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There is a Ceramic Arts Daily article by Don Adamaitis from late October of this year titled, "Make Your Own Gauge for Throwing Consistent Pots on the Pottery Wheel". It is a great demonstration on how to make/use a gauge on the wheel for making more uniform sized pots...and it is the way that I was taught. I'm not certain of the origins, but there are a number of gauge articles floating around on techniques attributed to Japanese traditions. This morning, I watched a video on Facebook that Michael Wendt (Wendt Pottery) posted where he used a couple of lasers in a similar fashion that one might use a mechanical gauge (in this instance Michael demonstrated plate making)...I can't seem to link to the video, but it was shared in the Facebook group "Clay Buddies". Here are my questions: What do you know of this laser technique? Are there best(or worst) practices related to lasers/mechanical gauges? Can you point to additional resources on the use of lasers in clay production? Have you tried working on the wheel using a laser as a gauge? -Paul
Hi all, I haven't been able to find any firing instructions for my old AIM kiln. Even the folks at AIM said they didn't have any . So I'm left with power dials that go from 1 to 10, and no idea how that translates into temperature. I'd like to be able to test this kiln without spending money on a temperature gauge/controller only to discover that what I really need is a new kiln. I have a bunch of different low fire cones, and was thinking of using them as a visual guide for reaching temperatures, but the more I think about it the more I imagine endless permutations of dial-adjustments matched to cone-slumps and time-monitoring. Am I crazy to think I could do a ramp/soak firing without having even a temperature gauge? Thanks, Matt