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Member Since 27 Mar 2013
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In Topic: Buildin' a lil Raku Kiln

12 April 2013 - 11:12 PM

Ok, awesome- Thank you!

Any chance you have a link to that site still? That sounds like it would be very helpful! Also, do any of you either have, or have links to some nice wood-firey looking raku glazes. I'm really interested in crawling white glazes and brown and red flashing colors. I'm in Wayne Higby's handbuilding class right now, at school so he's given me a handful of his handcrafted raku recipe's but I'm still on the search!

In Topic: Buildin' a lil Raku Kiln

12 April 2013 - 10:01 PM

I have 100-150 bricks of 2300 soft brick, and about 20-30 hard bricks. Will this be sufficient if I add the fiber blanket to the mix?

In Topic: Where to find used wheels

29 March 2013 - 11:36 PM

Craigslist. Search in all counties/areas within an hour or two. Borrowing a pick-up, and spending $40 on gas to go pick up an old un-used wheel beats dropping hand fulls of cash on new, shiny, plasticy, not dirty wheels any day.

In Topic: Problem Centering

29 March 2013 - 11:32 PM

Yea, I'd say check for any issues with the bats either slipping while throwing or being uneven from the get go.

When opening, I always imagine my inner (left) hand (or thumbs/fingers) applying 3/4 of the pressure, and then place the palm of my right hand on the outside to apply the last 1/4 of the pressure. The outter hand is simply in charge of holding the piece on center, and it is weighted on my thigh or hip so it is as strong/stable as can be. The only thing actually moving clay is my fingers on the inside. Like others said, go slower than you think necessary- make sure your finger tips are wet and you have your hand/arm in the most stable position possible. The motion of the wheel alone always keeps a piece on center, so you know that if your body motion is centered/slow and applies equal and constant pressure then your piece will remain perfectly centered throughout the throwing process. Those should be the only two factors that interfere with the forming of whatever clay you have on the wheel.

In terms of making sure you have the clay centered before you open, I always shut my eyes and hold the "centered" mound lightly in my hands as the wheel spins at medium speed. I do this after I am visually satisfied with the shape of the mound, and when I truly think it's entirely on center. You'll be surprised how much easier it is to identify a wobble with your eyes closed!

Best of luck!