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In Topic: I'm Trying To Figure Out How To Make A Pipe?

05 April 2017 - 08:05 AM

I make pipes by rolling out a 6 inch piece of clay on the table. Take a long stick or artist paint brush handle and stick it thru the 6" stem by wetting the end of handle, stopping 1/2 inch from end, leave the handle in the clay and take a needle tool and probe the clay til you find the end, then mark it by wallering the marked area out. Then make a bowl in hour hand or rolling out a piece of clay on the table then attach the bowl to the stem...with the bowl attached, remove the handle... allow it to become leather hard, than carve it when it becomes leather hard with a pen knife to get the shape you want. All my pipes have two openings on each end. A pipe isn't something you need to over think!

I followed you until i marked the area and wallered it out? Did you mean hollowed it out? Also, when i make the bowl, and when i attach the bowl to the stem, how/where do I put an opening hole in the bowl?

Thank you!

In Topic: I'm Trying To Figure Out How To Make A Pipe?

29 March 2017 - 05:12 AM

You might have to make it in multiple pieces. If you're making a "spoon" style pipe, it's probably easiest to do it off the hump.
Try this:
Get a small piece of clay, isolated at the top of the hump. Open middle, as usual. Pull the walls up, and then bring them together to make a hollow egg. Once you have the egg, push down in the middle to depress the top slightly into the rest of the form.
You may need to use a torch or heat gun to keep the right parts of the clay stable, like the rim along the depression, or leave the clay fairly thick at the top.
Done this way, you essentially have the shape of the "bowl." Once it dries, you can poke a hole through the top "bowl," on the side for the air in-take, and another for the mouthpiece which you might also want to throw separate.
I make something a little similar to this, and have pretty good luck doing it this way. 
Best of luck~!

So how many holes are in the bowl? I don't have a pipe to look at to figure it out. Thank you!

In Topic: How Much To Make?

07 March 2017 - 12:57 PM

$5 is too low for anything at all.  not in NY.  do not sell yourself short.  and item to add to your low cost bunch is a flat disc with holes in the center that will fit over a mason jar.  they are used to hold flower stems apart.  a small disc centered on a larger one with 1/2 or less holes through them should keep the lid in place.


do have at least a few of the higher priced items so you do not look like a bargain basement sale.  you will be judged by the promoters and they want a good looking show with quality items.

Thank you!! What a great idea!! 


In Topic: How Much To Make?

07 March 2017 - 12:55 PM

Mea and few here on PC have plenty of experience with that. Follow their advice. Wishing you tons of success. 

Thank you so much!!!


In Topic: Business Advice Aka How Not To Eat Cat Food For Dinner

28 February 2017 - 05:55 PM

Profitable production pottery ....
You work as long as interns in any field.
You fail, you succeed, you learn, you move on.
You take victories where you find them because the hard lessons find you.
And yes, if you love it, it's just the best!

Yes, failure sure does find you! Just rejected for the second year in a row from a big show people say I MUST get into! This is the kind of thing that makes me realize i will not be retiring from teaching any time soon, which makes it very hard to get better at the craft. And, yes, i get rejected from small shows, too. There are just so many hours in a day, and home at 5, dinner, grading papers, maybe an hour or so of pottery, bed at midnight, up at 6. Weekends often traveling to my elderly mother's 5 hours away.
I'm exhausted. So when another rejection comes, i just want to go lie down and never look at clay or jewelry again.