I used “grownup” instead of “adult” in the title to divert unsavory traffic. My buddy Miri in Puerto Rico (<– Spanish) wanted me to post this because Nick in Puerto Rico (<-Spanish) happens to share my interest in pvc as a sort of adult tinker toys. I'm afraid Nick is on a whole other level though because my little pvc tinker toy project is not nearly as impressive and I tried to let Miri know so she wouldn't be let down. Anyway, a while back, I was glazing these rather tall vases and needed to hold them upside down to pour over the sides. I never like resting them on slats because the "footprint" of where the glaze bunches up is too large and there's 4 of them, two for each slat. So I thought… pvc. No need for glue and actually it's better without glue because in the case of the vases, the vertical piece can be interchanged with different sizes to accommodate different sized vases without them either being suspended too far above the kitty litter tray or too close to the pool of glaze in the kitty litter tray. Later, I started to like some of the poured effects so I made a mini-pvc pot holder for cups. Here they both are… I was short a cap and put tape over the end so glaze wouldn't seep into the pipe and it's still that way (this probably says more about me than most things, but hey, I didn't have to make another trip to home depot).
As far as use, it has its limitations like the slats, if the pot is level while upside down glaze drips will dry and when you right the pot it will look like the beginnings of a little tiara forming around the rim. Consequently I usually suspend the pot at an angle (or as they say in the south, a “hangle”) so that the drips all go to the same point of departure and you can deal with it later much easier. Recently I found another use for pvc… talking into a length of it in a menacing voice drives misbehaving canines crazy. So anyway check out Nick and Miri’s great blog which is chronicling their move to Puerto Rico. Here’s one of their pvc posts and here’s another. And while you’re at it, if you are interested in ^6 oxidation firing, Miri is in the midst of a rather comprehensive test of said glazes with pictures of the results, recipes and other detailed info here.