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Member Since 11 May 2012
Offline Last Active Apr 23 2013 09:34 AM

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In Topic: Where do you sign you name?

23 April 2013 - 09:34 AM

A gallery owner in Santa Fe once taught me about this topic. I do exactly what he recommended, and it has served me well. First, I sign, in a scribbly style that almost nobody can read. Then with a tiny stamp, I stamp my name (in plain gothic letters) directly under the signature. Finally, I impress my chop, usually opposite the signature. So signature, name stamp, chop. These three ID items look great, they enhance the value of the piece, and tell the buyer that I am proud of the work and think enough of it to spend fifteen seconds underneath the foot!

In Topic: Convince me...

23 April 2013 - 09:21 AM

For sheer money savings, the obvious answer is to not get a pug mill. BUT......some of us are getting older. The wear and tear on the back and wrists from wedging can eventually take its toll. So I bought a Peter Pugger (it is built like a tank!), and now I don't even wedge anymore! The clay is de-aired before it gets extruded. So I simply cut off a piece to the length (weight) I want, and then wedge it on the wheel. Just a few up and down movements of the clay will get the particles all lined up, and this is fantastically easier on my body than interminable wedging on a plaster table. I have found that the consistency of my clay can be adjusted to exactly what I want, too. I simply mix too hard clay with too soft clay. Life is good!

In Topic: crooked handles

23 April 2013 - 08:20 AM

Excuse me--I only just saw your comment today. Thank you! It is very kind of you to say these nice things.


In Topic: crooked handles

23 April 2013 - 08:20 AM

Hey Mosko,

one of the best looking glazes I have ever seen!!

I am a fan of clear glazes and "minimal" pieces but yours are fantastic.

In Topic: best wheel low cost

23 April 2013 - 08:16 AM

I know you are concerned about cost. Excuse me, but the absolute most important thing to me is longevity and ease of operation. A wheel that lasts for twenty years will cost less than a cheaper wheel that goes bad after three years. Therefore, the only choice I can possibly make is the Thomas Stuart wheel from Shimpo. I have owned a Soldner kick, a Lockerbie motor-assisted kick, and a Brent 3/4 horse electric. While I loved all of them, the Thomas Stuart has shown me a problem-free life for twelve years--so far. I expect it to last until I am in the ground.