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In Topic: Recentering Issue, Trimming Problem

19 October 2014 - 10:53 AM

For anyone still following this thread, I've determined that my Giffin Grip is in good working order and that my trimming problem is almost certainly my doing.  Can't fault any of the machinery.  I've been giving some thought to crutches.  I guess I've learned not to use that term except for its literal definition.  The use that has been adopted for our society seems to be "to use a thing as a way to avoid."  I would add "to use a thing as a way to compensate."  When one has handicaps, crutches are wonderful and allow us to continue to do the things we love when we don't have the ability to do them the "right" way.  Clay is such a wonderful medium for all the people who choose it. 


I've been making pottery for many years and was never any good at tapping something into center.  One instructor enlightened me that it depends on the position one's fingers take when tapping and I had more success after doing it his way, but tapping doesn't always work for the piece.  When I first learned pottery back in the early '80s, I was taught to use my needle tool (or fingernail) and lugs and that worked well over the years until I got my GG.  I adore it because it saves me so much time and aggravation.  I'm more toward the end of my creative life now, I'm still a hobbiest vs professional, and whatever makes my throwing days easier for me, I'll happily use as crutches and keep on enjoying having my hands in the mud.  I love sculpting and hand building, as well, so I shouldn't have to quit working yet! 


Thanks, Pres, for reminding me about the rims.  I think that may be my total problem, but I can't put it to the test until I start throwing some more this week.  If a jar is not level at the rim, that leans the bottom when it's turned over and thus a simple solution to my issue.  No matter where the lugs are placed or the posts of the GG, the thing would still be leaning a little, wouldn't it?  At least enough to make a difference in the trimming, but perhaps not quite enough to be obvious when I'm looking down on it and depending on the tapping, scratching, or the GG to get it right.  Being more alert and more open to all the angles should do it.  I appreciate everyone's input and I appreciate the differences in methods.

In Topic: Recentering Issue, Trimming Problem

17 October 2014 - 06:46 PM

I wire off my pots as soon as I'm finished with them and leave them on the bat until time to trim.  They usually detach easily.  Sometimes I rewire them, but there's nothing out of the ordinary that I'm doing now that I haven't done for many years.  For Pres, as you notice in my original post, I can't throw tall or big.  I'm not able to center more than about four pounds of clay and I can't pull taller than seven inches tall.  When all of you mention "smalls," I guess everything I make is what some would call small if I make it on the wheel.  There's nothing that should distort.  Oh, yeah, about the flipping ... The pieces are already stiff enough to handle when I take them off the bats, so turning them over is no big deal. 


I thought for sure that I'd find one of the Giffin Grip's sliders off a little, but they're exactly the same as they have been since I put it together.  I've just got m'self a mystery.  I've decided that after I throw more pieces, I'll place paper on the top and if the diameter is small enough, I'll put the little level on it and see if maybe it shows anything.  They all feel level and in-center when I'm done and they're visually centered.  I've really messed up a whole evening's throwing this week due to the trimming being so much off center, but the stage is too dry to fold back into wet clay, so it's just more to put aside with the intention of reworking some day or adding it to the fill for a larger studio driveway.  :-)


Thanks for everyone's input.  Guess we can put the subject to rest and if I ever learn what the heck's goin' on, I'll post it.

In Topic: Recentering Issue, Trimming Problem

17 October 2014 - 03:18 PM

I checked the tabs and each one is set even with the same number (20).  I checked the level of the wheel head and the level of the GG when attached.  Both are bubble center.

In Topic: Recentering Issue, Trimming Problem

17 October 2014 - 01:36 PM

Thanks for that suggestion.  I'm going to my studio right now and take a look.

In Topic: Monkey's Fist

08 August 2014 - 08:29 PM

What about making a thinnish pinch pot and close it up (or two halves stuck together).  Then before sticking an air hole in it, attach little coils that you've made to look like rope so that it looks like the monkey's fist knot, with whatever number of rows you like and have space for (3, 4, etc.).  Even 6 would look good if you made them small enough and would give more texture for glaze to break on.  After the piece(s) get leather hard enough for you to carve out any little details you like, then put the air hole in somewhere it won't show and attach it/them to the pot.  It sounds like a great project for your nautical family.  It would be nice to see a follow-up picture of what you decide on.