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Gayle Erwin

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  1. I use waxed linen thread, what I use is from the jewelry section of the craft store. I use string for larger forms. For smaller things, I use a stainless felting knife. I wet the knife, and while the hump is spinning I cut and lift. The knife is used like a spatula to life and place it on a board.
  2. I had this happen recently. I used food coloring, thinned with water, and a fine liner brush. I put the pot on a wheel and started it. The brush held enough "ink" to mark around the pot( tumbler) twice before I had to reload it.
  3. Students get some clay with their class fee. Anything more and they have to pay. All the recycle goes gets processes and actually resold. They don't get it back for free. There is a price difference between a box of clay and the recycle. It has been very interesting to see how everyone else handles this issue. Thank you all.
  4. I was in the studio today. We are in the North East so the weather can be a big factor. The one artist in residence did get a fan on it. He said it was helping a lot. I was just trying to make sure I was "correct" in thinking it was more an issue of the plaster needing to have a chance to dry out, rather than it being "bad". I believe that part of it is having too much reclaim right now as we have had a bunch of studio changes and things slipped with the reclaim. Sorry for the pun, but it works. Now that we are on task, the fan and maybe a light bulb under the table we can catch up. Thank you everyone for your suggestions and help.
  5. There is ALWAYS clay so they don't get to give it a break. I think that is the bigger issue. The floor is out, the space it too small and the dirt issue is too much to try to clean around.
  6. I work in a community studio. We have had issues with our recycle clay being very wet. The reclaim clay is processed with a wet bucket and a dry bucket, for people to use as things collect. The wet bucket gets VERY wet. They dry it on plaster tables but the artist in residence thinks that the tables are "worn out". There are no crack or "deforms" in the table. There is reinforcement in the plaster of the table and it is open on the bottom to air and on the top. Is it possible that the plaster is just "spent"? Or is it just that that plaster never really gets to dry out? Does anyone have any fantastic suggestions? There are a LOT of students and many don't want to reclaim their own clay. There can be three wet 55 gal wet buckets at a time and the poor guys just can't seem to dry it out and re-bag it fast enough. They can add dry clay but that is a cost the studio really can't afford with all that wet clay around already. Thanks for help.
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