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Hvlp Sprayers Do You Use One?

22 August 2014 - 06:54 AM

I have a sprayer from Harbor Freight, the purple one, with the overhead cup, never used it.  Got it out yesterday and it is the most irritating piece of equipment   I have ever tried to use!  Why do so many potters like them?

The cup is infuriating to fill, the thing is heavy, you can't sit it down and the manual had no info on how to adjust the spray.

What am I missing here?

"throwing With The Eye Of The Clay" - Do You?

04 August 2014 - 08:56 AM

I came across an article in an OLD CM, May 87-Jeffery Werbock,  with this idea. It is presented as a Korean technique.  Are you familiar with it?  When I read it, I thought about my question some time back about throwing orientation of pugged clay and s cracks from the spiral in the pug.

Wouldn't this 'eye of the clay' approach have the same issue?   I was taught to put even small hand wedged pieces on the bat with the spiral cross wise so as to minimize s cracks. 

This article talks about using spiral wedging to create the spiral and how coning up and pushing the clay to one side when coning down will increase the twist in the clay, to your benefit.  The idea is that it is easier to open and throw because you are working with the spiral.  The focus of the article was throwing large.  The potter in the illustrations opened the tall slender lump of clay with his fist, going into the clay elbow deep. The first pull was from walls already 12" tall.

How Fast Do You Run Your Wheel When Centering?

17 July 2014 - 02:25 PM

Is the speed of the wheel a factor for you when you are centering and coning up and down?  Is a bigger, higher HP wheel an advantage?  Some say they handle 75 lbs, some say 200lbs, both are WAY more clay than I will ever center. 

Which Wheel For This Person?

17 July 2014 - 02:22 PM

One of my newer hand building students wants to buy a wheel.  She has had just enough instruction to sort of center a 2 lb ball of clay and while a bit hesitant, is very focused, a good learned , OCD enough to want to get it right and does several other things with a good bit of skill.   She says she likes the wheel better than HB.  She has a studio near her to work in and room for a wheel and others who, while not wheel throwers, can run a kiln and have glazes. 

What wheel should I suggest she buy?  I have a TS Revolution, a Brent B and 2 really light weight others on loan to me, a Shimpo Whisper lite and a Pacifica 400.  I can tell a tremendous difference between the TS and the 2 light weight ones.  She has been using the Pacifica. I am going to but her on the TS tomorrow and see if she knows the difference.

Any recommendations?  Price is not a big issue. The cheapest wheel is $775, the most . the TS, is $1,200.


Where To Start With Wheel Newbies?

10 July 2014 - 01:20 PM

Where would you start a wheel beginner ?  cylinders or bowls?  I have a friend that want to give it a try and may or may not ever want to get one the wheel again.  He is a hand builder and asked if I would give him a week of instruction to see if he liked it.

So, 3 days, where  would you start with this guy?  I think he wants to have some finished product from this.