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#125357 Shinos

Posted by Wyndham on 13 April 2017 - 06:50 PM

This is just a FYI. Star Ceramic supply in Star NC has a native high fire red clay called "East Fork", a clay mostly composed of a Catawba clay from upper NC clay used for generations for folk potters of the area. It burns dark brown in reduction, sandy and throws very well. It might be something worth looking into.

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#122373 Hummingbird Feeder Spout Placement

Posted by Wyndham on 15 February 2017 - 07:56 PM

Also don't leave the cork in while drying, the clay will shrink and crack the clay.. When I made them I found that my index finger to about the second knuckle worked as a reliable measuring device, still have it, hope I don't loose it :)

#91863 Cone 10 Clay Contamination With Cone 6

Posted by Wyndham on 02 September 2015 - 08:42 AM

try putting a test piece in cone 10 firing, it might shrink a bit more but it will vitrify. Put a bit of extra kiln wash where you'll place the test in case it wants to fuse to the shelf. Should be usable, just test. If you are firing gas for cone 10 just place it in a cool spot in the kiln.


#91584 Look Mark! My Sponge Holder Prototypes

Posted by Wyndham on 28 August 2015 - 07:28 AM

Turn them upside down while drying to keep from wrapping after cutting. Give it a try

#80639 Rice Ash In 5 Gal Pails

Posted by Wyndham on 03 May 2015 - 01:09 PM

Just got this link from John Britt about rice ash available in 5 gal pails.

Check it out





edit here's the home url


#73075 Anyone With Experience Firing An Olympic Updraft Kiln?

Posted by Wyndham on 08 January 2015 - 11:24 AM

I started with an Aim updraft 10 cu ft kiln with 3 burners in the center bottom with a bottom shelf about 6 in above the burners. It worked fine for bisk and could only get to cone 7-8 with bottom hotter than top for glaze firing, it was a great learning tool.

If possible find a manual on the internet or call Olympic for instruction on firing,and shelf placement.

There's a learning curve that is going to take some time but it's only Gas($$$) and pots($$$$) and time.

A gas updraft will work well and not fall apart on you as long as you are reasonably careful.

Study how they fire their kiln, ask question, take notes before you head off on your own.


#71395 Trimming.

Posted by Wyndham on 07 December 2014 - 05:10 PM

Trimming allows you to find the piece within the piece that you've thrown. This is the time that the true beauty  can emerge from a rough form. Feel the piece as it  develops don't rush it.


#69676 Bats-

Posted by Wyndham on 10 November 2014 - 03:50 PM

1.Square Masonite, cheap, home depot will cut for little or nothing.


2.Mexican free tail as they emerge from the cave at sunset in San Antonio, TX

You asked :D


#68589 Exploding Pots During Glaze Firing

Posted by Wyndham on 25 October 2014 - 01:17 PM

A test would be to put an unglazed bisk piece through the glaze firing and see if anything happens.

If it cracked or exploded, the clay is the issue, otherwise it's the glaze or the method of glazing


#67309 Sponge Holders

Posted by Wyndham on 05 October 2014 - 07:46 PM

Indubitably it does :)

#67279 Help! Hand-Dug Clay Needs Additive For Strength

Posted by Wyndham on 05 October 2014 - 12:15 PM

you might try bisking some of the clay, hammer it and sieve it to fine sand size or a bit coarser  and adding it back into the raw clay much like grog is added to other clay bodies.

It should give strength an the color would be the same

hope this helps


#67119 Sieving Glaze Results

Posted by Wyndham on 02 October 2014 - 01:24 PM

Dry screen the spod as you weigh it out., that way most if not all will wet screen later in your final screen.


#66263 Leveling the Wheel

Posted by Wyndham on 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


#65860 Have You Ever Done A Crazy Experiment Just To See What Happens?

Posted by Wyndham on 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.


#65374 Trouble With Dried Out Glaze

Posted by Wyndham on 30 August 2014 - 10:15 AM

You might also put the material in hot , almost boiling water to dissolve the soluble salts from the frit plus other stuff that may have formed.