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  1. New studio almost finished.....just discovered new forum....will be exploring ideas above VERY soon. Have plenty of bits of vinyl to try a 'skirt' resting inside the splash pan. I've been searching for some kind of cable clip wth a flat side to stick to the vinyl and a curved loop to push down over the rim of the pan. This would hold the skirt away from the Giffin grip as it turns......

    Photo shows left side of studio, wheel not down from bedroom yet! Will post more pics when all set up...before it all gets messy!!!


  2. Ron - absolutely! They're already wondering what the converted double garage is going to be (new detached garage built and old garage doors replaced by full length windows)

    I might stick an 'Open Studio' sign outside when I'm set up - it'll to give the neighbours a chance to nose around!


    Min - a children's paddling pool would indeed contain the clay but would still need sweeping up into the reclaim. Knowing me, it would flip and throw it everywhere if I attempted to tip it out.


    Joy - a photo would be useful here. Sounds like a good idea to me.

  3. Thank you all. The most reassuring thing from your replies is that it's evidence of an issue faced by more than just me!


    Mea - I think I might try a pice of vinyl resting on the inside edge of the splash pan - that would help with the bits collecting between the rim and my shield,, though I think I need more than the 1" extension. Perhaps I'm having my wheel turning too fast...I'm sure my trimmings fly out higher than that. Marcia's 10" sounds more like it.


    John - my trimmings are virtually bone dry by the time I've finished a few pots...not so easy to 'gather' them up without crushing, spreading clay dust etc. My studio is currently in a bedroom in the house, (not for long - 5m square garage conversion is currently underway!) so keeping the dust down is even more critical than in a dedicated space; though I will want to keep my new studio clean too, of course!!


    Min - I tried that before the 'collar' idea but think I managed to keep spilling bits when trying to lift and tip into the recycling. However...I might have a second attempt with a more rigid sheet of polythene, perhaps cut around the wheel base a bit... If it works it would be a one-step process into the recycle bin, as even collecting everything in the pan involves scooping it all out or removing the pan (hazardous for me when full of dry trimmings as the clips release quite suddenly....get the picture).


    I also suspect that due to my 'improver' status as a thrower, I have significantly more trimmings than many of you 'experts' out there . Perhaps throwing practice is what I need to invest some time into?

  4. I have a Shimpo RK3T wheel with a small removable splash tray. I use a Giffin grip for trimming which is almost as wide as the splash pan. Does anyone have a good system for keeping the clay trimmings from flying off and on to the floor? I've tried a shield of flexible plastic held to the outside of the splash pan (3/4 of the circumference) with a bungee, It helps a bit, but trimmings still escape through the space left for my hands and they also settle between the shield and rim of the splash pan, and when I remove the shield, they fall to the floor!

    Has anyone got a way of keeping the trimmings in the splash pan? I know there are some very ingenious problem solvers out there so I'm handing this one over. All suggestions welcomed!

  5. thanks, nancy.  no, it is not being thick, it was being distracted and unable to listen and concentrate for more than a minute.  and also trying to make something so simple very complicated.  i cannot paint so carving is my thing.  and brushing wax is the absolutely worst thing i can imagine doing.  i have wax that i purchased back in the 70s and it is unopened.

    The interiors of the two bowls at the front would tell me you're not bring entirely truthful about your I ability to paint Old Lady! All these are lovely! Carving is my thing too.

  6. Have you got a plan of some kind to prevent your tools from 'walking' out of the studio? Labelling everything to prevent them getting mixed up with students' own tools and/or a system for checking everything is returned at the end of each session? Without this, you'll find a good number somehow manage to disappear ... pretty quickly.

    Experienced teachers will be able to chip in here with ideas, I'm sure.


    Mud tools...yes yes yes! I have red ribs (used a lot!!!) and green ones both in 2 different shapes. Their metal ribs are also superb. Worth the money as they last forever! Get big car cleaning sponges from the dollar store for clean up. Buckets and tubs - ask in restaurants - loads of foodstuffs come in large, lidded tubs that just get thrown away.

  7. Dude, sweet. I hope you can load a sound file. I would love to hear them. I love the colors. Does it matter if you tune them? Who knows what they should sound like. They sound like they sound. That's cool enough.

    Aah ..... but not if they're to be played along with other instruments! And/or for conventionally notated music.


    Number 5 is my favourite - as Lee says - personal taste.

  8. My clay clothes aren't thickly coated in clay and I just throw them into the washing machine - sometimes on their own other times with other items - on a hot wash. Never had a problem. All sorts of other dirt (children's muddy clothes, gardeners', builders etc.) stuff gets washed and we don't hear the same worries about them, so I assume the system will cope with my apron and towels!

  9. Given the sharpness of (most) of this design it looks as if it may be done after the glaze firing (on glaze decoration). It looks like a white porcelain clay to me, with a transparent glaze. It would then have a 3rd lower temperature firing. However, it could possibly be as you describe, painted on white-dipped bisqued ware. Someone more knowledgable than me will probably chip in here with their suggestions.

  10. My small kilns - 40 litre and 60 litre (less than 2.5 cu ft) are in the garage. I only ever run one at a time. Worst thing I notice is fumes around the 250-350oC (480-650 oF) mark. I'm not paranoid about venting and have none except normal garage draughts or sometimes leaving door propped open. However - I totally avoid going into the garage at the above temperatures because I suspect these fumes aren't good ones! (Think I may have read carbon monoxide somewhere, but I might have imagined that!) I wouldn't think they'd do much good inside the house, even if you're not working in the room at the same time. I think you'd want something extracting them out so they don't leak into the house.

    This is only my experience - for all I know they may smell awful but be safe enough.

  11. My advice would be to make some 'damp boxes' to store pieces from one week to the next. Large, lidded plastic box with about a 1" thick layer of plaster in the bottom. Several of these can stack and the work can be stored for weeks without drying out. Saves all that wrapping in polythene and spraying - I only discovered these after I retired from teaching and wished I'd known about them before. I have several in my home studio so I don't have to worry about pieces drying out before I can get back to finishing them. Google 'magic box for clay' and/or Tim See for YouTube video showing how to make.

    Red/brown earthenware is a nightmare to clean up and stains everything! I'd stick to clay if I were you.

    You definitely need some one session projects so that the students get to see results quickly - certainly in the beginning! It keeps them interested if they get to see a finished pieces quite quickly initially. They'll be happier to take longer over subsequent projects.


    Try every idea out yourself first - you'll work out the difficulties in advance AND have a finished product as a teaching aid and motivator for the students! Have an 'extension' activity/idea up your sleeve for students who whizz through at a record pace - there's always one!

    Don't underestimate the time it takes to clear up - get the students into good habits and be a good timekeeper yourself, otherwise you'll spend more time clearing up than you do teaching!


    Agree with the 'candling' in the kiln suggested above. The one and only time I had work 'explode' in the kiln was because I'd been in too much of a hurry and a piece wasn't completely dry.

    Good luck and enjoy!

  12. Oly - if you give Valentines a ring they're always very happy to advise. Similarly Potclays and Potterycrafts. I'm just firing some stoneware B17C to 1200oC with a 30 minute soak. I don't usually use stoneware, this was from a throwing weekend I attended a few months back. Hopefully they'll survive AND be leakproof as there are some mugs and a vase in there. Having read your post I'll definitely do a leak test before using any of them!

  13. The COE of clay is significantly higher when it is immature: rather than vitrified. Silica primarily, but most all materials expand when heated until the flux melt begins to happen. COE values given for clay usually apply to the final product.


    Visual aid: A slice of bread is filled with air and expanded. When you press down in the center you force the air out: and the bread flattens to less than half the original thickness. Same thing is happening in clay: but not as dramatic.




    Not sure where your post (above) disappeared to Nerd - pasted here from my notification email!

    Thank you for the explanation - it makes me think a refire might well be successful. I'll try it for sure.

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