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Biglou13

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#72004 What Was Your Greatest Leap Forward This Year?

Posted by Biglou13 on 17 December 2014 - 12:07 AM

Oh so many.

Selling and making decent money at a show.

Practicing cylinders, zen practice....

More understanding an better wood fired, making new wood fired fans, ANGAMA firing

Teaching a class, imparting knowledge, having a student center pull a good cylinder...having more than one student do the same.... I felt like a proud parent

Pugmill.....has released me from the potters law of conservation. (Firing/ keeping) mediocre pots. And making amazing clay bodies.

Drinking lots of tea... Starting to understand tea...


#71979 Mixing Clay Screw Up

Posted by Biglou13 on 16 December 2014 - 04:20 PM

Ended up dusting on 1 pound per 6 of clay. Pugged.

Couldn't wedge it was like a sandy mess, I tried slamming a slab sprinkled, rolled then tried to wedge... No love...

Then though the walker In 1 pound balls for a total of 3x through walker pug mill.


#71954 Mixing Clay Screw Up

Posted by Biglou13 on 15 December 2014 - 11:04 PM

Yep I've already conceded. I've also realized not to experiment with large batches......

In my book failure is progress.

The base recipe is pretty good, and getting closer to fabulous

You can't have greatness without prior failures....

Like your sig line. Try fail learn repeat....

I'm hoping this series of failures reflect in my good pottery karma.


#71873 Two Questions About Manganese Dioxide Use

Posted by Biglou13 on 14 December 2014 - 05:02 PM

Plumbum- surfers that would pick plums during season, then return to beach after.


#71539 Holiday Bazaar , Jax,fl

Posted by Biglou13 on 09 December 2014 - 05:25 PM

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#70987 Grinding

Posted by Biglou13 on 30 November 2014 - 08:16 PM

I had same conversation with other wood fire potters here are a few highlights.

400 wet dry sand paper is your friend.
209 grit wet dry sandpaper is your friend.
200 grit 400 grit diamond hand sanders are you friend. ( biciske turned me on to inexpensive link/ source)
You want a piece smooth enough that it doesn't snag cotton ball.. ( more regarding lips / Kuchi zukuri and chasen surfaces)
Don't sand the whole foot.... Just the areas at wadding, then any PARTS that need attention.
Any kiln contribution that doesn't interfere with fuction stays
Rules are meant to be pushed and broken.

I've over ground and sanded a few pieces. Start with higher grit wet dry sandpaper than you think for me it was 400. And slowly work down the rough spots. Stop rinse and feel frequently. The latest woodfired yunomis I have take about 15-20 minutes to finish. The idea is to take away only what is necessary. I like a piece with tactile input! After my first sanding session my fingers were raw from all the work, scanner would not read finger print at work. I do 99.9% of cleaning with hand tools.

I think the eastern market tolerates / appreciates the idiosyncrasies of wood firing!


#70814 Just Found A Fantastic Potter, Studio Yunomi

Posted by Biglou13 on 26 November 2014 - 09:56 PM

I'm with Phil. I like.
I like the some what mono tonal, minimal tonal,approach. I also like that the clay has voice with his works.
I feel more drawn to the form, and I enjoy the japanese aesthetic. I feel like its zen like in its simplicity. Saying more with less! Which is no easy task.


#70761 Yunomi

Posted by Biglou13 on 26 November 2014 - 07:10 AM

Lee he puts drainage hole in foot or kodai so water doesn't pool when placed in dishwasher..
The drainage hole is in foot only and does not affect continuity of body, maybe he will show a foot close up.

There are wari kodai . While not a drainage "hole" like Phil's cups. it would serve purpose and possibly in a more traditional sense.
http://www.japanese-...agiDeishi11.htm

Mark are you using chasen/ wisk and matcha in yunomi?


#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.