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In Topic: Clean Up Kiln Shelves

Yesterday, 09:27 AM



That is not recommended.  The glaze will continue to melt, and eat into the shelves.  Grind as much as possible and carefully chisel the rest.  It's not ideal to have gouges in the shelves, but it's better than to leave the glaze.

In Topic: I'll Never Be A Real Potter.

11 February 2016 - 04:25 PM

There is no sense in getting that fancy with your meatloaf wedging John.

I just pug all my metloaf.

The funny thing is, pug mills, especially the old Walker mills, look similar to the grinders meat departments use to make their ground meats. And that's why safety is important around said equipment. You don't want to go from mixing clay to ground Chuck...or whatever the operator's name is...

In Topic: Community Challenge #5

10 February 2016 - 09:29 AM

Awesome Matthew!


Great, subtle textures, both with the slips and additive elements.  The color scheme works great.  It's nearly monochromatic, but then the clay adds a nice contrasting element.


What are you going to do with it, once it is completed?

In Topic: Underglazes Thinning On Their Own?

09 February 2016 - 01:55 PM

As suggested, I added some gum solution. It thickened a bit after shaking for a few seconds. Checked a day later, and thickened even more.

We have another jar that is also getting thin. It also smells like rotten eggs. So I think Tyler's suggestion of the binder breaking down (with the help of some bacteria) is spot on.

In Topic: Bailey Quick-Trim Ii Vs. Giffin Grip Model 10

08 February 2016 - 11:47 AM

I can only speak on my experience with the Giffin Grip.

It works extremely well. It's not just good for trimming, but for underglazing and glazing as well.

As you mentioned it isn't great for irregular shapes. I have used it for such things, but I had to tap,center first, then use the Grip to secure it in place.

It also has the benefit of having the arms that can be used to hold wares with long and/ or narrow necks.

The Bailey is more flexible, in terms of what shapes you can use with it. But as you said, you have to move the holders. Honestly, if that's the route you want to go, people have posted a step by step here how to make you own, similar device.

I like my Giffin Grip. i have one at home, and in my classroom, where it is invaluable. I want the students to know how to trim but just don't have the time to properly teach them to tap center.