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Member Since 30 Jan 2012
Offline Last Active Aug 24 2015 07:08 PM

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In Topic: Qotw: Are You A Thrower Or A Hand Builder?

28 June 2015 - 01:35 AM

About 90 percent of my work is thrown and trimmed on the wheel, though sometimes carved and altered, too. I find it easy and satisfying in a way that I just do not ever feel about hand building. Pretty much the only time I do hand building is when I am showing someone else how to make something - then when I'm done, I go back to my wheel. 


Beatles, Stones, Classic Rock and Classical - all good.

In Topic: Newb All Over Again...

31 May 2015 - 10:48 AM

If you used to be able to throw evenly, you may need only need a little bit of practice to get back to it, and You-tube is great, but it may also help to check to see if your wheel is level. If it is not, you may find it more difficult to keep things centered and even when you throw.


Have fun and good luck with it!



In Topic: Glaze Flaking Off

30 November 2014 - 12:21 AM

It was my understanding that most shino glazes contain a higher percentage of clay than other glazes and should be applied to the pot first. I think that because of this, shinos do not generally work well over other glazes and will tend to curl up and flake off, as you experienced.

I am not sure if this holds true for commercial glazes however and hope someone else with more experience will weigh in here. 




In Topic: Lets Do The Happy Dance

28 November 2014 - 04:08 PM

I also drive a long distance every week (80 miles each way) to get to a pottery studio that I like. It is worth the trip because of the positive atmosphere in the studio and their ^10 gas kiln that is fired on a regular basis. 


I also have a wheel in my basement, along with a very small kiln which I use for bisque firing, but I enjoy the community environment and that makes the 2.5 to  3 hour drive worthwhile - at least for now. 



In Topic: What Type Of Glaze Is This?

16 November 2014 - 12:15 PM

Another way to achieve the look of the black lines on the flowers is to put black underglaze on the pieces after they are bisque fired, then wipe it off with a damp sponge, leaving black residue in the lines - then glaze over that. The black areas remain much darker than the rest.