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  1. Mark; I use Bag Balm as well. I buy it at Lee Valley Tools. Do you have that store in the states?[i am in Canada] You can also put baby oil on your hands right before you start to throw. If you apply it too soon, you get oil on everything. These techniques are more for dry skin. I don't have many problems with nails splitting. TJR
  2. Just adding you as a friend.

    Tom.

  3. Neil;I keep looking at that luscious yellow glaze on your teapot. Is your colourant rutile? Are you firing oxidation?Can we maybe trade a recipe or two?Tom Roberts[TJR]

  4. Brandee;I really like your bowl with the red circles in your profile picture. I wanted to see a larger version of it. Any chance of that? Great painting. TJR.

  5. Marcia;

    Thank-you for being my friend. I survived the birthday last night.I really want to try your colour test technique. Will let you know how it turns out.

  6. Marcia;

    I copied down your glaze test idea so that I can try it. I think you have a mistake on the fourth line. Should be C +E. TOM.

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    Pres;

    If you decide to head north to Canada, come and see me. I am in Winnipeg, Manitoba. North of Minnesota. Still teaching high school art. Two more years. Tom

  8. Do you see Mark Hewitt at all? He is in your neck of the woods. We worked together in England.

    Tom Roberts[TJR] Say hello from me.

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    Fuad;Where are you from? Nelley and I are also Canadian.

    TJR.

  10. Whoa!

    That's very red! Who did you piss off>

    TJR.

    I WILL GO BACK AND GIVE YOU A GREEN ONE.

  11. Mark;

    I am trying to think of a witty comeback for the cat ignoring me-from the $27 million dollar cat dish story. I'm usually pretty quick. Regards, Tom.

  12. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH. LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE OLDER THAN ME, MATE. MY BIRTHDAY IS JULY13,1953. STILL 58.

    TOM.

  13. Dear TJR, Leaving the top peep hole open is exactly what I did yesterday. I wanted to candle for two hours but with this new computerized kiln, the "slow bisque" setting moves really slowly. My large platters were bone dry so I thought, what the heck!!! Given that candling is my usual practice, I will be trying to achieve this in a ready to go digital formula. Good reminder though about the corrosion on the wires. I forgot about that. Thank you. Nelly Nellie; Lucky you to have a brand new Cone Art kiln. I had to sell mine when I moved out of my previous studio. I did not want to lug it down the stairs. Hey, that reminds me, I am still owed $150.00 bucks for it. I am not that familiar with computerized kilns, although I used one when I taught a course called Ceramics for Art Educators at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. [hard to spell] I know that you can reprogram those babies to fire faster though. That staining on your nice metal kiln wall comes from moisture leaking out of the kiln lid. Better to direct it out of the spy holes.Enjoy your summer. I am still slogging it out at high school until June 30. TJR
  14. I leave the top bung out for the first two hours of the firing, especially for a bisque. This allows your moisture from glazes and clay body to escape. It is also easier on your elements and less corrosive if the moisture can get out. Then I put all spies in and fire her up. If the top spy hole plug is left out for the duration of the firing, your firing will be slower and cost you muchoe more electricity.[and time].I do not think that your colours would look better because of the spies being left out. Possibly commercial reds might be an exception. They can be tricky! TJR.
  15. Buckeye;

    I haven't from you in a while. I hope you are still on the blog. I enjoy your posts. I hope I haven't offended you about something I have said.TJR.

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    Pres; I have been thinking about you lately. Had the big talk with my wife about retiring and making pots. We can't afford it. Got to hang in there for another two years teaching high school art. Built the studio at home. Too tired to use it. Take care, Tom

  17. I really enjoyed reading your life story. Glad things worked out for you.TJR.

  18. Hey, buckeye;

    I enjoy your enthusiasm. Keep up the great posts.Tom.

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