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  1. And even if you're not planning on selling it, you may not have control over the pot's entire future. What if it's still around once you are not? Subsequent users will have no clue. I've used this caution many times with students who want to use non-dinnerware safe glaze on the interiors or rims of potentially functional items...
  2. Have you layered these glazes successfully before? It's rare, but in my experience some commercial glazes just don't "play nice" with each other. It's also possible that the total number of layers applied resulted in too much total glaze thickness. If you're brushing, most commercial glazes seem to prefer no more than three total coats before excess thickness can cause problems (for example, 2 coats black plus 1 coat other glaze for 3 coats total). Of course, the liquidity of your glaze will impact that...I'm basing the 3 coat norm on the glaze having the consistency of heavy cream.
  3. If the bat is not completely flat on the wheel head, that may be the problem. Once the bat is on the pins, use your fists to pound the top of the bat directly over the bat pins. Then, spinning the wheel at medium speed, hold your finger at 6 o'clock on the top edge of the bat as it revolves. If your finger moves up and down, the bat is not level. Some people can compensate for this, but it makes many struggle. I've had some bats fit so tightly on the pins it made them difficult to put on AND remove. Most bats eventually wear enough to solve the problem, but on one wheel we had to replace the b
  4. Individual private lessons are tough when you have a student who just doesn't get how much practice is required, so you have to remind them...sometimes constantly...until they understand. Try relating it to your own path in the medium, and see the paragraph below re: beginning wheel. Remember, a student spending 2 hours a WEEK on the wheel will progress more slowly than one spending 2 hours a DAY. Also, different people learn in different ways. Many people respond well when I put my hands on top of theirs to demonstrate proper position or pressure or pace of movement. I've taught adults (a
  5. How many firings have you done on the kiln sitter? Chances are that your kiln sitter rod is not moving freely inside the tube during the firing...so it isn't moving downward as the cone melts resulting in the mess on the sitter and on your shelves. Sometimes this is caused by debris that has worked its way into the tube, but usually it's due to corrosion. Turn off/unplug your kiln and try moving the kiln sitter rod with your finger, noting any resistance. Then blow hard through the hole holding the rod from the outside of the kiln. Try moving the kiln sitter rod again, noting if there is any c
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