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In Topic: Technique Question...extruder Tree... Any Suggestions?

20 July 2014 - 05:53 PM

Thank you everyone. I visualize it as a 3 dimensional free standing piece. I was working with my extruder today doing large diameter tubes and it got me thinking maybe build the trunk out of one of these with the strands pressed to the outside of it to give the structure more strength.

I like the idea of attaching the leaves after firing they could move then... I'll have to think on this some more.

Again thank you for the help and suggestions I am pretty sure this is going to be a trial and error kind of project but if I can get it anywhere near what I see in my head it'll be great.


In Topic: Galley On Pot Or Flange On Lid..

19 July 2014 - 09:15 PM

I use food coloring in my wax resist, add a touch of water, and apply it with a make up sponge. I make a lot of boxes and all of this makes it super easy to apply the wax, see where it is, control application and keep it thin enough that it burns cleanly away.

I always fire my bottoms and tops together with the wax on the seam. It would be an interesting test to see if I would have more mismatches if I glazed everything and stilted the top and bottom and fired them separately. There are times when no bare edges would be nice.


In Topic: Does Your Dominant Hand Dictate Form Or Are You Ambidextrous.

17 July 2014 - 09:32 PM

Shhhhh that's our secret revenge we're hoping all you righties will wander out into the woods start up your chainsaws and never return. We shall just shake our heads and say, "Well if only they had taken the time to learn with their other hand like us "normal" people." Then sadly turn away to hide the grin on our faces that we are now the majority and can finally design a decent pair of scissors, move all those attached pens at the bank to the other side, remove those awful pencil sharpeners from schools, make cars have the key on the other side, set computer mouses on the right track and never again be embarrassed when somebody says you are writing in the spiral notebook backwards!

In Topic: Glaze Making Issue

17 July 2014 - 05:52 PM

You can also buy a Talisman test sieve, it's small, comes in different mesh sizes and fits inside a small plastic container from the paint aisle. You can use a rib or a brush to work it through. I bought mine for making small batches of colored slip up so I can mix the mason stain in evenly but now that I am starting to test glazes find they work for that too. I don't have a stick blender yet will have to see if I can find a cheap one but until then the sieve seems to be working.


In Topic: Where To Start With Wheel Newbies?

10 July 2014 - 09:55 PM

My two cents as a recent newbie on the wheel. I am also a hand builder but wanted to try and see if I would like wheel as well, sort of saw it as a progression.

Learning to center is NO FUN... Until you do it successfully the first time. I squealed, ran around the studio, punched air and did the Snoopy dance when I managed it the first time. Oh and yes my dogs think I'm nuts but that's another story. The sense of satisfaction when you center for the first time is amazing and when you can do it successfully every time without going through ball after ball of clay its glorious.

Pulling the walls is also great, pulling a tall cylinder is HARD. First piece I successfully made was a little bowl, it is very cute and yes I glazed and fired it. Don't plan to ever sell it but it makes me happy just looking at it. I have found bowls are easiest to get right to start with and less persnickety about whether you use too much water or too little water. A cylinder will collapse if you don't have all the variables spot on. I can make successful bowl after successful bowl, not all identical mind you but lovely bowls just the same. I can make small vases as well but a tall cylender with straight sides I have yet to manage, I keep trying though.

I've only been using a wheel for about 6 months. I don't count the month I struggled trying to figure it out on my own before taking a class and concentrating on just wheel work. I still say a prayer each time I sit down at the wheel... Please let me get SOMETHING. But I am no longer running through ball after ball of clay with no results from it. I have also gotten to the point that I can easily toss anything I don't think is good enough, at first I wanted to keep each and every little victory piece as proof I had vanquished the wheel. Now I might set it aside to dry even if I don't think its great just so I can practice trimming and then toss it back in reclaim. But nothing gets fired if I don't think its worthy of wasting glaze on it.