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About Ren

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  • Birthday 10/28/1979

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  • Location
    Vancouver, WA
  • Interests
    Photography, Winemaking, Playing Music (cello, violin, guitar, piano), Pottery, Anything Outdoors (hiking, camping, fishing, snowboarding, etc), Martial Arts (Chen Taiji, Yin Bagua, MJER Iaido, Shinkendo)
  1. Ya, drilling seems like a simple fix.
  2. Can you take a pic? Kind of confused at what you mean. For me, I put the bolts in, tight as can be on my wheel (bare metal), so the bolt heads stick above the wheel, nice and tight. So that way I can just slip the bat on and off, without ever taking the bolts off.
  3. Ya I'm going to give that a try. It seems like a sound technique builder. And i always have to remind myself that it's all about having fun doing it. Often times my OCD kicks in and I obssess about details and technique, that I forget to have fun.
  4. So too much water I takeit weakens the walls, so hence, throw as dry as possible for taller pieces?
  5. Sorry, I should have warned you guys that I ask lots of questions while learning something new. And BTW, I threw today, with all the advice from my other question, and I have to say, starting again with a focus on centering, really seemed to help. The end result was less lumpy at the rim (although still a trace, but as with any new person, I blame that on myself), and more sound, and solid. My question this time though, is about height/length. Up to now most of my stuff has been at highest 6-8". I've tried for higher, but it flopped, because the walls got too thin, or it pulled apart,
  6. It seems to be turning evenly with no noise, or noticable wobble. But I'll take a closer look just in case. The wheel is 10 years old, but was barely used by the first owner, and never used by the second owner. I'm the third, and the belts looked practically new on it, but maybe a drop in its lifetime could set it off center, too.
  7. Yes, exactly. Maybe I have to take a step back and go back to basics. Maybe what I thought was right in centering, is wrong, and I've programmed myself to think it was right.
  8. Thank you so much, and it's great to know there's someone close. There is so much information that at times it seems overwhelming, that's why I'm taking things a step at a time. Right now I'm concentrating on turning, and getting the basics right, then I'll tackle things as I need to. Glazing, and firing seem so intimidating to me that I don't even want to read or look at that stuff right now. It's already getting into my blood. I know the feeling well from diving head first in many things throughout my life that capture my imagination. I tend to wake up early in the morning just so I can th
  9. I noticed that most times when I'm throwing, I always end up with a lump at the rim, or some other kind of uneven quality, but mostly a lump. How does this happen? The rest of the body will be uniform, but my rim will have a problem. I pinch and level the rim every time I pull, but no matter how smooth it goes the whole time, by the end there's a lump in it. And then I end up having to spend extra time and effort cutting off that section, repulling, only to find another lump. I'm guessing it's my technique at the end of the pull. Maybe I'm doing something wrong at the very end right as I'm le
  10. Hey all, thanks for the warm welcome, and helpful advice. I never really thought about the trade in services. Great idea! I'll look into it.
  11. Thanks for the encouragement...I really appreciate it. Yes, I figured i would stop standing on the wall and just dive in, and it helped justifying the purchase of the wheel, because it's something the whole family can (and has) enjoy. The Youtube videos help a lot, and the books I've gotten are filled with examples, but as someone who also understands the fine details of being taught face to face and in person (from martial arts, and music), I can appreciate the fact, that maybe I'm missing out on some of the finer points that might only come with a student/teacher dynamic. But for now, I'm
  12. I thought I'd say hi and introduce myself. My friends call em Ren, and after a week of trying to get registered, I'm finally on (thanks to whichever admin is responsible after I had to go the creepy backdoor/Facebook route to contact someone). I'm pretty green to pottery. Always fascinated with the idea of starting, but never actually pulled the trigger until last month, when I finally dove in and got a pottery wheel (a barely used 10 year old Pacifica GT-400), and I've got to say, I wish I did this earlier as I'm in love with it. I'm a husband and father of two girls who are 9 and 3, and we
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