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Member Since 26 Aug 2012
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In Topic: Motor Catches Fire

29 November 2016 - 10:59 PM

OMG!!  That wheel brings back memories!  It looks just like the wheel I started on at our local art center (close to 40 years ago) .  The wheel sits on a table with the  rope almost hanging to the floor, and then to engage the motor to turn the wheel, you step on the hanging board at the end of the rope. It makes for a very primitive electric wheel.  There were 6 of us in my first class with 2 'wheels' - we took turns (in more ways than 1).  We did learn to make pots.  Despite the basic primitive wheel, I fell in love with clay and throwing.  Several years later I decided to take a 'real wheel class' at Edina Art Center in the Twin Cities, an hour drive each way.  When I called to register, I asked the gal who was registering me for class "how many people will I have to share a wheel with?" and after a long pause she replied "each student has their own wheel to use".  My response was '"SIGN ME UP" and I made that drive for classes for 10 years - great teachers there!  Now i finally have my own wheel and love to share the knowledge that other potters have so generously shared.


You do not mention where you are from, but you can replace the motor and belts easily (try a hardware store or farm supply) and do some of those safety measures that Neil measures. Once you begin having fun with it, you don't want to loose any work time because a finger or such got caught in the mechanics of the wheel.


The wheel may be bare bones (in more ways than one) but it is a wheel....and a step towards a bigger and better wheel.  Good luck and happy potting!!

In Topic: ?turquoise Yellow Salt Glaze

12 September 2016 - 09:57 PM

My test sample turned out as I hoped, a soft semi matt yellow/gold with speckled iron showing thru.  The color I was hoping for but my small bowl is ugly so I am t proud to show it here - will also have to figure out how to post pictures.  I have a larger batch mixed and hope to glaze and fire on the weekend and then will post a picture.  That was my success in the kiln - and luckily partly because I got what I was hoping for.  Dumbest thing I've done lately ....6 identical small bowls with new test glazes fired in the kiln.  I marked each with a number on the bottom...with wax..then fired...wax burned off ..glazes matured...2 successes..4 failures. Now which of the 5 remaining glaze tests is the other glaze success?  So I have 5 more tests to put into my next firing.  I love clay!!

In Topic: ?turquoise Yellow Salt Glaze

05 September 2016 - 01:35 PM

I knew I could find help here!  Thanks again.  And Mark - I'm glad to wait for more info, - never enough in my book.

In Topic: I'm Lost

24 March 2016 - 07:47 PM

Patience...once you find a good magazine it is hard to wait for that first issue.  Another good one out there is Clay Times - that and PMI are my favorites. Both give me the 'you can do this too' feeling when I read them.  A sure way to get your first issue is to go out and buy the current issue - then it will soon arrive in your mailbox.  Subscriptions usually seem to take about 6 weeks before you get your first issue - hope yours arrive before then.


Enjoy all the info they give.

In Topic: Bat Pins And Tool Care

13 March 2016 - 04:11 PM

Ace may not know what 'bat pins' are - but if you ask for 1/4" 'cap screws' they will have a box with many lengths to choose from.  I did find the stainless pins at Lowe's.  Depending on the store you can buy individual pins or you may have to buy a package containing several.  Not expensive and they last forever.