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#1 RonSa

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Posted 17 March 2017 - 02:35 PM

Lesson #541

 

   Take the lid off the jar before you turn it over to sign it.

         Note to self: Its worse if you are standing.


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Posted 17 March 2017 - 02:39 PM

Do not feel bad how about loosing a ware board of teapots -or having a kiln load of greenware fall over.

Since you are just up to #541 just wait for #1256 as that will be way worse.


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Posted 17 March 2017 - 02:51 PM

:D


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Posted 17 March 2017 - 04:54 PM

How about setting a full wareboard down on the driveway behind a car?
Brilliant!
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Posted 17 March 2017 - 05:46 PM

putting a cone pack with a pad of clay into a bisque without drying the pad out first. explosion stuck into glaze on every level of the kiln. mistake 231



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Posted 17 March 2017 - 06:09 PM

Brown clay foot ring on a white clay slab bowl.  I guess that'll have a tenmouku glaze on the outside.

 

Glaze lids going back on the wrong bucket = glaze surprise.



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Posted 17 March 2017 - 06:36 PM

How about having a showcase of student work collapse because the top glass shelf was on the brackets crooked. :unsure:


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Posted 17 March 2017 - 06:52 PM

Rookies!!!

 

How about being so engrossed in figuring out a glaze formula while glazing pieces that you keep walking away to make notes. You fire the entire load and go out to check the results: only to notice the bucket of glaze on the table, and high fired bisq in the kiln. I should get an award for such an EPIC blunder.

 

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Posted 17 March 2017 - 07:53 PM

nerd, that was just another experiment.  you were going to test the commercial manufacturers method, high bisque, low glaze.  did you finish it?


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Posted 17 March 2017 - 09:16 PM

Lady:

 

I fired up my trusty tile saw and made various size biscuits out of them to catch glaze run. Got some use out of them, still have a pretty good stack of them.

 

Actually was a production run .. 12-  8" x 20" liners



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Posted 18 March 2017 - 09:40 AM

Ron, that mistake has shown up various times through the years on my list of blunders. One of my favorites still is carrying a leatherhard piece and smacking into a car side mirror causing the piece to fly through the air. The texture created by the road blacktop was fabulous. I keep meaning to texture more pots that way. Just need to figure out the shape that would work for that.

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 12:24 PM

I wanted a large fruit bowl for personal use. It would be big, beautifully and subtly glazed. It would be my early masterpiece. It was gonna be YUGE.
So after spending many hours carefully hand rolling coils of just a certain even size, and layering them around the inside of my largest mixing bowl, I scraped the inside and put it on a rack to dry. Days later I popped it out on a board and scraped the outside. It was elegant of form, the walls and base were of even thickness. It was greenware perfection. I let it dry.

Just before taking the rest of my small mostly-jewelry work to be fired, all of which could have fit inside "the" bowl, I took a sponge and began smoothing the inside. Suddenly it occurred to me I better hurry up and get the outside wet as well or...there was a crack and the top half of the bowl popped off in my hands, leaving a measly jagged soup bowl sized base. I found it useful only as a target for my disappointment.

Thanks for sharing all the stories, now I feel a lot better.


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Posted 18 March 2017 - 03:02 PM

Thanks for sharing all the stories, now I feel a lot better.

 

Yes, thanks everyone for sharing your stories, isn't wonderful that we can laugh at ourselves,

 

Personally I feel its the best medicine a person can buy.


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Posted 18 March 2017 - 09:04 PM

How about turning around at wheel and placing wareboard of newly thrown bowls on table which "used to be there" 😏

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 11:15 PM

I knocked an entire cart-load of I think 8 freshly thrown jars with lids over. It was my entire day's work, and right after I did it, I let go a massive, floridly-embellished F-bomb at top volume right in front of my sessional teacher, who I respected very highly, and who happened to walk through the door right next to me at that very moment.

He did not approve of swearing.

It happens.

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 11:31 PM

You know how long it takes to assemble a teapot? I put my freshly assembled teapot down on the wheelhead, then got up and tripped on the foot pedal, sending the teapot rolling around between the wheelhead and the splashpan like a high-speed tumbleweed.
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Posted 19 March 2017 - 10:19 AM

Mea, been there done that, all too many times. I have forced myself into the habit of turning off the wheel after anything. At the same time, I now assemble teapots on a banding wheel while standing or sitting on a stool. I also have a large square box, that I place over the wheel head and splash pan and tray that allows me to use the are as a table. I have so little space for unloading kilns, for work space and wedging area that I try to make everything multiple use.

 

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 12:07 AM

mea been there done that. actually too often!!

 

there's a wheel genie that gets me the exact moment i sit back and stare at my masterpiece. i step forward absentmindedly on the foot pedal and watch my hard worked piece fly off the wheel. my best pots have always landed at my feet. 

 

its a v. painful place for me since throwing is still so much a challenge for me. its taken me a long time to like my pieces. now that i do i feel sad when i lose the very one i was successful at.


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Posted Yesterday, 07:54 PM

Next time your pots collapse, tumble or get knocked off. 3

 

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Posted Today, 01:21 AM

Wonderful to read all those posts! And yes Ron, it is always better to laugh than to cry in the studio...

 

How about:

 

Havin a perfectly thrown big orb (porcelain, no less) on the wheel and leaning in to look at the right side of the object and in leaning in leaning heavy on the right foot (yes, exactly, thats the one still on the pedal...)

 

:rolleyes:

 

Joseph: now that's real art!


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