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Is There A Way To Distinguish Low-Fire From High-Fire Clay Piece?

30 November 2014 - 10:48 PM

This didn't happen to me, but got me to thinking and looking for an answer.  A potter friend found an old piece she made a long time ago and bisque fired but never glazed.  Now shes not sure if it's low fire or high fire.  I can't imagine a way to figure this out but thought I'd ask if anyone out there knows.  At any rate, it would be okay to apply low fire glazes and fire appropriately, correct?

You Know You're A Real Potter When....

13 February 2014 - 06:14 PM

I got this idea from Marks pictures of his very nice, minimally bloated mugs that he tossed in the trash.  I was thinking that mine would have been used as tool or pencil holders, or whatever.  He's been doing this so long he is overflowing no doubt with vessels used to hold just about anything.

I'm just not there yet.  Are you?

Hobby Potter Teaching Others.

25 January 2014 - 04:21 PM

I would really appreciate some honest opinions from this group.


First, I need to give you some background about myself.   In the 80's I had a year of community college ceramics and spent about 2 years potting on my own.  About 5 yrs ago, I rediscovered clay and began to take continuous (wheel) lessons up until about 1 yr ago w/ 1 teacher at a small community based art center. This instructor was very rigid, not a very good teacher, and not a professional potter.   I augmented this training with some classes at a larger, more urban art center with excellent teachers and have done some 2 - 3 day workshops, and a week at John Campbell.  I bought my own wheel, and have a kiln although these have had limited use since I need to set up a studio. I consider myself a fairly good hobby potter with lots yet to learn.   I am not a teacher and have no formal art training other than my pottery.  I do have a fair amount of teaching experience, and have been told throughout my life that I am a natural teacher.


There is a fairly new small non-profit art center in the area that has been trying to set up a clay program.  I have stepped up and agreed to partially fund the start up and basically volunteer my services (gas money only) as a beginning wheel teacher.  I'd just like there to be an inexpensive place for people to enjoy themselves and play with clay.  If they discover they like working with clay, then they should go elsewhere to continue training with a "real" potter/teacher, which will be farther to drive and more expensive.


I recently had a potter friend tell me that I am doing these (potential) students a disservice because I don't really know how to throw since I had poor instruction from the beginning, and will pass on "bad habits".


I haven't figured out how to put images in my gallery so I've attached some examples of my work.



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Wedging Table Surface Options

14 January 2014 - 10:49 PM

I know this topic has been covered before so I apologize for posting it again, but I haven't had any luck finding the information via the search option.

I need to make a wedging table and I recall that there were some other options for surfaces besides plaster and canvas.

Also, if I do end up using canvas, are there any tips for getting and KEEPING the canvas stretched tight?


Any other wedging table tips would be appreciated.


Thanks everyone...I love this forum.