Leslie's in Berkeley, then they moved to Richmond and joined up with Aftosa - I used to buy a lot of odd sized kiln posts and put them in my carry on luggage (and stains that were on sale) for customs to inspect coming back home to Canada . Gave them something interesting to do.
  3. I have Arne's book too and I've visited Gary Holt in Berkeley to see his beautiful high temp work on southern ice. But I'm interested in the low T work too. Gary didn't toss anything down the drain- when I was there he advised me to wear protective clothing, mask & goggles & gloves..... and work in a ventilated area and make very, very small amounts solutions - only what you would use up on your project. The problem for me is getting the ingredients - a few are somewhat easy to obtain but in Canada most are too difficult to get unless you are a commercial lab. So far I've made a few things with polar ice at cone 6 but the lower T processes seem really interesting - you'll have to post results! Any skiers on the hill yet? I've started an exercise program to get these old bones moving for winter!
  4. 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

      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

      JohnnyK

      Can you send some pix?

    4. terrim8

      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.

       

  5. 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?
  6. 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.
  7. podcasts : Marketplace, Planet Money, Freakanomics - its all so interesting & entertaining
  8. 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
  9. 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

      terrim8

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

    3. oldlady

      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

      Hulk

      Hope you feel bettrsoon terrim!

         ...soak that pot, soak it goood

  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. moved the wheel back into the basement from the outdoor shed.

    any other cold weather people starting to get cabin fever yet?

    It's a real thing :blink:

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    2. Pres

      Pres

      Snow and ice here in PA, seems like one storm quits and another is behind it. 4hrs a day shoveling and scraping just isn't fun.

       

      best,

      Pres

    3. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      Maybe you folks can build snowmen and creative with your carving tools to make it interesting...:).

    4. Pres

      Pres

      Spend too much time in the snow as it is. The ice is granular, and not very carvable. It does not pack, and is very heavy. What bit of snow is there is between layers of the ice.

       

  13. It's a bit chilly here this week and my wheel is in a shed that is outdoors with a gas heater. -27C so maybe I should think of something else to do.

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    2. Callie Beller Diesel

      Callie Beller Diesel

      Oh you're trying that too, eh? I started mine at about 1. 

    3. oldlady

      oldlady

      terri, were you ever a weatherperson in florida???  their vocabulary list contains only two words,  "chilly" or "warm".  it is NEVER cold or hot.    i think your temp reading places you in the definitely instantly freezing category.

    4. terrim8

      terrim8

      should have said "a tad chilly" like the Brits :unsure:

  14. Thanks! Going to try a small one myself first though. I'm not a production potter so It'll be a one -off for me
  15. I love bacon so that would be good for me!
  16. how does it work? I see a hole for drainage but do you lay the bacon over the edge?
  17. still haven't had a chance to make any cone 10 stuff but I'll get there. Maybe we can go in the spring for a change?

    1. Callie Beller Diesel

      Callie Beller Diesel

      It would save freezing our butts off. 

    2. terrim8

      terrim8

      wouldn't it be great if that actually worked?  (butt freezing) Like that "cool sculpting" you see advertised all over the place :o

    3. Callie Beller Diesel

      Callie Beller Diesel

      But then we couldn't get all ragey about the guilt tactics that diet manufacturers and health clubs use this time of year!

  18. when i'm mixing small test glazes - (paper cup sized quantities) I use a nail brush over the sieve and that works well - so I can see how the big drill brush would be great for large volumes!
  19. I just bought 2 of Akira's mugs before Christmas, then had to get two more as every time I went to the cupboard my husband already had them in use . They're my favourite!
  20. Is this the stuff with a pool of clear glaze at the bottom of a bowl? Just looked at the original post & that's what I thought it was. Too bad it splinters!
  21. Small world! A lot of anthems of my youth - scaring myself to look at the videos on you tube now though - all the grey hair - yikes we all got old!
  22. Sadly these days- not music! Podcasts : Marketplace, Planet Money, the Indicator, Science Friday, ...(sometimes Fresh Air ) If I do put on music its usually heavily tilted towards Oscar Peterson, then Deadmau5, Dyalla, Eddie Harris & Les McCann, Herbie Hancock, Moby, Thelonius Monk, The Byrds, Eric Burden & the Animals
  23. A lot of pit fired work is bisqued to a low temperature such as 017. I've bisqued to 04, then pit-fired the pottery and am still happy with my results - its all trial and error to see what you like. Forgot to mention - my stuff isn't vitrified - just decorative.
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