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  1. I paint in watercolours as well as being an amateur potter, so these ideas are very interesting to me. I have often wondered how the artists working on porcelain at the Worcester factory in the UK did their paintings. I would very much like to try, so guess I need just to do that - get up the courage and try! See what (if anything) works for me. I think I am too worried about spoiling a pot or two. I can paint on paper so why not on pottery? Thanks, all of you, for putting forward your opinions and experiences. That's how we learn - keeping an open mind and trying things out - I have to remember that! It's so good to have these forums to see how other people deal with problems and learn something new. Thanks again.
  2. I have used a padding saw - in the UK that's a cheap narrow tapered saw blade with a detachable wooden handle at one end - and it does a great job with no worry as to spoiling a machine. I used it outside to minimise the dust problem. Thought I would like to try making light weight bricks, but think maybe it's not worth the hassle, except for the interest in making something new - that's what pottery is all about, isn't it? (Sorry - this is of course for cutting the bricks!)
  3. It is fascinating to see both Takeshi Yasuda's work and the way the huge tiles are rolled out and eventually used like giant canvasses. Everything about the film is fascinating and I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in pottery - or even without. It is a lovely film. Thank you so much!
  4. Hi Clay lover! I agree with you! I bought a cheap second-hand pug mill because I find pugged clay much easier to throw, and honestly can't deal with kneading by hand. I do find the pugging hard work at times, but not as hard or time consuming as reclaiming by hand. As I don't drive it costs me as much in delivery costs as to buy clay, so reclaiming is a necessity. In the UK clay is expensive and carriage costs horrendous! I am not a professional potter - just someone who loves clay and potting. As I don't sell my pots for profit, but for church funds, I need to keep my costs down. Also I am a bit ancient with all the usual aches and pains and at times don't deal with scraps when I should so they can be at various stages of dryness. I try to guess how much water (or slip) to add to the clay as I put it into the hopper and usually it comes out alright. If it is not quite right I put it through the mill again, adjusting the water content. I am aware this is a bit haphazard, but if it gives me a few more years' potting I am happy to do it. This method wouldn't be for people making a living from their pottery, but there are many amateur potters who shouldn't be afraid of making life a bit easier for themselves, especially the older ones of us, who keep thinking they will have to give up the pottery "soon" - but can't bear the thought of actually doing it. I didn't start potting until I was 60 years old, and smashed my shoulder shortly after that, but 12 years later (after two ops on the shoulder) still manage to enjoy making pots - so find a way, whether it means buying a pug mill or whatever else is needed. You young ones enjoy your workouts kneading your clay and do your best to keep fit - long may you continue without needing a pug mill!
  5. Dear Lucille Oka, Thank you for your reply. I'm afraid it is a cheaper model with no screws or manufacturer's name. Just stuck. I will try putting the oil on and leaving it upside down as some people have suggested. Meanwhile I hope to do as MichaelS suggested and buy a lazy susan at Ikea. I liked the message in Latin! (my Latin was never very good, but I did manage to translate it! It helped that I knew that wonderful message in English!)
  6. Dear MichaelS, I had thought I had no hope of getting to Ikea, but my daughter says there is one near her and I am off to see my grandchildren for their half-term holiday tomorrow, so she will take me to Ikea! They do have the lazy susans in stock, according to their website, so that should solve the problem - thanks a lot! (I'll still try to loosen the banding wheel, eventually)
  7. Thanks for this Perkolator! I'm afraid it is a cheap one, but I'll have another try. I don't use it enough to justify an expensive one - which is why it sat on a shelf getting stuck I guess!
  8. Dear Michael, Thanks for that idea - I don't have an Ikea very near, but maybe I can get someone to get one for me. (No car!)
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