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  1. A small motors specialist would. They exist everywhere in the world. I will say it's likely the controller, it's the only thing on the wheel that can slow it down and speed it up. The potentiometer in the pedal cannot change its own position, so that should not be it. Unfortunately a good quality controller with IR compensation, speed control and long life is quite expensive. KB electronics is the gold standard as far as non-proprietary dc motor controllers go, and a new one can run upwards of 100 bucks. I just checked and brent indeed uses a KB electronics controller circuits, so if
  2. That looks like a dream of a studio! And about 3 times bigger than my house! Very cool, I'm jealous as heck
  3. The mold on the lid is actually efflorescence. It happens when kilns get wet. Soluble salts migrate to the surface where the water evaporates, leaving a fuzzy layer of salt and discoloration. It will eventually go away.
  4. Try spraying the mold halves with water first to avoid the gaps. They happen when the plaster sucks out the moisture too fast. Will take longer to cast, but will help eliminate bubbles like that.
  5. Cress kilns is still a company, so you can contact them for a manual. But most kilns are pretty much the same thing or a variation of the same. You can look up videos on YouTube about operating a manual, kiln sitter or digital controller depending on which your kiln has, and the directions will usually translate to that kiln. Good luck and welcome!
  6. I'm lucky enough to live 30 minutes from my kiln manufacturer, and lucky enough to have a giant mercury relay, so the only thing I keep on hand is a spare thermocouple.
  7. Another person, who is very generous with knowledge is Jered at Jereds pottery in emeryville, california. He does a ton of restaurant work and has answered all of my questions very thoroughly.
  8. Functional Pottery by Robin Hopper. Very good book if you're interested in functional pottery.
  9. Totally fine, and if you feel the clay where it crawled it usually has a very thin layer of glaze still. At least mine do. Here's a vase where you can see it crawled just under the rim, but it's shiny and smooth still, just not as shiny and smooth as the other places.
  10. I wish mine looked like that!! Its supposed to be an orange, but some of the details got lost when I used an old spray paint stencil I made since the stencil film didn't really stick well to the clay.
  11. Functional Pottery is a specific subset of pottery with a focus on regular use. A flower pot would not be considered functional pottery, even though it serves a function and is pottery. More a gripe with semantics.
  12. I made one with an aquarium pump and a foot pedal too, just haven't used it in a while and I can't remember why
  13. Dip the mug right side up to the rim and flip it over and just touch the rim to the glaze, no burp like dipping upside down
  14. I spent the weekend glazing the rest of my bisqueware I had saved up, finishing bottoms and taking pictures. Going to be listing it all on my online store and having a fun sale sometime in the coming weeks. I have some stuff I know will be popular just from how many people on instagram, facebook and reddit have reached out to try to snipe things early. I participated in my local clay art associations pot swap this year and will be sending out this plate to the person whose name I drew!
  15. Here's 2 examples of linered mugs, and a linered bowl. You can see one mug has a black liner that extends over the lip as part of the design:
  16. Liner on the inside, dry, scrape the rim, dip the outside (bottom down) to the rim and then flip it over and barely touch the rim (lip down). There is a technique, I don't do production levels, but I do glaze way more mugs than I care to admit
  17. If it helps at all, I've used the first and second recipe here: https://claybucket.com/recipes/casting-slips/ The first recipe is the casting slip, the second recipe is the throwing body that matches it perfectly for attachments. The only change I made was to use veegumT instead of bentonite since I was going for a super white porcelain. Was tight at cone 6, no absorption and quite durable. I used it to make coffee pour over carafes.
  18. I get it, you can try wedging ilmenite into white clay, but the speckles are lackluster in my experience. Manganese is sort of where it's at. Skip to the second paragraph here to read on the safety issues of speckled bodies. https://digitalfire.com/hazard/manganese+in+clay+bodies
  19. Speckled clay for electric kilns will always use manganese, because it melts in electric kilns. In a reduction firing any red clay can speckle, so maybe try changing your firing style? As far as safety is concerned, kiln fumes is the only real hazard. And kiln fumes are a hazard whether there's manganese in the kiln or not.
  20. It sounds more like a glaze issue to me. Glaze fit issues can cause cracking especially if there's a different glaze in the inside and outside. If it were a clay body issue you'd see it in the bisque firing in my experience.
  21. Agreed. My studio extension will be done sometime this spring, barring the apocalypse, but will be looking hard when it's complete.
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