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  1. Pug mill

    I recently was given a Bluebird 440 pug mill from an elderly gentlemen whose wife had passed away. The pug mill is a Bluebird 440 de-airing. I have contacted Bluebird and left messages, asking for a copy of the owners manual, but no response. If anyone has the owners manual and could email it to me @. dmkelly316@gmail.com, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank You so much! Deb
  2. Pug mill

    Hello this may be helpful.. http://www.bluebird-mfg.com/ Thank you Dawn.
  3. Pug mill

    Thank you so much for your help Wyndham. Truly can't fully express how grateful I am! Deb
  4. Pug mill

    Thank you Wyndham...I really need to know how to disassemble it so I can clean it.
  5. I am pretty new at pottery. I love to work on the wheel, but lately I have become rather frustrated with the bowls I have made cracking at the bottom. I was told to run your finger back and forth across the bottom and have done this...still cracking. Could someone please help!
  6. Help Needed

    I agree with Chris my throwing teachers told us to think compression, compression, compression while we were throwing and spent our first year throwing and cutting up cylinders and bowls. We only got to glaze three pieces at the end of the class. I had another professor that taught us to throw with just the water that was on our hands, no water on the piece and clay was fairly soft. He would throw two foot platters in a few minutes this way, it was a thing of beauty to watch him throw. Don't give up keep practicing and you'll get it. Denice (Wichita, KS) Yep, after looking at the crack, which is quite familiar. I looked it up in Hamer's Potters Dictionary. Page 80 shows the crack occurring in greenware, and bisqueware, and glazeware. In your case since you had patched the work before or after the bisquefire-Hamer says in so many words that it is because of - floor being thinner than the walls when thrown, overly wet, or drying too quickly. If the crack occurs after bisque-Hamer says it was probably unnoticed in the greenware. If the crack occurs after the glaze, it is because of glaze fit, or too thin of a base where compression of glaze and clay comes into play. If this is the case, I highly recommend that you refrain from using a sponge in the later stages of throwing. The sponge just puts too much water into the clay. At the same time slow your drying time of the pieces before you trim them. You have said that you use a rib to compress, but are you compressing or are you scraping the wall shape. Two different things. A rib laid at an angle on the clay will push the particles together, where as a rib held perpendicular will not. Thank you so much everyone for the information!!!...I am guilty of several "wrongs" you listed. You have all been so helpful. Deb
  7. Help Needed

    What is the shape of the carack, "S" shaped, or around the edge of the foot ring in a crescent? Is it one crack, or a few short ones? I've attached a copy of the one bowl that I put patch stuff from the pottery store in...not so pretty.
  8. Help Needed

    What is the shape of the carack, "S" shaped, or around the edge of the foot ring in a crescent? Is it one crack, or a few short ones? I've attached a copy of the one bowl that I put patch stuff from the pottery store in...not so pretty.
  9. Help Needed

    ty. I do have alot of water on the bottom during the throwing, but I dry it up in the end. My bottom's are always thicker than my walls...could the weight of the walls pulling do this? On my last bowl, I used a rib on the bottom over and over again...still cracked. I will try and use less water. ty Marcia.

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