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Member Since 15 Feb 2013
Offline Last Active Sep 20 2014 09:53 PM

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In Topic: How Many "hand Builders" Here?

20 September 2014 - 09:27 PM

The studio I ammunitio a member at does not have an extruder and when I got one they couldn't understand why. They could only think of handles and such so it's easy to see why it gets overlooked so much. I use it for all kinds of things. My little boxes are the main reason I got it. I can pull a lot of those in square, round, and triangle in no time flat then add tops and bottoms and have more time to spend on the decorating aspects. I also made my own plat for doing coils in the size I prefer and wow did it speed up coul pot building there was never an issue of out building my coil supply which is great and makes the whole process much quicker and I find fun since I experiment more not having to worry about wasting hand rolled coils if it fails. I just recently got a handle plate and am very pleased it has made handles so much easier for me and I think they are prettier too. I have used smaller tubes for napkin rings as well. In my opinion an extruder is a valuable piece of equipment for a studio to have.

PS. Still working on saving enough to get the expansion box so I can easily add bigger hexagon boxes to my repetroi.

In Topic: How Many "hand Builders" Here?

20 September 2014 - 09:19 AM

I use pinch, coil, slab, Extruder and wheel. I love them all and use whichever one will give me the form I need. That said I am newest at the wheel so if I really need something I tend to use one of the others but if I just want to play around and see what happens I use the wheel. This will change I know as I get better at the wheel but even then I think I will always consider myself a hand builder.


In Topic: Slip Trailing..which Tools Are Best?

19 September 2014 - 06:02 PM

Chris- For a standard not too thick not to thin line which one of those shown do you find the most comfortable to use for long periods of time? I have a few different ones I use but my hand always gets fatigued long before I am done.


In Topic: Pinholes After Decals Stoneware

14 September 2014 - 09:11 PM

Not sure of the type of decals you are using but the laser transfer decals I make myself fire out beautifully by putting the transfer pieces through with my bisque loads. I use little loafers cone 6, Amaco and coyote glazes, slow bisque to cone 04, slow glaze to cone 6, no special holds or controlled ramping other than the regular pre programmed settings on my kiln controller. I put them on all the different shelves intermixed with the bisque stuff and have never had an issue with pinholing.

I always recommend people to test the decals at different settings since the way my kiln fires could be vastly different than theirs. I got lucky in that they fire in with my bisque loads but have had people have to run them through by themselves at a different cone and on a differing firing schedule like a fast glaze instead.

Not sure if this helps!


In Topic: Learning To Use Colored Slip...help

10 September 2014 - 05:41 PM

Oldlady, a very simple easy to understand explanation that when heard for the first time verbally seems so complicated, thank you for giving me an AHA moment. So simple take the clay I already use add water to make runny and mason stains for color and brush on a freshly thrown or I am assuming hand built pots as well and you have a lovely new color to carve into and create designs with on your pot.

Oh and by the way I found a copy of Pottery Workshop, you had asked and I could not remember if I had.... And no I have not studied it yet. I will put it in the car to take with me while I sit in waiting rooms, a more productive use of my time then playing suduko on my phone.

Now to pick a color to try this with when next I throw pots!