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    Los Osos, CA - a pile o' damp sand
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    Pizza, swimming, cycling, reading, puttering ...and ceramics

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  1. Hi Grey, There are several threads on plaster use here - the consensus being use potter's plaster (else even better/more expensive stuff...), e.g. https://www.aardvarkclay.com/proddetail.php?prod=plaster%231 I'm about 2/3 through my first bag - bats and slabs.
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    Engobe question

    "Lucky" for me, I'm still not up on the electrician's list (60 amp circuit), hence a new round of culls - into the slop bucket w'ya - is required to make space for new makes; I'm coming around to it being a good thing, especially now that the local JC semester has started, hence I'll be able to fire for the next four months. I'm breaking them up before and/or during the slaking, finding more thick spots than thin, that burnished clay resists water much longer, and that my foot trimming approach needed mods. I'm using speedball underglaze at bisque stage, seems to work just fine, dries quickly, nice colours. Also experimenting with slip (blend, then sieve ^6 clay) at leather hard, where I've found that thin slip brushes on ok, but has too much water to dip into or pour in/out. After settling and removing some water, it can be applied thicker-ly... I've added water to dry-ish pots to facilitate burnishing only, will try your tip Lady, thanks! The engobe the JC carries is for leatherhard stage only. Down the line, sure I'll be interested in trying some slip recipes... Also lucky for me to have found this forum, great resource.
  3. Bill Van Gilder's clip on one piece box includes a few tips on closed from which may apply to your globular. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQ2IWy--n6E
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    Submit Your Community Challenge Ideas

    "Repeat ware" is my current (self)challenge. Looks like some of the small studio folk roun' heah do repeats, some don't. I want to learn the control to do repeats if/when I want to - mugs, tumblers, bowls, plates, vases, lidded jars - all that ...expecting to see improvement by Xmas.
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    Help identify this wheel...

    The switch cover almost certainly describes just that part. Cool old wheel! There are several models that have similar bucket recess, however, I've no luck finding anything that looks just like yours. ...had some fun looking though! Kingspin, Crusader, Glyde Torc, Tiger Brute, Volks...
  6. "So the pool´╗┐.." aaah, got exited there for a few seconds! Hulk was a swimmer (still hittin' the pool two or three times a week) back in th'day. Ahem, I'm with you Pres; water, and cleaner water, then cloth rag/towel when dry hand is necessary. I do use the cute little round sponge, however, the Hulk size sponge gets a lot more use, for cleaning hands, wheel, tools, bats, etc., and pieces cut from Hulk size sponge (search "grout sponge") see more use on pots (thanks Bill VG for purpose cut shape idea). The towel comes in handy when something needs dry right now - typically hands or bat, most else can take its time drying up. From there, I'm pouring off the clear water and settling the clay for reclaim. The clay-y clothes, rags, apron, etc. get two soak and rinse cycles before laundry, also with you there Pres. I use paper towels to clean my bike, blot water drops off my glasses after soap and water wash, then re-use them to wipe up bird crap. That's Jack, admiring brand new wheel (last Fall). Years in the trades almost cured me o'wipin'me hands on trouser legs ...almost.
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    New Skutt wheel issues

    Thanks for the update! Perhaps a spot of silicone grease in the brusholder would help? Sounds like my Skutt's belts are the making most of the noise, which has isn't terribly loud, comparing to the Brents at the Junior College, about the same. Mark, thanks for the tip on the noise suppressor! I'm not getting FM noise now - weird, was getting intermittent racket from the lighting fixture as well.
  8. Thanks for the utube! I'm'a' practice on a plastic tumbler...
  9. Takes me a bit of fiddling to center for trimming as well - looking to try using a Charles (stealing from Bill VG - a chuck) to speed things up some, however, the chuck would make sense when there are many similar/same items lined up to trim. I start by eyeballing, then use pointer tool to mark the runout and eyeball the gap on t'other side, stop, move half the gap, repeat. Eventually we'll learn to tap to center?
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    The Act of Pugging

    Some pundits point out that wet clay bits thrown in water don't turn to mush very fast, whilst dried bits do, hence advice - allow bits, scraps, chunks, and baddies (bad pot!) to thoroughly dry before slaking, which I'm doing now. All the slop goes in there as well, including what's at the bottom of the bucket after standing for a while (doesn't take long for all the particles to settle, leaving clear water on top), can't see putting clay down the drain generally, nor particularly, as we're on septic. When the bucket's full, the big drill with mortar mix attachment gets it homogeneous quickly enough, then it's wait until dry enough to work with again. I'm no expert though - will get back after some years! ...curious about the aging idea, my scraps were soaking several weeks before being mixed and then it took a few weeks to dry them out as well. I get less plastic as time goes by, hmmm, maybe spend more time in the pool? Now I've an idea how much doesn't end up in finished pieces, I'll be taking home my scraps from next semester's Wheel II class...
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    New Skutt wheel issues

    Sounds 'bout the same as my Skutt, however, there's an additional layer of yeck sound kicks in ~:05-:10 and again later as you come off the gas. I've put a few hours on mine since bringing it home; just noticed that clockwise (how I throw) is quieter than cclockwise now, where was about the same initially. My garage boombox picks up some e noise from the Skutt when tuned to public radio tho' arrg! Is my Skutt a closeminded nonprogressive?
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    I'm liking the Skutt built in pan just fine. Although the removable pans (I've only used Brents, at the local JC) allow carry and dump, there are many nooks and crannies, leakage, etc. - I find it takes longer clean it up squeaky. The built in is smooth and easy to clean. At home my reclaim container is right next to the wheel anyway, scoop, dump, done. I use a large sponge that's cut to push through the sides below the wheel head. If choosing, I'd go with the built-in. The Skutt pan is heavy cast metal (aluminum, methinks); it's not moving anywhere. It occurred to me t'other day that catching one's hand/arm between the rotating wheel head and the pan - on the left side for counterclockwise throwers - could be very bad indeed! I wouldn't provide a fixed pan wheel for students. Don't create a scenario where a combination of things + body parts are anywhere near the pinch point, just sayin'
  13. We used evaporative cooling extensively in northern CA - Sacramento Valley and nearby foothills - where temps occasionally reach 110F+ and will hover 90-100F for weeks. That said, 20%+ humidity was a "wet" day, and even so, evap just takes the edge off - drops the temp some 10 or more degrees... When it's cooling off at night (not always), we found the main benefit in flushing the house in the evening and early morning, then shutting up the house to keep the heat out. ...which brings up insulation. Is the garage insulated at all? An insulated garage door is better than a skin of sheet metal, but not by much, and the backside of your roof sheathing will simply bake; is the overhead dropped and insulated? Are the walls insulated? My guess would be that 500 sq. feet that 10k btu doesn't touch isn't insulated; looks like you'll be cold in the winter, hmm. Right now your humidity is 39%, hence a wet breeze would feel pretty good, ya.
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    What are the pitfalls?

    As an experienced beginner (five months!), I've gone to about half an inch, which is later trimmed out to leave a foot ring - just enough to grasp from the inside to dip all the way w/o fingermarks ...maybe. If throwing off the wheelhead or da hump, more clay makes is easier to move without distorting the vessel. I also enjoy trimming.

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