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    Pottery is my way to relax and it has gone from a hobby to keeping me 'very relaxed' as it is taking up more of my time. I enjoy mid to high fire and raku. Always like to see and try new things and that Is why I value this forum so much. Everyone shares and helps out. Thanks to all!

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  1. Thanks so much for the info - not exactly what I wanted to hear. Spring/ Summer 2018 is the last issue I received with my subscription to extend for another year. Thanks for the offer to share your existing magazines but I have every issue printed, back to where it was more of a printed newsletter in the beginning. To students I always described Clay Ties as the magazine where the authors said "I made this and this is how you can too'. Articles shared info freely and you could tell the potter loved what he/she was doing. Hopefully someone else will start another printed magazine as I am one who loves to have the paper in my hand rather than a computer screen. Thanks again for the responses- this forum is another priceless font of information. Stay healthy and with dirty hands, arms,clothes.... Diz
  2. This is a magazine that I have always thought so very welcoming and useful. While cleaning I came across a past issue and wondered where my recent issues are. Looking became searching and I can't find any since Spring/summer 2018 (my subscription was longer than that), my subscription must have ended, without a renewal notice, or the magazine died...a while ago. Their website references my last issue received -and a phone call goes to a machine. Did I miss its demise? I always felt it was such a good magazine filled with useful info both for the new aspiring potter and those experienced. Does anyone know where it is or what happened? Diz
  3. Thanks everyone. I realize there is much to see at NCECA, and in the end, there will not be time to see it all. I and a friend will be going up one day to see what we have time to experience. It seems like too good of an event to skip when it is so close. I am sure we will come home with lots of new ideas ad knowledge (and realizing we have LOTS to learn). Having never been to something of this scope, everything will be great to see and experience. Hope to notice many CAD members there. Diz
  4. NCECA will be in Minneapolis in late March. Altho I am just a hobby potter, it is a great temptation to visit and see all the potters demos, displays, sales and everything else. However the price puts me off. I know that I will/can not spend $150 for a one day visit. Combined with our MN winter thus far (30+" of snow so far just this month) as well as the horrendous construction going on to enter MSP from the south, I am never excited about the drive into MSP. I see that Wednesday and Saturday have reduced fees but how much of the show is up and running on those days? I hate to pass up the opportunity to see so much of the ceramics world 'under one roof'. The NCECA website lists many on-site activities to occupy the day and I would assume that there would be many ceramic supply businesses with booths there. Do attendees benefit from sale prices or special 'NCECA offers"? For those of you who have attended in past years - what are your 2 best take-aways from your visit? Thanks! I am sure I will not be the only newbie there on Wednesday - you can tell a newbie by the big bag of freebies and the smile on their face. Diz
  5. Great work! Please include a picture of the glaze fired piece so we can see the vibrancy of the underglazes that you chose. Someone will be very pleased to have that piece.
  6. Thank you Pres!! So much info in one place. Have made a copy to keep in my studio and also to take to our Art Center. Students can look up info on these pages rather than having to look in our actual book. I think the quality of our actual book will be better without all the clay fingerprints on pages too.
  7. Finally had time to watch S's video. Question S - did you find a way to remove the original head from the wheel or was it already detached when you got the wheel. Our splash pan is similar but with a flatter bottom, and also has a similar lower collar as part of the splash pan. Our original head has only a 1/4" recessed plaster bat area rather than deep like yours, but it has the same deep exterior outside collar so that 2 collars have only about 1/8" between them when assembled. See attached picture that I took by sliding my phone down into the splash pan. I figure that the hex screws should be accessed thru that 1/8" space but with the splash on the shaft and the depth of the pan, not only can I not get a hex in here, I can't even see into that space. I did find 2 hex screws under the pan but they are also under the brace holding the shaft vertically. I will check again tomorrow and will see if I have to take the whole thing apart - guess more of my husbands tools and WD40 will help me repair or destroy our wheel. Am heading to Continental Clay tomorrow - perhaps they will have a thought. Thanks!
  8. Thank you both! Guess another trip to the art center is in order.
  9. Here I am again looking for information from those who know far more than I do... At our local art center we have an old kick wheel that has birthed many pots. (Hopefully some of you recognize the brand from the picture.) This wheel is as solid as a rock and the only thing that we want to improve on is the wheel head. We have no idea what company made this so we can't look to them for answers to our questions. Someone just gave us a wheel head they no longer use and we'd like to switch the wheel heads but this wheel is built like a brick .... house. Very hard to move, still very sturdy but it seems impossible to get at the underside of the wheel head. The head is molded cast iron. Can't get to what we assume might be hex screws holding the shaft to the cast iron wheel head. (might we be wrong and the shaft and wheel head are welded together?) On the underside of the head there is a molded collar that has only a 1/8" space between the upper collar and the other collar extending up from the center of the splash pan. Any ideas as to its parentage would be appreciated and all advice in dismantling this wheel will be appreciated. We'd like to bring it into this forward a few more years.century. Thanks! Diz
  10. yes , Tyler's comment makes perfect sense and I will pass it on. Thanks for the input - safety first. I appreciate the comments and help.
  11. Yes - we want the cups to break. I have a request from our local theater group for cups that will break when a toast is made. Haven't had this request before so I would like help to do it the correct way the first time (as they need them within 2 weeks). My first thought is to throw them very thin with my cone 5 clay and have both firings just go to bisque and use cone 05 glazes. Your opinions on this method or better ways to do this would be appreciated. I also have cone 10 clay available to use. Thanks! Diz
  12. Might your underglaze not be applied evenly? If so, the streaking may be caused by uneven layers of underglaze. Remember to apply more than one layer of underglaze (painted on in various directions).
  13. Continental's mid-fire white (cone 4-7) and mid-range oxidation (cone 4-8) bodies are the main clays used at our local art center. One member also uses the High-fire white (6-10) and all work well with our oxidation firings at cone 5. We use a variety of Continental glazes and also some 'scratch' glazes that we mix ourselves. Really have not had any problems with crazing. Continental used to have the shrinkage info right in their catalogs along with the clay descriptions but not now - I miss the paper catalogs - they were so convenient and held a wealth of info. Continental is very helpful on the phone so I bet a call to them will yield answers to your questions. They do have a new mini-catalog devoted to just the clays they offer - can't find mine at the moment - but perhaps that info is included in the new printing. Personally am happy to have Continental close as it is staffed by very knowledgeable potters - you have a question or a problem - they will have someone on staff who will help you solve the problem. Personally I prefer the mid-range brown for wheel work, as I like its 'tooth'. I am not one for white clay or porcelain, as to me they are too slimy on the wheel. But if you are one who uses underglazes, I like its white background behind the underglazes, better that the brown background. But that is personal preference - for my kid's classes, I prefer white for handbuilding (due to underglaze use), and brown on the wheel. Another teacher prefers white for all. Go figure... Continental has a variety of clay - and a wealth of info. Have fun in your new studio!
  14. OMG!! That wheel brings back memories! It looks just like the wheel I started on at our local art center (close to 40 years ago) . The wheel sits on a table with the rope almost hanging to the floor, and then to engage the motor to turn the wheel, you step on the hanging board at the end of the rope. It makes for a very primitive electric wheel. There were 6 of us in my first class with 2 'wheels' - we took turns (in more ways than 1). We did learn to make pots. Despite the basic primitive wheel, I fell in love with clay and throwing. Several years later I decided to take a 'real wheel class' at Edina Art Center in the Twin Cities, an hour drive each way. When I called to register, I asked the gal who was registering me for class "how many people will I have to share a wheel with?" and after a long pause she replied "each student has their own wheel to use". My response was '"SIGN ME UP" and I made that drive for classes for 10 years - great teachers there! Now i finally have my own wheel and love to share the knowledge that other potters have so generously shared. You do not mention where you are from, but you can replace the motor and belts easily (try a hardware store or farm supply) and do some of those safety measures that Neil measures. Once you begin having fun with it, you don't want to loose any work time because a finger or such got caught in the mechanics of the wheel. The wheel may be bare bones (in more ways than one) but it is a wheel....and a step towards a bigger and better wheel. Good luck and happy potting!!
  15. My test sample turned out as I hoped, a soft semi matt yellow/gold with speckled iron showing thru. The color I was hoping for but my small bowl is ugly so I am t proud to show it here - will also have to figure out how to post pictures. I have a larger batch mixed and hope to glaze and fire on the weekend and then will post a picture. That was my success in the kiln - and luckily partly because I got what I was hoping for. Dumbest thing I've done lately ....6 identical small bowls with new test glazes fired in the kiln. I marked each with a number on the bottom...with wax..then fired...wax burned off ..glazes matured...2 successes..4 failures. Now which of the 5 remaining glaze tests is the other glaze success? So I have 5 more tests to put into my next firing. I love clay!!
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