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About AlanJanzen

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  • Birthday 09/06/1982

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    San Antonio, TX
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    Just got into wheel throwing March 2016 as part of a Christmas gift for my wife and I. I'm hooked now and can't get enough of making and learning new things with the wheel and clay.
  1. Thanks for all of the advice. I went ahead and remade the SCM yesterday starting with a pint of water. I mixed them up and left them sit overnight. I will sieve them this afternoon when I get some time in the studio. I do have a spray set up ready to go, but I'll probably dip the first tests and maybe I'll do a few other tiles with something layered over the top just to see how they turn out.
  2. Good to know, so the pint may be a little low to begin with, but will give me more room to add water on the other end? Thank you for the info. Had a feeling it was just way too thin for application at this point.
  3. First of, I did see a few posts about SCM from the past, but it seemed most of them sputtered out before it got into some of the questions I wanted to ask here. Hope that's ok that I started a new thread. Does anyone have any pictures or info on how SCM cool or warm look on their own? I'm mixing glazes myself for the first time and I think I was given some wrong advice as to how much water I should start with. After reading through the glaze section in John Britt's book I'd say I started with about 4-5 times more water than the 1 pint recommendation for 1000g of dry materials. I've been cutting water off the top of the glaze, but it still seems runny to me and the second set of glaze tiles still looks like more of a stain than an actual melted glaze at cone 5. So I have a few questions related to that: - Should I start over with a pint of water or continue to cut water off the top? - Is this just what it's supposed to look like? (SCM cool on left, SCM warm on right; dipped 5 seconds at a time in 4 layers getting thicker towards the top) - Do I need to be firing to Cone 6 instead? I'm in a studio where I don't control the firings, but I know it's to Cone 5 with a 30 minute hold at the top. Any advice or comments would be appreciated. Thank you!
  4. Thanks, Nerd! The owner of the studio I attend does all the firing, so I'll run the schedule by her to see if she can accommodate. I also just received new switches for the used kiln I purchased, so I should be able to give it a shot on my own soon!
  5. Just wanted to share my experience with Cassius Basaltic. Most glazes end up with pin holing, bloating, or just ugly on the surface on anything Cassius I do. However, I've found that our studio's "licorice" and "blue hare's fur" work great on the surface as do most underglazes after bisque (not sure about greenware, haven't tested applying at that stage). Here are some shots of underglazed vases with licorice inside and a cup coated in BHF.
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    Year 1

    A few of my favorites from my first year of wheel throwing.
  7. Alright, so the update. The kiln did have a timer on the side so that's a plus. I went ahead and purchased the lot for $800. I'm going to have a technician come out to check out the kiln in a few weeks to make sure everything is good to go. The Brent was a CXC reversible with a foot pedal, and it wasn't the version with the flush panel. Came with about 30 bats, most of them unused, a gravity fed spray gun for glaze (no compressor though), a pretty nice dust mask, a very nice banding wheel, 2 big slabs of slate for making a wedging/handbuilding table or two, shelving and spacers for the kiln, a bunch of containers with lids for glaze, some assorted tools, and a few additional oversized bats with foam padding he made himself for larger platters and bowls. Overall a decent amount of stuff to get me started at home. I'll keep you updated after the kiln gets checked out... Now I need to start thinking about insulating the garage... It is Texas, so summer garage work doesn't sound too fun without that. Thank you all again for your help and pointing out all these things I should be looking for!
  8. I haven't seen it in person yet, so these pictures are all I have to go with as of now. I'm scheduled to see everything Wednesday, so I'll have to check everything then. If there is a kiln sitter, does that change your assessment Mark? Seller is a friend of a friend who is moving out of the country within a week, so I'm trying to gather as much info as I can before I head out there so I can possibly make an offer then.
  9. My initial reaction was to offer $800, but I'm going to call Paragon tomorrow now. I didn't even think that would be something they'd comment on. I'll ask about the upgrade options as it appears a $3-500 on that kiln might be overpriced.
  10. His starting price is around $1000 for the whole lot. I was considering offering less, just wanted to make sure that was appropriate. Thank you for the feedback so far.
  11. I have the opportunity to pick up a used Brent wheel (bought in late 90s and used for about a year before being placed in storage) and a Paragon kiln that apparently has not been fired. There are a number of other pieces in the sale including a number of bats for throwing and finishing and possibly other things like tools and glazes. I wanted to see if I could pick anyone's brain on the value of the wheel and the kiln so I can feel good about the purchase and the quality of the items. I know there will be a bit of a learning curve using a non-digital kiln, but it seems like I might be able to get a good deal here as the owner is emptying a storage unit. Any thoughts on the value of the items pictured? Thank you in advance for your expertise!
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    Thanks, Mark. I haven't been to Roadrunner since I work 8-5 and wouldn't be able to make it over there before they close. I'll have a day off at some point to head that way. Currently I just pick stuff up at the studio or Amazon if I need it. I know our studio does some of its shopping at Roadrunner, so there is a bit of a connection. I don't sell online yet. I'm still working on developing my skills and knowledge, but maybe at some point I will. We did attend an arts show as a studio that went pretty well. We'll see how things go, I started due to buying wheel throwing lessons as a Christmas gift for my wife and I!
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    It's the Amaco Potter's Choice Albany Slip Brown high fire. I brushed the stem in black underglaze, then brushed on the PC in 2 thick coats.
  14. Thanks, it stemmed from my not wanting to spend so much time texturing the coral mugs. Thought it might be nice to just do a little portion of a mug and it turned out great. Right now this is the only one I've done, but I plan to do more at some point. Need to put on the Cassius a little thicker next time.
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