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    Pres reacted to liambesaw in hand-building and throwing with arthritis, suggestions   
    Yikes!  I hope stem cell joint therapy is finally FDA approved by the time I get arthritis.  I know I can't afford it now, but there's a chance in the future I could if insurance covered part!  Amazing how you can regrow cartridge with those therapies, and despicable how they are keeping it unapproved to make money.
     
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    Pres reacted to Babs in QotW: What have you done of late that makes you think "Done well" or pat yourself on the back?   
    Recently succumbed to teaching  pottery longtime ago student . Not the pat bit, this means I cleaned mny shed, pat, pat ,and pat and am throwing out, organising resources, weedingbout buckets of glazes And labelling stuff very clearly, memory not what it was.
    Thank you S for asking the old bat for lessons. She asks great questions, makes teaching oh so easy.
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    Pres got a reaction from BARAKE SCULPTOR in What’s on your workbench?   
    Wedding jar completed except for cleanup a little after it sets up some more.
     
    best,
    Pres
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    Pres got a reaction from BARAKE SCULPTOR in What’s on your workbench?   
    Glazing today, bisque is just turned off. Glaze load goes in tomorrow, then another on Tuesday. This is today load that I have finished glazing though the pic was taken this morning before.
     
     
    best,
    Pres
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    Pres got a reaction from BARAKE SCULPTOR in What’s on your workbench?   
    Busy glazing once again, Honey Jars this time to be out on Thursday for trip Friday.
    best,
    Pres

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    Pres reacted to liambesaw in What’s on your workbench?   
    I had a great time last weekend glazing a full 8 piece dinnerware set.  Opened the kiln a few days later to crawling on 75% of it.  I had a feeling something awful would happen when I saw a few cracks in the glaze; smoothed the cracks in and fired anyway.  
    So this weekend I'm throwing another 8 piece dinnerware set and defloccing the glaze this time.
     
     

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    Pres reacted to Mdrake in Pugmill Newby question   
    Ha! I would have fired that student! Thanks to all for the information generously offered.
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    Pres got a reaction from Russ in Pugmill Newby question   
    Most pugmills will use the pressure of what comes behind to push through the last few inches. If your clay is too wet, or too dry, run again with appropriate additions of either stiff or wet clay. It may take a few runs to get the right consistency. When I was mixing clay for students, I always kept two barrels of clay, one with slaked down slop, and one with clay recently used and thus stiffer. Time and experience with pugging is probably the best solution, but there is little you can do to harm the pug mill as long as you only put clay into it. . . .Unlike a student who wondered if it would stop with a maple rolling pin end crammed in it.  Ever try using a one handled rolling pin?
     
     
    best,
    Pres
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    Pres reacted to oldlady in Pugmill Newby question   
    if you think about what is happening inside the pugmill, there has to be enough clay to fill all the voids before any can be pushed out the end.   there needs to be a supply to be pushed.  you need to keep the supply inside the mill.   did you get any instructions with the pugmill?
     
    in future, if your clay is still too hard, cut it into chunks and dip each one in water before putting it into the pugmill
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    Pres got a reaction from Hulk in Pugmill Newby question   
    Add a bit of water, and let it set over night.
     
    best,
    Pres
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    Pres reacted to Sorcery in QotW: What is the silliest thing you have done or seen done dealing with Ceramics?   
    I dropped a needle tool in my lap yesterday. To keep it from falling on the floor, I closed my legs real fast.
    Now there is a hole in my leg!
    But I the tool didn't hit the floor!
    Sorce
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    Pres reacted to Benzine in QotW: What is the silliest thing you have done or seen done dealing with Ceramics?   
    I think it's awesome!
    I've actually thought about doing that in my classroom with students.  I'd probably start by making one myself, and then have a volunteer make one for each subsequent firing.
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    Pres reacted to neilestrick in HELP - how does this kiln work   
    Thank you for the info. Just to be clear, we're talking about this specific brand of kiln, Mills and Hubball, correct? Are the actual wall panels holding the elements asbestos, or just the backup insulation? Sorry to hear of your injury. Was it due to regular use of the kiln? I've honestly never heard of asbestos injury due to kiln use, so any additional information you can give us would be very helpful.
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    Pres got a reaction from Babs in Kiln kicked off early on bisque, can I glaze?   
    @Sorcery, As much as I would like to agree with you that finding a new clay body is not the answer, I will agree that maybe not in this particular instance. That said, over the years of research and experience with wide range, and narrower range bodies,
    I have found  that I do better with the narrower range clays. Absorption rates for clay bodies should be posted, along with shrinkage rates at different cone temps. These criteria allow one to compare various clays before purchase. Standard Ceramic has always been good about posting these criteria. When in doubt about choosing a new clay, I always ask one of their team to recommend or send me a sample so that I can determine on my own if the body will fit my needs. So  many variables come into play when making these decisions. . . should i fire a cone or two higher. . . is using a speckled manganese clay body appropriate for these mortar and pestles I'm making, . . . is the shivering from the clay body or from the glaze. . . . are my mugs weeping because the glaze is underfired even though glossy. ..  . . what have I overlooked. .. . . . so many variables, and like most puzzles solvable, but experience helps.
     
     
    best,
    Pres
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    Pres got a reaction from Min in Kiln kicked off early on bisque, can I glaze?   
    @Sorcery, As much as I would like to agree with you that finding a new clay body is not the answer, I will agree that maybe not in this particular instance. That said, over the years of research and experience with wide range, and narrower range bodies,
    I have found  that I do better with the narrower range clays. Absorption rates for clay bodies should be posted, along with shrinkage rates at different cone temps. These criteria allow one to compare various clays before purchase. Standard Ceramic has always been good about posting these criteria. When in doubt about choosing a new clay, I always ask one of their team to recommend or send me a sample so that I can determine on my own if the body will fit my needs. So  many variables come into play when making these decisions. . . should i fire a cone or two higher. . . is using a speckled manganese clay body appropriate for these mortar and pestles I'm making, . . . is the shivering from the clay body or from the glaze. . . . are my mugs weeping because the glaze is underfired even though glossy. ..  . . what have I overlooked. .. . . . so many variables, and like most puzzles solvable, but experience helps.
     
     
    best,
    Pres
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    Pres got a reaction from Benzine in Kiln kicked off early on bisque, can I glaze?   
    @Sorcery, As much as I would like to agree with you that finding a new clay body is not the answer, I will agree that maybe not in this particular instance. That said, over the years of research and experience with wide range, and narrower range bodies,
    I have found  that I do better with the narrower range clays. Absorption rates for clay bodies should be posted, along with shrinkage rates at different cone temps. These criteria allow one to compare various clays before purchase. Standard Ceramic has always been good about posting these criteria. When in doubt about choosing a new clay, I always ask one of their team to recommend or send me a sample so that I can determine on my own if the body will fit my needs. So  many variables come into play when making these decisions. . . should i fire a cone or two higher. . . is using a speckled manganese clay body appropriate for these mortar and pestles I'm making, . . . is the shivering from the clay body or from the glaze. . . . are my mugs weeping because the glaze is underfired even though glossy. ..  . . what have I overlooked. .. . . . so many variables, and like most puzzles solvable, but experience helps.
     
     
    best,
    Pres
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    Pres got a reaction from Benzine in Kiln kicked off early on bisque, can I glaze?   
    @Babs?????!!!!BLUSH?????!!!
     
     
    best,
    Pres
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    Pres reacted to Callie Beller Diesel in Hope someone can help me! Shivering problems! My business is at stake   
    Can you describe what kind of clay you use for your hand built additions? Is it slip that you’ve dried out, the same clay body but without the deflocculant or a separate clay altogether? Are you buying premixed slip, or are you buying it dry and adding water and deflocculant?
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    Pres reacted to JohnnyK in Hope someone can help me! Shivering problems! My business is at stake   
    Some photos of the problem would help a lot in determining what the problem might be...
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    Pres reacted to Babs in Kiln kicked off early on bisque, can I glaze?   
    Well you and Pres came to my mind as you are doing it and Pres lived it for a  very long time. Things you just do and you know works...drying ware to get to students before semester finishes so helpful to newbies..
    Ways to ensure silica dust kept to minimum.
    Stacking bisque etc etc.
    Forum invaluable, your teaching knowledge and willingness to share so valuable also.
    Didn't mean to be exclusive:-))
    @Syvanis just keep posting.
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    Pres got a reaction from Hulk in Kiln kicked off early on bisque, can I glaze?   
    I also agree with @Min that the clay body is to wide of a range to use for a mix of ware. It would be more preferable to find a body that is of a narrower firing range.
     
    Maybe one of these if wanting to stay with Continental Clay:
      Mid-Fire White Stoneware - Wet  

    Cone 4-7. Versatile, economical cream colored clay   Mid-Range Oxidation Body - Wet  

    Cone 4-8. Specifically formulated for workability on the wheel. Mid-Range Oxidation Body with Manganese - Wet  

    Cone 4-8. Granular Manganese added for a speckled effect.   best,
    Pres
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    Pres reacted to Benzine in Kiln kicked off early on bisque, can I glaze?   
    I don't know about all that... But the hive mind that is the Ceramics Daily Forum has plenty of knowledgeable posters many of which who were/ are also teachers. 
    To me, this place is invaluable. 
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    Pres reacted to Min in Kiln kicked off early on bisque, can I glaze?   
    One more thing that should be brought up is the clay you are using. Just to confirm, it's Continental Buff Stoneware? For non functional things like the flag you posted it will be fine but if your students will be making functional work like tumblers, mugs, bowls etc and you are glaze firing to cone 6 the clay will still be somewhat porous. This means items that can soak up moisture from being used, dishwasher and hand washing.  This leads to problems such as ware getting very hot in the microwave, rancidity from oils getting into the clay body, weeping pots and crazed glazes. If you are firing to cone 6 its best to get a claybody that matures at that temperature/cone (for functional pots), not a wide firing range body like the one linked.
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    Pres reacted to Sorcery in Kiln kicked off early on bisque, can I glaze?   
    Where are you?
    If I was close I would come by and help you get organized.
    I would hope you could get a local Potter to come get you on a good path.
    Anyone who cares about themselves should care about the children. Especially when it comes to Art.
    Sorce
     
     
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    Pres reacted to neilestrick in Kiln kicked off early on bisque, can I glaze?   
    @Syvanis The other issue here is that the kiln controller got too hot. What sort of venting is there in the kiln room? Is there a fan or overhead hood that pulls out heat?
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