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In Topic: Favorite Instructional Youtubers?

09 April 2014 - 09:33 PM

Robin Hopper is on Facebook. He post informational items. No one has mentioned Simon Leach. Listening to him can be entertaining and informative.

In Topic: I Know This Has Been Asked Before, But Maybe More Specific Answers? - Shows

09 April 2014 - 09:18 PM

Great advice everyone.

In Topic: Runny "fern" Glaze?

09 April 2014 - 02:28 PM

If you want to see a Fern glaze check the post from April 5 here:



In Topic: Low Hand Strength?

09 April 2014 - 02:15 PM


Using hot water to throw can also soothe angry arthritic joints if you've got a lot of throwing to do.

The above is excellent advice.  At first I only did it in the winter, now year round.  I also have arthritis, past broken bones and fybromyalgia in my hands.  I didn't think I would ever be able to throw.  First, when I get new clay I add water so that it is VERY soft.  My clay is so soft that if throwing something large and tall (4 - 5 lbs.) I may have to stop after the first pull and let the wheel spin slowly for a few minutes for the clay to firm up.  Also try to center 2 lbs with a flattened top, then add 2 lbs on top of that and center it.  Good Luck.

In Topic: Middle Of Kiln Is Overfiring

06 April 2014 - 10:42 AM


There's a tendency to put the tallest pots at the top. Everyone does it because it's easier to load that way. I've always done it, too, but my kiln doesn't care. But your tallest pots should actually be at the bottom. Shelves can account for a large portion of the total mass in the kiln. Small pots also create more mass than large pots. So the fewer shelves and small pots you have in the bottom, the hotter it can can get down there. Also, never load directly on the floor of the kiln. Put a shelf down there on 1/2" or 1" posts (broken kiln shelf shards work well for this). It provides another layer of insulation, and it protects the floor.

Niel, was this directed toward me?  Thanks for the suggestion, I will give it a try this week.