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We received a wonderful customer appreciation photo today.

This was an insert we had for sale on Etsy and a couple from California are now the proud owners of it.

Here’s what they had to say.

Hi Angi & Scott,

Our kitchen is finished and I wanted to share a picture of the grape mural in its new home. It is absolutely beautiful and we are very happy with it. I was a little concerned about the travertine field tiles rather than white tiles, but I think the contrasting color really shows off the mural!

Thanks for everthing.

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We thought we’d take some better photos (ie not with our phone) of our new tile now that it’s grouted, cleaned and sealed.

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We unloaded the accent tiles for this installation out of the kiln with a sigh of relief this morning.  It was their second trip though the kiln for glaze firing.  The first time was at 06 with less than stellar results and this time at 05 and they’re prefect.  We installed these this afternoon and will grout it tomorrow.  Sealer in a couple days.

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We’re going to see if stoneware clay would make a much better tile clay body than the earthenware we’ve been using.  So we made a 15 x 15 inch vineyard tile to test Laguna B-Mix 5 to see if it would pass or fail.  We also made some sweet lidded jars including one we did some vertical slip-trailing on.


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My dream CNC DIY project just got a whole lot more real.

I’ve been dreaming of doing a 3 axis DIY CNC build like many of the ones on instructables.com, but holy crap this will be so much more precise.

But that’s all its been is a dream in the back of my head for something that would really cool and handy to have. It can be used for cutting templates, dies for an extruder,  carving plaster molds, and so much more, all super precise and repeatable.

It was recovered from the trash before heading to a landfill by my brother in-law Steve.  It just needs a stepper controller ($80 ebay) and a milling machine ($30 harbor freight).

It’s just a few projects behind the kiln it’s sitting on.

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Use the right clay and the crap doesn’t blow up.

After prying a section of our first attempt at glaze firing one of these 15 x 15 inch tiles out of one of the element holders of our kiln we knew it was time to try a clay other than Miller #10 to make our large tiles.  So we gave Wades Paper Clay a shot and lookie here’s two perfect tiles for the back of the cubbies in a shower.  This clay has a bit more texture than we would prefer but having a big tile stay in one piece…OH WELL!

In the same glaze load were these border tiles that came out beautifully.

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We made some new trim tiles that will be going in our Laundry/Pantry.  The dark gray clay is Amaco Versa 20, it fires to a decent white at 04 bisque.  These will be glazed in a aqua crackle at 05, the stamped squares should pool some glaze nicely.

My progress on building a tile extruder have gotten as far as a piece of square pipe laying on the floor in the storage room.   So we’re still using a scrapping technique to make our trim tiles using a CNC cut template.

We made a couple finished end tiles for the end of the run.

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