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In Topic: Throwing Thickness

Today, 08:14 AM

A thin walled drinking vessel will dissipate the heat of the beverage faster . . . for a yunomi, that could make for hot hands.  A thicker walled vessel will retain heat.  I also like my bowls/rims a bit thick so they do no chip easily . . . especially mixing and serving bowls where serving utensils make constant contact with the vessel.  It becomes a matter of functionality and aesthetics and how you balance the two. 

In Topic: Respirators, Beards, And Mixing Glazes

Yesterday, 06:58 PM

As John B. stated, there is no easy answer to this.  A respirator protects our lungs from dust that is inhaled.  But that same dust in the air can settle on your clothing -- or your exposed facial hair -- and possibly inhaled after you've removed your respirator.  So, you need to employ a range of tools -- including a respirator -- and techniques -- storing, measuring, mixing, etc. -- that minimize airborne particles as much as possible.  Think about how you remove dust from your clothing after mixing glazes.  Reducing risk needs a holistic approach, not reliance on one single safety device. 


Absent working in a clean room, we need to find comfort levels in how we reduce the risk of airborne particles.  Wearing a good fitted respirator is a great start . . . but it is only a start.  If you are doing this for an hour once every three months, the risk is different than if you were doing  this every day, all day long. 

In Topic: New Electric Kiln Advice

24 July 2015 - 09:26 PM

Got a link to these quad elements? What is a quad element?


In Topic: Designation--"Master Potter"

24 July 2015 - 09:20 PM

Obviously, we need Congress to enact the "No Potter Left Behind Act".

In Topic: Issue With Pottery Wheel - Wheel Head

24 July 2015 - 06:58 AM

hello! firstly thank you all for replying to my post! 
do you recommend northstar? would it be possible to make my own?

There are probably companies in the UK who can make custom bats. And, you can make your own -- either from wood or plaster. There are youtube videos showing how to make your own.