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#21 Marcia Selsor

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 07:53 PM

But her studio is Pink!
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Posted 17 January 2014 - 10:17 PM

Yes, the pink studio .... Long ago in a galaxy far far away someone thought pink would be 'fun' 'cheerful' .... that person also built shelves into it ... mounted brackets ... Installed an extruder .... not to mention drying racks in place and cupboards .... It would take a week just to get the room ready for a new coat of paint.

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 11:21 PM

But her studio is Pink!
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Reduction firing??



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Posted 18 January 2014 - 05:52 AM

Chris: I like the paintings on the wall behind the slab roller.... and the view from your studio!


First think I noticed was the drawing of this black dude, with sunglasses and beret. Cool. Is this in public domain now and can be used freely in other artwork?

Right, there is a painting too...

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 04:56 PM

But her studio is Pink!
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I'm more concerned about your battleship grey!

 

Yes, the pink studio .... Long ago in a galaxy far far away someone thought pink would be 'fun' 'cheerful' .... that person also built shelves into it ... mounted brackets ... Installed an extruder .... not to mention drying racks in place and cupboards .... It would take a week just to get the room ready for a new coat of paint.

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#26 Chris Campbell

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 06:45 PM

Oh no, did I forget to put the Coke bottle beside it ?? Drat, there goes my career in media .....

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#27 Marcia Selsor

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 08:37 AM

uh...Chris, your studio accessorizes your sweater in avatar.
Such a fashion statement! Must be a subliminal favorite!
or maybe you are just really into colors..


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Posted 19 January 2014 - 04:10 PM

uh...Chris, your studio accessorizes your sweater in avatar.
Such a fashion statement! Must be a subliminal favorite!
or maybe you are just really into colors..


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Posted 07 February 2014 - 09:36 AM

I love to "play" with clay's memory.  If you have a preference in which direction you might like the clay to go when it goes into that memory mode while drying, move the clay farther than you want it, then back again eg. if creating a seam, move two ends beyond where you want them to meet first, then back them off and join.  So, if the clay's memory is engaged (see I think of it as a live thing, lol) it actually will push together rather than apart as it remembers the movement just before you joined the seam.  This has prevented cracks in places where I did not want them to be.  Fun to psych the clay.



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Posted 20 February 2014 - 08:29 PM

Does waxing really stop warping?  I handbuild everything and some times things go out of round will waxing help this?



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Posted 20 February 2014 - 09:58 PM

Does waxing really stop warping?  I handbuild everything and some times things go out of round will waxing help this?

 

Waxing can definitely help.  Since part of the reason slabs warp, is because part of them dries quicker than others, the wax, helps prevent the clay from losing moisture too quickly. 

 

Waxing can also help avoid cracking, especially of attached smaller pieces, as they would dry quicker and shrink, before the large pieces they are attached to.


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Posted 21 February 2014 - 07:10 PM

Be careful, I've blown handles off pots as the waxed area around th ehandle was still moist on firing!



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 06:40 PM

Okay, Chris & Marcia, color is fine, but nothing beats basic black--like my Brent.  It is so old it is now considered retro.  One roller with attached upper canvas that could work as a backup for Kevlar.  

 

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 10:02 PM

Hi there.  I read some past dated posts on slab rollers and I thought I would throw the question out to all of you for a fresh opinion.  I'm looking to purchase either a 24" or possibly a 30" with the table.  I have been looking at the Northstar and Baily brands.  I would love your feedback. Thanks,

 

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 06:33 AM

I do not own one but look at the fourth post in the FAQ at the top of the studio forums. There are a bunch of previous topics on the subject. Good luck

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 09:57 AM

I recently purchased a Bailey 24" double roller with gear reduction and a 6-foot table.  It has a short feed counter, making it much longer on the out table compared to the Northstar.  With the reduction gearing it is will take a much thicker mass of clay and feed it through, and the longer work surface is nice.  I must admit, I still do not trust feeding from 3-4" down to working slab thickness, so I still feed, turn, flip, a couple of times on the way to final thickness.  I do find that I like the adjusting mechanism on the Bailey much more than trying to line up both sides on the Northstar (I can't think of an instance where i would need a tapered slab, so adjusting both sides at once is my preference.) I bought the slabroller with the legs and table options, but another option is to buy the Bailey without the table and mount it to your own setup for a more customized approach.

 

In working with both Northstar and Bailey generated slab, there is little difference.  So the decision would be which works best for your working style. I think they are both fine machines.  I would wholeheartedly suggest that you get gear reduction for whichever you decide is for you. It just makes life easier.

 

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 05:20 PM

Hi there.  I read some past dated posts on slab rollers and I thought I would throw the question out to all of you for a fresh opinion.  I'm looking to purchase either a 24" or possibly a 30" with the table.  I have been looking at the Northstar and Baily brands.  I would love your feedback. Thanks,

 

Fia

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I have the Shimpo 30" machine and am very happy with it. It has the features of the "professional" machines but at a more attractive price. I am a serious home potter who loves to make  pottery for the enjoyment it gives me - I give most of my pottery to family and friends and don't sell what I make. I am sure the Shimpo is not as heavily made as the Baileys or Northstar units but it has served me well for the pieces that I make. Clay-King is where I purchased my machine and at the time they had free shipping for the Shimpo slab roller

 

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 02:25 PM

Hi all,

Thank you for your responses on the slab roller.  I appreciate the feedback.

 

Fia



#39 Marc McMillan

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 02:33 PM

To those that "drop the clay on the concrete" - am I correct in that you are rolling it on something like a piece of wood or sheetrock that can be dropped? You aren't dropping it in whatever form you are using. correct? some of my forms would not like that too much.

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 02:47 PM

I drop my clay onto a cloth on the concrete paving slabs in my glassio or the tiled floor at the centre.  No board, just the lump of clay.


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