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clay lover

Member Since 08 Apr 2010
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In Topic: Stretching Your Limits

20 July 2015 - 08:26 PM

Pres, it is stoneware. If I wait until the added pieces are leather hard, they won't bend enough to wrap around the form. I am going to try shaping, bending them over plaster hump molds to firm up some. They might firm up some with the bend dried into them. I used slip made with magic waer. Does that make sense?

In Topic: Stretching Your Limits

19 July 2015 - 12:44 PM

Pres, the base forms, thrown tall things, are fine it is the wheel thrown add ons that are cracking . It it difficult to apply them firmly enough with out deforming the texture, and the cracks are in exactly the same place on each. Where they were flexed the most. I am going to try again and look for ways to work around that.

In Topic: Pacifica 800

18 July 2015 - 12:51 PM

One of my students bought the 1/2 hp Pacifica ( don't know the name)against my suggestions to go for a sturdier wheel. Price was her comment. I have thrown on it and would not own it. I used an OLD Brent for a long time and upgraded to the 1 hp Thomas Stuart a few years ago. the pedal response alone would be a deciding factor for me. The Pacifica's pedal is wishy washy.

In Topic: Do You Throw Straight Out Of The Pugger?

18 July 2015 - 10:51 AM

Pres, thanks for the reminder.  I can pull  5 lbs.up to 18" but end up using water that I then scrape off with a thin metal rib, and a sponge on the inside bottom. And sometimes a heat gun. It would be great to just pull with less water.

In Topic: Stretching Your Limits

18 July 2015 - 10:41 AM

Well......on that topic, I have spent the last 2 months struggling to develop a new esthetic.  as of yesterday, the greenware pieces have made me very happy.  As of this AM , after unloading the bisque, with a 50% loss due, I think, to stress in the form, I am not so happy.  Now I need to decide if I like the work well enough to continue to struggle with eliminating the stress without loosing the look.  (Probably yes, but not today).