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Pendulum Glazing

09 April 2014 - 02:46 PM

Just came across this from Clayart, I'm not sure how to directly post a video but the link is:





Craft Foam

01 March 2014 - 09:20 PM

Came across this idea for texture mats, simple and inexpensive. 



Holding Down Batts

17 February 2014 - 06:36 PM

I came across this idea from the Digitalfire site, using the BatMate to hold down plaster batts. It’s sold to be used sandwiched between the wheelhead with pins and a batt  to stop wobbling from loose pins or warped batts.


Since I never use batt pins with my homemade batts I have always attached the batts to the wheelhead with a pancake (or usually a ring) of clay. I found that the BatMate works really well at holding down plaster batts and the smaller sizes of wood batts, no pins, no pancakes necessary. I have used it with plaster batts up to 16” diameter with no movement of the batt. When trying it out with wood batts I’m finding that I can only use it with batts up to 8”. Any bigger than that and I push them off center.  I don’t have any masonite batts so I’m not sure if it would work with those.


I dip the BatMate in water, squeeze it out so it’s fairly dry and put it on the wheelhead. If I don’t use too much water to throw with then I can throw for a couple hours before squeezing it out. If the BatMate gets too wet it’s harder to remove the batts. It seems like a fairly durable material that it’s made from, I had to pull up on a few times to remove the batts and there is no stretching or tearing of it.


The lid in the picture is on a 10” plaster batt, 14” wheelhead. (please excuse the mess, cleaning isn’t one of my strong points) 



Ikebana Pillows

14 February 2014 - 06:41 PM

Does anyone have any tips for making ikebana pillow vases with a glued in kenzan? I have tried with a 3" and 3 1/2" extruded cylinder but somehow they don't look quite right. 


Thanks for any pointers, Min

Misleading Representation

15 November 2013 - 04:38 PM

Wondering what peoples thoughts are on this issue; during the jury process an artist submits a set of photos for a market that are of their work but don't represent the work they will be offering for sale.  


At the market there are 2 scenarios, artist has pieces from their jury photos in their booth but the pieces are just display/sales props and not for sale. Or, items for sale have no resemblance to jury work at all and none being used as sales props. The work being sold is no where near the caliber of work in jury photos.


In a perfect world the event planners would step in and rectify the problem but that doesn't seem to happen. Is this  common practice, only noticed now that more events have jury photos on their websites? (I'm assuming it also goes on with jury panels looking at actual works and not just photos)


Have I just been naive?