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    Help with drying

    Oh, this is interesting. Hadn't considered that. I don't know if it's a good idea - or where (if) I learned it - but I spray some water into the plastic bags I use before I cover the pot. I think it helps, but I'm sure someone here will be able to put me straight if it doesn't.
  2. I'm getting along a lot better with the batmate now. I'd recommend it to anyone - though it is just a big chamois. I centred 2kg the other day without issue. I was using a brand new 11"/30cm MDF batt that was 6mm/.25" thick. The batt stayed on the wheel without any problems, despite me leaning into it. Also really nice not to have to clean the wheelhead afterwards (at least not beyond a couple of quick swipes with a sponge). Thanks Min.
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    Pottery Stools, what do you use?

    I imagine its a stool with a cylinder that allows the stool to go down when you sit on it and spring back up when you get off. I used an old height-adjustable kitchen/bar stool, until the frame broke because I was leaning forward all the time. I fixed it with some material that hardened to a steel-like strength, but eventually replaced it with a Shimpo stool where you could adjust the heigh of the legs individually. I don't throw for long periods, but even so I make sure to get up and wedge clay each time I want to throw something new. That way I have to get off the stool, at least for a few minutes.
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    Black speckles in porcelain - sand?

    Could it be something like the ‘mica’ in this Japanese video?
  5. I am new here, but since slip is clay I believe the inside would still be porous. I think you’d have to glaze the inside at the very least, even if you used slip for colour.
  6. I thought the production was better than the opera. Didn't help that there weren't any surtitles and I don't speak Sanskrit. I might give Glass a go while I'm throwing.
  7. Threw a small vase using the Batmate. I'm not able to say what I did right to get it to work, but the best thing wasn't lifting the bat off the wheel, it was the lack of clean up. No need to scrape and sponge the wheelhead, just rinse the Batmate in the sink.
  8. I went to the opera the other day. Philip Glass. It was (sort of) about Gandhi's life and explored ideas from the Bhagavad Gita. There's a quote that's stuck with me. "Hold pleasure and pain, profit and loss, victory and defeat to be the same: then brace yourself ready for the fight. So will you bring no evil on yourself." https://www.metopera.org/metupload/Satyagraha_libretto.pdf
  9. Thanks Min. I'll try experimenting with how wet the batmate is. I say 'batts' but I really use them as MDF tiles to move pots into storage. That means they haven't had wear and tear, or roughing up, as a normal batt might. Maybe that will help. I'll keep coning and throwing to see what happens.
  10. Batmate arrived. I used it with 8" square MDF bats, thin ones. I was able to cone soft clay without issue, but on two separate pots something shifted as I was knuckling up. Not sure if it was the batmate or the bats. I can tell its got potential, but I might need to learn how to use it.
  11. My tutor got in touch and told me some pots were ready to collect after being glazed and fired. I replied saying there'd be a tax if they weren't amazing (in my head I was thinking of asking for a biscuit or piece of chocolate). It was trying to be funny - and I regret it. I didn't need to joke. Of course I want them to be nice, but they don't need to be. They are what they are. My job is to understand that.
  12. Good tip. Luckiky the Batmate isn't that expensive and I added some other tools to the order. If it doesn't work or wears out, I can try the chamois.
  13. Thanks Min. LAst question - do you have any experience with the 14". Also thanks for linking directly to the Batmate and the neoprene tip. EDIT - Asking if there's any difference between them in perforamcne so I can choose the one to buy. My Shimpo has a 14" wheelhead.

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