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"This is an interesting question. Please also post it on this more active forum: http…"

John Forstall replied Aug 24, 2013 to Something Exploded in the Kiln - Was It Clay fatigue?

13 Aug 26, 2013
Reply by Meredith Walker

"Tess, You'll get a lot more help on this active forum:…"

John Forstall replied Aug 21, 2013 to Brand new to cone 6 glazing/firing

1 Aug 21, 2013
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"Maria, You can quickly make slip using using dried scrap of your clay body. Just wei…"

John Forstall replied Aug 11, 2013 to Amateur Needing Help

8 Aug 13, 2013
Reply by Maria Correia

"If your kiln is in the open then you may want to think about all that shelf mass (we…"

John Forstall replied May 27, 2013 to venting for color and even firings

3 May 27, 2013
Reply by Norm Stuart

"Scott, Actually they are fairly comfortable if made to fire out about 3/8" thick.  G…"

John Forstall replied Apr 30, 2013 to Pot Decoration Trials On Computer

5 May 1, 2013
Reply by scott kelly

"Joan, Your post made it OK. I too find the site a bit hard too get used to. I also p…"

John Forstall replied Apr 27, 2013 to WSG31 clear

6 Apr 27, 2013
Reply by Norm Stuart

"Joan, I could not get an email response from Mason Colors stain company so I called…"

John Forstall replied Apr 26, 2013 to WSG31 clear

6 Apr 27, 2013
Reply by Norm Stuart

"Hang in there Joan. I'd like to see you get a response on this one. John255"

John Forstall replied Apr 25, 2013 to WSG31 clear

6 Apr 27, 2013
Reply by Norm Stuart

"Pauline, Thanks for the comment. As potters most of the time we work with mental ima…"

John Forstall replied Mar 26, 2013 to Pot Decoration Trials On Computer

5 May 1, 2013
Reply by scott kelly

"If you are following this thread please note that I've modified the original post wi…"

John Forstall replied Mar 14, 2013 to Magnetic Trimming Chuck

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