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In Topic: Newbie Needing Advice For Handbuilding

18 February 2017 - 01:25 PM



it is great that you have a goal.  i hope you are being realistic about when you might be skilled enough to offer your things for sale, anywhere.  ceramics is a huge field, handbuilding is a skill for making shapes from clay.  before you get to any of the actual working, try your local library for some basic books.  yes, most of the good ones were published many years ago.  the basics do not change.  do not start with a thin book showing how to do a particular style, that is for later on.


read many of the posts here re the kind of clay you might choose, the way you will turn that soft clay into hard items by firing, the kind of kiln you will use, whether your own or at a distant studio.  


you are only taking the first half-step of a 1000 mile journey.  it is worth it as you can see by the length of time many of us have been working with clay.   good luck.

In Topic: What's Your Favorite Blunger?

17 February 2017 - 06:58 PM

best glaze mixer i ever had was a stainless steel chain about 13 links long welded to a stainless rod about 20 inches long.  the weld was in the center link and when used in my drill, it mixed everything.  if the stuff in the bucket was thick and gunky, the rod and chain were mostly inserted down into  the center of the bucket working through to the point where the chain could fully expand and mix from the bottom to the top.  the links eventually touched the sides of the bucket while the rod was in the center.  no chewing up the plastic, easy to wash and no rust or paint flecks.  i think i know where it is but haven't used it for years.

In Topic: Propping Kiln Lid

17 February 2017 - 06:50 PM

i am thinking about the damaged top.  if it is in bad condition, it seems counterproductive to put all the weight of the loaded kiln on it.

In Topic: Propping Kiln Lid

17 February 2017 - 01:01 PM

are you planning to use the broken lid as a new bottom and using the undamaged bottom as a lid?  can you send photos so neil can judge its condition to do this?

In Topic: Table Top Slab Roller

17 February 2017 - 12:58 PM

sorry to hear you are parting with a bailey.  maybe you should think of it as allowing someone else get their big dream fulfilled buying it used.