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In Topic: Lowering Coe?

21 July 2017 - 08:59 AM

Please enlighten me. I love to see these somewhat technical dissertaions BUT...

What is COE?

In Topic: Miller Dover Casting Slip Issues

19 July 2017 - 09:26 AM

Re: what Niel said...can you set the molds outside to dry or maybe cook them in your kiln at low temp to dry them out?

In Topic: Lockerbie K Kick Wheel

19 July 2017 - 09:17 AM

After taking my first Learning Exchange pottery class at a local ceramic supply store/studio, my instructor gave me a wood-framed kickwheel that he was trying to get rid of. When I got it home, I found it had a couple of bad bearings, so I went ahead and replaced them. I made some other modifications and added a splash pan.

Much to my dismay, I found that I did not have the hand/foot co-ordination to effectively use the kickwheel. Doing what I usually do in this type of situation, I figured out a way to motorize the wheel which made throwing a lot easier!

Shortly after that, a friend of mine was cleaning out the barn on a piece of property that he bought and found a Creative Industries wheel in the mess which he "loaned" to me for however long I wanted to use it.

It has earned a prominent place in my studio and 2 weeks ago I sold an old and tired kiln and the kickwheel to a chef who wanted to make his own low fire dinnerware.

My question to you is; If you learned to throw on an electric wheel and used it on and off for so long, why would you revert to a manual kickwheel? Are you a masochist? :huh: 

Just asking...


In Topic: Is Anyone A Toolmaker Or Machinist?

18 July 2017 - 12:42 PM

Attached File  Scratch tool1.jpg   44.88KB   0 downloadsAttached File  Scratch tool2.jpg   28.07KB   0 downloadsAttached File  Scratch tool3.jpg   27.93KB   0 downloadsAttached File  Scratch tool4.jpg   25.63KB   0 downloadsAttached File  Scratch tool5.jpg   26.91KB   0 downloadsHere is my version of your tool. It's made from 5/16" steel tubing that I had laying around. Took about 5 minutes to make. The tip is relatively easy to shape so there is any design you may please to be had.


In Topic: Google Yourself!

18 July 2017 - 08:38 AM

Best phone call I got was from the makers of the "Great Pottery Throwdown" asking if they could use my studio for making the programme!  My studio is half of an 8 by 12 greenhouse!  It would have been cozy.

I found that show on YouTube last year and couldn't get enough of it! Finally the second season was posted and I binge watched it for a week. 

It's hard to believe that those are amateur potters and how well they handled the various challenges thrown at them over the course of the series.

Any chance you could become a contestant? :)