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  1. Hello, I am setting up my studio in an attached one-car garage.  In order to heat and cool the studio and provide some air-filtration, I want to open a vent to the house’s HVAC system and make an air return.  To trap silica particles and other studio dust from damaging HVAC unit, I plan to use a filter with a high MERV rating in the air return.  Any advice?  Thank you very much!

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      Min

      @Burki, you would probably get more replies to your question if you posted it in the Equipment Use and Repair forum rather than here in Status Updates. It also makes it easier to search for this topic in the future. This section of the forum is more for just general comments about what people have going on at the moment, rather than for specific questions. If you click on the link I put here that will take you to that section, just follow the prompts for posting a new topic.

      Welcome to the forum.

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  2. Hello... just found this community...  interested in what's to come for me here...  i've been a potter for 39 years...  never being able to make a living off my work.. but this is my goal...  i just need to make the leap...  nice meeting you all...  

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  3. Just started school as an art student two weeks ago, I'm hoping my third year in college will be better now that I'm studying to be a potter!

     

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      Many of us would think so! Welcome to the forum:)

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  4. Putting my bisque firing off until at least the weekend. Started firing yesterday, but gas explosion caused loss of electric. Area soil is full of nat gas. . . one of reasons electric was off for 24 hrs.

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      Have a safe weekend. Don't need something like that happening twice in a lifetime. My husband worked in a mill years ago where a lot of fine sawdust was generated. There was a fire by one of the machines and the operator shut the big fans off. This caused the fuel to oxygen ratio to increase which resulted in an explosion. Running a fan while firing the kiln might be an idea so any remaining gas doesn't accumulate. 

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  5. I thought about all of you fine people today so I figured I would come say hello and that I love you all!

  6. Many years ago( I'm an old potter) I used to mix glycerin in my under glaze colours to make the decoration look like an underwater scene but unfortunately cant remember -  and cant find anything about it in my notes - what percentage I used.  Anyone any thoughts.

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      Min

      Hi Jo, this is the Status Updates section of the forum, it's more for just general comments about what people have going on. Your question would likely get more replies if you posted it in the Studio Operations and Making Work section here. Just hit the orange "Start new topic" icon and follow the prompts.

      As a rough answer to your question I'ld start with about a teaspoon of glycerin to about a cup of underglaze but it's going to be "to taste" as what your preference is.

      Welcome to the forum.

  7. Haven't made anything in like 6 weeks... moving sucks!

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      "moving sucks!"

      That's the understatement of the year! 

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  8. Hello ! I'm an illustrator and a self taught ceramist. Thanks for your knowledge ... and your patience :)

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      Min

      Welcome to the forum. :)

  9. Hi can someone tell me if pit-fired pottery fades over time? If so how long does the color last.

    I am getting good colors from rusty steel, copper wire and seaweed (which I presume contains salt) so mostly from the metals fuming I think rather than organic items.

    I would like to sell my work but customer would not be happy if  it faded after purchase!

    Thank you for considering my question.

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      Min

      Hi @onegreenleaf, this "Status Updates" section is more for general comments about what people have going on at the moment. Try posting your question in "Studio Operations and Making Work" instead. Just click the orange "Create new topic" tab and follow the prompts.

      Welcome to the forum!

  10. Pulling Clay - Best Methods

    Hi all,

    I am new to the clay game and the one area that is giving me serious grief is the pulling of my clay. My teacher mentioned that the first steps I am able to do well (e.g. centre, cone, etc.), and showed the class a two finger technique, however, I am often boring a hole through the clay with this technique. I have read up on using your knuckle and then many who use their sponge. I just want to get this right! It's been over a month and I feel stuck. Thanks in advance.

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      Min

      Hi @claycomfort and welcome to the forum.

      This section (status updates) is more for general comments about what people have going on at the moment. You are likely to get more replies if you post your question in the Studio Operations and Making Work section, link here if you need it. Just click the "Start new Topic" orange box in the upper right corner of the page and follow the prompts.

       

       

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  11. I fire my pots with the lid on, but sometimes the lid adheres to the gallery. How can I avoid that?

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      You can also mix approx 1 heaping teaspoon of alumina hydrate into about a cup of your cold wax resist, keep it stirred up well as you use it. (and add some food colouring so you don't get it mixed up with your regular wax resist). Avoid getting any on your glaze or it will get really rough.

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  12. So, I am a new high school art teacher who is in charge of the school's ceramics classes. When I was going through my classroom supplies, I learned that we have cone 6 clay, but all of our glaze is cone 06-04... SOS. What is the best way to use the supplies I have, when ordering new supplies at this time is not an option? I figured I could only fire the clay to cone 04, but then the work won't be as strong. Could I fire the clay to cone 6 as a "bisque" then follow it with a cone 04 glaze fire? Thank you in advance for any help offered!!!

    ~EllieKay

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      Min

      Something seems wrong here, in the US earthenware is under around cone 1 or 2 at the most. Is the clay labelled? Any chance it’s cone 06? Doesn’t really make sense that there would be low fire glazes and midfire clay left by the former teacher.

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  13. So, I am a new high school art teacher who is in charge of the school's ceramics classes. When I was going through my classroom supplies, I learned that we have cone 6 clay, but all of our glaze is cone 06-04... SOS. What is the best way to use the supplies I have, when ordering new supplies at this time is not an option? I figured I could only fire the clay to cone 04, but then the work won't be as strong. Could I fire the clay to cone 6 as a "bisque" then follow it with a cone 04 glaze fire? Thank you in advance for any help offered!!!

    ~EllieKay

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      Min

      What type of things are your students making? Decorative pieces or cups etc. 

      You will probably get more replies if you post your question in the Studio Operations and Making Work section of the forum, link here. Hit the orange "start new topic" box and follow the prompts.

      Welcome to the forum.

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  14. Kiln arrived yesterday, and is now in the shop. I am in the process of reassembling, and have an electrician coming to do whatever needs done with the wiring into service. I am also getting ready to set the vent into the chimney at back corner.

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      Do you have a bunch of pots ready to fire? So nice to have a brand new kiln!

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  15. Firing some test tiles to get kiln back in action. Somewhere along the last 2 years I lost my schedule so I am trying to figure it out all over again! 

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      Have to admit I've made that mistake more than once. 

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  16. Hi. I am reading your post here and have the same situation. I just acquired a Cress B23H with no instruction manual. I see on the Cress website they have 2 similar models’ manuals (B23HT240 and B23HT 208) but they are not the same as the B23H which has  upper and lower knobs.  I wondered if you ever figured out how to run yours? 

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      Min

      Hi CeeJay, the person you are asking about the Cress kiln hasn't been on the forum since 2012. I'ld suggest posting your question in the Equipment Use and Repair section. Link to it here, just hit the orange box "Start New Topic" and follow the prompts.

  17. I bisque fired at 06 instead of 04. Should I refire at 04 or will they be ok to paint?

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      Min

      Hi @Skolleda, this Status Updates section is more for just posting general comments about what you have going on at the moment. Questions are best asked in one of the forum sections, yours would be good to post in the Studio Operations and Making Work section here. Just click on the orange "Start new topic" and follow the prompts. Posts in the forum sections are searchable and easy to find, here they are not after they get bumped to the bottom of the list.

      To answer your question, ^06 bisque is going to be more porous than ^04 but if you can get the same amount of glaze on the bisque it should be okay. Other thing to consider is what is the final glaze firing cone. If this is earthenware and only going to ^06 on the glaze fire then yes I would re-bisque to ^04, if it's cone 6 clay then it should be fine. 

  18. I am making a batch of porcelain slip to be used for decorating platter/bowls not with a bottle but rather using the side of my hand for "slooping".  I did not dry out the 25lb bag of clay before I cut apart chunks and soaked in water overnight.  I understand the deflocculating and then adding more dry clay.  My question is did I need to use dried clay before soaking overnight??

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      Min

      Hi BGregoire and welcome to the forum! You've posted your question in the Status Updates section, this section is more for just general comments about what people have going on at the moment. A better place to post your question would be in the Studio Operations and Making Work section here. Just click on the orange "Start new topic" tab and follow the prompts. Posts make in the forum sections like that are searchable and you'll likely get more replies than here.

      Quick answer to your question, dried clay slakes down easier than wet clay but just use a heavy duty drill with a paint mixing attachment and you should be able to get it mixed up. I'ld sieve the slip before using it.

  19. Can anyone help me!  The areas on the pottery that are left unpainted, are coming out with a smoke look. It been happening slowly to pieces and in the last firing almost all pieces turned out this way in some small areas I also noticed craters. I wonder if it has to do with contamination of the glaze? Under firing? I am using Duncan Envision and Pure Brilliant. Any ideas? Also I have an electric kiln and the fan is not working for a while now! I usually run the kiln at night, because the pieces were coming out just fine I didn’t thought much about the fun. lately this issue is getting worse every time we fire. 
    any ideas?

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      @Iraima,  you will likely get more replies to your question if you post in the Studio Operations and Making Work section rather than here in Status Updates. Just click on that section then the orange box at the top and follow the prompts. Status Updates is more for just general comments about what people have going on at the moment. This section isn't searchable so once your post scrolls to the bottom it can be hard to find.  (I'm going to delete your duplicate post)

      Welcome to the forum. 

  20. Why would some of my bowls break, during glaze firing, on one side of the foot?  I use wax resist on the foot and base. This  has happened way to often recently. 

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      Min

      Hi Bonnie, I'ld post your question in the Studio Operations and Making Work section. You can get answers here also but Status Updates is more for just general things people have going on at the moment. Post some pictures and some info on how you make and fire them also, it really helps figure out what's going on.

      https://community.ceramicartsdaily.org/forum/22-studio-operations-and-making-work/

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  21. I have two Ransome B4 burners which have not been used for years as I work mostly in wood fueled kilns. I was interested in selling them but they are rather rusty, surface rust, and I was wondering if anyone would be interested in a couple inexpensive burners which need a little TLC. I'd hate them to go into the scrap metal heap because they still work, the valves and they can be cleaned easily enough. Please reply or contact me if you are interested. I have another propane burner set of two smaller burners with valves, gauges and sensors i will in all likelihood be selling later next year if I decide I won't need them. Thanks

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      Min

      Hi Will, it would be better to post your burners in the Community Marketplace rather than here in Status Updates. Link to it here.

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  22. Holy cannoli----my Termal-lites, which I have waited for 6 months to come from Germany, are now at Bailey's!  

     

  23. Holy cannoli----my Termal-lites, which I have waited for 6 months to come from Germany, are now at Bailey's!  

     

  24. monitor for gas kiln

     

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      Min

      Hi and welcome to the forum!

      Equipment Use and Repair section would be the place to post any questions or comments about gas kiln equipment. Link to it here. This Status Updates section is more for general comments about what people have going on at the moment.

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