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
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.
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.
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.
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.
.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.