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#70739 Yunomi

Posted by Biglou13 on 25 November 2014 - 07:52 PM

Thought I'd start a thread on yunomi.

I've been practicing cylinders for a while now. (.... Make 1000 before...). I sometimes think they are decent. Sometimes I realize I know nothing.. ( while I'd like to make a reasonable chawan, I'm currently concentrating on cylinders / yunomi

So please discuss, post pictures and comments about yunomi here. Your work or others, anything yunomi related.

I not in ceramic school. (But am seriously considering it...I don't have a teacher, with the exceptions of those on the net....no one at the community center understands "tea", and I need more input.....

I got this from John Baymore, (he was referring to chado, tea ceremony, chawan) "...... Study the tea cermony..... Drink and learn about tea....... This advice has taken me far.

Is it ok to use chawan vocabulary when talking about yunomi.... Kodai= foot, Kochi= Hip, ???

#69522 How To Prepare 500# Of Clay For Recycling With A Pugmill?

Posted by Biglou13 on 07 November 2014 - 07:32 PM

Wet towel in feed area. Followed by good wrapping of plastic. And bags large rubber bands are your friend. Same for mouth.

#69212 Hw Do You Cope With Aches And Pains?

Posted by Biglou13 on 03 November 2014 - 08:12 AM

(Funny this come up 'cause my wrists are hurting now thanks too cutting wood for first time)

Good body mechanics. Often easier said than done. Good posture, neutral body alignment as often as possible. Probably very difficult to those not intiated in medical field.

Find the perfect stool height. I recently started teaching and found even with the adjustable stools whe have most are not at optimum stool,height

Vary tasks. Throw for 45 min, slab for 20 wedge for 10, glaze for 20. Repeat cycle .....trying to avoid repetitive stress

Fish oil. While currently controversial. Keeps the inflammation ans pain away.....

Massage, chiropractic, exercise.

Rolling, self massage, myofascial self release. I have a roller. But use 2 lacrosse balls, and Thera cane the most.

#69029 Stupid Kiln-Loading Injury. 'tis Bad.

Posted by Biglou13 on 31 October 2014 - 03:14 PM

Not always but, The root cause of most of these injuries is not the one "event". Often it's years of bad posture, weak spinal erectors, repetitive use. There are many of us with bulging discs or worse that are not symptomatic.
You can treat the symptoms
Fix the problem , usually surgical.
Or the least prescribed fix
strengthen spinal erectors!!!! Which can be a combination of physical therapy, physiotherapy, chiropractic,
All off these will help fix the weakness and imbalance.
I ve seen amazing results with back pain injury, with non traditional wholistic approach.
Problem is finding the right person to teach /coach you
As always follow Md's advice. But seek out alternative options.
If tolerated try low weighted, start with 1-3 pounds.
1.one arm Suitcase carry walk
2. one arm waiter carry walk

Google them and get someone to teach you proper form. Especially #2.

I have more but these 2 are easy and very effective.

A strong well aligned back, will keep the md. And pain away.

#68887 Glazing The Bottom Of My Pottery

Posted by Biglou13 on 29 October 2014 - 11:13 PM

Just my opinion but glazed bottoms look amateur and cheap to me. That or it looks like mass produced and boring. Not sure which is the greater of two evils.....

#67837 Fast Drying Tiles

Posted by Biglou13 on 15 October 2014 - 08:48 AM

There was a post here. Another member had a heating system with the dry wall. I think the made tiles at a production level. It's talked about in another thread I can't remember all the details .....

#66983 What Is The Best Book In Your Pottery Library?

Posted by Biglou13 on 30 September 2014 - 10:49 PM

Right now is val cushing's handbook.

#66837 VC #71, or a nice satin base ?

Posted by Biglou13 on 29 September 2014 - 07:38 AM

I have tests of VC 71 waiting to dry..... I have 3 variants with colorants waiting to fire. ....... Duh I did not test base glaze without colorants.......

It adds up to 100. I'll check book later

#66172 What Weight Of Clay Do You Use For Yunomis?

Posted by Biglou13 on 15 September 2014 - 05:16 AM

I can appreciate your desire to hold an expertly made yunomi.

With matcha chawan I. Didn't fully grasp the concept of a chawan until I held an expertly made one. I've seen hundreds if not thousands of pictures, looked at them behind glass at museum, lstudied the dimensions ratio proportions, different shapes, clays, glazes, styles, I felt like I learned nothing until holding a "real" one, a expertly made one. Eventually I held a few more expertly made chawan. In one word ican explain the lesson ....... BALANCE !

Now thanks to you. I question my practice. Never having held an expert yunomi,

#65825 Cous Cous Shino One For Big Lou

Posted by Biglou13 on 08 September 2014 - 10:28 PM

BABS you know me too well !!!!!!


ive only got brain crawl once!!!! (ill post detail pic tomorrow)

huge thanks!!!!!!!!!!

I have a woodfiring coming up...

i'll try both glazes and technique!!!!!

The large cous cous is called pearl or Israeli cous cous.

#65319 Kaolin Substitutions

Posted by Biglou13 on 28 August 2014 - 05:40 PM

Yep, old rag
It dries out I put in plastic bag , moisten then use next batch.
If your's doesn't work I'd be willing to cut a piece off so you can inoculate yours.......
I'm wondering if specific clays needs specific mold/s.
It could all be old wives tales, but It seems to work and much faster than sitting around clean....

#64927 Kaolin Substitutions

Posted by Biglou13 on 22 August 2014 - 08:25 PM

Jammy both of those made my short list, good choices

Last body I made was

C6 Clay Body - from Val Cushing:
EPK Kaolin 35
Tile 6 Kaolin 15
Nepheline Syenite 23
Flint 22
XX Sagger Ball Clay 5
Bentonite 3

I subbed out tile most of tile 6 with grolleg .... I was going for more traditional ish porcelain

I'm going to throw some of this tomorrow.

I feel using grolleg in stoneware is bit of a waste.

Grolleg definitely has a feel to it but I think you can get the same with epk and 300 silica, and slurry mixing.

I have - bag I'd c&c I haven't used yet. When I do make my clays I use a slurry method. Which I'm told is superior to standard method. I even end up lowering bentonite in recipes because clay can be "too buttery". Nonetheless im still interested using the c&c. Many here say its night and day difference over other ball clays. Eg om4. #5

So I've basically given you a few of my secrets

Slurry mix clay
Sub out portion of 200 silca with 325.
Age clay with moldy rag.

#64650 Base Of Pots 'chipped Edge' After Glaze Firing - Why?

Posted by Biglou13 on 18 August 2014 - 05:14 AM

Could be pluckng?
What kind of clay?
That's not a problem, a few passes with diamond pad and you're back to new.
Try putting some silica on shelf before next firing. See if it does it again?
Did all pots have this!
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#64596 Grinding Tools

Posted by Biglou13 on 17 August 2014 - 07:41 AM

I use a stone same one for my chef/kitchen knives for flat tools

I need to find a link for cheap round stones for tools with curves and compound curves

I love SHARP TOOLS I need to learn to sharpen the curved ones

#64248 Ki-Seto Glazes

Posted by Biglou13 on 10 August 2014 - 12:07 PM

With few conversations I've had with John B. San . A lot of things in japan bend, break, even shatter modern pottery rules and thinking. Potters of 100 years past didn't think out side of box........the box did not yet exist.
The ki seto potter as most traditional potters use local; clays, glaze ingredients, kilns , and fuel, might as well add local traditions and knowledge.
The mino feldspar is much different than American feldspar.
I read some about this, lee love might be a go to guy for this information.

What's the formula for leach seto?