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#127240 Pots in Movies

Posted by oldlady on Yesterday, 08:51 AM

how about the recent rash of ads featuring potters?  rash being more than one.  someone who is depressed and sitting at her wheel while her dejected family sits outside the window.   i spotted a different one in a series of shots of people doing various things for a sponsor i forget.  and of course, the silly one where a husband finishes off a tiny space and gives his wife a kickwheel in this "studio" filled with windows and not much else.


maybe potters are now considered ordinary enough to be included as normal people. :wacko:

#127142 Opening Peep Hole With Vent On...

Posted by oldlady on 23 May 2017 - 10:51 PM

sad but not devastating.  yes, the pots are much too thick.  it appears that you can throw pots, the large one shows a nice shape.  


one of the things a new potter needs to learn is that each pot is only a piece of clay until it is totally finished.  very few of the first year's pots are worth saving. it is very hard to stop thinking you are making something when you are actually LEARNING A SKILL.  


one thing that will help you learn is to run the cutoff wire into the center of the pots and draw the wire upward, cutting the entire wall so you can feel and see how thick the walls are.  many pots later, you will be able to tell how thick it is without cutting..  


some lessons might help but see what kind of work the instructor actually makes him/herself. not to see if that is that what you want to learn to make but to see the level of competence demonstrated in the finished piece.  not all instructors are equal.

#127034 Filling The Kiln With Tiles

Posted by oldlady on 21 May 2017 - 11:09 PM

dror.  that old kiln does not have a "control panel".  somewhere on the orange part there will be a metal plate with info on it.  can you get a picture of it with all the info you see?   the clean interior with element protection and the color suggests it is an L&L.  more info will get you more answers.

#126998 Another Ridiculously Simple Handbuilding/extrucer Question

Posted by oldlady on 21 May 2017 - 11:09 AM

to continue alabama's sentence, then you can rub the top in a small puddle of water on a hard surface like formica.  a circular motion will smooth the top

#126920 Wheel Head Leaving Dark Tarnish On Clay

Posted by oldlady on 18 May 2017 - 09:33 PM

do not worry about it.  it is likely that glazenerd has a scientific description, i only have a working history with this.  it is simply a reaction between the clay and the wheelhead metal. 


you can see something like it when you look at a matte glaze on a plate and see the cutlery marks.

#126863 Looking For A Used Spray Booth

Posted by oldlady on 17 May 2017 - 10:35 PM

still laughing about the potterbarter ad that came up in my email today.  the first time i have seen a spray booth for sale after looking at the site for years. :D

#126695 Bottoms Chipping During Firing

Posted by oldlady on 14 May 2017 - 09:22 PM

you mention that the chips "brush off" easily.  do be very careful with the colored circles.  do not touch with your bare hand because you could slice a deep cut into your hand of fingers.   if glaze sticks it can leave very sharp lines that you cannot see well from above and you may be tempted to try to brush it off with your bare skin.

#126661 Ian Currie Test Tiles Forums?

Posted by oldlady on 13 May 2017 - 07:39 PM

look for a tiny one at a bar supply house.

#126659 Gray Areas In Fired Glazes

Posted by oldlady on 13 May 2017 - 07:37 PM

joseph, isn't that simply thickness where excess flowed down the side?

#126524 Making A Mould Via Cnc

Posted by oldlady on 11 May 2017 - 12:52 PM

the only thing i know about pouring into a plaster mold is that you have a place to pour into that is where you check thickness.  time has nothing to do with it.  the clay slip is poured into the mold and topped up to keep the level of slip at the top of the pouring hole.  as it dries, not a time limit, the amount of slip that hardens in the pour hole reflects the amount of thickness the pot will be if the excess is poured out at that point. 

#126509 Brush Hairs Leaving Behind A Line On Finished Product,

Posted by oldlady on 11 May 2017 - 08:31 AM

yes, there is another south african potter here on the forum.  you should talk to each other, she has been through a lot of the kinds of questions you have now.  i think her name here is Andrea B.  she lives in Johannesburg.  i thought she was in cape town, but maybe you can share ideas and possibly shipping charges if you need things not available locally.

#126470 Wheel Seat

Posted by oldlady on 09 May 2017 - 09:09 PM

i have not read these answers this evening but i do not remember anyone saying the seat level should be close to the height of the wheelhead.  you should not be reaching up or down to get to the wheelhead.

#126417 Looking To Start Mixing My Own Glazes

Posted by oldlady on 08 May 2017 - 10:48 PM

you are right, there is an article in this week's CAD blog that appears at the top of this page.  the writer describes making underglazes and tells exactly how she did it.  it is the ball milling for 12 hours that makes the difference.


tom coleman told a workshop audience about having glazes made with an ingredient that was a preservative and emulsifier that was very expensive.  he sells glazes like elaine uses and whatever it is allows the glaze sit on a shelf for a long time without separating into various layers.


but, maybe i am wrong about that, too.  after all, i am just some old lady.

#126416 Brush Hairs Leaving Behind A Line On Finished Product,

Posted by oldlady on 08 May 2017 - 10:40 PM

yes, i have some very old brushes and made the mistake of keeping them where bright sunlight can reach them for a long time.  the last time i used one of the hake brushes, it left so much hair on the pot that there were many, many white lines in the slip after firing.  the hair was stuck in the slip and was burned off.  


then i realized it was from the 1980s.  duh.............

#126384 Qotw: The Psychological Ups And Downs With Clay

Posted by oldlady on 08 May 2017 - 11:58 AM

timely subject.   last week was a very cold, windy and rainy glazing week.  wouldn't matter for most of you but i spray glaze outside.  when it was finally over, if found myself reluctant to go out and open the kiln.  when i did i saw that my very difficult week had very little reward.  the wind took lots of the glaze spray away leaving mostly the larger pieces with so little color that i immediately sprayed more while they were still warm from the kiln.


looking at what was left for the sale this coming weekend showed there was less than $500 worth of work to pack up. fortunately, lots left from last year.  i need to take my tent and shelving and pots on friday for the sale running from the friday evening through sunday afternoon.


the weather forecast shows a windy, rainy weekend.  i am scheduled to work the day on sunday.  only 40% chance of showers that day. 


i keep thinking i am 76, when do i get to retire?