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    12 years as a potter, student, always. Cone 6 - functional, mostly.

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  1. sounds like you are dancing up the Yellow Brick Road!
  2. I often see forms I like and wonder if I can make them, it's a way to challenge myself to keep growing. By the time I am done with a piece, it rarely looks like what set me thinking in the first place.
  3. Steven, yes, they were fine. Chilly, it was just poured into some junque store cassarol dishes that had pretty straight sides, thus making getting them out tricker. Nothing special. I think I will now try adding 2nd layer to increase depth of hump mold options. Book says, make some deep scratches in the plaster first, them add fresh pour on top of it. we will see. I WILL use better release agent this time!
  4. on the topic of keeping cleaner as you work, I throw with slip more than water. When I want a tool, I always end up reaching for it with clay covered hands and spreading the slip all over the tools in my storage jar, looking for the one I want. I'm thinking I need a 2nd small bucket of CLEAN water for hands before I reach for a the tools. I am trying to redefine what 'clean ' means in my studio.. recently I got a sheet of that thin board from Lowes that you might use for lining cheap shower stalls, slick, WHITE and water resistant. I covered my main work table that the wheel sit beside and where I put the blls of clay I will be throwing, used tools , towels etc. Now, I can't pretend I have cleaned up, the white surface screams 'No, you didn't" no excuses now,
  5. You have NOTHING in these photos to be ashamed of. They look tidy, well balanced and well glazed. You are in a great starting place. as to the event being for beginners, you can stand out in a crowd through presentation. keep at it. I agree with the posted who said only take what you feel good about, so that when some people don't chose your work you can say, "It wasn't their taste" instead of feeling that work isn't good enough.
  6. your buyers will never see you work like you do. Pieces that I really don't like are often the first to sell. I don't do a 2nd s table, I think it looks cheezy. if they are 2nds, I hammer them. that said, your buyers mostly know NOTHING about pottery and don't know what a 2nd is. Something obvious, like a crack or glaze craters, I would not offer it for sale in the the first place, maybe give away to studio visitors, or experiments in reglazing, but never for sale. Ditch the colored table drapes, go to Lowe's and get painters drapes in neutral muslim, or white flat bed sheets, but no color. Pack in plastic if at all possible, rain will make cardboard fall apart, even if you just sit it down on wet ground. be ready to explain what 'hand made' means and just smile , no matter what anyone says. They probably have never made a pot. and don't realize how foolish they sound. If you cover your expenses, consider it a good day and learn from it. have plenty of change, take a cooler for food, a good sale is one where there is no time to go get anything to eat, or to eat it! take a picture of your final set up before show opens, to learn from for next time, there will be a next time!
  7. VICTORY! as Marcia suggested, I heated them, by putting them in a skillet with boiling water around them, until the plaster was hot. After removing them from the water bath, they would not budge, so I figure I would start this morning on trying to chip the plaster out and start over. I had drilled holes and set screws nto the plaster earlier, trying to pull the form out, unsucessfully. this morning, I pulled on the screws in the now cooled plater and both of them released.!! thanks for all the suggestions. Now to pour more , with better release agent
  8. Thanks, cold, freezer, did nothing.
  9. nothing has worked. I even drilled into the plaster and set screws to pull on it with. Guess I get to try and chip it out and repour.
  10. are you referring to the seam like places where the clay has to fold over its self to go down into the round mold ?
  11. I'm going to wait a day or 2 and see if anything changes. The mineral oil suggestion came from a book called "Mold Making and skip casting",. I thought about drilling a small screw into it for pulling force. . I'm not in a hurry and would rather not break the forms until all else fails, so we'll see.
  12. I did my first foray into pouring plaster into rigid forms to make hump molds yesterday. I use 4 small dishes from the junque store that were shapes we wanted to use. Two were sloped sided, two were rather straight sided. None of them had undercuts or ridges on the sides that would prevent the set up plaster from coming out later. I used mineral oil, brushed on to all 4. Today, the two slanted sided ones came out with a bit of upside down tapping. The straight sided ones WILL NOT RELEASE! What now? The forms that came out are cool to the touch, still feel damp, but solid. I used the formula that Gypsum plaster provided, and followed all mixing , pouring instructions.
  13. I bought a stack of hand sized towels and a few bath sized from the overstock store in a light mud color! they don't show stains from the red clay and they look better.
  14. Mark, these aren't quite like the compression gloves I tried, they are a soft gray knit, and don't seem different than light weight winter knitted cotton gloves, but there are fibers in them that do something that regular cotton gloves don't.
  15. Recently there was a thread on how to manage sore hands and fingers and the combination of joint pain and wheel pottery. since that thread, I have come across something that is new to me and is helping a lot with my hands and fingers. My husband has been trying everything to avoid a knee replacement and his Dr. recommended a fabric brace with some invisible copper threading in it. He said it helped him , so I ordered a pair of that company"s open fingered gloves. I only wear then at night, but I can go to bed with throbbing pains and wake up with none. Hope it is OK to mention brands, they are Incrediwear, and they run large, I measured for the Large, but the medium is best for me. They are called "circulation gloves"

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