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    RoGryphon got a reaction from Min in Stoneware Hanging Planters   
    Because there was a post "whatever happened to ..." I am showing the one successful hanging planter I made. The others tended to split at the seam. So work in progress. Thanks for all the helpful info.


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    RoGryphon got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in Stoneware Hanging Planters   
    Because there was a post "whatever happened to ..." I am showing the one successful hanging planter I made. The others tended to split at the seam. So work in progress. Thanks for all the helpful info.


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    RoGryphon reacted to Mark C. in Information On Amaco Kilns?   
    These kilns are heavy like anchors and will hold a good sized boat in a gale.If In recall you use the dials for setting water depth  then hook a heavy chain up to them and toss them off the bow. It may take 4 men to clear the rail and do not get your foot caught in the chain as it unwraps at speed as it descends .If you use them only in fresh water they will last much longer. It always best to have about 5 to 1 scope of chain set out so when the wind blows the chain acts as a slack dampener .The tricky part will be getting them aboard without listing the vessel.
    Since you can get two  of these they could be set up with boys and you can have two anchor points to tie up to on the lake.
    I think Amaco means American Makers and Casual Operators once a well known boating supply company
    They also had a hard firebrick plant in Gallop New Mexico for making boiler bricks for ships boilers back in the 60's
    The thing I recall is once on the bottom you can open the lid with a rope and if you baited your box you could fill the whole box with fish and drop the lid and have a box of fish caught.
    You needed a large windless or eighteen guys to pull the thing back up..
    Those orange safety cones go around the chain and you feed it thru like a funnel..
    I add more detail but its late.
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    RoGryphon got a reaction from GiselleNo5 in Periscope   
    I have been really enjoying periscope. It allows me to watch in real time how potters work. I live in the middle of nowhere so haven't been able to take classes etc. The feed is only viewable for about 24hrs so you are not cluttering up you tube with "how I painted glaze on this particular piece" but people can watch what you do.
    Also you do have to check your followers regularly and block the unwanted ones.
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    RoGryphon got a reaction from ShellS in Using Fresh Leaves For Making Molds   
    I recently used an elephant ear to make a platter, with a little help in the decorating.  I also use hydrangea and fig leaves since they have good veins.


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    RoGryphon reacted to Mark C. in Bat "systems"   
    I use the batman system-black suit  with wings and batmobile. I use it at nighttime only.
    Mark
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    RoGryphon got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in Potters And Pets   
    I lost both of my dear dogs last year.  So some of the cats in the pasture moved themselves in and I am now at 5 cats. Where do I sign up for the crazy cat lady membership badge?  I like to make animal figurines but not very artistic so they are still a bit childish looking, but fun to make.  One of my cats "Helper Kitty" is constantly supervising my work, his nose is my avatar.
    Here is a photo of my wheel thrown cat, very lifelike

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    RoGryphon got a reaction from Cavy Fire Studios in Potters And Pets   
    I lost both of my dear dogs last year.  So some of the cats in the pasture moved themselves in and I am now at 5 cats. Where do I sign up for the crazy cat lady membership badge?  I like to make animal figurines but not very artistic so they are still a bit childish looking, but fun to make.  One of my cats "Helper Kitty" is constantly supervising my work, his nose is my avatar.
    Here is a photo of my wheel thrown cat, very lifelike

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    RoGryphon got a reaction from High Bridge Pottery in Potters And Pets   
    I lost both of my dear dogs last year.  So some of the cats in the pasture moved themselves in and I am now at 5 cats. Where do I sign up for the crazy cat lady membership badge?  I like to make animal figurines but not very artistic so they are still a bit childish looking, but fun to make.  One of my cats "Helper Kitty" is constantly supervising my work, his nose is my avatar.
    Here is a photo of my wheel thrown cat, very lifelike

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    RoGryphon got a reaction from mss in Potters And Pets   
    I lost both of my dear dogs last year.  So some of the cats in the pasture moved themselves in and I am now at 5 cats. Where do I sign up for the crazy cat lady membership badge?  I like to make animal figurines but not very artistic so they are still a bit childish looking, but fun to make.  One of my cats "Helper Kitty" is constantly supervising my work, his nose is my avatar.
    Here is a photo of my wheel thrown cat, very lifelike

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    RoGryphon got a reaction from Babs in Painting Underglazes On Bisque With Brushes   
    I want to paint pretty pictures on my pots and also figure if I can just find the right brush it will be perfect, I keep forgetting my drawing skills are very rudimentary.  I love all the great info on this post, now more stuff to try.
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    RoGryphon reacted to Joseph Fireborn in Onion   
    If it was me, I wouldn't worry so much about all the technical sides, and just put your heart into it. It is a very important pot to you, if you get all caught up in the technicality of an onion, its going to take away from the joy you get in creating it for your special rabbit. You make beautiful work, just follow what you have already been doing and go from there. I am sure Thanatos will be looking down on you appreciating every second of your love for him.
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    RoGryphon reacted to GiselleNo5 in Could Use Some Throwing Help   
    I'm a beginner, started learning to wheel throw in October. My good friend is an experienced potter. I was telling her that my 1 lb. mugs only hold 6-8 ounces and she said hers hold 12. I do think it's partly because I like to leave extra for a raised foot and she doesn't leave a foot at all. But still that doesn't account for all the size difference. I think it's something you'll gain with experience as you make thinner walls and pull more up from the bottom. Just keep practicing and kind of try to relax about it. If you're really set on a specific size, maybe add in a little more clay for now. I realized that for the size I want, I need to use 1.5 lbs of clay. In a few months or years I will probably be able to make the same thing with just 1.25 lb but I'm in no rush.
     
     
    I have found it  V E R Y  helpful to record myself throwing and watch the videos. I can see exactly why something isn't working and the next time I throw I can feel where I could see myself going wrong in the video. Just put your favorite music on if you like to work with music and go play in the mud.  
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    RoGryphon reacted to fgvanatta in Wax Resist   
    Brushes are easily cleaned of wax resist with vinegar.  Follow with a little baby shampoo to make the bristles soft.
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    RoGryphon got a reaction from ~janie in Using Fresh Leaves For Making Molds   
    I recently used an elephant ear to make a platter, with a little help in the decorating.  I also use hydrangea and fig leaves since they have good veins.


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    RoGryphon got a reaction from ChenowethArts in Community Challenge #2   
    Final Entry - RoGryphon
    Hopefully I did that right.  Here is my little succulent planter with a fox and what are supposed to be foxgloves drawn on it.  I had to find a picture and kinda copy it since I really can't take things out of my head and put them on stuff, never works out.  Playing with red clay for the 1st time.

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    RoGryphon got a reaction from GiselleNo5 in Community Challenge #2   
    Final Entry - RoGryphon
    Hopefully I did that right.  Here is my little succulent planter with a fox and what are supposed to be foxgloves drawn on it.  I had to find a picture and kinda copy it since I really can't take things out of my head and put them on stuff, never works out.  Playing with red clay for the 1st time.

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    RoGryphon got a reaction from Cavy Fire Studios in Nostalgia: Inspiration Overload   
    I would like to pre-order a ninja guinea pig mug, That seems like a must have.
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    RoGryphon reacted to Joseph Fireborn in Mug Sizes   
    Pres,
     
    I have stopped weighing mine as well. When I first stared I was obsessed with each mug looking the exact same. I wanted to throw repeat ware that looked identical. Now I am starting to favor the, this feels about right for a mug. If its a bigger piece I just throw a bigger mug. I find it nice and relaxing. They are pretty close to the same size but still some are slightly taller, some are slightly smaller, slightly thinner, slightly fatter! One mug, two mug, blue mug, red mug. 
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    RoGryphon reacted to Cavy Fire Studios in Community Challenge #2   
    Flying bunnies. Because.
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    RoGryphon got a reaction from Celia UK in Community Challenge #1   
    Well many tries kept failing so here is a yarn bowl with a star feed.  The glaze is actually more blue but it didn't photo very well.  Also I am very happy to know that BITL keeps very good care of its members.

     
     

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    RoGryphon got a reaction from Chris Campbell in Community Challenge #1   
    Well many tries kept failing so here is a yarn bowl with a star feed.  The glaze is actually more blue but it didn't photo very well.  Also I am very happy to know that BITL keeps very good care of its members.

     
     

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    RoGryphon got a reaction from Cavy Fire Studios in Community Challenge #1   
    Hello all, I'm Robin Griffin, as you can see that is where RoGryphon comes from.  Jazzing up my name a bit.  Not very many people actually call me Robin, I seem to get stuck with various nicknames from Lobe (Japanese karate instructor so fellow students thought that was my name), to ROG (my initials), and of course various half pint and other short people names.  I need to talk to Guinea about yarn bowls, love your stuff and I make VERY simple yarn bowls.  May make a cloud themed one or starry night for the challenge, hmm starry night bowl with star cut-outs.  Could be good or the yarn gets stuck in the points, ah decisions, decisions.
    So thanks to all who are helping me learn my part time pottery (dang that whole work for and actual salary to pay bills).  You have helped me greatly and love reading the comments etc.
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    RoGryphon reacted to Mark C. in Spoonrests or Top Ramen   
    There was some interest in spoon rest production on another thread so I shot some photos of a run today.
     
    You may or may not want to make these. If you want to pay off your house or buy a new car or put your kid thru collage these are just what to make-If they are below you then skip to the top ramen for dinner staving artist post.
     
    Get your bats ready-I throw on small plaster ones on wareboards I carry out to the sun to dry like the old Japanese village throwing movies (ok some of you do not know about these films where whole villages make pottery- check them out)
     
    The plaster dries out the bottoms so they release and dry very quickly.
     
    The main thing is plenty of bats.
     
    First get the softest pug of clay you can find or soften one up the softer the better.
     
    This soft clay will make throwing them faster and easier.
     
    Cut it into 48 pieces-It helps to have a wire with only one handle to pull thru the pug at the bottom (old timer trick) cut the pug down the middle center of the top to bottom- then each side once-then into thirds on the side-that equals 48 pieces-see photo
     
    Next center one and before you spread it out cut a drip line and foot with wood tool-then lay it out sideways. These are no trimmers so get that foot right.
     
    See photos
     
    Stop wheel pull spout move on to next one
     
    Etc etc.
     
    Carry out to sun and dry-I like to sponge the bottoms while still soft enough to work just as soon as they are firm enough to remove without distorting them.
     
    When you get this down it will take less than 1 hour for itall.
     
    After drying
     
    Board or bat them up in piles of 4-5 high and bisque them
     
    I hot dip wax them and production glaze them with tongs- (nextweek) we can cover that.
     
    These will sell better at a low price point-if you ask to much no need to make this many.
    I display them in piles on two higher pedestals so folks can find their special one.
     
    Mark






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