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  1. Ok, here is the long awaited for picture - I was only able to salvage one piece, and this one didn't break in the middle of the handle like the others...but maybe this will help solve the mystery. I'm doing a cone 04 bisque right now, so I will report back soon. Thank you for your thoughts and suggestions! Anita
  2. Thanks, Everybody - Unfortunately, I don't have the cones to show you because they were fired by a friend and she didn't save them, but I will try firing some at cone 06 and 04 in my own kiln and see if that helps. I'll also beef up the handles - perhaps they were too delicate. But nobody is worried that the handles broke because I didn't pull them? I thought the lack of extra compression might have been a cause. Thanks, Anita
  3. Thanks for your responses, everybody. I'll work on getting a picture. These mugs were carried briefly, in an open box with newspaper stuffed around them. No bumps that I'm aware of. The handles break when I am holding them with my thumb and fore finger, at various angles, as I paint all the way around the mug (and no glaze on the handle yet). So there is some torque going on, I guess. The one thin vase that broke, I dipped it using my hands, not tongs - all five of my fingers around the rim and my palm above the opening. That broke when the thin part got wet. All pots were dried fairly slowly, under plastic. Does porcelain need to be bisqued at a higher temperature than white stoneware, generally? Also, how slow should the bisque fire be exactly? They mugs were not fired by me, so maybe it was too fast. Thanks for your help! - Anita
  4. Hi - I am using porcelain for the first time, and while I knew it was persnickety, I am having an unexpected problem: it keeps breaking while I'm glazing. While one pot was a very thin (too thin probably) vase, I have had multiple cup handles break in the middle or away from their attachment site. The handles were not pulled - they were coils that I smoothed with a sponge, so I wondered if maybe the clay was not compressed enough? The handles were relatively small but the cup was small and thin, too, so I don't think that is the problem. It is a cone 10 Narra porcelain, and they were bisqued to cone 06. They seemed very stone-like and sturdy, no visible cracks, so the breaks were a big surprise. I'm getting really frustrated...any ideas would be greatly appreciated! Thanks, Anita
  5. Ok, great! I'll try it, and let you know how it goes. Thanks for your responses! I noticed that the colors seem "muddier" fired too low...is this generally true, that firing at a higher temperature produces brighter, clearer colors? ( I'm using an electric kiln and Amaco glazes for cone 5&6).
  6. Hi - I was doing a glaze fire to cone 5 last night, and due to a dumb mistake on my part, the kiln shut off an hour too early. My question is this: can I save these pots by refiring them to the correct temperature? Can I do this without reglazing them? Is it even worth it? Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks!
  7. Not sure about the cobalt...Could be. There were some blue glazes. I'll do some research and let you know. Thanks for the lead!
  8. Hi - I am new to firing my own kiln. I have an old manual Cress kiln that I have used 4 times now. I put kiln wash on my shelves each time and I after the last glaze I noticed that there are little dark flecks all over the shelves. Is this glaze that needs to be ground off? Or is this just something I put more kiln wash over? I appreciate your help! Thanks - Anita
  9. Thanks so much for all of your replies. Good points regarding editing. I'll try to do that more. And I love the idea of using it in the garden, hadn't thought of that. But I kind of also agree with MatthewV, that fine tuning my glazing is going to mean a lot more pots. Anyone have simple directions for making a mosaic? We've got a lot of stucco that could be decorated....
  10. Hi - I am fairly new to clay and love it. I have been doing it for about a year now and am improving day by day. But I'm dying to know, experienced potters, what do I do with all of these early pots?! My cabinets are full, I'm running out of friends to give them to, and frankly, they are wonky and lead heavy and I don't even want to keep them! But throwing them away just seems wasteful. Looking into the future, I know I will make hundreds more of these as I work to get better and better. Suggestions?? What did you do with all of your early, crappy works? Thanks! - Anita
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