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In Topic: Opening Clay For Small Pots Vs Large Pots

31 January 2014 - 07:34 PM

Samnus- I've found that the 'rules' (conventional ways to open particular shapes in this case) are only useful to a point. You could probably look at a series of successful potters opening a form like a cylinder, and there would be differences all down the line.


For me, the key thing with any form is to throw it repeatedly, experimenting with different hand positions and opening strategies. You'll find a sweet spot that works well for you, allowing for consistency.

In Topic: Uneven Top Edge And Thickness Of Wall On Pots

29 January 2014 - 04:07 PM

I have been throwing for years and I noticed just lately that pot after pot has had one area on the top edge that is uneven and there is also one side of the pot with an uneven thickness in the wall. How does something like that just happen?


Samnus- it would be interesting to look at a photo, or get a little clarification as to what manner of 'unevenness' you're dealing with. To me, it sounds like you're thinning a section of the developing form too much, too soon. If you do this, it can lead to a 'bulge' or slant in the form that's almost impossible to rectify... as well as a deformed lip to the pot...

In Topic: How Much Do You Make Before Bisque Firing?

28 January 2014 - 09:22 PM

I 'like' to pack my kiln as full as possible... thermal efficiency. However, I'm often limited by placement of complex forms. In addition, my kiln is pretty big (10 feet square)... so I sometimes run partially loaded if a specific project is time sensitive.


Technically, you're losing money and efficiency if you don't maximize your load... but it shouldn't cause you any other problems to run a partial load if you're eager to go. I know the feeling!

In Topic: Hobby Potter Teaching Others.

25 January 2014 - 11:45 PM

Seems to me that throwing is fairly individual, with variations in technique from East to West and region to region. If your skills produce the results I'm seeing here, you should be fine.


Funny thing, I read your thread title as 'Hobbit Potter teaching others'. I was about to sign up....

In Topic: How Do You Start Your Trimming?

22 January 2014 - 11:09 PM

I find that my needle tool in becoming an increasingly central part of the process for me. I use it for removing everything up to the final refinement point... especially around the edge of the base...