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Wyndham

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#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

Wyndham




#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.

Wyndham




#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

Wyndham




#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.

Wyndham




#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.

Wyndham




#64928 Do You Donate Your Work For A Worthy Cause?

Posted by Wyndham on 22 August 2014 - 08:38 PM

Donate to local fund raising for medical issues. When the charity drives a better car than I...red flag.

Once I had  folks from a nearby city seeking donations to send their children to Australia to experience a different culture. I noticed their car was a Lexus.

Worthy charities outside the area, I'll offer 50% off. Some understand, Most don't have a clue what it takes to make a living as an artist.

Wyndham




#64265 How Much Testing Or Tweaking Of Glazes Do You Do?

Posted by Wyndham on 10 August 2014 - 06:16 PM

Testing is part of every firing, gas, electric, anybody I can get a piece into their firing.

My gas firing is the most active for testing because I can expect some major changes with small ingredient changes.

Test for changes in % of copper in copper reds as well as fluxes in those glazes.

With the thread on the temoku & leaf bowl discussion, I have some thoughts that I want to see where that may go.

If all I have to do was glaze mugs with the same glaze day after day, I'd go crazy......

 

I got the testing bug when I used to rummage through Harding Black's boxes of glaze test and notebooks full of his cryptic recipes and comments.

Toward the end of his career, I asked him about a test bowl of his that was great but not marked with any info. It was both a funny and sad moment because his memory was starting to fade.

When I asked,He said, "that's  beautiful , who made it?"

So many test, so little time.

Wyndham




#63586 Air Release Mold Dies

Posted by Wyndham on 30 July 2014 - 02:19 PM

I have used  a hand press  for  a home made tile air release system. The hydrocal should be fine but if you wanted a little softer die then add about 25 % plaster to the hydrocal. Hobbylobby should have some silicone rubber for the masters.

If you need another source, give Rampress a call and find out what they recommend.

Wyndham




#63582 Where Does Clay Stand In Fine Art

Posted by Wyndham on 30 July 2014 - 02:04 PM

Therefore I am a brain surgeon, what ever I wish to be, but does the outside world agree?

 

 

In the movie example:

Mel Gibson has a good line in the Expendables 3 movie; he is observing a painting in a gallery, in a discussion with the gallery owner as the owner's assistant looks on.  It is of an abstracted American flag. Mel's character says something like, "Look at this.  It's just some paint, brush strokes on a cheap canvas, What do you want for it."  "3 mil."  "Done."  Assistant grins ear to ear.  Could be, that ARt is what the money says it is, & everybody follows.

 

For a certain segment of the population, this is entirely true, which argues for my previous point that  in an affluent and segmented society, art is what that group says is art or values, morels, etc.

Thre is a very good definition  that states, "all art is regional", which could imply geographic,social,ethnic, economic, etc regions.

 

So is there crossover between the production region and the academic region, the studio regions, of course but there are those that try and protect their regions.

Wyndham




#63401 Where Does Clay Stand In Fine Art

Posted by Wyndham on 28 July 2014 - 02:45 PM

I have seen and been part of discussions about art and clay that have degenerated into mediocre slams on both sides.

I would like to open a discussion on what makes a clay pot more than the sum of it's parts. Is it an illusion that there are artist that rise above the production genre, that make pieces that even the untrained eye recognizes it's artistic merit?

With so much hype about emerging artist and the wish to leave the constraint of form and function for some new vision, where is the common sense line of design and art, or is there one?

Though I won't be able to go to this talk the information below might spark some interest and comments.

http://ncclayclub.bl...-bascom-in.html

 

 

Is the production potter destined, either by choice or chance, only to live in production.

Is the university trained potter, destined to live in an academic clay circle?

Are the prices the public is willing to pay either exclude or include either group?

 

I hope this elicits some deeper insights into where clay, as a expressive medium ,lives in the real day to day world.

Wyndham




#63135 Found A New Tool

Posted by Wyndham on 23 July 2014 - 07:41 PM

Well at least for me. I have always had problems glazing berry bowls(colanders). This version of my berry bowl has no foot to hold on to while glazing. If I hold the bowl with 2 fingers on the rim and thumbs on the bottom, finger marks on the glaze is annoying.

Several days ago I found a spatula in the kitchen was coming apart so I took the handle to the studio thinking to make a trimming tool.

What I did was to grind the bent end enough to fit into the center hole of the berry bowl. The bent end(about 45 deg) created a hook that held the bowl and balanced with my other hand made the best tool yet(for me) to glaze the difficult form.

Hope the attached photo shows this well enough to possibly help others.

Wyndham

 

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#62299 Help! Not All Elements Are Working In My Kiln.

Posted by Wyndham on 12 July 2014 - 04:36 PM

.The current in kilns can be very dangerous so get an electrician to trace the problem.You need to get someone familiar with kilns to determine where the problem is. The mfg of the kiln will have  a manual that can help trace the issue, maybe give them a call first of the week and explain what's going on.

Do you see any breaks in the elements? If not it may be a loose or shorted wire, get help finding the problem.

Wyndham




#62293 Getting The Perfect Gloss From Terra Sig.

Posted by Wyndham on 12 July 2014 - 03:17 PM

Just wondering if that many refinements with such small particle size could also concentrate either natural salts or alkali in the slip water, forming elementary glaze? 

Very interesting line of development, like a good mystery novel.

Wyndham




#61856 Factors In Determining A Successful Pottery Business

Posted by Wyndham on 06 July 2014 - 02:18 PM

I was not trying to be unkind. The fact that in a 6 month period, I have had 20+ people  inquiring about work only to fulfill paperwork requirements for different type of assistance, quite depressing.

I live in a section of NC that has high unemployment, high, high-school dropout rates and a diminishing pottery tourist market.

It really doesn't matter the deeper causes of these issues, because we have to deal with our daily reality in a very slow economy.

What this means for us is to try and keep the retail doors open for those that still come by and scramble for other markets.

Show cost have gotten very high and considering the downtime from production, wholesale is more profitable than shows.

Cost of clay, glaze, and firing have gone up, but there is a ceiling to the price we can charge for a coffee mug(universal example).

If you are not aware of the economy around you, you may make a major financial mistake in your biz plan.

Wyndham