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Posted 18 May 2013Anyway I love this forum, have no intention of going anywhere and if I ever tangle with anyone and come off as rude or insensitive I can only say it truly is unintentional and that I might have been misunderstood.
Aren't you the guy who posted on a thread about buying a used kiln: "It is kind of Larry's fault for walking into a cyber room of potters and asking such a divisive question like "should I buy this used kiln?"? That didn't come off as rude or insensitive but it did come of as a strange thing to say. I hope Larry wasn't offended.
No Mr. Sandefur, Larry was not offended. It was a an attempt at humor over the way the thread had turned into an argument and Larry posted immediately afterward indicating that he did in fact understand I was joking.
Well, Mr. Stephen, you should have used an emoticon.
I will be using the emoticon's now that I know how to. TJR nicely informed me that dragging is the only way they worked. I will remember that when I am trying to be humorous, but don't come across that way.
Posted 17 May 2013Hi all. New to the forum. I've been a potter for around 13 years. Started doing a show or two a year at about year 5 just to make some hobby money back. This year I decided to ramp up and try to actually make a bit of profit. We'll see how that goes.
No suggestions on price tags (okay, just one: Try different brands. Some stick better than others.), but I want to thank you for the above statement. So many people start inflicting their precious first pots on the world after a pottery class or two (sort of like someone wanting to be doctor starting to practice medicine after biology 101), that it is really refreshing to read the above.
I believe that until a person is able to throw that too precious pot in the slop bucket realizing it was a mediocre existence that they should only foist their wares on their relatives and then in limited numbers. :Psrc="http://ceramicartsdaily.org/community/public/style_emoticons/default/tongue.gif" height="20" width="20"> Waiting for five years is a good start.
Posted 17 May 2013Hello folks
I am interested in reducing the length of glaze firing for my pots. I was told, or rather, I always assumed, that you need to fire slowly to about 600ºC, then get up to temperature asap. I fire at 1255ºC, electric. (sorry not familiar with cone systems).
I have come across pottery bloggers who claim the need to fire slowly is a myth. After all, the industry fires tiles in 45 minutes from crude. And once, I had some pieces of porcelain fired by a kiln technician who set up the program to finish in 6 hours! and it worked.
I use an electric kiln and don't want to damage it by doing crazy firings.
Can I really do a firing cycle for porcelain in 6 hours? Pieces previously bisqued.
Any suggestions, much appreciated,
I use lots of different clay bodies (including porcelain) and when doing a regular cone 6 elect glaze firing simply load the kiln, shut the lid, shut all the peeps and turn all the switches to high. I don't know why anyone would do it any other way unless they are too lazy to test or just like wasting time and electricity.
I pretty much do the same, but when ^5 starts down I turn back the kiln on the top switch and the middle more at the top. This gives me a better soak, and eliminates the little bit of pinholing I get on a straight up firing. I fire without a setter and hit about ^6 1/4.
Posted 17 May 2013I am a total beginner. I just had a pot fired with cobalt glaze - left the inside unglazed. The guy that helped me with this was in a great hurry to get it done and I didn't get a chance to write/paint, etch, stamp (?) a few words of text on it. Just wondered if there was any way I could paint, write or even some way of doing a 3D addition (with some material or other + crazy glue...?) It is for decorative use only. Sounds pretty crazy, I know. Any thoughts? -Thanks!
For something more permanent, you can use glass etching cream with stencils to make it permanent.
Posted 16 May 2013I have one and it works great for me. Sometimes i'm in the mood to do hand building I will set it up on my work bench that I usually use for holding thrown pots on the wheel. After a few weeks, and a couple of boxes
of clay I am ready to get back on the wheel so I just take it off the work bench and now the bench is ready for throwing. easy peezy when space is not a premium. Easy setup, easy take down and store.
Hope this helps,
If you do a lot of slab work, a machine makes a lot of sense. I looked at their site, and noticed that for about a $110 more you can get a 24". If you are working small items, go for the 18" If you work larger things, or think you might add the extra 100. The 24" is not portable, but could be mounted on an existing table covered when not in use. I used to use a box over one at school and could still use the rest of the space.
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- 63 years old
- August 20, 1949
- Central, PA
- Camping, kayaking, family, travel, Art in general. I have a small studio in my garage. Two electric kilns, two wheels, wedging table etc. I am primarily interested in cone 6 Ox. but like to see what is going on at all ranges. Read about ceramics voraciously and love the feel of the clay and throwing. Have to admit that my greatest joy is in the making, not the glazing. That said I do mix my own glazes, some of my own formulas, some borrowed. Retired from teaching art, last year after 36 years, taught ceramics 34 of those years.