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In Topic: Do You Donate Your Work For A Worthy Cause?

29 October 2014 - 10:12 PM

Crazy all of the ins and out with the taxes, so I don't claim pottery donations. Its my personal time, and my decision. Last year I made 3 different bowls, one 8# and two 3-4#, all sold, and the amount brought in was way over what I would have sold them at. People in the area care about the arts in their schools, but not so much about crafts being done in the area. The empty/open bowls thing exposes me as a supporter of the arts, and people do remember me as a teacher at the HS. Enough for me.

In Topic: Using Pam On A Mold And Having And Issue With Fine Cracks

27 October 2014 - 08:17 AM

I have made some jars where I used "bakers spray" to line the bas relief form to allow the clay to come out of the fine lines and crevices. It worked well, but then I beveled the pieces afterwards to join into a rectangular box form. No problems with joins. The bakers spray worked better than pam that I used first.

In Topic: Good Shapes For Feet Added To Round-Bottomed Hand-Built Pots

26 October 2014 - 09:19 AM

Too small of a foot, can sometimes cause a larger dish to sag around the foot in firing.

In Topic: Good Shapes For Feet Added To Round-Bottomed Hand-Built Pots

25 October 2014 - 11:59 PM

Easy things if you have and extruder. Double extruded coils laying down, cut to length works well. I also do some shaped over pieces of house molding that are nice. Look at some historic pieces from China and Japan to see some of the animal type feet they use that are wider at the pot, narrower as they move to the table.  Just a few ideas off the top om my head.

In Topic: Need Help Learning To Throw While Standing

25 October 2014 - 10:00 AM

I was at the North Carolina Potters conference in 2012 in Asheville. John Glick demonstrated there, throwing standing and on occasion sitting. I have always been a fan of his.


This year, 2014, John Shapiro at demonstrated.  He is also an older potter that has had to deal with the studio health problems. He threw both standing and sitting, often got up to move around,, wedged his clay, even after the helpers had, and was quite active in his approach explaining that this was the way he tried to keep from having problems with his health. I like the very proactive approach he takes with his studio activity.


It used to be that I would wedge up all of my clay for the day, then sit at the wheel until done, then trim what I could, until night. Now I wedge up a few balls, throw them, take a walk, wedge a little more, throw some more, and have a tendency to get up off the wheel every 5-10 items, even when throwing off the hump. Some may call it relaxed or even lazy, I like to consider it healthy.


In older posts, I have mentioned that I had a lap belt injury from a auto wreck in the early 70's. This shaped a lot of my life in the early 20's all the way into the 40's as I would always get up with some sort of lower back pain. Throwing for long periods was not very fun back then, but wedging seemed to alleviate much of the pain. For me the development of more core muscle helped to get rid of the problems with the lower back pain, so that today there are rare days that I even have it.