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  1. Hello all! I am new to this forum and working with ceramics. I am a BA Egyptology student who is making Egyptian Faience for a project. Yesterday I purchased a EFCO 110 kiln. My issue is is that it cannot be operated without a temp controller and thermocouple. Would this be suitable? http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/111052555116?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT(It is a 2 in 1 I suppose) I cannot really afford anything pricey really, so this is my best bet hopefully. Otherwise I am screwed... How would I wire this up? Any tips, my boyfriend is pretty good with this sort of stuff so he is giving me a hand with that. And from what I know so far it looks pretty straight forward. Any tips or advice would be awesome thank you :-)
  2. Hi All, I am looking for glaze book recommendations for beginners. Like most artists I am a visual learner so that would be helpful to take into account. I currently work with earthenware clays so it would need to address low fire glazes. Fortunately I have most of the raw materials in my studio which came in a lot purchased off a former 1970s potter (who also worked with low fire clays and glazes). The collection is probably about 90% complete and even has a few materials no longer being mined - and a number that are now considered unsafe because of lead, cadmium, etc. Of course, I know to be extra careful working with these and to not use them for functional wares. I had hoped I could just start my glaze making experience by following some recipes I have found online and learning as i go along. I now realize that to achieve the best results I need to gain a stronger understanding of the chemistry involved. (I chose physics over chemistry in high school so am seriously lacking in general knowledge of this science to begin with) I would love to get some recommendations from other potters, especially on which glaze making books got other self-taught potters started. Thank you.
  3. Hello everyone, Brand new member here and I am seeking the most basic advice please. VERY short intro and background, may make it easier in the long term. I'm a 56 year old male, disabled in as much have very bad balance problems. Can not get out easily and need tutoring on a written basis because of Neuro problems also. I have decided to to take up 'pottery' as purely a hobby and have absolutely no idea how to begin and so looking for a great deal of help from this forum if possible. PLEASE. I chose this forum from a whole list from a google search. Therefore, if I have joined the wrong sort of forum for this type of assistance then please forgive me for wasting your time. Luckily I have a nice sized studio where I paint and do some wood turning. I have plenty of space for workbenches, kiln, wheel and storage. I have picked the kiln and wheel I would like but have not yet purchased. Initially I am going to try to make some 'plaques' to hang around my garden, and I have a list of things below that I would like help on please. ANY help is most appreciated. What types of clay are there and which one is best for 'plaques'? After the slab is made do I use 'slip' to add letters etc? What exactly IS slip? Once made, what do I do then? Leave to dry? Fire? Paint? Glaze? What exactly is 'bisque'? Is it the stage after drying or firing or both? What paints do I use and what glaze? Plus any other related question I'm to dumb to have thought of lol. I so hope I am in the right place to ask these questions and will be awaiting any responses there may be. Thank you very much for taking the time to read this begging post. Jack
  4. Growing up, age 9-15, I did a ton of hand building and took a number of wheel throwing classes. I loved it but when I went to boarding school at 16 I had to stop. The school I went to did not have a ceramic program and the surrounding town was tiny so I had no where to take lessons. When I graduated and got to college I couldn't afford to take lessons like I use to. I am now in graduate school and am in the same position. I have a two week break coming up next week and was wondering if I could just go out and buy a block of clay and spend my days hand building. I was hoping I could then take some of my pieces to a children's pottery painting studio by my house and pay them to fire my pieces. I don't want to pay for lesson to get back into clay and I figured hand building would be reasonable enough. Is that a realistic thing to do. I can buy a few tool but can't really afford to spend over $75. I really hope you guys say yes I have so many things I'm dying to make. Thanks for your time. Any advice or ideas would be greatly appreciated
  5. So as beginner, I am going through the growing pains of not enough education in ceramics. My pots are really thick walled and heavy, just due to the learning process and insecurities with clay and its fortitude. I have had many pieces "die" in the kiln due to many factors - air bubbles, not enough wedging... I have had the kiln operator at our local guild leave pieces out of the firing for me - thank god, due to the fact that they are not "Bone Dry". How important is the fact they are not "Bone Dry" before bisque firing and how do I tell if they are or not? Im new to my local climate, the other members tell me their experience is about 1 week of drying time is good....But I am a scientist, love details and facts, figures, and would love a quick lesson on how to tell if the moisture in my clay has evaporated enough in order to go to bisque firing.... Thanks for any feedback for my "beginner" questions.
  6. I’m going to be teaching ceramics this spring. I have not taught this course before and have had only one beginning class years ago. I will be teaching the basics to adults with developmental disabilities from mild to severe. I have been doing a lot of research and my first question is, where is the best overall place to buy supplies? Thanks so much in advance! I have always LOVED pottery and I am so excited to be teaching this class and finding this discussion group! I’m sure I will have many questions to come. J
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