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  1. I used to do a lot of pinch and slab little sculpture pieces, with whatever clay was on hand in the high school pottery shop. Nice moist clay out of a newly opened bag was generally already too dry for such fine, detailed sculpture work. If I started with the clay as is, before I knew it, the clay would start cracking and drying and you couldn't do very much with it. The smaller the pinched object, the worst it was. I quickly learned to prepare the clay first. I used to spend a decent amount of time kneading additional water into the clay ball to get it really soft and plastic. Really worked
  2. What kind of wifi cam are you using to monitor your digital  controller? I just installed one yesterday but did  something wrong and the red LED display is hazy on camera. I suspect it's too far from the controller; it's about 5 feet away on a  bookshelf. It's a cheap model that nicely pans and  zooms, and it supposedly has  HD. You put yours on a tripod, yes? My iPhone held up to the controller captures the numbers fine so I suspect the problem is the distance from the lens to the readout. 

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      @Barclay Blanchard, doesn't look like @WoodlandPotter has seen your question. Maybe someone else is using a wifi cam to monitor their controller, might be worth posting your question in the Studio Operations and Making Work section.

  3. Wow... really hoping, Jothamhung, that your kiln and ware escape serious harm. I have had firings go wrong over the many years, both with my manual kiln and the digital that replaced it. Fortunately, I have been on hand and been able to take action immediately, saving the loads. I always set witness cones, with at least one pack viewable from, preferably, the top peep hole. I always peer at the cones sets during the latter part of the firings, making sure everything is on track. This is so I can make adjustments, or shut off the kiln, if necessary. On my manual kiln, I always s
  4. Years ago, friends of ours gave us a couch. We got it home and realized it reeked of stale cigarette smoke! We covered it up with a large blanket and used it that way. After about a year, or so, it no longer smelled. You have so many molds! If this was me, I'd probably move the molds into the basement as planned, keep them covered with old sheets, or blankets and keep the air moving with a fan. One by one, or in sets, you could put them out in the sunshine for a few hours, when you go to use them. After a year or so, they will all lose that smell anyway. I know this is inefficient in terms of
  5. Hi Julia, Sorry, no. I have no experience using silica sand, I am afraid. I simply bisque fire my tiles flat on the shelves and stilt them in the glaze firing. I haven't had any problems. I would have looked for a solution had I seen cracks, or splits, or whatever, but no... all have come out fine. Maybe I've been lucky. I don't know. I have made some large, but to be fair most have been small tiles, 5 inches by 5 inches, or 5 inches by 7 inches. Maybe that's the reason I haven't run into any problems with them. Hmm.... I wonder if the following makes a difference: When making
  6. Hi Julia, I have done a lot of the sort of work you are attempting. In my case, nearly all commission work with hard deadlines. Lots of pots and/ or tiles with sprig (2D relief) work on them. So I know. Always pressed for time, seemingly. Racing to get things made, so they can dry as slowly, and as completely, as they need. In this regard, I find myself throwing pots, or making tiles and then when they are barely stiff enough to be handled, pressing and pulling out the sprigs from the molds and applying them on to the pots, or tiles when everything is still quite wet. I
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