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  1. From personal experience, my kiln used to be in my garage and the studio was at the back of a VERRRRRRRY long garden. What a pain in the you know what to bring items down the path for firing. Got to think about what's best for you. My kiln is in my studio (which is just an adapted garage) - i don't have any sophisticated venting system but it sits next to a door and window so when it's on i open a window/door. Only downside is that i can't use the studio when it's on. But that's not a big deal for me. Key point from my rambling is to think about what you really need from your studio and then take it from there. plan plan plan!
  2. i had greenware sitting around for well over a decade. they survived a trip when i moved house and when i finally got the kiln plugged in, they fired perfectly as if i had made them only a week or so ago :-)
  3. Hi everyone - can anyone please help me work out how to paint with underglazes onto bisc ware - how to stop the paint brush from dragging and sticking to the pot? Is there something I can add to the underglazes (i'm using standard ones from ceramic suppliers - like Amaco/Scarva) to help them flow better. Ideally I'm trying to pain very thin lines smoothly. I've got lots of different brushes to help however the dragging and sticking really doesn't help and i'm sure there's various things i could add to help with this but there's so many to choose from i get confused! Can any one help with this please? thanks Ela ps: Am UK based
  4. will do! but i suspect this will have to wait until next year when the weather warms up a bit :-)
  5. loads of great methods here - thanks so much for taking time to reply! i'll give them a go
  6. Hello! I've got about 4 large solid lumps of bone dry clay, approx. 4 or 5kg in weight each, which I'd like to reclaim. They dried out this summer when I turned my back on them for 5 minutes and hadn't double wrapped them. V annoying. Anyway, does anyone have any hints and tips about how to reclaim them? Do I need to invest in a good sledge hammer? Any suggestions much appreciated! thanks
  7. Thanks Callie - I had watched that video yesterday, hence my question about whether it affects the final outcome of a glaze. Her videos are brilliant. So simple and well explained. A fantastic resources
  8. ahh thanks everyone for your replies. fab!
  9. Hello everyone - epsom salts seems to me to work like magic to me. Got some slip or glaze that's too runny, add some epsom salts and voila it's fixed! Stupid question time - does it affect the final effect of a glaze / slip etc? ie: is it possible that too much epsom salts can effect the final outcome of a glaze? I've not really experimented much with this magical stuff - can it help glazes in other ways? Any help/advice much appreciated thanks!
  10. thanks for this - i'll give it a try! i assume it's cone 6?
  11. sorry bit bonkers busy at my normal job - i'll dig it out
  12. thanks for the replies. i guess i'll just need to keep tinkering with the glaze
  13. Hi there I've tried many different turquoise lithium glazes (from the John Brit cone 6 book) and from various other sources including Glazy. However i have a real problem with crawling/pitting. Test tiles are good but anything larger i'm finding these lithium glazes to be so sensitive and i'm at the point of giving up. Is this a well known issue with lithium glazes? I've tried spraying, dipping and pouring but still have the same issues. I also make sure that the pots are dust free before i glaze them. Would controlled cooling of the glaze firing help? Are there any other suggestions that might help make the glaze a bit more friendly or are glazes with lithium always a pain in the you know what? :-) Thanks!
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