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In Topic: Clay Body For Ceramic Press-The Best For Mold Release

20 September 2014 - 12:13 PM

Firmer clay than that of a throwing body will release better.Some potters will allow the bagged to air dry a bit to firm up before using for a pressing.

Clay will tend to be be a bit thixotropic or soften under pressing, porcelain is even more so. Porcelain needs to be even firmer for pressing, otherwise is will stick to the mold and give grief  trying to work with soft clays.

Hope this helps


In Topic: Leveling the Wheel

17 September 2014 - 09:04 AM

A quick test to see if yur wheel is out of level is to clean the wheel head then put a small amt of water in the center. You'll see where the low point is and the faster the water goes the more the wheel is off.

I've had to change from standing to sitting because of hip issues and seem to need to readjust wheel height about twice a year,up or down a bit and level


In Topic: Wood-Fired Turbo Kiln

12 September 2014 - 11:50 AM

The above link shows a wood fired kiln that was the "Go to" design for earlier generation Seagrove potters. The NC Pottery Center has one almost the same and is fired by different groups 3-6 times a year.

It would be a great kiln if you could lift the lid like a bar-b-Que smoker and not to have to crawl in to load & unload :)

I've long thought if that arch top were several  4 inch fiber blanket sections, it could be the best of both worlds.


In Topic: Have You Ever Done A Crazy Experiment Just To See What Happens?

10 September 2014 - 11:35 AM

Benzine,try coating the inside with wax. Build up a nice thick layer, I think fire will make it's appearance.


In Topic: Have You Ever Done A Crazy Experiment Just To See What Happens?

09 September 2014 - 02:33 PM

Yea, I took a pottery class, quit my day job and been up to my eye balls in clay ever since :).

I figure it'll be another 100 yrs before I figure out if it was crazy or not.