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S. Dean

Member Since 18 Jun 2013
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In Topic: Do You Eat Off Your Own Pots Everyday ?

25 November 2015 - 06:52 AM

I eat off handmade dinnerware every day, primarily pieces from Silvie Granatelli (who made our wedding set), Mark Hewitt, Daniel Johnston, and Michael Hunt/Naomi Dalglish.  I have a smattering of my own work that is mixed in along with pieces from other potters  I probably use something of mine each day.  While I enjoy eating off of and out of my pots, there is way too much nice work out there to be limited to one maker.


However, the thought of using only my pieces to serve Thanksgiving this year made me smile.   Time to get washing since the big event is tomorrow.

In Topic: Could Someone Help A Mama?

15 November 2015 - 07:17 AM


Think I have that Thomas Stuart 1hp Professional. It is a very nice wheel. Plan on it lasting me a life-time.

Right now I am leaning towards the same. Will have to decide soon, so it will be under the tree in time!  Thanks!



The 1 hp Thomas Stuart model is probably more wheel than you/your children will ever need.  Save yourself some bucks and buy the  the 1/3 or 1/2 hp.  Here's a few words from Neil Estrick from another post.  Neil runs a teaching studio and has more than 10 Thomas Stuart/Skutt wheels.  He also says that the SSX upgrade, while nice, isn't necessary.


I have TS wheels with both built in and removable splash pans. I personally prefer the built in, because they are very heavy, very solid wheels. The removable pan models are still very heavy, but I have never liked the feel of a plastic splash pan on any brand of wheel. They're just not rigid enough. As for cleaning, I can clean the built in just as fast as the removable. But with my personal wheel I never really get it 'clean'. I just scoop out the trimmings and carry on.


The majority of the wheels I have are the 1/3 hp models, with a couple of the 1/2 hp. I can't tell the difference between them. I do 45 pound planters and 25 pound platters on the 1/3 hp with no problem.

In Topic: Standard 266 ?

03 November 2015 - 08:32 AM

There have been other threads on here regarding 266, so a search may be worthwhile.  


I use 266 at a local community center.  Due to its color, It is one of the favorite clays among the students.  It is beautiful when it comes out right, however it can be temperamental.  


The community center glaze fires between cone 5 and 6.  It can bloat in the hotter firings/parts of the kiln - but not always.  If I recall correctly, Neil said that this should be considered a Cone 5 clay with the caveat that there is no guarantee that it will be problem free at cone 5.  I experience more bloating with hand built pieces, especially if they are on the thicker side.  Almost always get bloating on a glaze re-fires.  The problems can be intermittent, and some batches seem to have more problems than others.


Throws nicely - kind of like a dark brown cream cheese as it has no grog.  It's work to clean up your wheel after a throwing session.  All in all, I use it with the knowledge that there are trade offs which have to be accepted.



In Topic: I'll Be Away For A Bit...................

11 October 2015 - 09:03 PM

When I was vacationing in China in 2013, I couldn't access CAD at the beginning of my trip.  I think I was able to get in by the end of our stay.  It might now be on the "approved" list if you know what I mean.



In Topic: Maiden Bisque Witness Cone 05 06 07 Melted To Washed Shelf

29 September 2015 - 04:57 AM

+1 for Min and Mark's recommendations. Good luck with the glazing.  However, if you find out that the the pots are so over-fired that they will not readily take glaze, then its best to learn from what happened, correct it, and send this load to the shard pile (caveat, if there is something in the load like a piece of sculpture that was extremely complicated/time intensive, it might be worth trying to glaze it).  


Sadly, we've all had something like this happen.  Trust us when we tell you that It will be a better use of your time and energy to make new pots.