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Member Since 02 Apr 2011
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In Topic: Arrowmont Fire

Yesterday, 09:42 AM

Many of you are probably on clay buddies and saw this but I'll post for those of you who aren't and want to help Tim Kerns, that Paul mentioned in above post.  His go fund me account is  gofundme.com/321wao8


He also posted a friends address who is received any supplies people can send him:


1934 East Parkway

Gatlinburg, TN 37738

In Topic: Looking For Alternative Ways To Hold Down Pots For Trimming

03 December 2016 - 09:38 AM

Hi RonSa.  I like to trim down to the rim on bowls as well.  I think it gives a more uniform look.  Some glazes, in fact, look a little different on trimmed vs untrimmed surfaces, especially with grogged clay.  I do get the best vacuum when the pot is fairly moist, but I must be a bit heavy handed since I've ended up with a slight but noticeable slump on the inside of the bowl.  I have the most consistent results when I use the giffen grip for all but the last inch, then take the bowl off the grip (or switch wheels), remove the grip and finish the rim with a lip dip and vacuum seal.  I know this would be far too fussy for production pottery, but it works for me.

In Topic: I'm Never Wedging Clay Again!

01 December 2016 - 09:33 AM

Nerd, I would love for you to expound on why clay out of the pugger needs to be aged.  I thought it needed bacterial growth....am I wrong?  I'm sure there's more to it...

In Topic: Wedging Clay

29 November 2016 - 09:22 AM

You might be rolling the clay ball too far towards yourself after each push.  On ram's head wedging, each roll back of the clay ball after a push is just enough to give a little skinny sausage of clay at the trailing edge...or the tip of the "ducks bill".

In Topic: Standard 266

21 October 2016 - 08:48 AM

This is one of my favorite clays.  It's lovely to work with, and does wonderful things to some of the glazes I use.  They stopped carrying it at the community studio here because it was bloating occasionally at cone 6.  I use it sometimes and then fire it myself at cone 5 with a 5 minute hold which gives a cone 6 just starting to bend.