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Ginny C

Member Since 02 Apr 2010
Offline Last Active Oct 21 2014 08:28 PM

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Technique For Making Spirals With Thick Slip

21 October 2014 - 08:27 PM

I'm trying to use thick slip to get lovely big spirals inside a shallow bowl. I slather on lots of nice thick slip (from the same clay, flocculated), but I can't figure out what tool to use, how fast to have the wheel going, how fast and how firmly to draw the rib or whatever through it.   Should be simple!  Any suggestions?




Tearing Rims (On Purpose)

20 October 2014 - 05:02 PM

A few years ago I tore off clay around the rim of a bowl because the top part flopped and I wanted to save it. It turned out very nicely and several people bid on it in a silent auction.  I can't remember how I did it, i.e. how dry the clay was when I tore it off. Any suggestions?  

Here's a photo of the one I did two years ago:

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Flower Pot Suggestions

20 October 2014 - 04:54 PM

A friend wants a flower pot for indoors, with a hole or holes in the bottom and a saucer.  I think it should be tall enough so that it would be possible to just stick the plastic container the plant comes in down inside.  So I suppose the dimensions should be set for that, allowing of course for shrinkage.

But does anyone have suggestions for other size considerations? Anyone making these?

I don't want it to look "store bought" so I might alter it a bit...



Need To Make A Container That Looks Like A Loaf Of Bread For Donations

10 June 2014 - 11:59 AM

A church wants me to make a replacement for a ceramic donation box that broke. Once a month members are supposed to take food for the pantry, but people who forget are invited to drop a donation into a container on the table. The one they had (which I never saw) was made to look like a loaf of bread, with a slit in the top for donations and a hole in the bottom large enough for retrieving the money.


Any suggestions?  Could I use an unsliced loaf of actual bread as a form for hand building it?  Dry the bread out first?



Ginny Clark

How To Dry A Slab Built Dish Evenly

13 February 2014 - 05:06 PM

I'm having trouble with cracks forming at the edge of big (14 inches in diameter, that's big for me!) hand-built dishes while they are drying. Even thickness, about 1//4 to 1/3 inch, with an added foot ring slightly thicker.  Formed from a slab, with a pattern pressed in from a basketball net, draped over a bowl covered in T-shirt material or over a pillow made from a stretchy material with polystyrene beads inside. I gently ruffle the edges, i.e. 6 ups and 6 downs on the perimeter.  Clear?


I drape a lightweight cloth over it and then drape plastic over that and leave it for a couple of days.  Once it's dry enough to turn over, I do that, and continue to keep it all covered.  Still, the edges get completely dry while the center stays damp, and then a crack forms.  Of course!  In both cases, the crack came where the lines had been incised, so now I'm trying with no lines near the edge.  


If this one cracks, I'm in trouble!  I've promised it for a charity auction, to go with a smaller piece. made the same way, but deeper.  That one didn't crack!


I can't figure out how to get the center to dry more quickly, to keep up with the edges.  Should I use a heat gun on the foot ring and center?  Or should I spritz the edges frequently until the center catches up??


Ideas, potter friends & helpers? I'll try to post 2 photos. One of the last one with a clothes pin next to one of the cracks (not bisqued) and the other of the current one, made yesterday, draped over the pillow thing.