Making Pottery Life Easier with Advancer

Denise Kleiner
Blue Heron Pottery
Otisville, MI 48463

 Blue Herron Pottery

At Blue Heron Pottery, my life as a potter has become much easier since purchasing Advancer Kiln Shelves. The shelves are so light – causing less strain on my wrists and back when loading my deep kiln. Warping is not an issue, since the shelves do not warp. When glaze occasionally runs onto the shelves, it comes off easily and does not leave an uneven surface. They are amazing...a little sanding and voila.

I have found that with my clay body I need to use a kiln wash, so Marshall from Smith-Sharpe Fire Brick Supply (SSFBS) provided a formula for me to use. I apply it with a skinny 1 inch paint roller and it works more brushing! Recently, I sanded the shelves down with 80 grit paper, per Marshall's recommendation, and recoated...heaven!

Purchasing Advancer shelves has been a great investment for us. When we were considering buying the shelves, I really had a problem with the cost and couldn't imagine it being worth that expenditure. However, I can now say they were worth every cent, and I recommend them highly as a wise investment.

With the professional and complete support from SSFBS, my doubts have been erased and my questions have been answered in regards to the care and use of my shelves. I can officially say that after using the typical 3/4 or 1 inch thick shelves for years, I only wish the Advancer shelves were available sooner. My life as a potter would have been so much easier!

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