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    Patat got a reaction from Beestie in Please Help A Frustrated Newbie   
    I think what Benzine may have meant was that if you do the original casting with plaster, you can then use the plaster cast to make the ceramic piece. This allows for making multiples (for grandparents etc) and you can use any type of clay you like with the plaster. It's an age old pottery technique. You'll get a much higher quality cast than you ever could in one go.
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    Patat reacted to Matt Oz in Avatar Issues   
    I thought the movie, while not perfect, was entertaining.
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    Patat got a reaction from Evelyne Schoenmann in Qotw: Can You Show Us A Cute Picture/video Of A Potters Kid?   
    This is my son Mason "helping" me prep clay we dug from our yard when we lived in New Zealand. Wow, just realised its been over a decade since then....now I feel old   

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    Patat reacted to High Bridge Pottery in Community Challenge #4 - The Results   
    This challenge was to make a hydria. Here are the results   
    Original Thread - http://community.ceramicartsdaily.org/topic/13004-community-challenge-4/


    @Rebekah Krieger


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    Patat reacted to High Bridge Pottery in Community Challenge #4 - The Results   
    I also wanted to include the pots that never made it to a final entry post.



    @Sue Edwards

    @Tyler Miller

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    Patat reacted to High Bridge Pottery in Community Challenge #4 - The Results   


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    Patat got a reaction from Min in Qotw: Can You Show Us A Cute Picture/video Of A Potters Kid?   
    This is my son Mason "helping" me prep clay we dug from our yard when we lived in New Zealand. Wow, just realised its been over a decade since then....now I feel old   

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    Patat got a reaction from Min in Vector Images   
    I'm not well versed on what else is out there, but the software for Silhouette cutters is free to download and has a reasonable set of simple tools including tracing. I haven't used it alot as I still work in illustrator, but the interface is fairly simple and straightforward.
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    Patat got a reaction from Joseph Fireborn in Qotw: Can You Show Us A Cute Picture/video Of A Potters Kid?   
    This is my son Mason "helping" me prep clay we dug from our yard when we lived in New Zealand. Wow, just realised its been over a decade since then....now I feel old   

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    Patat got a reaction from vinks in Qotw: Can You Show Us A Cute Picture/video Of A Potters Kid?   
    This is my son Mason "helping" me prep clay we dug from our yard when we lived in New Zealand. Wow, just realised its been over a decade since then....now I feel old   

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    Patat reacted to PRankin in Cooking Pizza In A Pottery Kiln, Toxicity ?   
    Pizza Cones!

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    Patat reacted to Rex Johnson in help needed evening out my kiln temp differences   
    First firing to cone 5 went well, 6+ hours from candle thru soak.
    It does fire hotter on the bottom, about a cone. Bottom dropped about an hour before the top.
    That said the cone 5 and cone 4-6 glazes should survive. I'll find out this eve...
    I'm not understanding why people might be having reduction problems with this unit.
    It's harder to actually get it not to reduce when it reaches temp and you want to hold it at soak.
    More later...




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    Patat reacted to Rex Johnson in help needed evening out my kiln temp differences   
    Got my new to me 2827G on Friday, new orifices on Saturday (planning!).
    It's in good shape.
    I'm doing much much reading on the problems people have with this unit attaining an even firing.
    (Thanks Diz for your comments, I think I read them all.)
    It seems like a good chamber all in all, considering it's neat 'square' dimensions.
    I have to assume the problem is that the burners blow the heat straight up and out the flue.
    Baffling and targeting the flame will be the challenge.
    I've gotten some good feedback from Rob Addonzio ( www.taikoearth.com ) about stacking and shelf arrangement.
    I'm trying to cover all the bases before I test it:
    1.) All 3/4" gas line directly from the propane tank (200lbs) including a 7/8" diameter flex hose - Check
    2.) Disassemble and cleaned all the burners, install new propane orifices - Check
    3.) Set burner plates to <1/2" - Check
    4.) Align burners to ports and measure distance of nozzles to kiln floor ports (1/2") - Check
    5.) Make targets for two burners to re-direct flame under the bottom shelves (shelves 4" above floor) - Check
    6.) Fab up a counterweight for the door - Check
    7.) Drill out the peepholes so they are actually usable and make plugs to fit - Check
    Today I'll light the burners and see how they work...





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    Patat reacted to trina in Bone Head Mistakes   
    I have done the "let me just brush off that glaze bubble from the kiln shelf with my thumb" at least ummmm an embarassing amount of times.
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    Patat reacted to timbo_heff in Bone Head Mistakes   
    Have we all put a pot on the wheel to trim it, turned on the wheel without making sure pedal was off and had the pot (always a good one) fly across the room, or just me?
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    Patat got a reaction from Chantay in How Much Do You Stay Within Glaze Limits?   
    No, I don't use the Ba mattes much either (I tend to fire redn where they aren't quite as nice.). They are a horrible texture for food surfaces anyway. I wouldn't slide a fork across it twice 
    I agree about the form. But that really complicates the question. As an example, even if Ba leaches into soln., sulphate is a very common salt and present in most food.In the presence of sulphate, Ba will precipitate out as BaSO4 immediately, and as established is not problematic...So is it safe?
    The difficulty now is the "negative proof". Positive proof is easy, if you shoot an arrow at a person and they die, it's dangerous. If you shot an arrow at a person and they aren't hurt, does that mean shooting arrows at people is safe? How many arrows would you need to fire without hitting before you decide it's safe.
    Combine that with the fact that we can now measure chemicals down to amazingly small amounts and it's almost impossible to declare anything absolutely "safe". 
    How much arsenic is it safe to have in drinking water? we would all answer none. 30 years ago the least we could measure was 1 ppm (part per million) and now we can easily go to 1 ppt (part per trillion) or less. Water that we would have said had no (measurable) As. Now that same water could have as much as a million ppt As...  Sorry, just realised I was heading off on a rant from my previous life, I'm a retired analytical chemist..
    It's a debate we as a society need to work through, hopefully we use data to do it. But I have a feeling I'm preaching to the choir.
    So would I drink coffee from a Ba (or lead for that matter) glazed mug myself? (assuming I knew the recipe/firing conditions etc). Yes. Would I ever state that it was safe to do? No. Do I want to be the one in court trying to prove the safety of leachable Ba in glazes? No.
    So much easier to stick with liner glazes.
    As a side note, strontium is used as a toothpaste additive for sensitive teeth.  No, there isn't much low level toxicity data on strontium.?!?
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    Patat reacted to Joseph Fireborn in Could Use Some Throwing Help   
    Ohh I have never tried this! I am gonna try this here in a few minutes.
    EDIT: Failed! I got a little under inches! 11.... I am going to try again, that was on first try. I bet I can get 12 or better. That was first throw of the day.
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    Patat reacted to High Bridge Pottery in Community Challenge #3   
    Welcome to the community challenge #3
    This is a place where we can challenge ourselves alongside other community members to create ceramic works within the constraints set out in each challenge.
    The Challenge
    This challenge is to make 'anything but round'
    Try to be creative with your research and how you translate that into an idea for your ceramic work. 
    The Rules
    Everybody can enter the challenge, all you need is a registered account on the forum. Work in progress (WIP) images are encouraged. It can help to talk through your research and ideas but please don't spam the topic. Keep the updates informative and succinct. One final entry per community member, images no larger than 1024 pixels wide/high. Attach images to your final entry post along with the text Final Entry - Forum Name This will make sure you are not missed out of the results thread. Also make sure you post your final entry in this thread to be entered into the challenge. The challenge will run quarterly and will be1st February to 29th April,  1st May to 30st July,  1st August to 30st October,  1st November to 30st January. The results thread will be posted on the last day of the ending month. It will be a collection of all the entries into one post for condensed viewing and some post challenge discussion.   The Rest
    Remember you are entering for your own enjoyment and there could be a risk that your work develops into something new and exciting.
    Be considerate of others and don't post opinions without good reasons to back them up. We are all here to improve and progress with our ceramics.
    Some dates may vary slightly as this is a community run project and it will depend on members having access to the forum.
    Have any ideas for a challenge? Post them in the ideas thread http://community.ceramicartsdaily.org/topic/7794-submit-your-challenge-ideas/
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    Patat got a reaction from Rae Reich in Qotw: What Makes Something Qualify As Hand Made?   
    Ha haha
    Love it, might want to clarify that a little Potters are already a bit suspect...
    It's just a personal taste thing because I've never had an extruder. I pull all my handles, so I tend to look at extruded handles the same way people who throw look at slip-cast. Honestly, I think extrusion is fine though. I was just trying to make the point that it's all just lines in the sand and knew a lot of people extrude handles. Thought I might touch a nerve. I often start thinking extrusion is great around my 15th mug  Especially here, where you're lucky to sell a mug for $10....
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    Patat reacted to PRankin in Feeling Like A Complete Potter   
    I'm sitting in front of my brand new kiln enjoying watching the temperature rise and listening to the controller clicking during its inaugural firing. Its an Olympic Medallion Artist Series 18x18 inch unit with a Bartlett V6-CF controller and is nestled in my garage where the electrician installed a 220 line last week. I ordered it from Clay-King and it was delivered in 3 days.
    I was very dependent on the local community college's studio with unlimited time, free clay, use of wheels and especially firing but due to damage and theft of some of my work by the students I decided to purchase my own kiln. I've had my own wheel for about a year and a half and have been shuttling my work to the school but that was always a pain so now I feel like a complete independent potter with all of my own equipment and on my own schedule. This is very exciting and I can't wait to put in a real bisque load tomorrow or the next day.
    When the semester starts in September I will continue to use the college's facilities because I enjoy working in the group setting with other seniors (and its free) and I help the students but I'll be more wary of where my work is, less trusting and not so dependent on them because I HAVE MY OWN KILN.
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    Patat reacted to jrgpots in Qotw: What Makes Something Qualify As Hand Made?   
    I'd love to see the following labels:
    1. This clay is made by hand. No machines were used in its manufacture.
    2. This glaze is handmade. No commercial ingredients were used in its production. All ingredients were ground by hand.
    3. This sculpture was assembled by hand using premanufactured clay.
    4. This mug was assembled using extruded handles and jollied parts.
    5. This pot was grown organically.
    6. This pot was fired using all natural sustainable fuel.
    A label does not always describe its content. I thought most artists thought outside of the box and didn't conform to such labels.
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    Patat reacted to Cavy Fire Studios in A Little Throwing...   
    Geez, I almost feel embarrassed to post this, seeing as its so little work... I used to be able to crank out four times this much in one sitting before the PsA got me. It's a lesson in humility to be sure. I felt like a 16-wheeler ran me over after this, but I looked at my single board of work with pride. I love my fat belly mug forms the best. :3
    Terracotta is so much fun. ♥
    Just gotta keep truckin', I guess. So says Guinea.

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    Patat reacted to Mark C. in Studio Lighting Led Bulbs To Replace T-8's   
    I read an article in home power magazine about LED florescent tubes. They bought them on e-bay to replace T-8s for about $12 each.The t-8s draw 46 watts the led use 20 watts.
    I have a boat load of t-8 fixtures in 4 and two bulb configurations.
    Since then I have replaced about 9 fixtures most in studio and some in kiln loading area. I still have about 5 left to do but am now testing them. They come is warm and cold lights and clear and striped (diffused).I have mixed some warm and cold in the studioand the light quality is good . Outside kiln area I want the most light so I chosse the 6500 clear bulbs. These are all plastic lens and are made in china. They say 50,000 hours.
    These bulbs operate on 120 volts and you need to cut the ballast out of the circuit. So one end of fixture wires to the nuetral the other end wires to the hot wire. You can leave the ballest in place or remove it.These tend to be brighter or as bright as the t-8s.In our area we have expensive power so this will make sense in the long run-within two years the bulbs will be close to free..
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    Patat reacted to GiselleNo5 in Wax Resist   
    Patat: I tried the hot water this afternoon and it works beautifully.

    I found this recipe online to make your own but I have not tried it myself yet. 
    Be warned: the instructions are badly misspelled. 
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