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  1. I'd like to make a correction to information on Nan Rothwell, who did not move to Asheville, but rather is teaching and working in Charlottesville, VA. I gave her a heads up about the misinformation and she said she has been having trouble with this site. It won't let her sign in.
  2. I think we need more information to give you our best answers. Are you talking about crazing? If not, where are the cracks? Do they hinder functionality or are they just cosmetic? Some pictures would be extremely helpful.
  3. When I was in South Africa a few years back, I bought some elephant hair bracelets so I could use the hair on my pots. Unfortunately, the darn things melted like plastic...they weren't as advertised! I was a gullible tourist.
  4. I once turned on the vent, but forgot to go outside and unblock the outlet. I could detect no difference in the firing, but I felt pretty stupid when I discovered it very near the end of the firing.
  5. The only refire I ever had explode was one that had had water in it. It hadn't had water in it in a long time and I really thought it was dry. I think if I ever seriously wanted to refire a piece like this, I would put it through a bisque fire first to make sure it was completely dry. Probably I'd just make another.
  6. Thanks so much for following up and showing us a picture of your outcome. It is quite lovely. By the way, the crack on the rim might not be because you bumped it. The cause could be things like uneven drying, or stresses during forming.
  7. Ring pulley definitely not bent. Cone looked good, but I will check again to be sure. Thanks so much for spending some brain cells on this Mark. I will try calling Shimpo on Monday.
  8. Mark, I did do that. Everything stopped vibrating when I disconnected the motor from it's load, except a very slight vibration in the motor. That, and the advice of the two other people is what caused me to confidently bring the thing to a motor shop.
  9. I am trying to figure out what is going on with the Rk2 at the community studio where I teach. It vibrates enough that it makes your whole leg feel weird if you leave your foot on the pedal. Wheel head runs true and does not vibrate. I disconnected the cone from the ring plate (what a weird set up!) and the motor does still vibrate just slightly. I had one very handy electrician take a look and he said check the bushings in the motor. (Turns out there are no bushings in the motor.) Someone who knows a lot about wheels told me it had to be the bearings based on my description of the problem. He recommended a shop where he has taken wheels. I took the wheel there and they charged me $80.00 to check out the motor and tell me it wasn't the problem, and now I still have a wheel that vibrates. The belt and the ring plate appear to be ok, but I guess I'll try replacing them. Before I spend more money, has anyone out there seen this problem or have any suggestions?
  10. We use the term "art" in many settings. Think "the art of practicing medicine" as an example. Medicine can be very "cook book" and can give acceptable results if you just follow the recipe. Those who excel in medicine and other fields have the almost indefinable ability to step beyond technical expertise and apply a mix of intuition, perceptive abilities, creativity and a host of other qualities that I believe you either have or don't have. Maybe those qualities can be developed and improved, but if the kernel isn't there, there's nothing to expand upon.
  11. What a great idea! Thanks for doing this, Pres, and please keep on doing it. I would like to request however, that we come up with a snazzy title for this weekly quiz. Maybe something that turns into a funny acronym. I wish I could think of one, but imagination is often lacking in me. Come on group...help me out.
  12. Ron, that mistake has shown up various times through the years on my list of blunders. One of my favorites still is carrying a leatherhard piece and smacking into a car side mirror causing the piece to fly through the air. The texture created by the road blacktop was fabulous. I keep meaning to texture more pots that way. Just need to figure out the shape that would work for that.
  13. Agree with Alabama. Try just using water. Flocculation of glazes is best saved for those that settle out every time they sit for a while without being stirred and form a hard pan at the bottom.
  14. I have had some good results with bisquing some brillo pads, then sprinkling the fine powder over wet glaze. Shows up really nicely in white glaze and you can speckle heavily or lightly as it suits you. If the glaze dries too much before I can make the particles stick, I just mist the area with water. I suppose you could just mix the powder into the glaze and apply it that way.
  15. I second the bright orange (or any bright color) paint. One studio I go to does that and it's also very helpful at the end of a workshop or class when everyone is scrambling to make sure the tools go to the right person. They use spray paint. You could lay the tools on paper and spray paint a swath across them. Makes quick work of it.
  16. Anything with graceful curves floats my boat! I love making them and admiring them whether it's a bowl, vase or something else.
  17. Don't personally have much experience with this, but our studio manager uses the wax over glaze technique a lot and swears by Aftosa brand.
  18. I spend around 30.00. A mug for me is totally about function and feel and so I would never buy online. Tend to buy at conferences and shows where I have met or know the maker. I won't say I would never spend more than 30.00, but the more expensive mugs are often the ones with carving, fancy handles, etc. and I find the "fancy" mugs often sacrifice function or feel so I don't buy them.
  19. See if you can find Pete Pinnel's essay on flocculation vs deflocculation. That was what finally made things click for me. If you think of it in terms of thick vs thin you will eventually become confused because that is not what it going on.
  20. My advice is to be cautious when adding the epsom salt solution...it's easy to over flocculate which is then another problem to fix.
  21. One of the things that inspires me is to try and NOT do what the folks around me are doing. As an example, I live in an area with lots of water...so I will NOT incorporate crabs, fish, herons, etc. because it is such a common motif.
  22. " Then I try to asses each individual's way they process information..." Thanks, John. That's a great way to put it, and I think I'm doing that but need to check myself and maybe tweak it. I love Robin Hopper's books and have learned from his video's, but I do remember once watching what was supposed to be instruction for beginners where he combined making the hole, opening, and lifting the wall into one beautifully fluid motion that was a joy to watch but would be totally undoable and baffling for the inexperienced person. Some of you have really nailed it in stressing that the best approach is to learn from as many sources and people as possible. I have been very fortunate to have had a couple of instructors who were something I call " the trifecta". They are 1. nice people 2. great clay artists 3. excellent instructors. They are also a rare breed. Most folks are 2 out of 3, but I've also been with 1 out of 3 types, and they are truly a challenge to learn from, but not impossible.
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