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    How To Improve?

    Hi NancyLee - I feel you! I started taking classes at my local community college two years ago, and had a devil of a time learning to center (it sucks that you can't really do anything on the wheel without that skill, and it's the hardest thing to learn!). It was especially fun being around all these college kids saying it took them SO LONG (3 days) to learn to center when I was on 5 months and counting. I too, had a wheel at home and was super frustrated with making the same mistakes, more time didn't seem to help because i didn't know what to do to make my practice progressively more effective. I ended up paying for a couple of coaching lessons - I found a local for profit studio, the kind that offers 4-6 week courses and 'sip and throw' nights (a glass of wine and a lesson) and got two 1-1 sessions with someone working directly with me, helping me figure out how to move forward. I ended up learning an alternative way of holding my hands, figured out that I was much more successful with the wheel spinning clockwise (went from 1-2 out of 10 successes to 7-8 out of 10 success), and was able to make significant progress in developing a means of practicing. In retropsect it makes so much sense, people have coaches for sports or music or acting, of course you need someone to adapt the one-size-fits-all resources available to your specific circumstances and help you find modifications that work for you. For any experienced potters or teachers out there looking for a way to 'give back' - consider offering coaching lessons! We beginners need you!
  2. Hi all, As I dive into the beauty of repetition, I find myself in need of a better way to quickly and accurately measure various dimensions while throwing and trimming. The only two tools I'm aware of are the single (or multi arm) throwing gauge and the tombo sticks, and I'm looking for your pro/con experiences with either of those, a source for purchase, or any other recommendations you might have. Thanks, Kristina
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    Food safety in glazes

    Min - thank you so much for those links! Time and again I am reminded that you really need to go back to the data and how/where it was collected before making a determination about things. For example, I've never quite understood the relative risk of using manganese dioxide in a glaze, and this paragraph from the longer version is quite illuminating: An example of ceramic glaze (and body) folklore are the reports surrounding the use of manganese (Mn) and its link to Parkinson’s Disease. Mn in a soluble form is a neurotoxin, but this data was generated from the steel industry and the conditions of exposure are dramatically different due to the vaporization of Mn during steel production (and the use of a furnace open to the local environment, that is, without a stack). Inhalation of these vapors creates a readily available reactive species for adverse interactions with the body (and internally through the lungs and mucus membranes). Even small amounts can be readily absorbed into the bloodstream. The oxides of manganese, MnO and MnO2, are both insoluble in water and do not pose a threat. The Mn is not soluble and therefore not available, cannot be absorbed through the skin or even an open cut, and even if ingested, cannot dissolve into the blood stream. Mn obtained from a salt (chloride, nitrate, or sulfate) is soluble, so if the source of Mn is a salt, exercise appropriate care.
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    Ceramic Bakeware

    Follow up question for the experts on this - my understanding is that one of the trickiest parts of making bakeware is the clay selection and potential for cracking during use due to thermal shock (taking your pan from room temp to a hot oven and back again in under an hour). My professor has told stories of complete casserole wreckage followed by a very messy clean up. Is that just an unwarranted scare-mongering?
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    cone 5 clear glaze for Cassius Basaltic

    Hi Winding Path Pottery - did you ever find a clear glaze recipe that works? I just got some cassius black to play with, and want a clear, white, or white matte for it if you found one!
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