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

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  1. If one of your students....

    Thank you all for your comments, this has gotten under my skin a bit, perhaps her goal??? I try very hard to help every student have a good experience, and feel like they have put themselves in my hands for the duration of the workshop. I don't have anything scheduled for a while, I will wait and see how my own feelings process this before I decide what, if anything, I am going to do. I don't think I will change her, but I might change how she feels she can behave in my space.
  2. How would you handle this teaching situation? I put this in the business forum because teaching classes is a large part of my pottery income. I hold small group classes in my home studio. several of my students have been with me for a few years. One of my regulars brought in a buddy of hers who has not had any hands on pottery experience. She was looking at her results from a handbuilding class with me. She was not happy with 100% of the pieces she finished the last workshop, although a couple of them were quite nice, and now after her 2nd workshop in which one of her pieces was spectacularly sucessfull, but one was not what she 'expected it to look like glazed', she expressed how dissatisfied she was with the results. I thought the pieces was a good results for a person who has only glazed 5 pieces ever. One of my experienced students offered that the test tiles don't always show exactly what the dipped piece will look like and that she often didn't get exactly what she was expecting, since she is always doing something different and uning different glazes each time. I offered that there were many variables and she was just getting started. She came back with, "Or, you are lying to us about what the glazes will look like". someone in the group said "What???? !!!" and she repeated the same , that I might be lying. The room was silent for a moment, I said nothing while I gathered my thoughts, then said, " When you have some experience, you might be able to understand this better" and went on with the class. I have heard that this woman has a reputation for being verbally aggressive in this way. Now , days later, I sort of wishing I had ripped her a new one. I give everything I have to my students and feel I have not done a good job as their instructor if their works don't turn out well enough. We do group trips to pottery shows and sales, go to workshops , and several of my students have gone forward and built their own studios, with support from me going forward. What do you think? I insist my students play well together and everyone on the studio to feel welcome and safe to stumble through their own learning curve. How would you play this?
  3. T S wheel users...

    For those who throw with a higher wheel head, what do you do when throwing a tall slender piece, stand up after centering , opening and making the first couple of pulls? I tried standing early on and could never get the clay center without being able to get over it.
  4. T S wheel users...

    Thanks, I have foam around mine, for the same reason. I am very tall through my body, so coupled with the short arms,, this set up is still a struggle for me. I have to bend over a lot to get down to the wheel, May need to try throwing with the wheel head higher than my butt, I sit much more comfortably on the Brents, but don't want to give up the great foot pedal on the TS.
  5. I have the Thomas Stuart with the big splash pan and it sits me 2.5"farther from the center of the wheel that the more standard 2 piece pans do . I am struggling with arm shoulder issues when throwing smaller pieces like mugs at the center of the wheel .
  6. T S wheel users...

    I have rather short arms for my height, so it is a struggle for me. I am considering getting the wheel shaft extender, since if I sit high enough to get the stool over the metal base, then I have to bend WAAAy over to getmy stubby arms and hands down to the wheel. Hoping for some others to chime in with their ideas.
  7. wheel movement

    I decided not to get the SSX and I love my responsive foot pedal, motor. I have the 1/2 hp, it's about 6 yrs old., got it new.
  8. T S wheel users...

    Have any of you struggled with how far the front of that wonderful big splash pan is from the center of the wheel? When I am throwing smaller things, like mugs, I feel like I am bending and reaching Waaaay out in front of me. Other wheels, like the Brents , are almost 2" less distance from the front to the center of the wheel head, but I LOVE my TS motor and smooth responsive foot pedal and don't want to change wheels. I have tried taking the pan off, but the steel undercarriage still limits how close I can get my stool. Have any of you made any modifications to the pan to get closer to the center of the wheel?
  9. I am so glad to hear that someone else despises those tiny nozzled squeeze bottles. I simply can not get them to work for anything. going looking for a ruling pen. I love how reading through various questions on this forum sets me off on the next journey!
  10. Are these ^6 wadding?

    Thanks so much! I have onlt seen the larger triangular ones or the bars. These are exactly what I need, so I will shop until I find them.
  11. Are these ^6 wadding?

    It would be for baskets and for jewelry, pendants, earrings, etc. I have looked at the wire thingies, wondered what shape to buy. I'm always looking at something new.
  12. Are these ^6 wadding?

    It's not mine to use, the 2 friends don't have a clue what the dry mix is, they were given it by a woman who ran a workshop they attended a year ago in Vt. Thry are in FL and I visited them there and saw the results and want to know how to get the same glazed all over bottom . Guess I'm asking how to make some ^6 wadding stilts?
  13. A friend of a friend gave 2 of my newbie pottery friends some" powder she mixed up" that they formed into cones , bisqued and then use for supports under glazed pieces during firing. The baskets they showed me were glazed underneath everywhere except for 4 small bare circles, where the little cone shaped posts were put, stuck there with wax, according to my newbie friends. My friends are so new to pottery, they can barely describe what they have and what they did. Any idea what the 'powdered mix' is, Any idea how I would make wadding for ^6? I've never paid any attention to it because I don't do wood or gas. I DID look up 'wadding' in my Hamer and Hamer and other places, but didn't learn anything useful to me. I would love to be able to glaze my baskets all over. They are a bugger to wax, wet or hot, without getting wax showng through to the inside surface.
  14. I am a tool Ho, I want every tool made, I love my tools . I will change tools while working just to get to use another one. Now you all know my dirty secrete. ( will me getting a Do All ASAP.
  15. Bottom Depth Tool

    interesting. why not push the outside stick in the 2nd picture, until it touches the wheel head. The difference would tell you exactly how thick the untrimmed base of the pot is and what you have to work with, take out all but 1/4 " of the difference.

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