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potterbeth

Member Since 13 Feb 2013
Offline Last Active Oct 22 2014 03:32 PM
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In Topic: Firing Error And Bloating

03 October 2014 - 09:09 AM

I use Standard 266 (dark brown clay body, no grog), bisque to cone 06 and glaze to cone 5. Even then, I will occasionally get a bloated piece, particularly with one glaze. But the beauty of the rest of the work makes the risk worth it. I know of another studio using the same clay body that had horrible bloating problems at cone 5...but they were firing a low bisque at cone 010. Just another factor to consider.


In Topic: Speedball Artista Pottery Wheel - Good Or Not ?

28 September 2014 - 08:53 AM

Thanks for the info on the redesigned IE. It sounds as if it has been beefed up. I could easily move the one we had by myself, albeit awkwardly. The removable legs sound like an interesting feature.


In Topic: Speedball Artista Pottery Wheel - Good Or Not ?

26 September 2014 - 08:47 AM

Regarding less expensive floor model wheels, while I LOVE Brent wheels, the IE almost too light-weight. We bought one for a community studio and pretty much decided it would be our demo wheel. The Clay Boss is built a little heavier, and we have one in the studio, but it is always the last wheel chosen for use...except for left-handers because it is easily reversible while most of our other wheels are right-handed only. If you have the money, go for a Brent C or CXC or a Shimpo VL-Whisper.


In Topic: Recycle Board Plaster Wasted?

26 September 2014 - 08:22 AM

I've been in this situation. Recycling that amount of clay for students is unsustainable, especially if one person is IT. We shifted to having students recycle their own clay in an extra clay bag. It's amazing how much less the students "wasted" during their building/throwing/etc. after this change. Students who don't want to recycle can give or sell theirs to someone who does recycle. And just think of all of the space and staff time that will be freed up for better uses!  I have a recycling handout. Email me at potterbeth@cox.net if you'd like a copy.


In Topic: Foot Impression?

26 September 2014 - 08:09 AM

Check out the Bill van Gilder hole cutter for one tool that cuts different circle sizes from very small up to about 1/2 inch.