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Materials / architectural clay
« on: May 13, 2016, 09:00:55 AM »
As promised on the clayart list, here is an article by Peter King about architectural clay. Peter also directed me to Val Cushing's "Cushing's Handbook", (available from Alfred Pharmacy 607.587.9222) to the article entitled "Testing for Percentage of Absorption and C/B Value - Safe Outdoor Clay Sculpture Body for Winter Climates".  Cushing worked with a ceramic engineer to come up with this test. He also recommends some clay body formulations.

Pottery Pictures / Re: Beer Growlers
« on: September 04, 2015, 09:00:53 AM »
Quality beer? You bet.  Usually, though, the beer my husband makes is better! And that opinion does not come entirely from bias.

I am afraid that I am guilty of switching some info. The minimum order is actually 2000, at $3 each, so $6000 plus shipping from China, which I am sure would be considerable.

I have seen them in person. Before I started making them, I bought a growler on Etsy that has one of these lids. They also sell glass growlers at the home-brew shop with the larger lids on them. Personally, I find the smaller ones more esthetically pleasing. The larger ones allow larger openings, however, and are definitely easier for the breweries and bottle shops to fill. This might protect the beer somewhat, too, by saving some of the carbonation.  But that is just a theory.

Anybody want to go in on an order for the larger lids?


Pottery Pictures / Re: Beer Growlers
« on: August 29, 2015, 08:20:41 AM »
I get them from the local home brew supply shop. You can probably find them on Amazon.  Hinged flip top lids. If you have a home brew store near you, I would suggest buying a glass bottle with the lid attached to use as a guide in making ceramic ones. Just make sure that the lid is the same one that you will be using because there is different ones, probably made by different manufacturers.

There are some larger lids that Portland Growler (search for their web site) uses. They sell them for $10 each plus about $20 shipping. Outrageous to say the least. Trying to discourage any competition.  I have tried many times to find them but the only place that I have seen them is Ali Babba, and you have to buy a minimum of 6000. I can't quite justify that investment.

Pottery Pictures / Re: Beer Growlers
« on: August 28, 2015, 08:54:46 AM »
It is a challenge to get the hinged lids to fit and close properly. It took several tries.  My husband brews beer and he had quart glass bottles for beer that the lids fit and I used them as a guide.  I used digital calipers, and with the knowledge of my clay's shrinkage, came up with a design. I am a hand-builder so I made templates that evolved with each iteration of the various drafts (of the growler neck, not the beer!).  After 3-4 attempts, I found a design that works. I still have to adjust the metal hinges a bit when I attach them, but getting better at it with each try. 

Pottery Pictures / Beer Growlers
« on: August 06, 2015, 10:01:53 AM »
I have been making beer growlers, approx. 64 oz. The local university school colors are popular. They are hand-built from slabs, fired cone 6 ox. It is a challenge to get the hinged lids to fit and close properly.

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