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Thomas Jepsen is a Danish economist with a MSc in Accounting, Strategy and Control from Copenhagen Business School. He is the founder and CEO of Contractor Quotes, a growing platform that helps connect homeowners with contractors as well as providing them with all the home improvement related information relevant for their project.
Since 2011, Thomas has been involved in the home improvement industry through different functions including consulting them on their business strategy, and he reviews a lot of the articles featured on the platform to ensure accuracy.
Having been involved in home improvement for so long, his main goal is to inspire better transparency in the home improvement space by making a range of different things more accessible to the homeowner to better ensure that they get the home that they want, while staying within budget and improving the amount of money homeowners can hope to recoup as a consequence of their efforts.
Heat Pump vs Central Air Conditioner: Differences, Costs & More
At first glance, you may think that a heat pump is a world of difference when compared to a central air conditioner. You’re probably thinking that a heat pump heats a home while a central air conditioner cools it. Well, a lot of homeowners find out the confusing way that they have a lot of... Read More
Ceramic Toxic Materials
17th C English Slipware Maker Staffordshire, in particular Burslem, was a center for earthenware slipware manufacture between 1670 and 1730. It was here that Thomas Toft is said to have made his slipware dishes, of which about 30 are still known to exist. Another famous slipware maker of the ‘Toft’ family, was Ralph Toft, possibly... Read More
How to Throw a Large Pot
Images by Edouard Bastarache, text by Steven Goldate The clay has been wedged. Patting the clay into a round form, ready for centering. The clay on the wheel, ready for centering. Centering the clay. Bringing the clay roughly into the initial shape. Making the initial depression in the clay. Starting to form... Read More
How to do a TePee Firing
as demonstrated by Judy Armstrong and Jan Barnes This type of firing was originally a Native American technique, although many other cultures have used similar techniques, where greenware or bisque ware is placed in a shallow pit and covered with twigs and branches, then lit and allowed to burn down. Such a firing can reach temperatures... Read More
Surface Tension and Glazing
by Smart.Conseil Translated from French by Edouard Bastarache. Gibbs’ Theorem: According to the principles of thermodynamics, the elements which make up the surface layer of a solution and those of its mass are different. Surface Tension: It is a force resulting from cohesiveness, which lowers to a minimum the number of molecules on the surface of... Read More
An Investigation into the Properties of Porcelain Paperclay
Gaye Stevens describes her research project dealing with paperclay and its possibilities Originally published in Ceramics Art & Perception. In July, 2000, I began a research project with the assistance of a Faculty Research Grant from The College of Fine Arts,University of New South Wales to investigate the properties and potential of porcelain paperclay. My studio... Read More
England’s Pottery Powerhouse In the sixties, the ‘Potteries’, as the potteries area of Staffordshire was called, was still a place of memories of the old world – unbridled pottery production, low wages, but unquestioning loyalty to the ‘company’. Such was the life-long faith to the Potteries, that a card company only half jokingly printed postcards... Read More
Adelaide Alsop Robineau
An American Potter Adelaide Alsop Robineau (1865-1929) was an American painter and potter from Syracuse, NY, who began exploring porcelain as her medium for artistic expression after having worked as a china painter. Her work was influenced by the Arts & Crafts Movement, the ideas of William Morris and by the Art Nouveau style. In 1899... Read More
Reducing in an Electric Kiln
Avoid premature kiln ageing Many potters, ceramic artists and hobbyists have electric kilns, but not gas or woodfiring kilns at their disposal. This poses a problem if you want to create reduction glazes such as copper reds or celadons. These glazes require a reduction atmosphere, where the kiln is starved of oxygen. Free carbon in... Read More
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