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  1. After seeing this, I officially recognize the fact that I am a lazy potter!
  2. Easiest fastest way I have found to do a liner is do the inside, wipe the excess, then just dip the whole thing in another color. Done. I only use 3 glazes and all of them work doing this. Yes, it changes the liner a bit but so what I say. You can get a perfect transition from outside to inside every time. I hate that darn burp when dipping the rim!
  3. This is the only way I have ever done it. I use one 5 gal bucket for cleaning water (half full), one for all my scrap clay, and a kids beach pail for my throwing water. No clay ever goes down a sink. I do however have a yard, so I can dump the cleaning water with no issue, not sure how that would work in a NY apartment. Maybe the street drain on the curb would be fine, it's not like you would be dumping huge amounts of clay so even the toilet would probably be fine.
  4. Congrats on you sales! As far as masks go, I will say this, we have a gift shop in a small southern gun totin conservative town, and my wife kicks people out of our store every day, "my doctor said...." nope, sorry you cannot be in here without a mask. We are the only store with a sign and the only one requiring masks, and it has not hurt our sales, people tell us all the time they came in BECAUSE we are requiring them.
  5. I'm with Mark. All the math in the world could not make my last mugs hold 20 oz. Theoretically, 1lb 5oz of clay should have been just right, in reality, they are only 16 oz.
  6. You need to find out what size breaker and wire you can have at your location for the kiln, that will determine the size you can get. I had to install a larger breaker at the main box and pull larger size wire for my Skutt 818, and it's small. I'v e learned to live with it, but sometimes I wish it was bigger, large bowls and planters SUCK to fire in it cause it only fits 3 or 4. But... I am really glad I started with that size, I destroyed a lot of pottery learning to get the glaze firing right. Save your mistakes and fire them again with the new stuff spread around, that way you don't l
  7. Anyone done this? Any tips to avoid catastrophe? Special ramp or cool down needed? My friend wants me to melt some bottles of various shapes and sizes so she can make an art window type thingy.
  8. I thought I would maybe move to one of the bat systems, but thought I would try some regular old cheap square bats first. I use a "bat gripper" that is wet, wet the bottom of the bat and put it on, then throw like normal, no warping yet after a couple hundred mugs. I do use the "other" side every time I use them again though. After using these for a while I can't see a need personally for the "bat system" that has the square cut out. https://highwaterclays.com/products/square-masonite-bat-9
  9. Thanks Min! Not sure I knew you can use vinegar!
  10. Thank you to to everyone for all the great responses! I know it has been a hot minute since I originally posted this but I finally got to try out the "brushing" on dipping glazes. I had some bisque pieces that were pretty much seconds to try it on and was super happy about that since I am loath to lose more of my big bowls. I'm really stoked about this process and will make some test pieces to practice with, it's a bit of a learning curve as the glaze thickness and the brush seem to have a big impact, but the biggest thing is having a squeeze bottle with a small nozzle so you can control the
  11. You can "cheat" by dipping in a light color base glaze 1st, then spraying the darker glaze on, this way it doesn't ruin the piece if the sprayed glaze gets thin in spots, like behind the handle.
  12. Blasphemy! Everyone knows you can't brush on glazes meant for dipping! Doesn't that cause some kind of catastrophic reversal of the magnetic poles or something?
  13. I started a new topic so we don't derail this one any further: https://community.ceramicartsdaily.org/topic/21553-glazing-big-bowlslarge-objects/
  14. How do you do it and what tools do you use? I struggle with it, all my glazes are in 5 gallon buckets and the big bowls don't fit. I have a cheap paint sprayer and have had some success with that, but it seems to waste a lot of glaze and it's hard to tell if there is enough coverage. I have a large soft plastic tub and have tried that, but I don't have enough glaze to fill it up so that the bowl can be completely submerged and I have to do part, turn then do the other part, which leaves a line where the 2 dips overlap. Iv'e tried pouring in/over but that leaves lots of drips for me, I can
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