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In Topic: Production Tips For Production Potters

23 September 2015 - 11:11 AM

Great topic. Here are a few off the top of my head.


I use bats that accept 6" bisque tiles paired with brackets on my wheel that accommodate a large ware board (it's a Bailey wheel). Got the bats from a company called Euclids out of Canada and the tiles you can order inexpensively from pretty much any place that sells bisque. This bat system allows me to throw a dozen small pieces without getting up or having someone move my board as often.


I have 5 gallon buckets next to my wheel full of the balls that I need to throw for the day. I also try to keep all of my tools in one easy to reach place.


I use a pointer to guide me (made from a skewer and a lump of clay stuck to the side of my wheel) so I only have to measure the first pot to get accurate measurements.


I use a rolling cart to move ware to/from kilns. Less steps = more efficiency.

In Topic: A Big Decision...

13 December 2014 - 08:46 PM

I think you have to rethink this from a different perspective. You are looking at it as you have always approached your work, which is natural. This would be a different kind of focus, as you said, toward art not craft. You just have to align your thinking to match. It is a different market than what you are used to.  Shift your thinking from craftsman to artist.


BTW, I don't think you ever outgrow Etsy, you just evolve. I see a lot of art in the ceramic side of things on Etsy.

In Topic: Production Potter Productivity

13 December 2014 - 08:24 PM

Ok, so you pinpointed your money drain - finishing and handles. Where can you save time (and therefore money) here?

Would extruded handles to save time? Would it help to have an apprentice on hand to set up handles to be pulled? Would it help to have an apprentice to move ware boards or prepare stations?


I realize that I answered your query with questions, but you know your process best. My questions are designed to (hopefully) get you thinking about solutions.

In Topic: Trimming.

08 December 2014 - 07:36 PM

Have you tried chattering? Maybe that will bring some fun into it for you.


As to your posture - that can make such a difference! Have you tried using a banding wheel on top of your wheel for finishing things? It brings them closer to eye level. Also, what is your wheel height? That should be addressed if you are having pain. 

In Topic: Throwing Straight Out Of The Pugger-Yes

07 December 2014 - 07:59 AM

I saw a very clever handmade tool for doing this. It was a wood frame with wires stretched across at intervals. When you press it down over a pugged "sausage" it would cut a pre-measured set of weights, all ready to throw. You can have a bunch made up into various sizes for fast ball making.