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JBaymore

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In Topic: Clay Body For Ceramic Press-The Best For Mold Release

20 September 2014 - 06:52 PM

If you do a lot... have your supplier mix custom batches for pressing with less water. Usual minimum is a only a ton.

 

best,

 

.................john


In Topic: How Many "hand Builders" Here?

20 September 2014 - 09:29 AM

Oops... thanks for jogging my (old guy) memory..... forgot extruder...... I sometimes use that too (not for handles!).

 

best,

 

..............john

 

PS:  My largest pieces are constructed out of already fired clay ;) .


In Topic: How Many "hand Builders" Here?

20 September 2014 - 07:49 AM

My work is about 50% - 50%. Or maybe at most 60% wheel / 40% handbuilt.

 

Slab, coil, pinch, total subtractive (carving),press mold all get used.

 

BTW....... start thinking of the wheel as a just way to potentially handbuild. A wheel is just a way to make some forms with clay that have certain characteristics. You can then cut, stack, dis-assemble, re-assemble, re-orient those pieces into new objects at will. (On of our courses we teach at the college is "Sculpture on the Wheel".)

 

best,

 

......................john


In Topic: Clay Body For Ceramic Press-The Best For Mold Release

19 September 2014 - 05:40 PM

Watch extrremely fine grained bodies.

 

Are you using air release?

 

best ,

 

................john


In Topic: Leveling the Wheel

18 September 2014 - 06:57 PM

To use an off center and wobbly wheelhead... you need a potter that is quite skilled. In a sense it is simple...... don't try to use the wheelhead as a "base" or "reference"....... throw the clay ABOVE the wheelhead.  Like throwing off the hump.

 

best,

 

......................john