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In Topic: Could Use Some Throwing Help

03 August 2015 - 08:26 AM

Hey everyone, 


I've been throwing for about 2 years as a hobby at a local studio and I'm trying to focus on getting better at throwing. I've noticed that I use more clay to make any pot than someone with more experience than me. I'm trying to use less clay now, but when I open the clay to the width I want the final pot is always much less wide because I was trying so hard to pull up more clay. 


For example there is a mug that my instructor makes with .75lbs of clay and I have tried to make the same mug with the same dimensions with .75lbs and I can't get my mug as big as his height and width. I open to the width I want the mug and then when pulling clay up I end up pushing the clay and making the width less than what I started with also.


Any tips for using less clay?


Also, should I try to open the clay wider than I want it to be so it doesn't end up smaller or should I focus on pulling the clay up and not pushing in so much? 




Do not push the clay out. Keep the rim as narrow as possible, then the cylinder will rise.Way easier to widen out the piece later.


In Topic: Going Price Of Mugs

02 August 2015 - 07:27 PM


Buck up! Wrong venue for your work. Show was too short. You were undercut by the $12.00 mug guy. Keep looking.

I like the two day sale myself. This gives people the chance to tire kick and then return with wads of cash.


In Topic: Community Challenge #2 - Results

01 August 2015 - 04:58 PM

Congratulations, everyone.

Nicely done1


In Topic: Glaze Chemistry, Is It Really Biology?

01 August 2015 - 08:44 AM


I always think of a stoneware kiln as firing at the temperature the earth was created. 2380 degrees F., or 1100 degrees C.

I know iron melts at 2,000F, so we are hotter than that.

I am not thinking biology, but chemistry.

I have 3 compost bins and a big garden. That is where biology fits for me.

Not a criticism of your idea-just another thought.


In Topic: Can This Piece Be Salvaged?

01 August 2015 - 08:34 AM

For those of us this side of the pond can someone explain what Caro syrup or sugar syrup is?

I've used vinegar slip on greenware with mixed success, perhaps syrup will make all the difference?

On the other hand I've had good results with Mayco's clay mender on bisque and even glazed pieces, where very small (3mm broken surface) pieces have been knocked off. See pic. (these bowls are generally 5-6" diameter). Takes a lot of patience and a delicate touch, but so does the initial making, so I've deemed it worth the investment - time & emotional!

I have learnt to only work on these pieces when I can give them my full concentration - the slightest carelessness will see a piece of the 'stencil' on the work table. I have to tell myself when to stop clean up at the greenware stage - and leave it until it's bisqued. Also, I now sandwich the v thin slab for cutting the stencil, between cling film throughout the whole procedure, including drying.attachicon.gifimage.jpg


We can't buy Caro syrup here in Canada either. It's any cheap syrup. Aunt Jemima works. It's the stickyness you want.

Don't be using your good Canadain Maple Syrup for this job. Make some pancakes for that.