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  1. I'll respond more fully later, but thanks for the suggestions so far. Keep them coming, please.
  2. I want to buy a kiln. My only real option here in the UK, given the space I have, is to buy a 13amp model that just plugs into a wall. It will go in a kitchen with a concrete floor. (It won't be fired when there are people around.) What should I buy along with the kiln itself? Is there anything unexpected or 'I should have bought this to begin' with items that I should get? I know I will need kiln furniture and kiln wash, but what else? Also does anyone know of a products taht can help me roll the kiln out of the way when it isn't in use?
  3. A study of tiny clay pots with small spouts discovered at archaeological digs reveals that the vessels were likely used as milk bottles to feed babies. The specialized pots have long been found at sites around the world, and scientists have speculated that they may have been used to feed children or the sick. By looking at the lingering traces of ancient food inside these clay bottles, scientists have finally unlocked their secrets. http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2019/09/25/thousands-of-years-old-baby-bottles-reveal-how-ancient-infants-were-fed/#.XYusPJNKjx4
  4. Get in touch with the Leach pottery; they have a library on site, so perhaps its in one of their books and will spark someone's memory. EDIT - You could also try searching on Google Books.
  5. Thanks for all the feedback on bats, pins, pancakes and other bits and bobs.
  6. Joy - I don't understand what the wallpaper is for. Is it to prolong the life of the bat? Benzine - The teacher at my pottery class is reticent to drill holes in her wheelheads just in case something goes awry. I too was thinking about the repurcussions of the hole being at a slight angle. I don't have the tools to do it properly here, but I know someone with a woodworking workshop so I'll see if they can help. A already drilled wheelhead is a £170, so that's a lot of money.
  7. I bought the Xiem batmate, I think after reading about your experiences, but while initially I thought it was a solution for me I've found it hard to get it to the right moisture to stick properly. A few times when I've been centring it's slid off; it's been frustrating enough for me to put it down. I have used clay pancakes occasionally before, but I suppose I'm looking for a more permanent fix. Perhaps I will try to use them more consistency to see if it can be a part of my routine.
  8. Thanks for all the replies. I manged to get it off. I think the platter is 6-8mm thick and a little over 13" across (my wheelhead isn't 14" as I first thought, so my dimensions were off). I wired off with a curly wire. I had to use a 3mm thick piece of cardboard as a wareboard, so I lifted the platter up a little and placed the 'board underneath. Repeated a few times. WHen the platter was half way on I lifted it gently by the rim and placed it. The rim deformed a little and the platter was floppy, but not as badly as I expected. I left the rim thick, which helped. My
  9. I've got a similar issue - except I've got a 14" plate directly on a 14" wheelhead. No bat. Plate is thin enough that I can see the wire rippling the clay as I pull it underneath. I've covered it with a bag and am going to leave it overnight, so it will have 24 hours or so drying slowly. What tips to getting this off the wheel safely and (reasonably) undeformed?
  10. I might have read this here, but when my MDF bats warp I stack them one atop the other and put a heavy weight on them and leave them for a couple of days or so until they flatten out. When they warp again, I flatten them again.
  11. Update - The ink has started to appear underneath the pot where it's unglazed, the footring is pretty much entirely blue, though in different shades and darknesses. It doesn't seemed to have changed colour from the light blue / grey under the actual glaze.
  12. Thanks Babs. The glaze cracks were wide enough for the ink to flow, so that wasn't an issue this time I don't think. Out of interest how would you recommend heating the pot - in an oven or something?
  13. I'm going to leave it and see what happens. I have fired pots again, but moreso to get different results rather than better ones. Also I don't have a kiln, so I have to follow the timings and rules of the studio I go to. Babs, What would heating the pot do?
  14. I bought the registar's ink. I was told that it writes blue, but oxidises black. I brushed it over the crackle on my pot a few days ago. It brushed on blue, but hasn't gone black. The colour has shifted from blue to an egg-shell blue / slight grey. It's not as vibrant. Maybe it will continue to change in the coming weeks or months, but it's not what I hoped for. That's OK though, because this was an experiment. I don't have any reason to think it's an issue with the ink. There was also a lot of feathering in the cracks, where the ink has seeped into the clay. Perhaps I
  15. Thanks for the suggestions and comments. Partly, I'm intrigued by the idea of using an ink that's designed to last and to see what happens - even if there are tried and testing ways of acheiving the same look.
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