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  1. C.Banks

    The Act of Pugging

    I remember an old wringer-washer used as a blunger and a great old plaster bat - both were always covered in clay. There is very little clay I don't recycle. I'm no production potter but I do ok with where I'm at and reclaiming clay is just part of the process. When I'm working in the studio the cool hours of the morning are good for getting clay ready. I still have that plaster bat. The costs of clay is certainly a relative thing. If I remember right the boxes I have stored cost near 50 bucks Canadian shipping included. Ordering more would mean shipping it north over 2000 km's and then 'running' into town and back which takes a good 8 hours on the road alone. I'm ok if I make that trip as little as possible. One day maybe I'll afford a pugger but for now my wrists keep up well enough. I know this doesn't add much but this all got me thinking about that old wringer-washer and the sound it made and of course the smell - but this only means good things.
  2. ...indeed... The conclusion seems to be missing but the preface takes me back a few years. A introductory level ambivalence in art might be necessary here. *I see in the url the first 30 pages is just a sample - 30/161 to be specific.
  3. I'm curious how to define a masculine/feminine/neutral form. If the Golden Mean is universal does this make it neutral? This one of the more broad questions I've heard in a while.
  4. C.Banks

    Glaze or clay effect?!

    Mike Dodd demonstrates throwing and modifying a pot for a somewhat similar approach and effect
  5. C.Banks

    Food safety in glazes

    A search of the site unfortunately does not easily bring up this Clay and Glaze faq.
  6. C.Banks

    Grinding tool

    Diamond Core Tools is a good option for pads and bits and what-not.
  7. C.Banks

    Deflocculate Or Add Water?

    you betcha' EPK is a common choice.
  8. C.Banks

    Deflocculate Or Add Water?

    Bentonite will work in amounts up to 2%. It is a colloidal clay iirc. Unfired glazes lacking clay will also powder and rub off pots more easily. Best solution is to adjust the kaolin(clay) if possible.
  9. C.Banks

    Raw ash onto wet clay

    You might already be aware but fwiw volcanic ash is a naturally fritted feldspar. It can be substiuted directly for feldspar but requires silica. In a glaze it brings a bit of iron so makes a nice celadon(in reduction) and can work in a base for a lifetimes worth of glazes.
  10. C.Banks

    Treadle/banding wheel?

    Looks like the wheelhead doubles as a flywheel. For 50 bucks I'd be jumping at the opportunity to own that oddity. Throwing on an Estrin with flywheel dramtically changed how I manage my wheel-speed - I would recommend it to anyone.
  11. C.Banks

    Soapy Clay

    Talc iirc is responsible for the 'soapy' feel of soap-stone and the same in some clay bodies.
  12. C.Banks

    Using slip for texture

  13. C.Banks

    Alaskan Clay

    The secondary clays/silts I've known fire to a 10 and resemble a nice albany/alberta slip with some oil spotting in oxidation. Lots of nice possibilities as far as glazes go but no so much for throwing bodies. Secondary clays like your marine clay can work as a body at low temperatures but they lack the plasticity of a primary clay used in throwing bodies.
  14. Throwing/shaping with a rib on the outside, after pulling up the cylinder, helps compress the clay as well. The one rib to rule them all.
  15. C.Banks

    Goldenrod Glaze

    Looking back I did a lot of ill advised stuff. I was younger and didn't know any better. It had issues for certain but the result was worth it, for the most part.

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