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  1. Tonight, I took the pottery wheel for a spin. The very first one! The first thing I noticed was that the wheel spins counter-clockwise. Is this standard? For some reason, my brain was having difficulty with this. I am right handed. I just found it odd. Well, it took a few tries to get the clay anywhere near what I would call the middle, as I could see it had a slight wobble. Slowly and carefully, I made a very small, shallow bowl. Just as hubby came by to see it, I looked up at him, and in the process, stuck my finger in the side of it. It was pretty good, if I do say so myself. So, I wadded the clay up, made something else and while pressing on it, POP! An air bubble. Not good. I made a few other things, but since this was a practice session (as they will be for some time) I did not save anything. I think I'm getting the clay too wet. When this happens, should I just allow the wheel to spin for a bit to give the clay some air? Though I started out with a good size chunk of clay, before it was all said and done, I had nothing but a giant worm left afterward. What I've learned thus far - Trim your nails. Ha ha! Don't leave the bat pins on if you aren't using a wheel bat. They are in the way. More clean water. Silly questions thus far - Let's say I made something I decided to keep. Must I wire it off the wheel and onto a drying bat immediately, or should it be allowed to sit a bit so as not to cave in while trying to remove it? Many thanks! Karen
  2. Waiting, waiting, waiting for the kiln to cool...

  3. Fire in the hole! Finally!

  4. Chilly toes in the middle of July?

  5. LOL, Carl, I know what you mean. The first time I saw their site, I was cautious. I've ordered from Clay-King several times, including my wheel, and have never been anything but very pleased. Quick shipping, too!
  6. Hello! I will be making a number of sample pieces for clay and glaze examples, but would like to make little notes on the back of them. Someone told me an underglaze decorating pencil is needed. Is there not a generic pencil that will not burn off in a kiln? $11.95 and shipping leads me to think I'll just carve notes instead. Many thanks!
  7. Many thanks to both of you. I like the idea of numbering instead, and keeping notes.
  8. Good morning! As of late, I find myself anxiously awaiting little bowls from the two bats I have in order to make more. Though I am new to pottery, I prefer to leave projects on the plastic bats until they are dry enough to move elsewhere to finish drying. Last night I was shopping online for additional bats for my Speedball wheel, and came across several sites with various types. I haven't forgotten Ebay and Amazon, but the prices seem a tad high. I don't have enough experience to try out new things just yet, so I'm sticking to the plastic bats. Could anyone suggest a good site for purchase of additional bats? It seems the great prices are tarnished by high shipping charges. Several sites offer savings for purchase of six, which would be fine, though at this point I don't need too many. *Update* Found some interesting reading! BAT WHEEL TIPS - From BigCeramicStore.com Many thanks for any suggestions. Karen
  9. Ever since I learned about the Empty Bowls Project for charity, I have been so excited at the thought of working with clay enough to develop the ability to make a few bowls for the event in our area next year. Have any of you participated in this wonderful event? Please share your experiences, and perhaps a photo of the bowls you shared, or intend to share. I hope I'm not cross-posting, I couldn't find anything in the search section. Be sure to check the calendar for upcoming events, perhaps in your area. EMPTY BOWLS PROJECT - COMMUNITY CALENDAR
  10. has discovered a love of dry sanding on a windy day in the valley!

  11. WUVIE

    Gallery visits

    Hi Jeri, Though I don't know of any galleries in particular, I just wanted to send a bit of my envy your way. Hope your trip is full of wonderful!
  12. Hi there! Followed your wheel dilemma for a bit, just stopping in to see if you were able to acquire a new one. :-) Karen

  13. Hi there! Followed your wheel dilemma for a bit, just stopping in to see if you were able to acquire a new one. :-) Karen

  14. Welcome to the site! I'm new here, as well. Love the Ren Fairs, too!

  15. Good to see you posting again! Since you were on last, I finally acquired a pottery wheel, and have been practicing, practicing, practicing! I've always wanted to make tiny bowls, and by golly, I'm putting them out quickly! I realize I have a long way to go, but just being able to make something small, and feel relatively confident about it gives me the oomph to carry on, learning as I go. Sure, they may only be big enough to hold little gadgets, but with practice...who knows? It didn't take long to remember to take the bat pins off when not using a bat (duh), keep my hands together, don't try to recover a lost cause (at least while I'm new) and some other tidbits. Glad you're back!
  16. Hi Laura,

    Just a quick note to tell you how much I appreciate your tips for a newbie. Your words "two hands should work together as team" have been playing in my ears every time I'm on the wheel, with good results! :-) Karen

  17. As a complete newbie to the wheel, I've been practicing wiring off the wheel once a sample project is finished. I noticed the bottoms of the items were rough and rugged, so I assumed this would later be cleaned up during trimming. However, last night I moved the wheel into my husband's room, made a small bowl, and simply left it on the wheel. This morning, I gently touched it, and it just lifted right off the wheel with the most beautiful flat bottom, not sticking at all. Necessary to mention is the fact that there is a wood burning stove in the room. I moved the pot to the living room, which is quite large, and not heated, where the other items I've made are slowly drying. My question pertains to wiring off. Is this always necessary? I would imagine the size of the project would come into play. Perhaps since my items are so small, they would indeed not require wiring off. Or in other words, does one wire off to take back possession of the bat? Unless one was short of bats, why would you not simply allow the item to dry on the bat without wiring off? I realize I've asked the same question in different manners. Please know that I'm new, and simply trying to understand the exact purpose of wiring off. Many thanks for any replies.
  18. Oh, now this has me intrigued! Yesterday I made what I thought was a gorgeous little bowl, still in the practicing stages, but proud, nevertheless. It slid right off the wheel and sat on my dresser looking lovely and...crooked! On an eye-level glance, I laughed. The pot was leaning slightly sideways. I wondered if it leaned during the night, or perhaps I actually made it that way. Not sure how I would not have noticed a wobble while forming it, though. This is the most fun I've ever had learning.
  19. Hello Pres, I've seen mention of this term a few times. Could you explain 'throwing off the hump'? Many thanks! Karen
  20. WUVIE

    Hi JD, there is an image of many bowls in your gallery. Are those made of clay, or turned on a lathe? It is nice to see someone else that keeps thickness to their bowls. It seems that is my habit / preference as well.

  21. I just adore your animal pottery!

    Loved viewing your web page. :-)

  22. I simply do not understand the negative reputation thing on this site. Seriously, if a person can't back up what they say, their comments aren't worth spit. Much like the internet that is awash with people judging and criticizing others, yet are they willing to put a face with a name? Pfft. I agree with you. Back it up or shut it up.

  23. Seems we have yet another thing in common. Do we work at the same place?
  24. Well, pooh! I just typed a long response to you and somehow managed to wipe it off the screen, no going back. I couldn't agree more about the fun. I'm not in this to get rich, much less noticed. With any luck, I'll create a piece that might inspire a future grandchild to look in the direction of creativity. Sadly, we live in a rural area without much interest in clay. There are a few people, at least that are public about it, who dabble in ceramics, but mainly things like chicken statues, kittens and puppies with patchwork ears, and the holiday trees with plastic lights that glow when a bulb is placed inside. I did find a wonderful lady in Tulsa, but will have to find a day off work (falls on floor laughing hysterically) in order to visit with her, or make a special appointment. As one who appreciates what little play time is available, I hate to take up her day with my virgin awe. Videos - oh yes! We have very slow connections in the boonies here in Oklahoma, so my viewing is limited to workplace watching. Hubby and I were just talking this morning about how much life has changed. You can see anything, and I do mean anything, online these days. It is wonderful to know that people are no longer limited by distance or access to things. Inter-library loan is another great source of instruction for those who live a distance from humanity. Okay, just a bit of an exaggeration, but you know what I mean.
  25. Not sure what is with the negative two rating on your reputation, but someone obviously has a stick in the wrong location. Hope to see you back soon.


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