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  1. I watched the Clay Olympics at the Western North Carolina Pottery Festival this past Friday.  The competed in groups of 4.  I noticed one of the wheels they had put out in the gravel parking lot was rockin and rollin while the potter worked..  However,  in the final group the largest tallest pot was thrown on that wobbly wheel.  17" ,4" wide at base and top, from 8 lbs of clay.   I also got to meet Neil!!!!

  2. Chilly, I also had a lot of trouble with straight sided rigid forms.  Things got much easier when I used Vasaline or shea butter, thick rather sticky mediums, for release agents in those straight sided forms.  I rubbed it on like I was greasing a baking dish, all around.  Pieces came right out as soon as they cooled., with very clean smooth side walls.

  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. 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.

  9. 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"

  10. I got the regular pedal ,have not tried the ssx.  I can't imagine how you could spill every where, my throwing water bucket sits inside the splash pan so it is close.  Something to consider, that I did not realize when I got the wheel, it is larger, longer than other brands by 1 1/2", 

    from center of wheel to edge of pan where you sit, so there is more reach to do small works at the center of the wheel.  I have long body, short arms and I is not ideal for me.  When I realized the difference in that measurement over the Brent or Baily, the others I was considering, I was so happy with the pan and the pedal I just deal with it.

  11. Skutt has sweet foot pedal, very sensitive, that's the main reason I chose it.  I have the removable 1 piece smooth molded pan.  It is solid enough to brace my knees on, easy to take off , deep enough to catch most trimmings, with a raised guard added it catches everything.  I lift it off and tip it into my pug mill, very light weight and smooth inside to clean.   I am 67 and have no trouble handling it.


  12. I do this , using 2 hair pins that will stay in place on the chopstick, but can be adjusted for each pots, rather than making marks.  Remember to set the pins at the bottom of the chopstick for accuracy.  Then I trim out the very center at the desired depth, knowing I can go deeper as the bottom curves up out to the foot ring.


  13. Very satisfied 25 lb Peter Pugger Stainless owner here, had it 8 years, no maintenance issues, good customer service in the learning phase.  I wish I had gotten it sooner, the clay out of it is fabulouse for throwing and I have NO scraps around the studio.  I chose the PP mainly for the large hopper opening , it's way easy to stuff clay in it in large hunks, and also because it is more compact in my small studio that the Bailey of the same capacity.  Also spent more $$  for the Stainless, I have NEVER emptied it and cleaned it , when I want to change clays, since I use 4 different ones, I go to the next darker or the next lighter, it's very easy to reach in and do some half hearted chamber scraping out of hunks of remaining clay, then the first log out, I open the chamber, stuff it back in and mix a bit, easy change to next clay.  I go from light buff to very dark speckeled this way, one step at a time.  I don't try to change to white, I use very little white and will toss white scarps into a chamber full of buff and it just dissappers.  larger amounts of white, I hand wedge and rebag


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