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In Topic: Tenmoku Leaf Bowl Question

Today, 07:36 AM

I came across this image on the net recently, it's a totally different technique but it might be something someone wants to play with.


All I can tell you of the technique is what accompanied the pic, " Using a photo resist, the images on the bottles are sandblasted to create a contrasting effect and texture"



In Topic: Firing Plates

Today, 04:25 AM

I am having trouble with throwing 9-10 inch pie plates.  They look great but crack when they dry.  Not all of them crack just some of them.  Any ideas on what I am doing wrong or what I can do to fix this issue? I use cone 5-6 clay.

Thank you for any help.


It's quite likely that you need to compress the bottom more when you throw them, another possible cause is lack of freedom of movement as they are drying - i.e. they may be stuck to the batt/ware board and unable to contract freely, too much water when throwing can also cause these problems.





In Topic: The Double Dip

21 November 2014 - 11:49 AM

Do you always plan in advance how you are going to glaze your stuff? Cause I don't and I often end up glazing stuff in a very messy way. Like bowl without foot I find very hard to glaze on the outside as you kind of have to dip it twice. Or maybe there is a secret technique I don't know :)


Find a large bowl, larger than the item you want to glaze, place two dowel rods (or any thin sticks) across the bowl, place the pot to be glazed upside down on the sticks, pour glaze over pot from a jug.


You'll need to touch up the rim,  (the dowels provide a smaller area of contact compared to flat sticks).


You may want to give a gentle rub over with your finger  if the glaze has overlapped at the start/finish point.


You wont get it right first time.  ^_^

In Topic: What's Your Choice Of Torch?

15 November 2014 - 11:15 AM

I've decided it's time for me to get a torch for speed-drying during throwing. My heat gun is great for some things, but I think it's time for an upgrade.


Any recommendations for torches? Pros and cons you've discovered?


Thanks for your input!


I'll not recommend one over the other but there are differences: when I started making crack pots (sodium silicate painted on and dried) I only had a gas torch, it worked fine, I decided that an electric heat gun would be more convenient and so bought one, it has two different heat settings which can be useful.


I'd previously worked out roughly how long to use the gas torch for on a pot and on making further crackpots and using the heat gun this did demonstrate that the gas torch was quicker than the heat gun, I tend to use the heat gun now for anything that needs warming or drying, it's just more convenient, and the electrickery never runs out.

In Topic: For Christmas.

15 November 2014 - 11:00 AM


We just put a slice of apple in our sugar. Most of the time it's not necessary as the sugar doesn't dry out.




I'm feeling left out now, I don't have any sugar, I've got plenty of salt, and bacon, and cheese, always lots of cheese.