Ok, TJR's candle holder bowls are AMAZING! I do really like them!
If you live in a dry climate, you will find need of a Brown Sugar Saver. I was at a sale last week and sold a bunch of them! I use a red clay and simply bisque fire it. Make them with a cookie cutter and impress a pattern in them.
It Worked!! Ta Da!! I had a smidge of paper clay, so I used that, rebisqued and glazed. It came through with flying colors. Or rather it stuck to its guns! I really was pleased. Thanks to everyone for the help.
I was taught to compress using the "short side of a wooden rib" . The last year I have been using the little yellow Sherrill rib. And more Bee Mix. So my current research is going back to the wooden rib to see if that makes a difference with the cracking. Like I said, this really is a new issue for me. I cannot imagine that the type of rib would be the problem, but that's what I am trying. No, I don't use a lot of water. Mostly slip. And my apologies to Old Lady! It is a good question, because I know what you mean about watching some of the potters on you tube. Lots and lots of water! And I apologize for high jacking the thread!!