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Chantay

Member Since 01 Aug 2012
Offline Last Active Jul 28 2014 02:03 PM
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In Topic: What Are You Working On?

27 July 2014 - 08:08 PM

I  have been working on drinking beer and watching the sun set.  On vacation.  Was in Texas seeing family last week.  Hotter than the door to hell.  They had all the pottery I had sent up on shelves on "display."  I told them if they didn't take it down and use it there would be no more.


In Topic: How Do You Deal With Injuries?

27 July 2014 - 08:06 PM

David,

 

I don't know where you live, but I would find another hand specialist and get a second opinion.  A good HAND physical therapist can make you a molded plastic brace with Velcro straps. The deal is, you shouldn't wear it to throw, it is a crutch.  My son had a hand injury/break.  Saw a hand specialist and hand PT. A good hand PT can show you how to strengthen your hand and wrist.  You may need to slow down for a while you work on this issue.  Think about doing some hand building along with throwing.

 

I have numerous joint/health issues.  These include bad feet/ankles (previous breaks) and bad hip (needs replacement).  I throw with very soft clay.  When I buy new clay I open all the bags and add water, then close back up.  I start with it so soft it is barely wedge-able.  By the time it is wedged, cut, weighed, it is perfect.  Lager forms take longer.  I have to stop in the middle and let the clay firm up some.  I have to get up from the wheel at least every 45 mins, walk, flex, sit back down.  Standing and throwing isn't an option with bad feet.  You learn to pace you activities: Wedge at night, throw in the morning, load the kiln, throw some more, trim, wax feet, glaze, trim some more, weigh and wedge, etc.....  I envy people who can sit and throw for several hours straight. Remember, where there is a will, there is a way.

 

Good luck.


In Topic: Found A New Tool

27 July 2014 - 07:06 PM

Wydham,

 

Not to be a downer, but, if your bowl doesn't have feet how does the water continue to drain from the berries once you set it down?  Do you have a plate with an elevated ring in the center?  It seem that once sat the bowl down the water would puddle in the bottom.


In Topic: Hakeme Slip Recipe

02 July 2014 - 11:21 AM

John,

 

excellent directions.


In Topic: Tips & Tricks

26 June 2014 - 05:26 PM

Denice, good tip.  I started doing this as too many things were getting bumped and damaged while waiting for enough to fill the kiln.  Also, I know right away when the kiln is full. 

 

I recently started using soy wax.  The kind made for candle making.  I really like it.  Easy to get a very smooth, straight line when applied with a foam brush.  I have to credit Mea, Good Elephant, for this tip.