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  1. Electric pottery wheels are basically pretty much all the same! It’s just how each company puts it’s own little twist how they get from point A to Z. Electric motors that pottery companies install in there wheels are a common motor that are made for many uses for all kinds things. By using a common motor like this they keep the price of there wheel down to the public! It’s in how they control the motor is where they very the most, but in the end they all are doing the same thing! U can pretty much replace company A  control system with company B control system as long as u match up the correct size controller to the size of the electric motor on your wheel! 

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      Pres

      Michael, you may get much more response to your statement by posting in in  the Equipment use and repair section. Interesting thought, and I sure there are some backyard mechanics that have already bastardized some wheels to do what you have described.

      best,

      Pres

  2. My wife's fracture is a spiral involving the prothesis. Present treatment is continue to wear brace/sling and see if arm will heal on its own. If not, future surgery will require plate and bone graft.

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      Pres

      Last of heavy meds only at night now. Nothing during the day. She is doing pretty well.

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  3. My wife's fracture is a spiral involving the prothesis. Present treatment is continue to wear brace/sling and see if arm will heal on its own. If not, future surgery will require plate and bone graft.

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      Pres

      Thanks a lot Mark. My son shattered his wrist in a bicycle accident where a car pulled out in front of him. Wrist was fused eventually as everything was ruined. He was going to culinary school. He finished, but years later now he works as a prison guard.

       

       

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  4. Hello... just found this community...  interested in what's to come for me here...  i've been a potter for 39 years...  never being able to make a living off my work.. but this is my goal...  i just need to make the leap...  nice meeting you all...  

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      Pres

      Fine work!  Welcome to the forum, we hope to see more of you here. 

      Please post some pictures in your gallery.

       

      best,

      Pres

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  5. Putting my bisque firing off until at least the weekend. Started firing yesterday, but gas explosion caused loss of electric. Area soil is full of nat gas. . . one of reasons electric was off for 24 hrs.

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      Pres

      As my thinking follows never assume, I went to mayor's office on Wednesday, asking about firing the kiln. Mayor told me to go down to the guys working on the street from the gas company, and ask. Top guy there told me that there was no problem with the gas now at my side of the block evidenced by the road being opened and that their testing showed that the soil was no longer saturated. I explained that I was in a garage in back of the house with the firing and the garage was over the river tunnel. He said all of that had been cleared. Fired the kiln that day. The cone adjustment of -35 is not quite right. Next firing will be with cone adjustment of -30. Getting there.

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  6. I thought about all of you fine people today so I figured I would come say hello and that I love you all!

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      Pres

      Good to hear from you. Hope all is going well. Have missed your regular contributions.

       

      best,

      Pres

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  7. So, I am a new high school art teacher who is in charge of the school's ceramics classes. When I was going through my classroom supplies, I learned that we have cone 6 clay, but all of our glaze is cone 06-04... SOS. What is the best way to use the supplies I have, when ordering new supplies at this time is not an option? I figured I could only fire the clay to cone 04, but then the work won't be as strong. Could I fire the clay to cone 6 as a "bisque" then follow it with a cone 04 glaze fire? Thank you in advance for any help offered!!!

    ~EllieKay

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      Pres

      I agree with @Min as it doesn't make sense, and earthenware is usually below 2000F.

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  8. So, I am a new high school art teacher who is in charge of the school's ceramics classes. When I was going through my classroom supplies, I learned that we have cone 6 clay, but all of our glaze is cone 06-04... SOS. What is the best way to use the supplies I have, when ordering new supplies at this time is not an option? I figured I could only fire the clay to cone 04, but then the work won't be as strong. Could I fire the clay to cone 6 as a "bisque" then follow it with a cone 04 glaze fire? Thank you in advance for any help offered!!!

    ~EllieKay

    1. Pres

      Pres

      I think it would help to determine what you have in clay and glazes, and in enrollment. You may be able to adjust your glazes or fire to ^6 slow bisque. Let us know inventory.

       

      best,

      Pres

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  9. Kiln arrived yesterday, and is now in the shop. I am in the process of reassembling, and have an electrician coming to do whatever needs done with the wiring into service. I am also getting ready to set the vent into the chimney at back corner.

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      Pres

      Assembled, now I am waiting on electrician.

       

      When the old J236 broke down, it was in the middle of a firing. The cones had turned white, and the pots were all glaze fired, but lacked depth and appropriate hardness. I believe the kiln reached about 2150F. Therefore, I have enough of a load to fire in the new kiln. The old kiln would hold 2 patens(plates) at a layer with overlap of rims at different heights. The new kiln will handle 3 to a layer, and will handle quite a load of chalices at the top levels.  The first firing will not be packed, but will get me used to what is going on.

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  10. Kiln arrived yesterday, and is now in the shop. I am in the process of reassembling, and have an electrician coming to do whatever needs done with the wiring into service. I am also getting ready to set the vent into the chimney at back corner.

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      Pres

      Assembled, now I am waiting on electrician.

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  11. Kiln arrived yesterday, and is now in the shop. I am in the process of reassembling, and have an electrician coming to do whatever needs done with the wiring into service. I am also getting ready to set the vent into the chimney at back corner.

    1. Pres

      Pres

      So good to hear from you Marcia. I hope you are getting some of this Spring weather we have been getting. Beautiful.  Have missed NCECA's, and virtual just doesn't cut it.

       

      best 

      Pres

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  12. New kiln was shipped today.

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      Pres

      Received a call today from shipper.  Kiln will be delivered tomorrow morning. Asked for it early as I have appointments (bowling) in the afternoon.

      Have to have it dropped at the driveway. Luckily tomorrow is a no rain day.

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  13. Snowing hard here since yesterday. Looks like about 6" so far. supposed to stop about 5 am!

     

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      Pres

      temps are running mid 20's during the day. Snow was about 10" still lightly snowing, but am dug out.

       

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  14. BobM

    BobM    DAY

    I just read a comment you made regarding clay for outside use. You mentioned bird baths and that's exactly what I am going to make. Can you recommend a clay body you like for this use? Could I use a cone 6 glaze? Thanks so Much

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      Pres

      I threw a couple of bird baths 2 years ago, I used the SC Hazelnut clay for these, and fired them to ^6 for the glaze. The owners have been very pleased with them. One was a hanging bath, and the other was thrown to match the diameter of a commercial concrete stand. 

      best,

      Pres

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  15. باحثة مبتدئة في علم الخزف  .

    من مكة المكرمة  

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      Pres

      I did that to read his first message. If you notice he has posted another in English.

       

      best,

      Pres

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  16. باحثة مبتدئة في علم الخزف  .

    من مكة المكرمة  

    1. Pres

      Pres

      Welcome to the forum, however, unless you are able to communicate in English, you may have problems with communications here.

       

      best,

      Pres (moderator)

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  17. Hello everyone

    I am Alexandra, I established Ale Clay Lab to share with the world my connection with clay and the healing it keeps bringing to my life. I am very excited to be in this community to learn from you and share my work.

    I am from Colombia and I live in Phoenix ,  I am starting my  home studio, I do everything here except firing.

     

     

  18. Great news today...my submission of the Three's A Charm horsehair Raku was chosen for a Juror's Award in "Sculpture" at the KVIE  PBS Art  Auction!

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      Pres

      Whoop!  great job there JohnnyK! Take a victory lap!

       

      best,

      Pres

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  19. Our favorite Thrift shop is Islands thrift in Oak Harbor on Widby Island if you get up that way. Its more visted these days but still a great spot. It works so well as the airbase is nearby and has a constant turnover of folks who dump most of thier stuff moving to another base.

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      Pres

      Here in Central PA, hardly anyone under the age of 60 is wearing a mask, numbers are rising all over the state, and the number of cars going through the area from other places is really up. I often see plates from Texas, North Carolina, Louisiana, Alabama, and others. Never noticed so many before.

       

      best,

      Pres

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  20. Working on regular butter dishes. I made one for Christmas last year for a niece, now all of the aunts want one this year. Trying to be more efficient than on off.

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      Pres

      Sounds like it would work, pick your molding carefully. Mine was a window/doorway molding.

       

      best,

      Pres

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  21. Working on regular butter dishes. I made one for Christmas last year for a niece, now all of the aunts want one this year. Trying to be more efficient than on off.

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      Pres

      Hope that gave you some ideas Min. The grooves in the molding actually help me get pretty straight cuts as one groove is wide and I use the outside edge for cutting the end, and the inside edge for cutting the sides.

       

       

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  22. Working on regular butter dishes. I made one for Christmas last year for a niece, now all of the aunts want one this year. Trying to be more efficient than on off.

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      Pres

      I was intending to that Min, it will be on either today or tomorrow. I am going to post in the On the workbench, or in the studio beginners projects.

       

      best,

      Pres

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  23. Working on regular butter dishes. I made one for Christmas last year for a niece, now all of the aunts want one this year. Trying to be more efficient than on off.

    1. Pres

      Pres

      I was intending to that Min, it will be on either today or tomorrow. I am going to post in the On the workbench, or in the studio beginners projects.

       

      best,

      Pres

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  24. Working on regular butter dishes. I made one for Christmas last year for a niece, now all of the aunts want one this year. Trying to be more efficient than on off.

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      Pres

      Hand building, built a form using molding for the bottom, then a 2X4 covered with felt covered rubber carpet for cover.  Texturing the slabs before draping for top, and rolling texture on bottom after shaping into form. Covering the bottom form with very thin plastic for the easy removal. Working out pretty well. With a longer 2X4 could do faster, but this is working.

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  25. For the third year in a row, my "Three's a Charm" set of Horsehair Raku pots has been accepted by KVIE, Sacramento's local PBS TV station for their annual Fall Art Auction!

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