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Benzine

Member Since 08 Sep 2012
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In Topic: Raku - Leaving Pots In Kiln

Today, 01:42 PM

There would also be the issue, with the carbon build up.  On on of my first firings, I had too much fuel going into the kiln, so I had some carbon build up on the walls afterwards.  This easily burned off, in subsequent firings.  However, based on that, and what my reduction bins look like, I would imagine repeatedly dumping combustibles, in the kiln, and letting them sit there and reduce, would cause the interior of the kiln to look like that of a meat smoker.


In Topic: How Do You Deal With Injuries?

Today, 10:49 AM

Football injury eh?  Lineman?

 

I am lucky to have avoided most, throwing related injuries, in my time working with clay.  Like you mentioned, I do have a little pain in my left wrist, when I do certain actions, but nothing too severe.  

 

You probably not going to like the answer, but the best way to deal with such an injury, is just to take time off, from the activity that causes the pain.  Tendons, ligaments and cartilage all have the same issue, they are avascular.  They don't get a lot of blood flow, which means they take longer to heal.  

A good friend of mine, is a Physical Therapist/ Athletic Trainer.  He has informed me that Icy Hot/ and similar products, don't do much of anything.  They give you the sense that they are helping, but nothing more.

Rest is the answer.  Take some Ibuprofen to help with the inflammation, but beyond that rest.  Once you are healed up, strengthening the area, and doing some stretching, prior to throwing, will be good ways to avoid future problems.  


In Topic: Personal Pottery Video

Today, 10:34 AM

 I tried attaching my digital SLR in front of my face but then I couldn't see what I was doing!

 

 

Go Pro Camera.  I'm just waiting for these types of first person "How To" videos to become popular, due to said cameras.


In Topic: Removing Excess Clay Before Cutting Pot Loose From Wheel.

Today, 10:16 AM

Like many others, I use the pointed end of the wood knife/ wood tool.

 

I first face the angled "blade" side up, to remove the excess clay from the bottom.  I put some type of bevel on there, depending on the form.  Even if I have a relatively straight-sided ware, I'll do a small bevel.  I find this acts a good guide for my cutting wire, when I go to cut off.  I then point the blade side down, and scrape any remaining clay off the wheel.  

 

In a pinch, I'll use a wood rib to do the same thing, but those that I have, don't tend to be as pointed, as wood knife.

 

I don't use metal tools, on anything that would require that they come in contact with the wheel head, and I tell my students the same.  You would think that it would be difficult to actually make them listen to this instruction, but I assure them, that if they don't like the nails on a chalkboard sound, they won't like the sound of a metal tool dragging along a metal wheel head.


In Topic: What Are You Working On?

Today, 08:34 AM

Babs,

 

Click on the link in Pres' signature.  He has some "Wedding Jar" pictures on his blog.

 

He also has his "Retirement Jar".  So Pres, if I make something like that, and it survives, can I retire?