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#107513 Qotw: Do You Have A Story For Us, Featuring Tom Roberts (Aka Tjr) ?

Posted by Joy pots on 25 May 2016 - 09:54 AM

I crossed paths with Tom a few times & missed a chance to have coffee a couple of years ago, my life got in the way. I'm sorry for that. I also read & enjoyed his forum posts. I wish him a happy journey at his resting place near his beloved cottage.

#105787 Interior Supports?

Posted by Joy pots on 27 April 2016 - 11:31 AM

Try wrapping the cardboard with a single layer of paper (newspaper)not stuck on the tube. It makes the tube easy to pull out without it sticking to the clay. If the paper won't come out no problem of it causing the clay form to crack while drying & it can be left in during firing if necessary, but will usually pull out easily.

#105534 Can You Be Cheaper Than This?

Posted by Joy pots on 22 April 2016 - 10:15 AM

Stick your pin tools in a sponge, easy to find.

#105410 Latest Studio Tricks And Tips

Posted by Joy pots on 19 April 2016 - 10:11 AM

I use small stencils that I made from clear plastic used for table cloths. They bend around the pot. I glaze the piece first then use a stain with a stencil brush that I load with stain in a small tub that has a piece of folded t-shirt material in the bottom. I add stain & water sparingly & load the brush. It works very well the water keeps the stain from becoming to strong to prevent it from running on the glaze during firing.

#103470 How To Build A Hand Warmer Mug

Posted by Joy pots on 12 March 2016 - 12:30 PM

Throw an hour glass style mug. Try making a long narrow dart & then joining with slip & score, back together. Smooth the join with a rib in & out & put a small coil inside to enhance the joint.
Make a handle that is thick & hollow at the bottom & widen it out to cup the hand, a hole at the joint will ensure the hot beverage will flow into that handle area & warm it.
I haven't tried it but will have to now.
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#103380 Newb Question

Posted by Joy pots on 10 March 2016 - 02:32 PM

Go to Sounding Stone & ask your questions. They have a large selection of coloured stains.

#89622 Acrylic Stamps ?

Posted by Joy pots on 27 July 2015 - 10:31 AM

They should work fine, just remember they get moist from the clay so brush some corn starch over the surface of the stamp to prevent sticking.

#74282 Does Anyone Else...

Posted by Joy pots on 28 January 2015 - 11:27 AM

A sure fix is buy a cream called Working Hands. It is in a small green tub. It heals cuts & splits like magic in a couple of days.
It gets very cold here in the winter & I always get splits from having my hands in clay for long periods.
They even have one for feet that works. Okay I don't put my feet in clay but they do get heel splits in the winter.

#73765 Are You Started Into Your New Year Plan/program. Are You On Track?

Posted by Joy pots on 21 January 2015 - 11:36 AM

Hi, I have been doing commercial pots for the past 2 years after spending 21 years at a farmers' market. I decided that was enough. Since then I've been piling up stock of pots other than ordered ones for that time & decided in Nov. to find an outlet & I did. My pots are doing well. So now I have another venue which has encouraged me to spend more hours in the studio. Yeah!

#66748 What Do You Do To Energise Yourself In The Studio?

Posted by Joy pots on 27 September 2014 - 10:13 AM

Doing something different. Yesterday a couple of friends came over & we did a raku firing with my old electric kiln. We had awesome results. A very satisfying day. It was only the second time I have done this. It worked much better with 3 people with quick opening & closing of the kiln kept it nice & hot.

#63384 What Is The Most Unconventional Item You Have Ever Used To Decorate Or Create...

Posted by Joy pots on 28 July 2014 - 10:56 AM

I make & draw fish on pots & use the end of an inner plastic spool from an adding machine tape for the eyes.

#62857 Do You Teach To Throw Off The Hump?

Posted by Joy pots on 20 July 2014 - 12:35 PM

One problem I've found in teaching students to throw off the hump is a lack of the student compressing the bottoms properly & as a result the bottoms crack in drying &/or firing.

#56373 Low Hand Strength?

Posted by Joy pots on 09 April 2014 - 11:26 AM

Hi, I have rheumatoid arthritis & use neoprene wristbands while throwing & wedging actually I use them for all the fun in the pottery. I use very soft clay as well. I have wrist/hand braces with a rigid part on the palm that rests my hands at night & keep the inflammation down. This really helps as at one time I thought my life as a potter was over but joy I'm still going strong. There are days when I need to take time off & I can tell when I've over done it.
Hope this helps you.

#49094 Time To Set Your Goals For 2014!

Posted by Joy pots on 01 January 2014 - 11:53 AM

Happy New Year

I am going to experiment this year. Gather all the sketches I've done over many years on little pieces of paper & finally make them into pots. Fun time.