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In Topic: Galley On Pot Or Flange On Lid..

Yesterday, 11:18 PM

Small trick for finishing when firing lids on pots, sure to upset some of the purists. Finish the lid/rim by putting pot in Griffin grip, putsome form o abrasive paste-comet, bon ami, soft scrub between lid gallery and rim, then holding onto the lid use the wheel to turn pot slowly to grind surfaces smooth.

In Topic: To Share Or Not To Share

21 July 2014 - 09:43 PM

Most of us with reduction experience realize the number of variables invoved in firing. Many realize that unless we know the exact place in the kiln rate of temp time, time length and placement of oxidation and reduction, exact cone angle to fire to that we still wouldd have to go through several firings to get it just right even though we followed the recipe perfectly. Besides we are not even firing the same kiln.
Others however, probably new to reduction or firing think the recipe is allthey need, and don't take the time and considerable effort to figure it out.

In Topic: Do You Teach To Throw Off The Hump?

20 July 2014 - 09:36 PM

It also helps to dip the knife iwater just before cutting.

In Topic: To Share Or Not To Share

20 July 2014 - 03:48 PM

I think my presence here is testament as to how I feel about sharing. You will notice that I refrain fromtalking much about glaze and clay chemistry. I don't know enough, so I leave it to those that do (sensei John). I loved teaching, and here I can still help someone.

In Topic: Do You Teach To Throw Off The Hump?

20 July 2014 - 03:29 PM

I conquered my s crack problems by centering a pancake on the top of the hump, then pulling it out and up. Clay structure follows rounding up, unlike traditional where the base and wall meet in asharp corner in the clay structure. I learned to do thi in an old video of a Japanese master. Took practice, but small steps. ? ? ? I was never taught about throwing off the hump, just saw it done in books and decided to do it. As to teaching it to kids, I did teach it. Their final project was a teapot. When I demo'ed it, I showed them to throw the spout, the lid, and the body in tha order. All at this time could throw and center 3# of clay, and size was not a requirement.