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  1. just recycled a s___t load of Polar Ice. Its so expensive that you can't toss this stuff. Made out of  New Zealand halloysite. 

     

    1. Min

      Min

       

      Speaking of Plainsman, have you used any of their clays in ^10 soda?

    2. terrim8

      terrim8

      For salt & soda : P700, H570 & H550. I like them all but 570 mixed with 550 is my favourite & it has a few speckles - Callie recommended that mix. The P700 is nice and even translucent a bit in part,even covered with slip when you hold something up to the light! I guess so far I have only used their clay. 

      Plainsman doesn't get involved in exploration, other than within a short radius around Medicine Hat.

    3. Min

      Min

      Thanks Terri! 

       

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  2. Still freezing.  I hate 'pages". Working on a small catalogue & things keep disappearing. Grrrrr..... #$@&^%**!!! software. And no- you tube isn't helpful so far- grrrrrrrr

    1. terrim8

      terrim8

      ashamed to say that I called in one of my kids to help- I used word - which I'm used to and she'll convert it to pages that has a prettier template- Some days...............

    2. High Bridge Pottery

      High Bridge Pottery

      That's what kids are for :D I used to type up most of my mums stuff because it would take me 1/10th of the time.

    3. LeeU

      LeeU

      Problem is the conversion from Word etc. to Pages etc.and vice-versa is not always a two-way street. It is hard to shift from one system to another when one way is virtually automatic from years of experience and the "new" one has been perversely set up to be "backwards" & everything is in weird places. I feel your pain! 

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  3. freezing in my basement studio today :ph34r:

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Not been in my studio since mid November. Had the flu most of December, and the 0-10 degree weather does not suit me these days. I can heat my studio, just did not feel like doing it this year.

  4. I wish there was an easy way to turn a caternary arch kiln into a salt kiln. I'm too lazy to rebuild it so I guess driving across the province to a salt kiln is my only option right now.

    1. terrim8

      terrim8

      I thought of that but I currently have a brick up (then brick down) style door and part of that  is scavenged soft brick. Looks like a few "denaros" would be required to build a door. 

    2. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      The bricks can be coated on the insides. You can then spray the salt in thru the burners via a garden sprayer.

    3. terrim8

      terrim8

      the ITC stuff??? Or is there another product? Do you have to be concerned about it falling off into the ware??? Do you use it?

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  5. taking a break- going skiing tomorrow!:ph34r:

    1. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      Have fun!

      Marcia

       

    2. High Bridge Pottery

      High Bridge Pottery

      Keep those skis together!

       

    3. terrim8

      terrim8

      wow- I was pretty shaky yesterday. Have to go every day now to get my ski-legs back.

  6. heading to Medalta again for a week!

    1. terrim8

      terrim8

      Mold making all week with different kinds of machinery!

    2. Callie Beller Diesel

      Callie Beller Diesel

      Jealous! Are you going to check out that store with the weird spray painted tumbleweeds again?

    3. terrim8

      terrim8

      No- I didn't have time! The course was extremely concentrated time wise. i even showed up early as the key fob lets you in- like 6 am once! It might have been easier if I had some experience with it but I didn't and it moved fast. only 1 lathe too so I tried to get in early for that. And it was HOT!!!!!! I didn't even have time for carrot cake!

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  7. I took a Shibori style fabric dye course. The concepts are useful for ceramics too and there are some common ingredients. Lots of fun!

    1. Roberta12

      Roberta12

      gotta google that!!

       

    2. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      sounds like fun!

       

    3. terrim8

      terrim8

      we've always used pattern resists but there's some ideas that translate other than fabric folding.

  8. I made a large porcelain bowl. It is 14 inches tall and 22 inches in diameter. Think I need to support it for the cone 6 firing?

    1. terrim8

      terrim8

      the foot is kind of small- about 6 inches diameter. It's handbuilt- not thrown.

    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Depends on the clay, wall thickness. The fact you are not sure, suggests maybe you should.

    3. Roberta12

      Roberta12

      Let us know what you do and the outcome. I always wonder about those things.

  9. just realized why I like Plainsmans M340 cone 6 body. It has muscovite in it! I just ribbed a pie plate very smoothly and noticed the sparkles in the sun.

    1. glazenerd
    2. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      I had a student /rancher that said Plainsman clay got their clay from her Montana ranch. I don't know what part of a clay body it is. I have used M340 when I taught in Billings.

       

    3. terrim8

      terrim8

      interesting- they are close to the border so I guess they operate all around the area.

  10. how long would it take you to throw 100 mugs? I think it would take me all week.

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    2. terrim8

      terrim8

      ya- me too. I have wet pulled handles. I thought about a week- more or less. I'm not "speedy gonzales". I wonder where that came from- speedy gonzales?

    3. terrim8

      terrim8

      oh- just googled it- a cartoon character.

    4. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      You're a young one terrim8. LOL or you just didn't watch cartoons on Saturday mornings. ;)

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  11. trying out my rebuilt little Paragon kiln to cone 6 today. I usually just use it to bisque but the electrician said it can go to 6 but the elements won't last as long. I wonder what that means exactly....

    1. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      I have a A82B Paragon kiln that I fire to ^6 without any problems. It has actually saved me when my big kiln went down.

    2. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Unless the electrician checked the ohms on the elements. And the condition. I don't think he could make that assessment.

    3. terrim8

      terrim8

      believe it or not, it was a bit of kiln brick fragment stuck way deep in the sitter.  Its fixed now. 

      I should start shopping for a used nice electric kiln with a controller. Maybe I can find one in the US and ship it back across the border????

       

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  12. trying a quick dry method- involves trimmed mugs, 2 fans and outdoors in warm & unusually humid air for our area.

    1. terrim8

      terrim8

      mugs and lamps so fingers crossed. (i.e. mid fire grey clay and some porcelain)

    2. terrim8
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  13. So happy & relieved - my home-mined glaze is good to go. Lab results were good!

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Sounds like a good day at the pottery mill.

    2. Min

      Min

      phew! glad to hear you got good lab results : )

    3. terrim8

      terrim8

      I will be planting roses this week and mining with each rose.

  14. that lab is slow. I think I'm stuck behind a big order they're working on. I'll show pictures of the new glaze as soon as I pass the tests!

    1. Callie Beller Diesel

      Callie Beller Diesel

      If they're running Dean Starks, or anything else related to core, you're probably not their priority right now. You'd likely get faster service in the summer.

  15. still testing glazes....but making things while I wait for results.

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      We going to see these results?

    2. terrim8

      terrim8

      yep! I hope to pick up some today- mind you its just test chips before I glaze the next load- then i'll post pictures.

  16. lots of glaze tests this week- need some new ideas & experiments

    1. terrim8

      terrim8

      wish I had a mini kiln for tests

    2. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      ebay, Craig's List, garage sale, estate sell, etc. There's on out there waiting for you. Never give up looking.

    3. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      get a copy of Ian Gregory's Kiln book. I forget the exact name of it, but it has all types of little test kilns. I want to do the soda kiln.

       

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  17. the soda tacos worked- have to wait till Sunday to open the kiln.

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    2. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      its Sunday. Anxiously awaiting pics.

       

    3. terrim8

      terrim8

      tired from the drive but i put two up before i left. Have to rest so more pictures tomorrow.

    4. terrim8

      terrim8

      found a couple more- going for a nap now.

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  18. experimenting with the avatar photo

    1. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      nice. I want an artsier avatar like Mark. Will have to do some close ups of surfaces.

       

       

  19. unloeaded the salt & soda kilns today & posted the pictures in the gallery of some of my things.

    1. terrim8

      terrim8

      (no spell check?)

  20. Well both kilns are loaded and the firing started now- one soda & one salt.

    1. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      post results when you unload.

       

       

  21. in Medicine Hat for the salt & soda workshop, looks like I could have brought more stuff but Im here to learn so.....

    1. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      stay warm. Nice town. Very cool ceramics center. we close on our house 10/31. are you still looking?

       

    2. terrim8

      terrim8

      Yes but looks like we have to wait. Commitments here will take some time. You'll have to post pictures of the new digs, new kilns...

    3. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      send me your email.

       

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