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#74481 Venturi Vs Forced Air

Posted by TJR on 30 January 2015 - 03:08 PM

Electric kilns dependent on electricity? Silly Neil. Doesn't everyone have a giant hampster wheel, attached to a generator to power their kiln, in case of power outages?

Careful, Guinea might be reading this!


#74476 Studio With No Main Water Or Mains Drainage....ideas ..can It Be Done ?

Posted by TJR on 30 January 2015 - 02:42 PM

I dug a four ft. trench from my house to my studio to put in a water line. I did bury a line with heating tape but have not bothered to hook up the sink. I use a bucket of water for hand washing and a couple cloth towels.

I have separate 5 gallon bucket for glaze washings, and I never mix the two. Eventually I will make a slop glaze with the glaze water. I have had some nice Celadon's this way. i also wash my decorating brushes in the glaze water- cobalt, iron, red stain.

After I have washed my hands for a while in the clay bucket, it tends to fill with slip in the bottom and I decant the water to a clean bucket to remove the slip.

In the summer I have a 45 gallon plastic rain barrel, so I use that water. In the winter it is frozen solid.


I do know a potter with a sink and a recirculating pump. She says the water eventually smells and she has to drain the system. it is a closed system that does not drain outside.


#74425 Ruined Kiln Shelves - Any Uses For Them?

Posted by TJR on 29 January 2015 - 07:52 PM

You can take a cold chisel and wear safety goggles to break them up for kiln props. You will have a lot of them though. You could use them to put on pots that you think will run. Some potters use kiln shelves as a bag wall in a gas kiln.


#74424 Venturi Vs Forced Air

Posted by TJR on 29 January 2015 - 07:49 PM

I have used both types of burners. Forced air is great on a salt kiln as she really blows the air around the kiln. I don't know that I would use forced air for a bisque-too hot, too soon. I always turned the blowers on after red heat, and a bisque is basically done after red heat. Just my opinion.


#74377 Soak?

Posted by TJR on 29 January 2015 - 08:44 AM


To restart your manual kin.

1.You have to be there when the kiln sitter drops. Klonk

2.you flip the lever back up and press the silver button in the middle of the lever back in.The lever will not catch, so you gently let it drop back down.

3.Then you have to time your soak for 15 minutes, or you can over fire your glazes.


#74265 Does Anyone Else...

Posted by TJR on 28 January 2015 - 08:46 AM

Look at the position of your hands. If you are pressing DOWN on the wheel head, you are sanding your hands. You need to be pressing IN to the centre of the clay. You should not be wearing the skin off your hands. Just sayin'.


#74127 From The Mouths Of Babes

Posted by TJR on 26 January 2015 - 08:56 AM

I was in the studio all day Sunday. I am having to fill a kiln with my firing partner so that I can get an order of 60 mugs out for February 5.

It was a long day. I had made 12 5lb colanders. I put side handles on them. I trimmed the dozen plates that go under the colanders. I trimmed 34 mugs. My son came in at 4:00 p.m. to work on a clay slingshot that he is making. At about 5:00, I was getting tired. Still had about 20 mugs to put handles on.

I said to my son;"You know, I never get tired of doing this."

He said;"But Dad, that's because they are all different. everyone is a problem to solve." I looked at him and blinked, then smiled. Of course they are all different. Some are big or small, moist or dry, some handles work, others don't.I guess that's why I am still in the game.

Have you heard a wise comment about your making recently?


I forgot to say that my son is 16 [edit[.

#73972 Dream Tool

Posted by TJR on 24 January 2015 - 10:56 AM

I like tools that have something on both ends. I have a bamboo trimming tool that I use for making an undercut before wiring off the pot. Either way you pick it up it is functional. I also have a few wire trimming tools that are double ended.

Most pottery tools are fairly primitive.


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#73901 Lee Kang-Hyo: Making Giant Jars

Posted by TJR on 22 January 2015 - 08:19 PM


I wanted to share with you this awesome video of the Korean potter Lee Kang-Hyo:  video (I don't know how to add it directly to the forum, sorry)


It's 35 minutes long but totally worth it. There is a very interesting moment in the middle where he talks about how he started owndering if he had become a slave of ceramics and how he needed to step back and think about his goals.
Also, the last 10 minutes are absolutely amazing: he decorates a huge jar with slips, litterally dancing around it and the energy of that moment is very inspiring. If you don't have time to watch the full video, I recommend that at least you watch this last bit :)

Wow! That was great! Thank-you.


#73900 Leach Wheel Bearing Removal

Posted by TJR on 22 January 2015 - 07:44 PM

I would talk to a mechanic. They have gear puller machines. I replaced the bearing on my 35 year old Brent. The shops guy at school did it for me for less than $50.00.


#73692 Are You Started Into Your New Year Plan/program. Are You On Track?

Posted by TJR on 20 January 2015 - 02:32 PM

Tom  This is a red terracotta vitrified at C1 it is a talavera style tile with majolica glaze and overglaze.  A photo of the fountain is in the gallery,  I have made 5 other exterior murals with this same tile that are 7 years old no problems.  None of the field tile are shattering they have 2 coats of underglaze on them the decorative tiles have three coats.  For now I am replacing all of the border tile with new field tile and making a cover for the top of the fountain to cover and protect the elaborate design.   I did extensive freeze test before I started using this tile, I even made a 3' mural and left it on the ground to get snowed on and ice covered for a winter.  I knew I was pushing the bar when I started working with the terracotta but I wanted that true talavera look.   Denice

You know, when you make a gross generalization, you are going to pay. I know Chip Clauson, and know that he would come up with a workable clay body. Maybe I'll make some terra cotta tiles myself.


#73260 Community Challenge Idea

Posted by TJR on 13 January 2015 - 07:27 PM

I think it's a good idea. Might make my work progress. i am always up for a challenge.

I once entered a show where you had to make an Italian theme. I did Majolica nudes.

The next year it was candle-holders.  I made a gigantic one.

The following year was the theme of"love". I made a gigantic handbuilt heart that I was going to drive nails and bolts into, and glaze red. i was trying to work out how I could make it pump black sludge. I thought I better seek counseling instead. I'm O.K. now. No...really.o..k.. yeah. Laughs maniacally. :) :rolleyes: :o :mellow:



still have the bolts.

#73178 How Long Will Modern Pottery Last?

Posted by TJR on 09 January 2015 - 05:45 PM

Pottery over 3,500 years old has been found, with recognizable food scraps still in it. I suspect modern pottery will last a good long while. It's basically a rock if fully vitrified, and rocks can last millions and millions of years.

Remember to wash the food out of your pottery before you throw it out.


#73172 How Long Will Modern Pottery Last?

Posted by TJR on 09 January 2015 - 04:29 PM

2,000 years.

Says so on my business card.

"Good for 2,000 years."


#72984 Anyone Have Some Interesting Stories From This Holiday Sales Season?

Posted by TJR on 06 January 2015 - 07:45 PM

Vertical Striped Porcelaine Tumblers
Turquoise Mugs
Stoneware Teapot


Here they are!