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  1. Like others[Pres.,Mark C,

    I have a Brent CXC.Bought used in Seattle 35 years ago. There was a grinding sound about 2 years ago-no,not my Mother -in-law.

    Anyway, our shops teacher in high school replaced the bearing.[for about $20.00]. The wheel works GREAT! Unfortunately, I bought a lighter Brent to use in the interim. Can't remember the letters. The wheel has a quicker response time, lighter to move around,etc. I have often thought of have the two wheels in my shop. Taught one of my sons how to throw on it over Christmas. He picked it up way faster than me. I think I will keep one for decorating and one for trimming and throwing.If I were to buy new, I would probably buy a Whisper. Does this help, or make your decision more difficult?


  2. I agree with Mark. I once mistakenly fired some pitchers made with Cone 6 clay in a Cone 9 gas firing. Lost all the pitchers as they melted. Luckily, they were all fired on one shelf. Both clays of mine were white, so it was an easy mistake.

    Cost me $60.00 to replace the shelf and keep the friendship.

    Beware of unmarked materials. The gift bearer is not dong you any favours. They are cleaning out their studio.


  3. The clay supplier I frequent recommends stippling the surface of the cone pack base with a needle tool and microwaving them to drive off the moisture.  I've never tried it, the idea scares me a little, but she swears by it.  


    This came about after she was out of the premade cone holders, which is what I prefer--one less thing to prepare for a firing.


    Make a note to not ever go to her place for dinner,esp. if she is micro-waving.Is that a verb?

  4. I love my hammer. Get in there and smash away! It's a good idea to put them in a cardboard box and then break your pieces. Do this when no one else is around because the sound of breaking pottery is a little unnerving. Don't let anyone grab stuff out of the garbage. Smash em small enough so that they are completely unusable.

    I think I shall go out to the studio with my hammer right! now!

    p.s. It's always a good idea to cull your work before it goes through the glaze fire. That crack on the bottom / rim,or wherever is not going to get smaller.Don't waste energy on it.


  5. My groundhog day mugs where a flop- seems nobody cares about that animal? The movie was too long ago for them to recall the hype?

    Maybe the diet mugs with a heart cut out will be a hit for valentines day. When you pour fluids in they run out the open heart cutout.I better get them done soon only a few days left.







    Only kidding

    Our ground hog died two days before he was supposed to make his big entrance. I guess we are stuck in winter until we get a new one.


  6. I think it's a fun tradition, but I don't put much stock in it beyond that.


    It makes for a good story, tomtell the students, and having them make a kiln god, gives them more of a connection to the process. They are doing something that potters have been doing for centuries.


    But when it comes down to it, the only force that has any impact on my firings, is the idiot hitting the switches.


    So, who hits the switches for you? :P


  7. Absolutely amazing, such energy, passion and vision. What pots..looked like he fired his kiln with some sort of coal.

    Glad to hear he had apprentices, would take a special person to carry on in this tradition.

    TJR did you really ride this railway? Don't think your travel insurance would have covered you!

    Thanks for sharing MArcia


    We DID ride the railway all the way to the top where that octagonal building is. Got to meet Barry and shake his hand. I had been an apprentice to Michael Cardew, so we had that to talk about.

    His pottery was one of the high lights of out trip. All kinds of stoneware kilns, great pots, a tea shop. He took on apprentices, but sadly I was committed to teaching a year in Australia, and we were on our way there.

    There were other great potteries all along the coast, but many were closed up because of the competition with China.


  8. I have hydronic heat, which is two coils of glycol [anti-freeze] which rotate through the floor. Also called in-floor radiant heat.Set the thermostat in the fall and just leave it. No blowers, no fans, just a passive heat that is always on.

    I live in Winnipeg, Canada, which is one of the colder parts of the country. I worked in a second floor of a warehouse for 26 years with those overhead warehouse heaters blowing dust every where. Finally built my dream studio 4 years ago.

    My only problem is that my space is too well insulated. I need a de-humidifier to get rid of all the moisture from making pots.


  9. Joeseph, Diesel;

    I am currently working on adding colour to my glazes as well. Not thinking an entire red glaze, just high lights. See my gallery for a chicken plate with a nice red comb. I know the inclusion stains from U.S. pigment work at cone 10 reduction, but I don't know if I want to spend the money for something that may or may not work for me.The red on the plate is a Mason stain with Gerstly applied to the unfired white glaze.

    There was talk in a previous post about a low-fire yellow underglaze that went to cone 10 applied on top of the glaze;

    Amaco intense yellow V-308, or also V-391.

    These came from Mark Cortnoy's assistant.

    Sadly for me, they are both lead based, and I am a functional dude.

    Let me know how far you get on your research.

    I will dig up the name of that Mason stain red.


  10. Hi,

    I'm wondering if there are any lowfire gurus out there that can help me. I usually do cone 10 redn, and don't have many lowfire recipes that don't include some sort of frit. 

    In Malaysia there are no suppliers for frits (or even wollastonite)...I can get Laguna Borate though, so I need to work with that. I was thinking of trying an old Birdsall-Worthington recipe based on Gerstley, I had trouble when I tested it years ago as it had some scumming problems (but that might have been Gerstley related). Anyway, any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!

    Hey, Patat;

    Do you still have the recipe for that Pam,Tim clear? I used it for a number of years. Known in Canada as Worthington clear.Pam and Tim come out of the Nova Scotia college of art, and have their own successful low-fire functional pottery business.

    One of the problems with a lot of low fire glazes is that they eat pinks and purples. If memory serves me correctly, this Worthington glaze did not have this problem.

    It was also not super shiny like a lot of the fritt glazes.

    I suggest you revisit this glaze. Possibly add a bit of barium carb. to stop the scumming.


  11. TJR,  the inclusion stains are brilliant at cone 6.  maybe they can go to 10.


    I have tried the inclusion red when I was at the Archie Bray. Didn't think to try yellow at that point. My supplier doesn't stock them-only Mason stains. Will have to order direct from the manufacturer.

    I don't want to order a pile of stain that doesn't work in cone 10 reduction.


  12. Hi John, thanks. I know the logistics must be a nightmare and no there is no easy answer. Also great to hear your lecture was standing room only! I did write to Cynthia. It was just very frustrating when you could only stand in the hall and have the Fire Marshall move you along, repeatedly. To show up 15-30 minutes early and not get in the entire first day and partial second day was not good. The other lecture I ran to; Where to find potassium for glazes. Was cancelled. It worked out because several others were standing there and it started up a pretty good conversation in the hall. Ended up at Chris Gustins studio and gallery and that was great. So not always what you think you're going to get but have never walked away from Nceca without great information, gifts and pots! Looking forward to this one too!


    I got together with Pres at John's lecture which was great by the way. We had no trouble finding space to enjoy the lectures. Really enjoyed the memories of past greats. Sounds funny[peculiar] to say that. Quite moving. I did not know the dif. between a Chowan and a tea bowl. Great info, John.


    I t was the hat that tipped me off to meeting Preston. It wouldn't have worked the other way. I don't stand out in a crowd.


  13. Paul;

    If you jump on your wheel now and get throwing, you could probably pull it off. Think a week for drying, then bisquing, then glaze fire.

    I made a series once of "Divorce Pots"' for a Valentine sale. They were slab vases that fit together. If you split up, each of you could take one. They were done in Majolica reds. All sold. Don't ask me why.


  14. Tons of snow here. My sons borrowed the neighbours snow blower as they are house sitting for him. Now they want to buy one. I thought that's what I had kids for. I was just going to go out and buy one of my son's a new snow shovel. He broke his old one.

    Sorry to hear about your plight, Alabama. You were just going to sit around at Christmas anyway.


  15. I already have a couple of "it hurts when I do that" moves in clay, so I just don't do that.  I imagine the things that hurt will increase as I age, but I can't imagine totally losing all capability to work with clay.  That's what it would take to make me stop.

    As we age, we all will develop some aches and pains. As most people here know, I am rocking the titanium hip. Had to hand build for a year. Not that hand building was a default choice, I actually thoroughly enjoyed it.

    The question about completely stopping, makes me wonder if there is something that John Glick is not saying about his health.


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