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Chris Throws Pots

Member Since 27 Jun 2012
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In Topic: Galley On Pot Or Flange On Lid..

22 July 2014 - 01:06 PM

Like others have wisely mentioned already in the thread, function should dictate the form of the lid.


The Val Cushing Handbook has a great section on lids. There are drawings of all sorts of different shapes, do's and don'ts, critical mistakes, tips, etc. When teaching lids to my students I'll share these pages and frame the discussion around function, then over the course of a couple weeks cover (no pun intended) 5 lids:

- Basic Flange "The Hat" thrown upside down

- Basic Gallery "The Bowl" thrown upside down

- Flange + Gallery w/Inset Knob thrown rightside up

- Flange + Gallery w/Attached Knob thrown upside down

- The Russian Doll thrown as a closed form then trimmed gallery and flange

So many lids, so little time.


Someone also brought up firing lids atop their corresponding jar/teapot versus firing them separately. I'm all for firing lids along with their corresonding piece. Where the clay is going to experience change and movement as it shrinks, I want the set to experience all this change together as one piece.


My two cents.



In Topic: How This Surface Was Created

08 July 2014 - 01:31 PM

I'm in camp fluting. I have a mirror in my house (thrown with the intent to be a platter, but it cracked as it dried) that has a very similar look. I produced the marks with the rounded end of a Kemper trimming tool.

In Topic: Requirements For Good, Basic Studio

07 July 2014 - 11:34 AM



Congrats on your studio! In my opinion, the most important requirement for any studio is something that can't be bought. It's also something that can be very challenging to keep up with. It's a diligent committment to cleanliness and heath/safety practices. Especially in a private studio, where your decisions and actions only really impact yourself, it can be easy to get lazy about this stuff.


Scrub and sand outside.

Lift with your legs.

Good posture at the wheel

Replace your respirator cartridges when they're due.

Vacuum often.

No brooms.


It's easy to say you'll follow the rules. It's harder to follow through and hold yourself accountable. It's something I struggle with and I can't imagine I'm alone. You're investing in your studio, take care of that investment by taking care of yourself.



In Topic: How This Surface Was Created

07 July 2014 - 09:46 AM

As for the three tea bowls, I'm in camp throw-facet-stretch. I do not think they are carved.


Michael Merritt AKA Try Pottery has a very quick YouTube video that shows a variation on the process that I find more effective that the Mark Peters way version. Check it out here: https://www.youtube....h?v=S7tviAa3oT0. The big difference is that in the Peters video from CAD, you go directly to a thick cone, then stretch to a bowl. In Merritt's version, you throw a thick bowl, then cone it back in before faceteing and stretching. Peters' end product is GORGEOUS, but in trying to learn this process I found initiating the bowl's curve from the start made for a more bowl-like form. I continually ended up with a nasty learner's curve/shoulder when going at it the way from the Peters video.


There is another video I'd highly recommend that touches on this process. The Goldmark Gallery has a video focused on Lisa Hammond - her pots, process, studio, life, etc - that can be found here: https://www.youtube....h?v=JSDhR5__kRM. The faceting/stretching business starts at about 3:30, but the whole video is a great watch. Really all the Goldmark short film spotlights are great.





In Topic: Time To Set Your Goals For 2014!

05 July 2014 - 06:31 PM

High Bridge,
Check the podcast out in the iTunes Store (free) by searching The Potters Cast, or by going directly to the source at www.ThePottersCast.com. Paul Blais is the host and has been doing a great job with this new program. I was really thrilled and honored to be invited to guest.