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In Topic: How Quickly Do You Get Rid Of Failures?

29 October 2014 - 01:02 PM

Ah, the mosaic box!  I have one of those.  Roberta12 you just reminded me of it and an idea jumped into my head.  I have purchased a new (to me) home that I am currently renovating before moving there next Spring.  One of the reworks is replacing steel posts that were rusting from burial in the ground some 20 years back. In order to reduce the rusting problem I had new footings cast for replacement posts that are a few inches above grade and about 2 feet square on top.  Perfect place for my box of broken up rejects as a mosaic to cover the footing tops.  Now I don't have to move a useless, but kept, box of shards; there is a useful project for them I can tell my bride about!  I guess my failures now have a purpose.  Since there are nine of these footings, I will have a place to repurpose shards for some time.



In Topic: Stuck T.s. Wheel Head!

28 October 2014 - 05:34 PM

I find that several sharp raps with a rubber hammer so that the head vibrates will shake mine loose. After the last incident, I regularly take the head off and grease the shaft and receiver with a molybdenum grease. So far, so good.


In Topic: if you could be any potter?

27 October 2014 - 12:30 PM

I am happy to be the potter I am, but i wouldn't mind be able to push a pencil around on the clay like Frank Boyden, or push the clay around like he and his friend Tom Coleman do.  Both are inspirations, and I hope that some of their aesthetics creep into my work in a very covert way (I don't always make raku animals.)  For sheer enjoyment of the clay and potters, Tony Clenell comes to mind, so a sprinkling of his spirit would be a nice addition.



In Topic: How Quickly Do You Get Rid Of Failures?

27 October 2014 - 11:52 AM

The hopelessly ugly, the cracked, the crazed, the overfired, and generally anything I think unworthy get the hammer.  The merely too old, seen in too many shows, not my style any longer, but otherwise serviceable, get donated to a suitable charity.  I am far enough along in age that I do not worry about my work re-appearing and tarnishing my sterling reputation as a potter (it would be great if this could become a concern) as being less than the current body of work.  If there is a fail at the bisque stage, the hammer falls and the small bits get used inside my raku figures to make them more interesting with rattling sounds.


Many times I will cut open a piece on the wheel to see if I can tell why I am having trouble, or if my thickness perception is matching reality.  I will hold onto a piece that falls short of my vision, so I can use it as the basis for developing the vision further.  I had rather wedge it again than break up bisque.


Like Diesel, I have the first piece I made on the wheel (which is pretty nice), as well as the second piece, which showed me I wasn't a prodigy, but just lucky with the first.



In Topic: Airbrush Recommendation For Underglazing

23 October 2014 - 12:35 PM

I use a Badger 250-2 I bought from Amazon, with which I also purchased a half dozen extra jars.  Today their price for both items is $27.85, plus shipping It is external mix and a simple as can be, but it does its job, is easy to clean, and a quick finger to direct air down the pick up tube clears clogs well.  It has a pretty good spread and you can vary the width by how close you are to the work.


I picked this particular one on a recommendation from potter Martha Grover.


I also bought a set with with a sprayer and several quick change bottles from Harbor Freight.  It is pretty cool to just unclip a bottle and change to the next to continue spraying and not lose the creative momentum removing, cleaning and installing a new bottle.  It was $9.99 if I recall correctly.


I don't see spending a lot on an air brush that I am going to spray glazes through.  TCP Global has a page with the Iwata Eclipse models here: