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    Wyndham got a reaction from Phwriter11 in Teaching Ceramics to Adults   
    I'm a little late for the discussion but thought I'd jump in for a moment
     
    I think I see something slightly overlooked in this teaching clay thread. It is something that became very apparant when I took my first classes in clay, some 27 years ago.
    It takes time for people who have never worked with clay to get the muscle memory to work with clay. Of the few people that I have assisted in learning to turn, it was obovious they had not spent enough time with the wheel or slab or coil to feel comfortable with the clay. It takes time and a few hours a week is not enough to develop these skills in a quick  mannor.
    I remember how sore my muscles were at first, how tired my hands and wrist were.
     
    I know that even now after turning some larger pieces I have to work with smaller light pieces because my hands and arms are starting to get tired.
    I also know that my hands get tired before my brain knows I'm tired and I messup some pieces before I tell myself to stop and take a break or quit for the day.
     
    Youtube is one of the great teaching aids we can have. Youtube allows students to see how other potters work, how they center and how they,position themselves, etc.
    This allows the students to absorb visually what is hard to transmitt verbally.
     
    As much fun and pleasure clay can bring, the fact is, it's hard work. I think some beginning students and not aware of the physical demands of learning pottery and lose motivation to dig deeper.
     
    Just my 2 cents and change
    Wyndham
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    Wyndham got a reaction from bciskepottery in Shinos   
    This is just a FYI. Star Ceramic supply in Star NC has a native high fire red clay called "East Fork", a clay mostly composed of a Catawba clay from upper NC clay used for generations for folk potters of the area. It burns dark brown in reduction, sandy and throws very well. It might be something worth looking into.


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    Wyndham got a reaction from Shelly M in Hummingbird Feeder Spout Placement   
    Also don't leave the cork in while drying, the clay will shrink and crack the clay.. When I made them I found that my index finger to about the second knuckle worked as a reliable measuring device, still have it, hope I don't loose it
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    Wyndham got a reaction from skodimer in Anyone With Experience Firing An Olympic Updraft Kiln?   
    I started with an Aim updraft 10 cu ft kiln with 3 burners in the center bottom with a bottom shelf about 6 in above the burners. It worked fine for bisk and could only get to cone 7-8 with bottom hotter than top for glaze firing, it was a great learning tool.
    If possible find a manual on the internet or call Olympic for instruction on firing,and shelf placement.
    There's a learning curve that is going to take some time but it's only Gas($$$) and pots($$$$) and time.
    A gas updraft will work well and not fall apart on you as long as you are reasonably careful.
    Study how they fire their kiln, ask question, take notes before you head off on your own.
    Wyndham
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    Wyndham got a reaction from LeeU in Dish Detergent In Glaze Makes Bubbles, How, Please   
    Here's an interesting youtube of an alt to this method.
    Wyndham
     
    http://pinterest.com/pin/63683782203677082/
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    Wyndham got a reaction from ShellS in Failure Is Fine   
    Failure, let me see, ah putting the wrong cone in the kiln sitter, lesson learned "How to glaze high bisque pots, no fun but it works, sorta"
     Next, putting the wrong ingredient in a glaze recipe, lesson learned, "How to chip & Clean glaze from a shelf"
     
    Next failure,limiting myself to other peoples beliefs, lesson learned  ":there is more myth than fact about how to make & glaze pottery, prove and verify everything to yourself, it's your life, health and well being"
     
    Failure is the best teacher, and success is hard work with no easy answers with plenty of failures along the way
    Now did I light that kiln or just turn on the gas,
    Wyndham.
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    Wyndham got a reaction from Chris Campbell in Cone 10 Clay Contamination With Cone 6   
    try putting a test piece in cone 10 firing, it might shrink a bit more but it will vitrify. Put a bit of extra kiln wash where you'll place the test in case it wants to fuse to the shelf. Should be usable, just test. If you are firing gas for cone 10 just place it in a cool spot in the kiln.
    Wyndham 
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    Wyndham got a reaction from bciskepottery in Look Mark! My Sponge Holder Prototypes   
    Turn them upside down while drying to keep from wrapping after cutting. Give it a try
    Wyndham
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    Wyndham got a reaction from ruddhess in Commercial Glazes And Studio Made Glazes   
    It won't be long before no one will make anything for fear of a lawsuit. Meanwhile we import crap from china that has toxic ingredients for dogfood and the FDA is "Looking into It"
    Many imported wares have a higher level of lead than domestic mfg's are allowed. (not advocating for toxins, just saying)
     
    So schools have quit allowing students to mix glazes or learn how because of possible legal actions.
     
    There are numerous thread here about beginners frighten to death because they have only been warned about dangerous material instead of being taught how to safely deal with different substances.
     
    Who, in their right mind, wants to be in the middle of all this. I doubt 100 yrs from now there will even be a potter except in the 3rd world countries where there is no money to sue for. Pardon the rant, sometimes I wonder how far we've come anyway.
    Wyndham
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    Wyndham got a reaction from flowerdry in Fake Horsehair Raku   
    This should be a challenge. Everyone pick a path and meet back here at some time or whenever something comes out of the kiln.No right no wrong, maybe uuglee, who knows.
    I have acone 6 coming up in a week or so. let you know what gives.
    Wyndham
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    Wyndham got a reaction from Biglou13 in Rice Ash In 5 Gal Pails   
    Just got this link from John Britt about rice ash available in 5 gal pails.
    Check it out
    http://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2015/05/rice-hull-ash.html?spref=fb
     
    Wyndham
     
    edit here's the home url
    http://www.greasweep.com/
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    Wyndham got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in Anyone With Experience Firing An Olympic Updraft Kiln?   
    I started with an Aim updraft 10 cu ft kiln with 3 burners in the center bottom with a bottom shelf about 6 in above the burners. It worked fine for bisk and could only get to cone 7-8 with bottom hotter than top for glaze firing, it was a great learning tool.
    If possible find a manual on the internet or call Olympic for instruction on firing,and shelf placement.
    There's a learning curve that is going to take some time but it's only Gas($$$) and pots($$$$) and time.
    A gas updraft will work well and not fall apart on you as long as you are reasonably careful.
    Study how they fire their kiln, ask question, take notes before you head off on your own.
    Wyndham
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    Wyndham got a reaction from LeeU in Trimming.   
    Trimming allows you to find the piece within the piece that you've thrown. This is the time that the true beauty  can emerge from a rough form. Feel the piece as it  develops don't rush it.
    Wyndham
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    Wyndham got a reaction from Tyler Miller in Trimming.   
    Trimming allows you to find the piece within the piece that you've thrown. This is the time that the true beauty  can emerge from a rough form. Feel the piece as it  develops don't rush it.
    Wyndham
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    Wyndham got a reaction from JessieM in Bats-   
    1.Square Masonite, cheap, home depot will cut for little or nothing.
     
    2.Mexican free tail as they emerge from the cave at sunset in San Antonio, TX
    You asked
    Wyndham
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    Wyndham got a reaction from hershey8 in Bats-   
    1.Square Masonite, cheap, home depot will cut for little or nothing.
     
    2.Mexican free tail as they emerge from the cave at sunset in San Antonio, TX
    You asked
    Wyndham
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    Wyndham got a reaction from LeeU in Bats-   
    1.Square Masonite, cheap, home depot will cut for little or nothing.
     
    2.Mexican free tail as they emerge from the cave at sunset in San Antonio, TX
    You asked
    Wyndham
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    Wyndham got a reaction from Chilly in Bats-   
    1.Square Masonite, cheap, home depot will cut for little or nothing.
     
    2.Mexican free tail as they emerge from the cave at sunset in San Antonio, TX
    You asked
    Wyndham
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    Wyndham got a reaction from PeterDacre in Exploding Pots During Glaze Firing   
    A test would be to put an unglazed bisk piece through the glaze firing and see if anything happens.
    If it cracked or exploded, the clay is the issue, otherwise it's the glaze or the method of glazing
    Wyndham
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    Wyndham got a reaction from perkolator in Sieving Glaze Results   
    Dry screen the spod as you weigh it out., that way most if not all will wet screen later in your final screen.
    Wyndham
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    Wyndham got a reaction from Babs in Sponge Holders   
    Indubitably it does
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    Wyndham got a reaction from Chilly in Help! Hand-Dug Clay Needs Additive For Strength   
    you might try bisking some of the clay, hammer it and sieve it to fine sand size or a bit coarser  and adding it back into the raw clay much like grog is added to other clay bodies.
    It should give strength an the color would be the same
    hope this helps
    Wyndham
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    Wyndham got a reaction from ChenowethArts in Leveling the Wheel   
    A quick test to see if yur wheel is out of level is to clean the wheel head then put a small amt of water in the center. You'll see where the low point is and the faster the water goes the more the wheel is off.
    I've had to change from standing to sitting because of hip issues and seem to need to readjust wheel height about twice a year,up or down a bit and level
    Wyndham
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    Wyndham got a reaction from Patsu in Have You Ever Done A Crazy Experiment Just To See What Happens?   
    Yea, I took a pottery class, quit my day job and been up to my eye balls in clay ever since .
    I figure it'll be another 100 yrs before I figure out if it was crazy or not.
    Wyndham
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    Wyndham got a reaction from GEP in Have You Ever Done A Crazy Experiment Just To See What Happens?   
    Yea, I took a pottery class, quit my day job and been up to my eye balls in clay ever since .
    I figure it'll be another 100 yrs before I figure out if it was crazy or not.
    Wyndham
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