Carmillia Kimmel
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  • Southington, CT
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Fire It Once

Single Fire for Fun, Profit, and a Smaller Carbon Footprint
Mar 28
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Cone 6 Glaze Testing & Reporting

Collaborate on building an online list of well documented glaze recipes, with application and firing methods. Strong photo documentation. Only glazes that are mature at cone 6 will be included.Testing the glazes, and identifying their problems and fixing them. Also, if there are obvious issues just by looking at a glaze recipe (like high barium, insufficient clay to suspend or harden, too much feldspar (which causes crazing), too much clay (causing crawling, peeling), hard-to-get materials,…See More
Mar 15
Carmillia Kimmel replied to Lawrence Weathers's discussion Recommended electric potters wheels in the group Group Studio Managers
"I love my Shimpo VL it is so quiet"
Mar 15
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Group Studio Managers

This group is for those who have a hand in managing ceramic guilds, open studios, teaching studios, or want to expand their private studios to bring in another revenue stream. The struggle to stay afloat is a critical issue. Here you can consult with others who face the same challenges.See More
Mar 15

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What is your experience with ceramics in general. (Long answer encouraged)
I took a break from RN nursing 42 years ago went back to college to get a degree in art education. I did love teaching but couldn't find a job in secondary edu. In college i fell in love with Ceramics!!! I took every course offered. I also took a course for my masters at a different college since mine did have any masters courses. Then economics took over and i had ti earn an income. Went back to nursing but always felt like a fish out of water. When I retired from nursing (age70)I decided to set up my studio again. I have everything i need to produce better work than i have ever had except the input from other artist. I started selling my work last year. I do mostly functional pieces but take great pleasure in doing some creative pieces too. I mix throwing and hand building to give my wrist a break.
What is your current involvement with electric fired ceramics? (long answer encouraged)
I fire only at cone 6 now. I have a 40year old kiln that was barely used and has new wires. Since i make many of my own glazes I concentrate on electric formulas only
All our content is viewable by the public. Why do you want to be a member, when you can already see everything as a non-member?
I NEED companionship from other artist. I really miss that part of not being in a school setting. I need constructive feedback from others that know what they are talking about
Where do you work on your ceramics projects?
home studio
How did you find this network?
other

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Low cost flat lapping disc can be used on you potters wheel if you, drill bat pin holes in it, and provide a trickle of water to cool it. At amazon.com, 120 grit for aggressive material removal. Click the image to purchase 

Members have had great things to say about John Britt's new book, Mid-Range Glazes. Click the image to buy from Amazon.com

Purchase Glazes Cone 6 by Michael Bailey, The Potters Book of Glaze Recipes by Emmanuel Cooper, or Making Marks by Robin Hopper, all available at amazon.comMastering Cone 6 Glazes by John Hesselberth & Ron Roy is now out of print.

Harbor Freight is a great place to find unbeatable prices for better HVLP spray guns with stainless steel parts and serviceable economy models, as well as detail guns, all tested by our members for spraying glazes, as well as compressors to power the guns. As yet no one has tested and commented on the remarkably inexpensive air brushes at harbor freight.

The critter siphon gun is a spray alternative that is well liked by some of our members, and is available at amazon.

Amazon is also a competitive source for photo light tents for shooting professional quality pictures of your work. They also have the EZ Cube brand favored by several of our members. You might also want to purchase the book Photographing Arts, Crafts and Collectibles . . .

If you are up to creating videos of your work or techniques you might want to invest in a flip video camera

Following are a few scales useful for potters. Your final price could be less or more - things change.

American Weigh Black Blade Digital Scale, 1000g X 0.1g $11.08 

For the non-digitally inclined the old standard Ohaus Triple Pro Mechanical Triple Beam Balance, 2610g x 0.1g, with Tare $169.00

And finally a low cost clone of the OHaus. The Adam Equipment TBB2610T Triple Beam Mechanical Balance With Tare Beam $99.62

ebay is a great alternative for many tools and the equipment used in the ceramics studio - kilns, wheels, extruders, slab rollers are often listed there both new and used.

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If you just want to spout off, it is best accomplished as a blog posting. If you want to get more guidance and ideas from other members, ask a question as a new discussion topic. In the upper right corner of the lists for both types of posting, you will find an "+Add " button. Clicking it will open an editor where you create your posting. 4/16/2014

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