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Chris Throws Pots

Member Since 27 Jun 2012
Offline Last Active May 23 2017 10:17 AM

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In Topic: Designing A New Studio

22 May 2017 - 09:52 AM

The organization I work for is in the process of retrofitting a warehouse space into community art studios including a clay studio. The HVAC contractor who designed the air exchange system for our new facility thankfully had some personal and professional experience in clay studios, and designed a system using the mitigation of silica dust exposure as the highest priority. Clean incoming air will be delivered from the ceiling and move down toward the floor in a curtain (no swirling or circulating). Exiting air will be pulled from floor level, so any dust that is produced will be whisked away without traveling past the mouths and noses of studio participants. We will of course be using frequent mopping as our first line of defense.


The process has got me thinking about how to improve the air quality in my home studio. Right now I have very little air movement. This is better than lots of circulating air, but still not great. It can be pretty stale/musty in my studio (located in my unfinished basement). I have a three-pane ground-level window in my studio. My plan is to remove one of the panes and attach two blowers (like the blowers used in electric kiln vents) into the window frame (one blowing in, one blowing out) and run dryer tubing off the blowers. I'll position the incoming air tube on the ceiling, pointed down, and the outgoing air tube at floor level. It won't be the prettiest system, but I'll be the only one who has to look at it.


WoogiesPlace, perhaps some version of this floor-level exhaust will be helpful for your studio build. 

In Topic: Pottery Knowledge Quiz Of The Week (Pkqw): Week 7

09 May 2017 - 10:17 AM

1-4; 2-1; 3-2; 4-2

In Topic: Any Tricks For Getting Stuck Bat Pins Out?

08 May 2017 - 11:17 AM

Can always grind them flush with an angle head grinder.


I cross-threaded one of the bat pin holes on my Soldner S50. Trying to remove the pin by force ended up tearing the cap part off the bat pin, resulting in a little dagger protruding from my wheelhead. I ended up bringing it to a machine shop where they ground the metal spike flush and drilled two new threaded holes. Maybe the best clay-related $50 I've ever spent.  

In Topic: Wheel Seat

08 May 2017 - 10:05 AM

School lab stools (think high school chemistry class) are great. They are relatively inexpensive (~$50) and come in a variety of styles: taller, shorter, with and without backs, hardboard or cushioned seats. The legs are typically adjustable to allow for varying heights. I have a tall one that has a back and a padded seat cushion, though I had to add an extra cushion for comfort. I also have the back legs set one notch longer/taller than the front legs to tilt me toward the wheel for better leverage. 


I'd air on the side of a taller stool. You can always prop your wheel up on bricks/cinder blocks if it's too low for the stool... not so much the other way around.


Congrats on setting up a studio!


In Topic: Looking For A Controlled Thick Drip Glaze

18 April 2017 - 03:06 PM

Howdy Lincoln. Welcome!


Controlled drips, huh...


What glazes are you currently using? All the drippy work I've ever made relied on heavy application of glaze, plenty of space for the drips to roll, and crossed fingers until unloading time. I work at ^6 and have been able to get most glazes to move with a heavy enough application. Sometimes they even move when I don't want them too! I'd start with what you already have and see how much control you can harness.


Bonus: For some drippy glaze eye candy check out work by Branan Mercer and Steph Galli.