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About dricherson

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  • Birthday 08/24/1948

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    Northwest Alabama
  • Interests
    Learning technique and exploring design. Selling enough to support my pottery habit!

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  1. Thanks to you all for your good advice! I really only wanted to make enough money to support my habit (pottery) :-) I will begin reporting my profits and ask our accountant for advice, too. For some reason I thought, at my age (71), the rules were different. I appreciate your experience and wisdom!
  2. Hi I've searched a bit on this forum and not found an answer to my question, so maybe someone can help me, please. I am a "Hobby" potter, but last year I sold about $2500.00 (gross) of my own pottery on Etsy. I am 71 years old, a retired graphic artist and drawing social security. My husband still works. Am I, at some point, required to be a business and pay taxes as a business and all that involves? So far, I have not included any Etsy sales as income on my taxes. Any information would be really appreciated. I am totally ignorant about business things, I am just having fun with clay, but don't want to get in trouble with the IRS! Thank you Dianne
  3. Ok, so I programmed the ramp/hold - no problems whatsoever. Then I went to the manuel to see how to start the program - guess what - I HAVE TO PRESS "4"!!! Oh, well, I laughed after I stopped cursing :-) Guess I'll bisque at 03 or 05 instead, until I can get the new $441 controller.
  4. One more question - I work in cone 5-6 stoneware and usually have time to let it dry completely. BUT I am skiddish - could I add a "pre-heat" to this? The Sentry pre-heat goes 60 deg.F per hour to 200 deg. Then it allows me to hold as long as I specify. I wouldn't want to add over 2 hrs to the total firing time. So, would the second segment be 100/200/hold amt? (The second seg in your original answer would become third, etc.) Any suggestions? Thank you so much for your help - I am new to the programming part.
  5. Hi I have a Paragon TNF-243, bought new in 2009 (I love it!) I would like to create a "Ramp-Hold" program with the Sentry 2.0 that is identical to the pre-programmed Cone 04 program. Does anyone have the schedule of the Cone 04 firing schedule that is similar to the one already programmed in the Sentry 2.0? I ask because the number key "4" on this digital controller is failing, and I need to find a work-around until I can afford to replace it. Thank You Thank You
  6. Hi! I have somehow accumulated lots of old lovely glass globes, like those that cover ceiling or porch lights. Anyone have any ideas how to attach them to my thrown pottery base to make table lamps out of them? Two problems - 1. How to construct the base so globes would come off to change bulbs 2. How to permanently attach the socket to the base. Just wondered if anyone has done this or has any tips. Thank you!
  7. That's really cool! Love the house and the color. My husband set his cowboy boots outside in a chair and a wren quickly built a nest in one of them! Put an umbrella over it :-). They have hatched and should be gone in a few more days.
  8. I am new to the digital controller on my kiln (Sentry 2.0 controller) and would really appreciate some help in programming a cone 5 firing with a 1 h. preheat and a slow cool. Does this make sense? rA1 = 60, F1 = 200, Hd = 1 (preheat with 1 hr. hold at 200 degrees) rA2 = 200, F1 = 1022, Hd = 0 rA3 = 153, F1 = 1112, Hd = 0 rA4 = 162, F1 = 1951, Hd = 0 rA5 = 108, F1 = 2167, Hd = 0 rA6 = 500, F1 = 1900, Hd = 0 (begin slow cool) rA7 = 125, F1 = 1450, Hd = 0 rA8 = 0 Can I assume after rA7 it will cool naturally? rA2 - rA5 are what my Sentry manual says it uses to reach cone 5. I am really happy this forum is here - I have learned so much from you all! Thank You Dianne
  9. I reached my quota of "likes" on the first page! I am a newbie here, but I really like the idea of the community challenge. Although everyone might not participate for various reasons, it is inspiring to think about the challenge and can influence the direction you are going. Isn't that what community does? Thank you for working on this! How about things that inspire people - in form or function, with or without words. Most obvious would be a cross or a shot glass ( ), but go beyond that?
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