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In Topic: How Do You "mark" Your Pot?

Today, 10:10 AM

Sig stamps are pretty easy by using a block of bass wood, and a dremel. Do your signature on the wood, carve the lines in with the dremel, and then press a slab into the surface adding a handle to the back. Remove carefully, trying ton to rock the slab too much. Bakers spray does help to release easily.

In Topic: Input On These Cups/handles

19 November 2014 - 09:05 AM

I would say on the first handle you need to blend the top join in to the cup more. These areas pressure fingers when lifting the mug. The same goes somewhat for the 2nd and third handle. However, I would have ditched the third handle and gone again. You are doing well for first attempts keep practicing, pull handles and attache to cans, or anything that will hold the clay to get a feel for the curves you want. I used to do it to the old sink and splashboard edge in the HS studio I taught in. Practice even at a later date before actually attaching can be like a warm up exercise.

In Topic: Pride ... Is It Really A Sin?

18 November 2014 - 09:42 AM

Sinful pride to me is that which does not allow one to grow or learn anything new because they are to good. As far as pride in work goes, it is one of the things that make us Craftsmen/Craftswomen. If you don't take pride in what you do, isn't it just easy to make do? Of course the big problem with most of us is that we crit our work constantly, striving for something better, and never quite . . . satisfied.

In Topic: Use Of Barium In A Glaze

16 November 2014 - 07:43 PM

Science department removed it from their shelves in the 80's, we followed. I was told by them that it could be absorbed through the skin, inhaled in very fine particles, and was bad ingested in even small amounts. After considerable reading I did realize that the most danger was to the potter. In my case to me and my students. I believed that the benefits were outweighed by the hazards, so no barium.

In Topic: What's Your Choice Of Torch?

15 November 2014 - 12:52 PM

I don't use a torch, not interested in the close heat. Instead, I use an electric space heater, wheel on slow speed, walk away for a while. If I need spot heat, just a heat gun, old Sears Craftsman. Works well for me. At times I have built a small fire inside of the pot, but really not much need to.