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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.

In Topic: Stubborn Ideas.

14 November 2014 - 05:38 PM

You have 2 choices, keep it simple or experiment!   It's only 3 mugs, just do it, the others are getting impatient!!!  


I fully intend to experiment, but I wanted a different experiment to the one I first thought of and couldn't get out of my head.


Everything is bisque fired now, all bottoms waxed, and I'm pretty sure I have a solution now.  B)


It's another two weeks before I need to have them finished, so the next rainy day will see me glazing.

In Topic: Stubborn Ideas.

13 November 2014 - 05:15 PM

I am still waiting for that good idea  :unsure:


If you have time, sleep on it. I like to let my subconscious do the thinking while I rest.

I've slept on it too much - it's almost kept me awake a couple of times, and nothing keeps me awake, (or wakes me in the night).



If you can't shake the original idea, just go with it. Sometimes you have to just finish the old thought before moving on to the next. Givee your unconscious mind time to work on it. Make more mugs for the next round, and have another go at it.


I'll go with it in the next firing for definite, I'm sure it'll look OK, but I'm trying to find a more subtle impact - if that makes sense.


I got a great piece of advice from a pottery instructor ... " notice what you notice."
Pay attention to what is catching your attention.
Why is the combo tugging at you? Why are you resisting?
Knowing the answers should help you move on.


I think my previous paragraph answers your questions too Chris.


I'll try and remember "Notice what you notice", but then I have to remember that I've noticed to notice it. I think. :)