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In Topic: Drip- Free Pitcher Spouts

Yesterday, 06:23 PM

Post a picture of one of your pitchers as a starting point.


Pitchers spout need to have a proper curve to the spout, and a helpful light groove from the top of the belly through the neck to the spout to help with flow. At the same time a sharp spout will cut drips. An alternative to this that works if splitting the rim into two edges before making the spout to cut the drip with the first edge, and catch the slight drip with the second.





In Topic: Dark Northeastern Clay--Preferably ^05 Range Or ^10

Yesterday, 07:59 AM

Welcome to the forum! Glad to see another lurker come out on their own. When dealing with clay suppliers, if you can get to a local distributor, you can usually find test tiles of the clays in question. As I am in PA, I do not know the clays that you are talking about(mine come from Standard Ceramics). I am sure that some folks with knowledge can fill you in.


Good luck,




In Topic: Should We Buy This Wheel For Our School?

03 September 2015 - 08:03 AM

Personally, I would not buy the kick wheel for working with elementary. It will probably end up being more of a banding wheel than anything else. I used to always believe that best to start with simplest and work to motorized or more complicated. However, after years of working with 3rd-7th graders in Summer programs, and HS students during the year, kick wheels were an exception to the rule. First, if they can not reach the drive wheel, they may try to by sitting on the edge of the seat, and possibly fall off. Secondly if they can reach the wheel, they may not have the strength to get the wheel up to speed, frustrating them. I think careful watch of the online sources may help you find a motorized belt driven wheel that will meet you needs, the students, and be safer and less frustrating.  My opinion.





In Topic: Qotw: What Do You Think Of Art Critique?

01 September 2015 - 01:24 PM

Critiques are difficult. Difficult to do objectively, and difficult to receive objectively. What I mean here is if you are critiquing someones work, you have to step outside of your own biases and preferences, look beyond what you know and look to the qualities of the object/s in front of you. . . difficult. At the same time if you are being critiqued, you have to step outside of your ownership of the work, become impersonal about your work, and listen to what is being said.  Often critiques are taken most easily when working in a shared studio environment where peers respect each other, working towards their own expressions. Often comments about form, texture or other attributes are taken in the give and take of the day. Growth happens. The problem with most of us, as Chris has stated, we work alone remotely removed from others on a day to day basis. Often the only critique we will get is at a show from a cranky person that is dragging themselves through 200 booths on a hot muggy day, when they would rather be at home relaxing, shopping in an air-conditioned mall, out playing golf, or in the pool. Their spouse brought them along.


Posting pieces in your gallery, should get some response, especially if you ask, but all too often people don't respond because they really can't see the work in the picture, or get a feeling for size, detail or other attributes; are afraid of offending you; are rushing through hundreds of pots for inspiration and don't want to take the time to post. Too bad that we don't respond, and I am one that usually does not. My reasoning comes from years of grading. I the last 20 there were set criteria for work, I knew what the intent was, what the design parameters were, and the materials. I usually upset students with my thorough bluntness, but I tried to be objective, unbiased, and open minded. However, junk is junk, and if it is so, I say so!




In Topic: Cracked Skin And Broken Fingernails

01 September 2015 - 08:27 AM

There was a teacher that taught some ceramics classes in my building years ago. Every time he turned around, he would be washing his hands with the dispenser hand soap and water. All the time. His hands were in terrible shape, always cracked to the point of bleeding. One day when he was complaining of it, I told him to only wash his hands with water unless going to lunch or leaving the room for the day, only to wash rinse with water thoroughly. One month later his hands had cleared up and things were much better for him.  Sometimes we carry the cleanliness next to __ __ ___ liness a little too far. :wacko:


Biotin is great for nails.