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In Topic: Well Said

Today, 12:54 AM

I didn't take the original quote as being anything more than an expression of one artists private sentiments about their work. It was an anonymous post on the Bailey Ceramics blog, read by fellow artists. Yes, I can relate to parts of it. No, I'm not having it emblazoned across my T-shirt. Since it was posted for other artists I didn't read into it any assigning of guilt. I took it as giving kudos to fellow artists.

I feel that the original intent the author had in writing the piece is being extrapolated upon to an illogical degree. If the sentiments were never intended to be viewed by the buyer then there is no guilt trip.

In Topic: Technique For Making Spirals With Thick Slip

Yesterday, 10:34 PM

Thank you Cam and High Bridge! 


Cam, yes it's ^6 electric, (well actually closer to ^7 but close enough). 

In Topic: Technique For Making Spirals With Thick Slip

21 October 2014 - 08:52 PM

Like this?


Same clay as bowl, no flocs added, yogurt consistancy, slip put through a 60 mesh screen then thumped on the table to remove air bubbles. Sherril tiny red kidney shaped rib, but any really flexible rib works. Slip done right after bowl thrown. Fast wheel with a slow hand movement or slow wheel with a faster hand movement, whatever works to get the design you are looking for. I prefer a looser spiral so usually pull through the slip with slight in and out movement. It's lots of fun, if you mess it up just start over again. For about a 16" or so diameter bowl I'll spread about 1/3 cup of slip in it then start in the middle and work outwards, removing a lot of the slip. There isn't much slip left between the lines.

In Topic: What Is Your Most Valuable Piece Of Equipment In Your Studio?

21 October 2014 - 05:54 PM

My mixer / pugger. I've had a couple injuries/ health issues and without the pugger I probably wouldn't be able to keep working.

In Topic: Handles Make/break Your Pots

20 October 2014 - 02:37 PM


Vince Pitelka has a quite thorough article on side handles.

http://iweb.tntech.e...ing Vessels.htm

I'm happy enough with my handles, (usually rolled and then pulled some), they work, they're comfortable , they don't fall off. :)


I'm not too keen on rules of any sort and so I was interested to read in the linked article that some handle styles were now out of fashion, how does that square with having all these rules for handles?


Rules is rules, I'll follow them when I have to:  fashion is something else entirely, (which passes me by in everything).



I agree with you about his style aesthetics not necessarily being everybody's but I like the article insofar as how the mechanics of a handle works. If a potter learns the basic physics of how the handle works in regards to its design and placement on the pot then they can mess around and colour outside the lines after the basics are down. The article is taken from his teaching syllabus so should be read considering the audience it was written for. Like just about everything in clay there is usually no absolute right or wrong, just opinions.  


I'm glad your handles don't fall off! :)