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  1. I know how to use a GG; I don’t know if it is this specific one? Combo of the wheel (shimpco) and GG, or what. I’ve been successful on Brent wheel with GG, and I can trim on foam; I wanted to know if others had issues, and what they did to remedy......
  2. I’m not a production potter, and I loved using a GG when I took lessons and never had this problem
  3. rubber stop/disk of sorts doesn’t help; I slow the wheel down slowly, I knew about the wheels tendency to stop too fast; I can center, tighten the GG and have it immediately off center, so frustrated; it doesn’t matter if it’s a cup or a 5 pound pot; same resulted
  4. I am about to toss this thing through the window; I’m at a loss....I’ve had it about a year, have a shimpco whisper wheel. its taking me 15 minutes minimum to trim a wine cup; I have a bat under the trimmer, there is over 1/8” of play once it’s tight to the pottery; once I get something centered, it’s constantly knocked off center because the hands don’t grip tight enough? Out of 15 cups, I have 7 now that aren’t terrible but the doors are lopsided anyone else have issues like this? I called the place I got it from, “too bad”; this was supposed to make life faster and easier; I HATE trimming on a piece of foam, but even that’s better? any ideas?
  5. Hi all I did a craft fair this weekend, and most of my glaze colors are floating blue, country red with tan, and nutmeg; I am trying to stick mostly with those colors - I like the western, farmhouse, country look - so that is my style. I know most people feel we shouldn't try to market what we do to "trends", etc. but when I was looking at my display, I did think to myself that the colors are "winter" colors with the exception of the nutmeg. I have a show in the spring, and I was wondering if many people change over to lighter colors for spring shows? Keep the same core colors no matter what? Have you ever noticed any difference in spring sales if you typically use darker colors? Just wanted some thoughts based on more experience than I have
  6. I’m waiting until the slip has dried enough to flip the mold over and it fall out; I’ve done this a lot before I did pottery, but the shavings from my pottery scraps just never seem to dry enough to get it out of the mold
  7. Hi all ive been keeping my scraps and use them to make slip from. It seems no matter how thick I leave it, I’m rarely successful at getting it dry enough to get it out of the mold? It never seems to dry; I have no idea what I’m missing. I tried adding a little sodium silicate to keep it mixed....any ideas?
  8. @liambesaw - what are those colors (the top picture) - they look cool - I really like the "farmhouse decor" style - which lends to reddish maroon, oatmeal, etc. - but not sure what I like the best - The other thing I am trying to consider - do I make / take a lot of holiday theme items? My fear there is that I will end up packing a bunch home until next year thank you all for the feedback - excited to get it all together
  9. Hi All, I was searching for the most popular glaze colors for 2019 (or trends) - I have done some shows, but my setup looked more like 1000 pieces of misc. pottery. I want to go back to a more "solid" look, and maybe have 3 sections (or 2) with only a combination glaze mix and/or solid color glaze (no layering) so my booth doesn't look so "Hodge Podge" I looked at the other newer post on the users first pottery show and how to display, but my question(s) are: 1) I was looking at coming color trends for 2019; they are gearing towards yellows, oranges, turquoise....does anyone apply those trends to pottery and decorations? These were general color trends and also included fashion trends 2) Given the two markets I am starting to make more work for are towards the holidays, what "colors" do you suggest? I don't want to gear my items towards Thanksgiving or Christmas (I don't want to end up taking a bunch of things home that are all holiday themes) - but what colors/color combinations are best around the holidays? Or does it matter? Thank you in advance for suggestions - I want to make my Holiday markets more profitable
  10. I understand the average weights of clay for a 12oz mug; but given a very general / usual mug; fairly straight walls, etc - nothing fancy - how tall and wide is the average 12 oz mug before firing? Nevermind - I didn't look close enough lol
  11. One more question though - if a wax resist is used, say on the mugs that are red and have the bottoms un-glazed....is that food safe? Are there any worries about getting someone sick? What about if that was done on a plate?
  12. Thank you so much, and thank you for giving me the recipe on how to mix it; I was especially lacking on that!! Appreciate the time and help C.
  13. Hi there I have no idea if this is the right place for this, OR if these questions have already been answered - I searched, but couldn't find what I was looking for I wanted to know how to use Red Iron Oxide in sections of a regularly glazed piece (see attachments), such as a coffee cup with a red iron oxide section.... 1) How/what is the suggested ration for mixing up red iron oxide to be used as a glaze? 2) Do I do the red iron oxide part of the glazing first, then add the rest of the glaze? (see picture for better idea of what I am trying to explain) 3) There are also pieces that appear to be raw clay in parts of the piece, and then regular glaze? (see white and red tree photo and green coffee cup with faint tree lines) - are these types of works still covered in some sort of oxide? Or is it really just un-glazed areas of the work?
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