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    Joy pots got a reaction from Hulk in What’s on your workbench?   
    Got a huge order of honey pots & mugs, just hope my back holds out as this may be the last large order I’m capable to make.
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    Joy pots got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in What’s on your workbench?   
    Got a huge order of honey pots & mugs, just hope my back holds out as this may be the last large order I’m capable to make.
    Joy
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    Joy pots got a reaction from liambesaw in What’s on your workbench?   
    Got a huge order of honey pots & mugs, just hope my back holds out as this may be the last large order I’m capable to make.
    Joy
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    Joy pots got a reaction from Up in Smoke Pottery in What’s on your workbench?   
    Plastic from flower shops works the same as dry cleaner bags.
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    Joy pots got a reaction from Rae Reich in What’s on your workbench?   
    Plastic from flower shops works the same as dry cleaner bags.
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    Joy pots got a reaction from Magnolia Mud Research in removing large platter from the wheel   
    I’ve used wallpaper on my bats for years.  You cut out circles the size you wish attach them to bats with water or slip.  To remove you run your wire between bat & wallpaper to remove once the piece is firm enough you peel off the wallpaper.  I pick up wallpaper ends from garage sales or wherever you can get it cheap.  It can also be reused. 
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    Joy pots got a reaction from Benzine in removing large platter from the wheel   
    I’ve used wallpaper on my bats for years.  You cut out circles the size you wish attach them to bats with water or slip.  To remove you run your wire between bat & wallpaper to remove once the piece is firm enough you peel off the wallpaper.  I pick up wallpaper ends from garage sales or wherever you can get it cheap.  It can also be reused. 
    Joy
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    Joy pots got a reaction from Rae Reich in using a new digital scale for the first time   
    Hi, I just bought a digital scale after 40+ yrs. with a balance beam.  I just add my ingredients till the readout is at my goal.
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    Joy pots got a reaction from Chilly in using a new digital scale for the first time   
    Hi, I just bought a digital scale after 40+ yrs. with a balance beam.  I just add my ingredients till the readout is at my goal.
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    Joy pots got a reaction from dnarthun in Low Hand Strength?   
    Hi, I have rheumatoid arthritis & use neoprene wristbands while throwing & wedging actually I use them for all the fun in the pottery. I use very soft clay as well. I have wrist/hand braces with a rigid part on the palm that rests my hands at night & keep the inflammation down. This really helps as at one time I thought my life as a potter was over but joy I'm still going strong. There are days when I need to take time off & I can tell when I've over done it.
    Hope this helps you.
    Joy
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    Joy pots got a reaction from Pres in QotW: Are your handles the ear type, the D, droopy D or other shape?   
    I had a good look after they came out of the kiln, I previously said they were a D but on inspection they’re really ears
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    Joy pots got a reaction from Rae Reich in QotW: Are your handles the ear type, the D, droopy D or other shape?   
    I had a good look after they came out of the kiln, I previously said they were a D but on inspection they’re really ears
    joy
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    Joy pots got a reaction from clay lover in Plaster for wedging table   
    Why not slide in a piece for cement board the size of the table for a wedge board.  My husband screwed an L shaped joined to hold it in place.
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    Joy pots got a reaction from GreyBird in Plaster for wedging table   
    Why not slide in a piece for cement board the size of the table for a wedge board.  My husband screwed an L shaped joined to hold it in place.
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    Joy pots got a reaction from yappystudent in Studio Tips: glazing, underglaze, and in-glaze   
    I cut out stencils from thick tablecloth vinyl & use iron oxide to stamp.  I use a tub with folded jersey cloth for a pad to keep the amounts of oxide  just right for a stamping  foam brush the pad allows the oxide to fill the stamping tool but not too much.  I stamp on top of a glazes  as control of the oxide is essential,  too little & the stamp fires faded too much & it is dark & messy.  I periodically add water with a small squirt bottle for moisture.
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    Joy pots reacted to Marcia Selsor in new saggar and obvara pieces   
    I have been busy with firing pieces for several exhibitions since the weather broke.  The obvara was pretty successful. I have been experimenting in the saggars using tiles as baffles to help hold combustibles in place. I am including two pieces of framed baffles because I find them so intriguing. the pots range from 8-12" in ht. I am using terra sig on the sagger pieces as well as on the smooth areas of the obvara pieces. I use ball clay TS so that it absorbs the obvara and the fuming in the saggars. I just added the poster for the Invitational show.
     
    Marcia
     
     



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    Joy pots reacted to Pres in QotW:Where do you obtain ceramics related information for insights   
    Magnolia Mud posted a question very recently, actually quite a few questions, but this one seemed to be one not asked yet: Where do you go to obtain more information (and/or background) on ceramic related topics, ideas, suggestions, insights, or questions you pick up from colleagues, general reading, online forums, in casual discussion, or your own pondering? 
     
    This strikes at the heart of why I am involved as a moderator and a contributor on the forum here. For years, there was no internet. . . yeah I'm that old.  Local libraries put their budget into things that would get the biggest audience. . . usually fiction. Magazine subscriptions were available, but in specialty mags you know that they can be expensive. Books were the biggest source of my information in the 70's to the late 80's. I searched local bookstores, went to Penn State for the textbooks used in the art department at the student bookstore, checked with professors about what books to read, and get and then ordered them in. Over the years, I developed a pretty nice library of which you have seen many in the Potters Quiz of the Week. Then came the internet, and the world changed. It was a safe place in the early years, kind of elitist to be on it, and yet so much specialty information existed and forums popped up with discussions on all sorts of things several devoted to Ceramics. They came and went, and evolved. Some became fractured by argumentation, others died from lack of interest of lack of participation.  Happy to say that our has not gone and seems relatively healthy.
    For me though, obtaining more information often calls for specialization, as in glazes chemistry, or firing techniques or some other area. Often this leads me to a thinking period (gestation) where the material is sifted and rethought to come to my own conclusions. Forms are usually that way, techniques with texture and decoration in the bare clay, and on the glazed surface. Much of it is a reformulation of old stuff, and new stuff, and Preston stuff.
     
    best,
    Pres 
     
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    Joy pots reacted to GEP in What’s on your workbench?   
    Elephants!

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    Joy pots reacted to Callie Beller Diesel in Using slip for texture   
    In my own work I use a lot of white slip over a red clay body. I work at cone 6, and I found that if you're trying to avoid cracking, a white stoneware actually has better compatibility with my red stoneware than a porcelain over the same.  
    I work with Plainsman clays, so I was easily able to go on their website and find information about shrinkage rates and COE, and find numbers that were close to each other. My main clay body is M390, and I use M370 as a slip. There is actually a formulation for a white slip that matches the m390 shrinkage exactly, but I'd have to make it myself rather than just buy a 50 lb dry bag and add water, but my current method works and I am lazy.
    I reclaim my clay, so for texture work I tend to avoid the use of Darvan or other deflocculants. (I do use a deflocculated slip if I want a smooth liner on the inside of a mug, but I don't usually screw too many of those up.) If you're not using deflocculated slip to lessen the water content and a therefore the shrinkage, you need to really be aware of the optimum times to apply your slip, and work within that. If you let your base piece get too dry, scrap it and try again rather than trying to resurrect it. The two clays need to shrink together. If your base piece is too wet, rehydration can be an issue, and cause a piece to collapse. Different clay bodies will rehydrate at different rates, so if you're going to play around with this technique, allow yourself some time to get the right feel for your material. 


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    Joy pots got a reaction from oly in when will it dry off plaster bat?   
    Depending on your humidity with a dry bat a pot should be loose within a day, I normally cover the piece with plastic.
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    Joy pots got a reaction from Min in when will it dry off plaster bat?   
    Depending on your humidity with a dry bat a pot should be loose within a day, I normally cover the piece with plastic.
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    Joy pots got a reaction from oly in when will it dry off plaster bat?   
    Did your plaster bats have time to dry before being used?  I’ve only used regular plaster from the hardware store for bats & never had that issue but I made a Mold with potters plaster & had problems waiting for the poured clay to pull off.  It seemed the plaster had trouble absorbing enough of the moisture.  Make sure when using plaster you don’t put any down the drain.
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    Joy pots reacted to Kellykopp in QotW: What are some basic things you can do to avoid needless failures and disappointment?   
    Research and study before diving into a new technique you want to try.  Work at your  own pace. Take good notes of everything.   Label tubs/buckets promptly and correctly when putting things in them.  LeeU, the cat on the wheel made me laugh out loud!!  Always remember nobody is perfect; take the "failures" and learn from them.  Remember why you started on your clay journey, and hold that love in your heart while you work.
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    Joy pots reacted to Pres in QotW: What are some basic things you can do to avoid needless failures and disappointment?   
    Sorry GEP, but I have been living/working in a vacuum for so many years. . . never had much in the way of peers to compare myself to since college or grad school. When I finished my MS in Art Ed, I had not taken and ceramics class in over 15 years. We had very few potters in my area, even though Penn State is just over the mountain. I often wonder if I was better off, or not having no one to really bounce ideas off from. I guess that is one of the reasons I value the forum so much, for folks off in a vacuum, it is a place for knowledge, understanding, and empathy.
     
    best,
    Pres
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    Joy pots reacted to Joseph Fireborn in More Japanese pottery eye candy   
    Thanks for link. I enjoyed the videos, except the potter sitting there spraying glazes with no mask in a closed in room lol... brutal.
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