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  1. Hello, I recently was given an old Amaco electric potter's wheel no. 1-101. The wheel has not been used in a long time. The wheel head does not switch to the correct direction for throwing. There is also a knocking noise when the wheel is on. I have a basic diagram of the parts and wiring that came with the wheel, but can't figure out where to begin troubleshooting the problem. Any advice will be appreciated.
  2. Hi all! I’m new here I’ve thrown lots of ceramics over the years, as a student in a classroom setting (so, lots of ceramics classes where someone else loaded & fired the kiln, haha), but am brand new to firing my own kiln. I recently set up a studio off the side of our garage, and acquired a used Duncan EA 1020-2 manual kiln. I bisque fired about 25 pieces to cone 06 with no obvious issues; firing took about 10.5 hours with top peep hole open (I don’t have a vent, so needed oxygen to enter the kiln in some way - figured leaving a peep hole open was the best option?). I bought several pints of Amaco Potters Choice glazes (blue rutile, oatmeal, chun plum, lustrous jade, and 3 or 4 others), and did lots of reading/searching on these forums and other sites, and gleaned that in order to get bright colors with these glazes, you must brush on many layers, quite thick; so, that’s what I did. Glaze fired to cone 6, with a small cone in the kiln sitter. I did not have witness cones (I very, very much regretted this almost instantly, but as I’m brand new to firing, I wasn’t aware I needed them when I was ordering all my initial supplies, so I had none), but around hour 12 I began to worry that something...wasn’t right, because of the time elapsed. The cone 6 glaze fire took 16 hours before the kiln sitter triggered and only reached temp when I finally plugged the top peep hole. I let it cool overnight and opened this morning, to...major disappointment. Very dark glazes, browns and dark greys, some purples but those were all very dark and almost matte looking. Tons and tons of pinholes, as well, which are new to me - I’ve read that many things can cause them? Without guidance cones I know there isn’t much to go by, but I suspect the kiln overfired, due to the very dark, less than stellar glaze results and the time it took to finish - could overfiring lead to these results? Or does anyone have any insights, helpful recommendations, encouragement? I know it happens, especially in the beginning, but I’m still kind of bummed. Thank you all for your help! -Kati
  3. Hi there, I have Amaco Potters Choice glazes and they say that they should be fired to cone 5/6. I am very new to pottery and was wondering what this means in terms of the firing schedule in my Nabetherm kiln. I have been trying to get the effects as shown on their website but they do not look very similar! What would the different outcomes of cone 5 and 6 be? Thanks so much and really appreciate any help, lara
  4. Hi Everyone! Hoping to get some tips on using Amaco bisque fix, before I use on some of my pieces. I know this can be great for sealing cracks, but the problem I have run into is that my stamp does not press into greenware well. I wish I had tried to fix with slip before firing, but I was working too quickly. I do not want to give up some of these pieces since this is just the bottom! And they otherwise look nice. My plan was to try using bisque fix to fill in the stamp impression, sand the piece, and paint over with white underglaze. Then I can ideally re-stamp with underglaze instead of impressing into the clay. For those who have used bisque fix, does this seem like it may work? Can bisque fix be used on the bottom or could it potentially stick to the kiln? Any insight is appreciated! Thank you!
  5. Hi there, Like many artists, I am currently transitioning from making pottery in a community studio to working at home which is a big adjustment with an even bigger learning curve! I'll be setting up my very first kiln in the coming weeks and now need to figure out (for the first time) what the best commercial glazes out there are for the clay I'm using. For now I am using Standard #112 clay, and I will also eventually be working with their #551 Porcelain (both cone 6). I will be firing in a Skutt Km818 electric kiln. I have two big questions. First, does anyone have any tips on good commercial glazes to use on the #112 for a good fit? I'm specifically looking for a simple & reliable black, white and/or grey (glossy or matte), as well as other simple colors like cream, peach, soft/pale greens, yellows and generally neutral, organic tones. I like the look of flat color, and not necessarily layering. I've noticed that Coyote's Enduro-colors are really lovely and just my taste but I have zero experience with this company. Does anyone use these glazes? Has anyone tried Standard Clay CO's line of glazes? I just discovered those exist. Lastly, since much of my work is done by hand-painting AMACO Velvet underglazes, I now need to find a good zinc-free clear to put on top of both these clay bodies. Ideally, I'd love to find a glossy clear that won't craze or make my underglazes designs smudge or bleed color. This is a very overwhelming undertaking as a first-timer, so I'd love some feedback and guidance! Thanks!
  6. So any tips for preventing warping on a cone 4 ( yes I mean 4 not 04 :D ) vitreous slip cast clay? It's a tall tiki form that is a little top heavy so they wants to sag/warp. I'm applying amaco velvet underglaze to the exterior that develops a slight sheen so I don't want to lay them on their side... Also has anyone tried firing amaco celedons at cone 4? I've been experimenting with some recipes but they are coming out more opaque and milky. Kinda in a crunch!
  7. From the album: 2014 Featured Artist Pieces

    This box is slab built and painted with Amaco LUGs. The design is an underglaze transfer. It is glazed with Amaco zinc free clear and the interior is Coyote Sedona Sunset.

    © Terry Buffington

  8. From the album: Pottery 2016

    Thrown on the pottery wheel in white stoneware, carved deeply with mountain design. Treated with 2-1 water and iron oxide mix on only the mountains. One coat Amaco's Smoky Merlot on mountains, four coats on everything else. Fired at ^6.

    © Giselle No. 5 Ceramics 2016, all rights reserved

  9. From the album: 2014 Featured Artist Pieces

    This oblong dish and small bowl set is made with little loafers. It is painted with Amaco Light Blue and has Amaco white underglaze transferred flowers. The interior is coyotes white glaze.

    © Terry Buffington

  10. From the album: 2014 Featured Artist Pieces

    This simple angel is made with slabs and the face is a press mold with minor sculpting. The hair was made using a mini extruder. Hair and face are painted with Amaco LUGs and it is glazed in Amaco glazes. This can be used as a stand alone figure or it can be used as a tree topper. I died the holes around the bottom to make it easy to an her it to the top of the tree securely.

    © Terry Buffington

  11. From the album: 2014 Featured Artist Pieces

    This embellished angel was made with little loafers cone 6 clay. The designs were rolled into the surface and then glazed. The face was press molded with a minor hand sculpting. The hair was made with a mini extruder. The hair and face is painted with Amaco LUGs and the wings are coyote white and the dress is Coyote Opal. This angel can be used as a stand alone figurine or it can be used as a tree topper. I added holes on either side so that it can be securely anchored to the tree.

    © Terry Buffington

  12. From the album: 2014 Featured Artist Pieces

    I made this utensil holder using little loafers cone 6 clay. The birds, vines and flowers are appliqués to give a 3 dimensional look to the surface. The design is painted with Amaco LUGs and then glazed in Amaco Zinc Free clear and the inside is Coyotes Rhubarb.

    © Terry Buffington

  13. From the album: 2014 Featured Artist Pieces

    The drink carrier and tumbler set is made with Little loafers cone 6 clay. I slab built the carrier and extruded the handle and tumblers. The entire piece was painted with Amaco White Underglaze. The design is a rubber stamp I rolled into the surface to give it a dimensional texture and then I painted it with Amaco Dark Blue underglaze. The piece is glazed in Amaco Zince Free Clear and the bottom of each inside section is glazed in Coyote Cobalt blue. Each glass has a different design to it so at a party everybody will know which glass is theirs.

    © Terry Buffington

  14. From the album: My pottery

    This bowl was fired at cone 4 and brushed with 2 coats of Potter's Choice glazes Blue Rutile (inside) & Ancient Jasper (outside) to cone 06 in a reduction kiln.

    © 2013 Deutmeyer Pottery

  15. From the album: My pottery

    This bowl was fired at cone 4 and glazed with Potter's Choice glazes Tourmoline & Iron Lustre to cone 06 in a reduction kiln.

    © 2013 Deutmeyer Pottery

  16. From the album: My pottery

    This bowl was fired at cone 4 and glazed with Potter's Choice glazes Tourmoline & Iron Lustre to cone 06 in a reduction kiln.

    © 2013 Deutmeyer Pottery

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