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In Topic: Perfect Dip - Level Glaze All The Way Around The Cup? How?

20 June 2015 - 02:57 PM


However there are pieces that I dip not all the way down and leave a little of the clay exposed. On those pieces I don't bother wax resist. Is there some trick to getting a perfectly level dip? I was thinking about buying something like this: http://amzn.com/B000BQR7TU




Why not measure how far down from the top you want the glaze to be and only fill whatever you use as a glaze bucket to that depth - dip your pot (upside down) until it sits on the bottom - assuming your table/work bench is level the glaze line will be level.


Some experimentation will be required to allow for displacement of the glaze as you dip your pot.


Using a spirit level is going to take too long, you will end up with too much glaze on the pot as it sits soaking while you study the bubble.

In Topic: Drying Bowls - Rim Up Or Rim Down

28 May 2015 - 06:48 AM

I flip mine over when they're dry enough to take their own weight, but not to prevent warping: I do it to better dry the base.

In Topic: Glazing Cone 6 Pottery

23 May 2015 - 02:40 PM

Hi there! I am new to the forum and new to pottery, and I have just completed my first pots in my first firing. I just bought a used Skutt is-1027 in great shape, and fired my first (small) batch. I placed an 06 cone in the kiln sitter and followed the manufacturers recommendations for firing the kiln. 2 hours on low, two hours on medium, and then high until cone is reached. I think I must have placed the cone incorrectly, or the sitter gauge was out of adjustment, because 3 hours in to my bisque ramp schedule at high temperature, it was still firing. I shut down the kiln and let it cool until the next day. When I opened the lid, the cone had been vaporized by the high heat (it's a cone 10 kiln). I think it goes without saying that I overtired the pottery. But I wanted to glaze it and see how it came out and the resulting cone 6 that I fired the kiln to only took about 4 hours to complete. The glaze turned out nothing like it was pictured to turn out. I used coyote blue purple, and the resulting glaze firing was light blue and white. Nothing like it is supposed to look. Is this because I was glazing vitrified pottery?


There's a big difference between cone 06 and cone 6. (albeit that's probably not the problem here).


Cone chart at link below:-



In Topic: I Have My Garden Of Shame

04 May 2015 - 01:27 PM

There's a tree near the end of my garden which has a whole pile of rejects underneath it, I can't see them, the undergrowth is too dense, I toss them in the general direction from three or four yards away, I'm sure there is a whole new habitat developing under there for little critters.


I also distribute some pieces around the ponds of the New Forest, in a similar vein to above I hope they may help to create a new habitat for something slimy/spiky/slithery.

In Topic: Are You Making Your Own Pottery Tools?

25 April 2015 - 03:25 PM

I make my own ribs, turning tools, sculpting sticks and other bits and pieces as I need them, (I enjoy tinkering in the shed), I've also now finished the motorised turntable for glaze spraying that I started on about last September: if only I could find the time to get out there and make some pots! 


I've recently finished one very large roof and had hoped that that might be my last job before retirement (in June) but now I have two more to do. I'm just going to have to start saying no soon, it's all getting too hard - just look at these beasties - 16" X 7" ridge beams, man they were heavy.


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