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nancylee

Member Since 21 May 2011
Offline Last Active Jul 15 2016 05:25 PM
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In Topic: Getting Fail Message On Skutt Kiln

13 July 2016 - 06:52 AM

I did a Google search, I kept getting stuff on E1 and E6, I think.
It was the thermocoupler - thank you! Fixing today!
Nancy

In Topic: Help! I Can't Center Anymore!

26 June 2016 - 05:47 AM

try looking up "torque twist".
 
think of it this way.  you are NOT supposed to be pushing the clay around.  close your eyes.   you are simply surrounding the clay so it cannot fly off the wheel while allowing it to form a ball stuck to the wheel.  your hand is a steel claw containing the clay within a small space.  a little pressure from the other hand,  but not pushing it around will work with softer clay.  you do not have to be a weight lifter.
 
hard clay is just punishing yourself.


Thank you! I'll try that today. I'm still having trouble. :(

In Topic: Help! I Can't Center Anymore!

25 June 2016 - 02:25 PM

Anyone know why I'm getting a "twist" in the center of the clay that is almost impossible to get out?

In Topic: Help! I Can't Center Anymore!

25 June 2016 - 05:55 AM

Nancy, from my own experience (six solid months of nothing before I learned to center ... mostly) : the more stressed out I became at being unable to center, the more I was not able to center. 
 
If my back is out, my head is hurting, I'm not feeling well, I can't center. I never forget that I have to be centered in myself before I can center the clay. So if you've had a lot of stress or any illness that could be causing the issue. Also the fact that you were expecting to remember and you're not ... that's a lot of mental pressure. 
 
That being said, I have recently discovered a new way of centering. Previously I would brace my left arm on the splash pan and lock my elbow against my upper thigh. I would use the heel of my left hand at 8 o'clock and the heel of my right hand sometimes on the top and sometimes at 4 o'clock on the wheel to center. 
 
But just a few days ago I discovered that I can lock my two hands together and just sort of shove in and up together at 6-7 o'clock; this cones up the clay really amazingly and then you press it back down with both hands again. LOL My husband thinks I'm insane now because I had to close my eyes and pantomime it on the arm of the couch so I could describe it to you. 
 
If you continue to struggle with it at all please feel free to message me and I will happily take a video for you.


I do think my anxiety at not being able to center is adding to this. But I'm still trying to figure out why im getting a "twist" in the middle?

I used to do the 6 and 7 o'clock positions but that was knocking me out of whack recently, so I stopped. I'm going to Ho make a video in a few.

Thanks!
Nancy

In Topic: Help! I Can't Center Anymore!

24 June 2016 - 10:41 PM

Hopefully this doesn't seem too simplistic, Nancy. I occasionally get this too. Usually it is either; not enough slip/water to let the clay slid over my hands and it 'catches', or when pushing up (coning, I think is the term?) moving my hands too fast or unevenly. 
 
Sounds like you have covered just about everything though.....

Hopefully this doesn't seem too simplistic, Nancy. I occasionally get this too. Usually it is either; not enough slip/water to let the clay slid over my hands and it 'catches', or when pushing up (coning, I think is the term?) moving my hands too fast or unevenly. 
 
Sounds like you have covered just about everything though.....

Thanks all. I'll try to video my hands centering tomorrow.