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In Topic: Chalices

05 July 2015 - 09:32 AM

Hi all, Hmm seems the one day I was away, every one seems to be clambering!  Thanks for the vote of confidence. At any rate, I can give you a few tips about the chalice and patens.


  • Throw off of the hump, first stems, then bowls.
  • Throw the stems upright as if they would be used. Use ribs to put in grooves and decoration. I usually add a little bloated area in the upper third of the stem, as it makes it easier-more comfortable to grip.
  • When throwing the bowls leave a little extra at the base for a trim fit cup. More on this later.
  • Trim the stems first. Best is to throw a chuck column that they will fit into. Try to keep the top edge of chuck dry and place stems upside down in the chuck, and trim. I try not to trim through leaving a small hole in the bottom of the stem for air passage.
  • Trim the cups with one stem in mind. I trim them so that a particular stem fits into an are of the base. This is a cup cut into the base the diameter of the stem. only about 1/4-1/2" deep. Then score and magic water or slip. Place the stem into the cup and while wheel is turning level up and firm up the base join with a wooden or rubber rib.  I try to design the stem and cup join so that they don't look joined there, but higher on the cup.
  • Remove from wheel and set upside down covered for first day then turn upright and uncover.

There are a few pictures and videos on my blog at the posting

Chalices for Communion sets, my way


Best of luck, I have been doing it now for over 30 years, and only time, research, and trial and error have gotten them here. I have seen these done several different ways, so as my post says, these are mine-my way. :)

In Topic: Bad Experience With Rohde Kiln - But Is Nabertherm Any Better?

02 July 2015 - 08:33 AM

Hmmm. It may help people to know what part of the world you are in. Most kiln manufacturers do not ship continent to continent for rather obvious reasons.





In Topic: Centering A Large Mass Of Clay

02 July 2015 - 06:25 AM

I use a punch method to open up, not to center. :wacko:

In Topic: Centering A Large Mass Of Clay

01 July 2015 - 06:09 PM

How much clay are you speaking of? I center 25# in one lump using my rt arm on the side and wrist/fist over the top, lft in traditional position. I begin by slapping in place until close to center, then finish as mentioned.  For larger amounts I have coned first with base wide low cone, then slammed second piece on top. this for pieces that were 35# to 40#. Most larger pieces though I took the easy road and threw two or more forms on bats, then joined them together to make complete shape.


Worse problem with larger pieces as I was never more than 180# and am now 145, is body support. I find it easiest to either attache the stool to the wheel some way, or to hook my lft foot behind the front leg of the wheel while centering.





In Topic: Joining Before Or After Firing.

29 June 2015 - 08:15 AM

You may try looking through this strand that includes a video and a few pictures of finished sinks. All in all the advice Mug gives you is good. I really would not work on a separate pipe, but use standard fitting with the seals that they entail.





best of luck,