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  1. I'm interested in this book which is letters from Leach to Yanagi. https://www.leachpottery.com/books-dvds-sale/soetsu-yanagi-and-bernard-leach-letters-from-1912-1959 However I have - but haven't yet read - 'The Unknown Craftsman' by Yanagi. Link below. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1105345.The_Unknown_Craftsman I'm not sure if it's worth buying the book of letters. Does anyone here know about the books and can comment on how similar they are? Cheers
  2. One place I used to go to puts the firing date on pots using pricing stickers - you know the little ones that you get on products in your local grocery store. I think that's a good system.
  3. Thanks for the extra feedback. I've got questions to ask when I go to have other pots glazed. I'll report back with whatever happens.
  4. Thanks Babs. I'll make sure to ask that.
  5. Thanks for the reply Fred. It must have been stamped after the first firing, to show the date of the bisque (although it wasn't actually a bisque firing). I will see if I can get it refired by the same place. I've got no idea what happens to terra sig if it's fired twice. It's not a pot I want to glaze.
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    Table Top Wheels

    I had a lot of problems with my Shimpo Aspire, but despite Shimpo's help we weren't abel to fix it. It might have been because it was a grey import rather than an official one. I know they have them at the Leach Pottery, albeit in a classroom that, I think, is used for school visits and maybe evening classes and things like that.
  7. Unfortunately it's on the body of the pot, prominently displayed in the middle. I made the pot on a course - where we also learned to make terra sig - so it's annoying that this wasn't anticipated by the technicians.
  8. I made a pot and covered it with terra sig. Whoever fired it used a stamp to put the firing date on the pot. Now it says in black letters' 2 August'. I assume they thought it was a straight bisque firing, rather than a single-fire pot. The instructor didn't tell us to leave any notes with the items we fired. There's no glaze or anything else on the pot. How do I get the ink off? I've tried rubbing it with my finger and a bit of water, but no joy. Do I need to take a lighter to it or what?
  9. Following this guide, I used a cat litter try to make my bats. http://www.underthechokotree.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=154:making-a-plaster-bat-to-dry-clay&Itemid=59
  10. hantremmer

    Not Simon Leach

    Can you tell me what was in it, things you remember etc? I browse YouTUbe a lot, but haven't watched any Vietnamese pottery videos. I'm going to watch some and will keep an eye out for you.
  11. This makes sense. But one doesn't want to spend a lot of money when one doesn't know what one's doing. I have ordered a broom head so I can try to make my own hakeme brush, based on this video:
  12. I'm wary of anything to do with fur, especially in countries like China. We don't know how the animals are kept or treated; some brushes made with 'wolf hair' are actually made using weasel hair and my assumption is they'd be kept in very small cages. Sputty - Thanks for the links. I hadn't heard of those shops. I went with three goat hair brushes in small, medium and large from Jackson's.
  13. Does anyone have any recommendations for Japanese/Chinese style brushes? I had a go on Chinese calligraphy practise mat* and want to see what I can do on pots with oxides etc. There are many types on Amazon, so I'm not sure which to buy. I don't mind cheap and good since I'm not hung up on paying more for a brand. Thought I'd ask here because I'd be using it on pots, not paper. I'm OK with synthetic brushes too, since there'll be no cruelty involved. ideas? These are the kind of brushes I'm talking about: *You dip a brush into water and paint on the mat. The water turns black like ink, but then dries out and disappears, at which point you can paint again. I got one for 99p on eBay, but it arrived folded and crumpled. If I was buying again I'd get one that rolled up, even if it was a little more expensive.
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    How long is too long for Greenware

    Good point. I have been writing the clay name if it's one I don't normally use, but doing it consistently would be a better idea. A lot of my foot rings are quite small, so there isn't much space. I might be able to use the trimming date and then a number for each pot trimmed on that date. That way I could keep a log in my notebook.
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    How long is too long for Greenware

    After I trim a pot I inscribe the date on the bottom.

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