One thing I sometimes do after I get a board of mugs done is quickly insert (and then remove) one of those red solo cups into the mugs to true them up. If the mug is a bit soft and I distort it while attaching the handle the solo cup gets it back to round really fast.
Hsin-Chuen Lin recently posted a youtube demo making handles. He says his method of attaching results in 99.9% success rate with no cracking. Love watching this guy work, thought I would share the link:
That looks like a lot of weight being supported by not much clay at the top of the bowl. Yes, pots can look okay in the bisque and warp in the glaze firing for ^6. There is a fairly long thread on yarn bowls here http://community.cer...+knitting +bowl
Kiln wash shouldn't be flaking off. After you get the old stuff off then change your wash recipe / application.
Use 1/2 calcined clay so the wash doesn't shrink (and crack) so much. 50 alumina hydrate, 25 epk, 25 calcined epk. I use a small touch up paint roller, don't apply it too thick, no flaking. Other recipes out there that are good also, just don't put it on too thickly.
I think in a way I’m on the same page Jed is. I look at “living my dream” as a moving target.
I quit my other job about 6 years ago to work in clay full time. That was my dream then. Now we are thinking of moving into the countryside, current dream. Having 4 terrific daughters is a daily dream, (actualized). For the past few years having all my oncologist visits clean is my fingers crossed dream.
The link below is for a film of a fellow who built a hut with a clay tile roof, mud and stone walls and underfloor heating. All done with handmade primitive tools and technology. I thought it was quite the feat he accomplished. This was posted a few days ago on Clayart, thought I would share the link for those that don't follow that site.
oops, I forgot to link where I got the decal from. if anybody wants one it is from here: https://www.etsy.com...cone-pack-decal (it's a university graphics and ceramics student who makes them, think i might have to get one of her t-shirts too)
If you were bisqueing to cone 06 and had 07,06 and 05 in the cone pack and they were all flat then you might have only reached 03 or thereabouts so you could still be okay.
If you touch the tip of your tongue to a bisqued pot your tongue should stick a little to the pot, a bit like when you lick a not too frozen popsicle. Not very scientific but it works. If your tongue doesn't stick then the clay is too tight to take a glaze without a lot of fussing and usually lands up with unsatisfactory results.