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studio questions (water)

updated mon 22 jun 98


Russel Fouts on fri 19 jun 98


>> 2. Right now I don't have the ability for running water in the studio.
What alternatives are there, and how do I protect my kitchen pipes from the
hazards of clay, glazes etc. <<

I have no running water in my studio either. I use two 70 litre plastic
garbage cans filled with water. Put them up on something so you don't have
to bend over too far. I clean in one and rinse in the other. These can go a
long time without having to change the water (things just settle out). Put a
little bleach, hydrogen peroxide, etc in the water to keep it from smelling.
Works for me.

I owe this tip to one of my clayart friends but I can't remember who; Elca?,
Elke?, Peggy?


Russel Fouts
Mes Potes & Mes Pots
Brussels, Belgium
32 2 223 02 75

Stephen Mills on sun 21 jun 98

I have a 45 uk gallon (bigger) plastic drum just outside my workshop
which collects rainwater. I keep several large chunks of charcoal in it
to keep the contents from going "off" and use it for everything
especially glazes and slips. We are in a very hard water area, it
destroys electric kettles and I've had problems with some slips forming
hard lime based nodules. I draw water off it from a tap at the bottom.

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