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    dhPotter reacted to liambesaw in Throwing big   
    I like throwing separate pieces and joining, but even that is severely limiting.  You can go high but it's difficult to go wide.  If you want wide and high, coilings the ticket.
    This bird bath was thrown in 3 pieces and joined.  
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    dhPotter got a reaction from Stephen in Moving small kiln to wheels   
    @Stephen When I cut metal roofing or plastic I turn the blade around so that the teeth are running backwards. Saves the blade. You might try this for the cement board.
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    dhPotter got a reaction from Stephen in Moving small kiln to wheels   
    He is my kiln shelf/ post cart, plywood, 2x4's, on wheels.
     

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    dhPotter reacted to Juliagoolia in Accidental Clear Spearmint   
    Thank you for all the advice. I actually feel like I've got a system (printed out on a sheet, each item is checked as I add it), but as it turns out, I was anemic (!) hence the exhaustion and sleepiness. I've gone through and checked my quantities and I definitely have more copper in stock than I should, and the new bag of rutile isn't opened. I have a master tracking sheet with quantities for ordering and this has come in handy. So it appears that I failed to add both rutile and copper! I like the ideas of playing with the clear and adding some different colours. I might do that since I now have about 6 litres of it...
    The spearmint is John Hesselberth and Ron Roy's as listed in Gabriel Kline's Amazing Glaze. I love it - especially with Alabama Rain. I'll add 2 pics - 1 with Alabama Rain on top, one just as. This is of course, from a batch when I added the colourants...


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    dhPotter reacted to Benzine in Covid -19 Cleanliness   
    Trying to "disinfect" the clay, seems a bit much, in my opinion. 
    Regular hand rinsing and washing is part of clay work anyway,  so I just don't see it as being necessary. 
    Are Industrial Tech classes going to have to wipe down all their lumber?
    Are FCS (Home Ec. classes going to have to wipe down all of the separate ingredients?
    If those are the extremes we have to go to, then we probably shouldn't be holding class to begin with.  And that's actually more of my concern right now, is "Will we even be able to hold class in person, anytime soon?"
    We were, let's say, "encouraged" to have online plans ready to go for the 2020-2021 School Year.  So, along with getting my classes set up in a new "Learning Management System", that's my Summer!
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    dhPotter reacted to Roberta12 in Accidental Clear Spearmint   
    @Juliagoolia  Just curious, was it the spearmint out of Mastering Cone 6 glaze book?  If so, I agree, it is a great recipe.  Seems to perform well on all the clays I use.  It's a lovely olive green on dark clay.    You will have to develop a system when mixing glaze.  I have many of my glazes on a spreadsheet in a plastic sleeve, so I check them off with a dry erase marker after each one is added to the bucket.  If I do not have it on a spreadsheet, I take the time to handwrite it out, then check each one off after adding to the bucket.  And yes, no phones no visitors no nothing. (maybe some tunes!)   And I try not to mix glaze when I am dead tired.  I have made a couple of big ol mistakes.  And like you, I was not quite sure what I did.  
    Roberta
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    dhPotter got a reaction from Hulk in Batt wash   
    Here is a really good recipe and application for wash...
    http://jeffcampana.com/self-leveling-kiln-wash/
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    dhPotter reacted to neilestrick in Covid -19 Cleanliness   
    It's not as simple as throwing the clay into a pot and heating it up. It needs to be done in a way that doesn't allow water to evaporate off, or else you'll also have to be rehydrating and wedging it. Freezing is not a good way to kill viruses, and would not be good for the clay anyway. The simplest method would be to have enough clay on hand that once someone uses it, you leave it alone for 3 days before using it again, as the virus can only live for 2-3 days outside a body.
    IMO, the students going to get more contact with the virus everywhere else in the shool- railings, door knobs, desk tops, etc. Plus they're far more likely to get it from airborne droplets. Surface contamination is not the primary method through which the virus spreads, and you have to touch your mouth or eyes for it to be a problem. Just have them wash hands before and after starting clay work.
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    dhPotter reacted to Hulk in Turquoise Lithium glazes - issue with crawling   
    Am also liking Variegated and Rutile Green from Van Gilder's book (Wheel-Thrown Pottery). Here's some Rutile Green results, top left, then clockwise, over Aardvark Cassius, SRF, Buff, Buff; Clay Planet Venus White; Aardvark Sedona Red, Sedona Red (still working on a liner for the Sedona, arrg!) again ...different on each clay, for sure! Will check if I've a sample over Aardvark Bmix out there. I like them all (no accounting for taste, eh?)
     

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    dhPotter reacted to LeeU in Ceramics Monthly May 2020   
    Tooting my own horn here.  My little article on using a spreadsheet and storage carts for home studio organizational efficiency is the Quick Tip for the month! I received this from  the Acquisitions and Content Editor  "... after reading a post of yours on the Ceramic Arts Network Forum thread “Where do you keep it once you made it?” in which you described your spreadsheet and storage system for keeping track of inventory. This is such a concise, organized way of managing finished pottery, and we think readers would love to learn more. Would you be willing to write a short article on your method for Ceramics Monthly?" Cool, huh?   Thanks, Prez, for asking the question! 


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    dhPotter reacted to Marcia Selsor in Lowering Coe?   
    recently fired a gas kiln with a friend. Here are the copper red results June 2020. I used my original Selsor Copper Red. The deeper red on a few pieces were a little hotter with cone 6  almost flat.
     

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    dhPotter reacted to GEP in What’s on your workbench?   
    This is a personal project for my house. I recently switched to using bar soap and bar shampoo, in an effort to reduce my plastic bottle consumption. I was using a soap dish I had made years ago, but soon discovered that it was not well-suited for an environment as wet as a shower. I made myself a new soap dish that is designed to shed excess water onto the shower floor. This concept is not original to me, I've seen photos of other handmade pottery self-draining soap dishes. But mine is the first wheel-thrown version that I've seen.


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    dhPotter got a reaction from Rachel Hawkins in A Years-Long Battle w/ Teeny S Cracks on 70% of my Pots! Halp!   
    I would stop table wedging completely. I have not wedge clay in years. Straight from the bag to the wheel and cone wedge 3 times like you do.
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    dhPotter reacted to neilestrick in A Years-Long Battle w/ Teeny S Cracks on 70% of my Pots! Halp!   
    It depends on the clay body. Stoneware bodies generally work well this way, but I find that porcelain and some fine-grained white stoneware bodies need to be wedged a little bit.
    @Rachel Hawkins Don't worry about aligning your wedging direction with the rotation of the wheel. Just make your clay into a ball and smack it onto the wheel. The coning process will align everything as needed. Also, make sure you have a ball or cone shape when you smack the clay onto the wheel, nothing remotely flat, or you'll trap an air bubble in the middle.
    I don't think poor wedging or air bubbles are the cause of your S cracks. Most likely they're from uneven thickness, and exacerbated by using a smooth white stoneware body. 
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    dhPotter reacted to Chilly in What’s on your workbench?   
    Today, on my workbench, is pot #1 of 3. Formed around a flower bucket, wrapped with bubble-wrap.  
     

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    dhPotter reacted to Callie Beller Diesel in What’s on your workbench?   
    A sugar jar from last fall, but playing with photo editing. 

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    dhPotter got a reaction from Hulk in Opener tool   
    Me too! Robin Hopper does this also, he has a sponge in his Left hand while turning up the donut.
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    dhPotter reacted to Hulk in Opener tool   
    I'm hearing Tom making the point that his tool sets the thickness - difference between the leg lengths; is that the main point? From there, looks like he's assembled tools for each target thickness.
    Cool idea! Not likely I'll go there, however, as I'm not creating  a vertical wall in throwing the base for a flat bottomed vertical wall piece (cylinder); I'm turning the clay up after establishing the base. See "Isaac Button; Country Potter Pt. 2" at about the minute mark. Getting the base thrown and worked ("compressed"), then turning the clay up has been key for me ...have seen several variations on the technique/procedure/sequence.
    Tom has a lot of views on that one vid!
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    dhPotter reacted to CactusPots in Opener tool   
    https://youtu.be/ot_OZBh54-k     One modification I can see is some kind of adjustable feeler to set the thickness of the bottom.  Since I frequently trim feet in, on big pots, it's a large sacrifice of clay and needs to be accurate.
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    dhPotter reacted to DirtRoads in Pottery Sales - strange days   
    Closed 6 weeks  March 16 to April 23. 
    Missed Canton MS Flea Market (7.5% of yearly sales)
    Sales slump of 33.34% at retail locaion for 2020, compared to 2019
    May Sales Down 10% 2020, compared to 2019
    41% decrease in total sales (Canton plus storefront)  for 2020
    The first time since opening storefront July 2011, that I've seen a slump in sales.
    A downward trend BUT the May numbers are encouraging.   There are still customers out there.    I was happy with only a 10% decrease for May.  I've heard repeatedly, that a lot of boutiques in my area have a limited amount of product.    I took off that six weeks and made a lot of pottery and filled in my fragrance line, making a lot of candles.        This past week, I got a group of 3 RVer's from Florida heading out West.   That was the first I've seen this year.    Two weeks ago, there was a senior golf tournament at Pearl River Resort and that brought in a few good shoppers.   Today 3 shoppers came over from Tuscaloosa, Alabama ... so customers are starting to move about
    I'm seeing Christmas gift purchases now so I'm projecting a pretty good 4th quarter.    Not as good as 2019, but good.   If possible, you need to find a location to get some of those 4th quarter sales.    I've heard at least 20 customers say "they want American made gifts", "nothing that has those gold "Made in China" tags.   I've been questioned on my jewelry but it hasn't reflected in sales.  I've replied honestly that I don't know of a U.S. made source for jewelry findings like simulated pearls.   Most of my jewelry is assembled here.   
    If you are dependent on pottery for personal income, you are going to need to get your product in front of customers.   The paradigm has shifted.    And you will probably have to shift something in your distribution.
    I've decided to downsize.  I enjoyed that 6 weeks off way too much.  Right now I'm operating with 0 employees but one is coming back this week.
     
     
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    dhPotter reacted to oldlady in my ware makes sounds   
    above information is all true.   i just think your glaze is spectacular.   what is the silvery glaze under the pink?   i know you are in Romania and i cannot purchase it but it is remarkable.
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    dhPotter reacted to CactusPots in Argh!! Giffin grip gripe, anyone else have issues?   
    I agree, the grip should be directly on the wheel head and tight.  It should run true.  If you put your finger on the rim and rotate the wheel, it should run true all the way around.  With the pot centered and tightened up, it should run true.  There should be no play between the 2 main pieces of the grip.  The choice of grabbers should be close to the top of the pot.
    This is a bitchen tool, something is wrong that can be corrected.
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    dhPotter reacted to Pres in What’s on your workbench?   
    I am working on communion sets, and today is glazing on these chalices. Same number of patens will be fired also in this load.
     
    best,
    Pres

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    dhPotter got a reaction from Rae Reich in Beginning wheel throwing projects   
    @nancylee For amounts of clay you are talking about, I pat the clay, as the wheel slowly turns, into a semi-centered mound. Then I place both hands on the opposite side of the mound and as I increase the speed of he wheel, pull the mound towards my body. This gets the mound closer to centered, but I don't worry about perfect at this time. Now I cone the clay 3 times, after each cone try to place your hands in your centering position and hold till the mound gets closer to centered. By the 3rd cone everything should be aligned and centered.
    I had read where Marcia Selsor likes to have the chair she sits in be positioned so when she looks down at the wheel she is looking about 1 inch beyond the center of the wheel. This has helped greatly. Try to lay your weight on the mound with your shoulders well over the mound. I usually end up with clay on my chest from hugging the mound.
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    dhPotter got a reaction from nancylee in Beginning wheel throwing projects   
    @nancylee For amounts of clay you are talking about, I pat the clay, as the wheel slowly turns, into a semi-centered mound. Then I place both hands on the opposite side of the mound and as I increase the speed of he wheel, pull the mound towards my body. This gets the mound closer to centered, but I don't worry about perfect at this time. Now I cone the clay 3 times, after each cone try to place your hands in your centering position and hold till the mound gets closer to centered. By the 3rd cone everything should be aligned and centered.
    I had read where Marcia Selsor likes to have the chair she sits in be positioned so when she looks down at the wheel she is looking about 1 inch beyond the center of the wheel. This has helped greatly. Try to lay your weight on the mound with your shoulders well over the mound. I usually end up with clay on my chest from hugging the mound.
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