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Everything posted by ayjay

  1. No: but 50 years as a carpenter (and 15 potting) says don't bother.
  2. LT4 is the kiln sitter, not the kiln - there is hopefully another number on there somewhere, (before you call Paragon)..
  3. I would try Bath Potters as the first port of call, they are retailers of pottery supplies as are Potterycrafts, but much closer to Swindon. http://www.bathpotters.co.uk/
  4. I've recently started playing with SC, my first test only used 3.4% SC and fired to ^6 it was white. (There's also a bit of green glaze showing at the top). Using more SC has just given me a nasty black result. I would try reducing the amount of SC.
  5. Ayjay looks around, and leaves again: complete with smug grin.
  6. I don't think opening the kiln for a peek at135, (either Fahrenheit or Centigrade) is going to be the sole cause of the problem - I've often been guilty of peeking, normally at about 250°C ( domestic oven temperature) but I've also done it at anywhere between 600°C and 100°C and I'm yet to experience anything like you are showing, so I'd say there must be some other contributing factor.
  7. Is anyone else seeing some strong similarities between those two pots, in both form and decoration?
  8. Mine does: 10% mason stain (6657 I think is what I have). It's actually a more solid black than the pic shows, the speckly look is something the camera has picked up, iy doesn't look like that in the flesh.
  9. This is one from my most recent firing that I quite like. On white stoneware, Amaco Potters Choice - alternate stripes of Ironstone and Waxy White in the diagonal grooves and then two alternate coats each of Toasted Sage and Ancient Jasper, (in that order), and a little Jen's Juicy Fruit (not Amaco) on the rim.
  10. There does seem to be an abundance of lefties here, (and I'm another one) my wheel can go both ways but I stick to counter-clockwise for both throwing and trimming, I do however use my trimming tools in either hand, I'm a carpenter (when I'm not able to get out of working - not lazy, just nearly retired) and as such often have to use my tools in the wrong hand (but never a hammer or a saw - just can't do it) so it doesn't seem odd using trimming tools in either hand. I'd like to say that sometime I'll give it a go the *wrong* way, but I seriously doubt I ever will.
  11. I've had surgery on both wrists for carpal tunnel and it was a breeze compared to what your problem sounds like; I was fishing after a couple of days and back at work (carpenter) in about ten. Best wishes for your continuing recovery.
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