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    Up in Smoke Pottery got a reaction from Magnolia Mud Research in Felt like a newbie again   
    Sat down to throw a bunch of mugs and for the life of me I could not get the 1# ball of clay to center!  It felt like I was starting all over again, like those YouTube videos of the ball of clay throwing the big football player around the wheel.  I cut the ball off, re-wedged it to make certain there wasn't a lump or air pocket I missed, and tried again.  After several minutes or more, adjusting my hand positions, bracing my arms against my legs or splash pan, still could not get this stupid ball of clay to center.   The problem....my wheel was reversed, I never noticed I just sat down and needed to get going on my restock list.  Not sure which is more embarrassing , not being able to center the little 1# ball of clay or not realizing the wheel was spinning the wrong directions.  I hope everyone has a great day, and my struggle brings a smile.  
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    Up in Smoke Pottery got a reaction from Min in Felt like a newbie again   
    Sat down to throw a bunch of mugs and for the life of me I could not get the 1# ball of clay to center!  It felt like I was starting all over again, like those YouTube videos of the ball of clay throwing the big football player around the wheel.  I cut the ball off, re-wedged it to make certain there wasn't a lump or air pocket I missed, and tried again.  After several minutes or more, adjusting my hand positions, bracing my arms against my legs or splash pan, still could not get this stupid ball of clay to center.   The problem....my wheel was reversed, I never noticed I just sat down and needed to get going on my restock list.  Not sure which is more embarrassing , not being able to center the little 1# ball of clay or not realizing the wheel was spinning the wrong directions.  I hope everyone has a great day, and my struggle brings a smile.  
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    Up in Smoke Pottery got a reaction from Hulk in Felt like a newbie again   
    Sat down to throw a bunch of mugs and for the life of me I could not get the 1# ball of clay to center!  It felt like I was starting all over again, like those YouTube videos of the ball of clay throwing the big football player around the wheel.  I cut the ball off, re-wedged it to make certain there wasn't a lump or air pocket I missed, and tried again.  After several minutes or more, adjusting my hand positions, bracing my arms against my legs or splash pan, still could not get this stupid ball of clay to center.   The problem....my wheel was reversed, I never noticed I just sat down and needed to get going on my restock list.  Not sure which is more embarrassing , not being able to center the little 1# ball of clay or not realizing the wheel was spinning the wrong directions.  I hope everyone has a great day, and my struggle brings a smile.  
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    Up in Smoke Pottery reacted to Pres in QotW: What would your basic tool set be for handbuilding, or throwing?   
    Okay, Okay, I did forget the cut off wire, and the chamois even though I often use a the web between fingers, and a japanese style throwing rib for bellying out the mug and jar forms.
     
     
    best,
    Pres
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    Up in Smoke Pottery reacted to Marcia Selsor in Altenative Firing Online course   
    My next online Alternative Firing Class starts July 1. Early Bird discounts on Registration Ends June 14. This course covers several firing techniques using Raku kilns: Raku, obvara, foil sagger, and ceramic sagger.  Also how to make fast terra sig, how to build a small Raku kiln, how to make crackle surfaces with sodium silicate. For more information, go to 
    https://teachinart.com/alternative-firing.html. and for description https://vimeo.com/205317659
    and here is how I fire large slabs in raku
    https://vimeo.com/140180499…




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    Up in Smoke Pottery got a reaction from cbarnes in Charge Sales Tax separate or include in price?   
    Right or wrong, We add sales tax to all credit card transactions through Square, We offer a "cash discount" by paying the sales tax on all cash sales.  Eliminates the need to carry coins.
     
     
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    Up in Smoke Pottery reacted to GEP in How Many Exclusively Make A Living?   
    I don’t think the number has ever been counted, or can be counted. My best guess is there are a few hundred of us. This is based on the number of potters I see at art fairs that I know are doing it full-time and exclusively, extrapolated out for the whole US. 
    It is my opinion that those who have day jobs, and run an art business as a part-time business, are still legitimate professional artists. Having a day job is how MOST of the professional art world works. As long as you are turning a profit, enough to sustain your business as long as you want, then you are a professional artist.
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    Up in Smoke Pottery reacted to oldlady in HELP! Pacifica gt400 wheel   
    ryleigh, once you start using your pacifica, you might never want to use one of those noisy brent things.    hope you enjoy it for many years.
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    Up in Smoke Pottery reacted to Pilgrim in Glyde Torc GT Kit Wiring?   
    Thanks everyone for your help and suggestions. My daughter and I spent a few hours working on the wheel yesterday afternoon and were ultimately successful in bringing it back to life. It appears that at one time (1970's? slotted wood screws used in frame) you may have been able to purchase a kit that included the control box, pedal, motor, wheel and a "capacitor?". You were on your own to build the frame / table where perhaps plans were included?
    The connection to the control box was slightly damaged and would not connect properly and the "capacitor" was not wired in and in fact did not have any wires present. By the time we finished, the wheel was responding properly to the pedal (variable speed functioning) and the connection at the controller is secure.
    I ordered a batt, pins and a two piece splash pan that fits the Laguna Pacifica 400 - 800 as the wheel must be removed by allen screws that would be obscured by a one piece splash pan we were going to attempt making.
    My daughter is JAZZED and so am I that we were able to bring to life a wheel that had been sitting in a storage room for years because it "did not work".

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    Up in Smoke Pottery got a reaction from Min in Crazing disaster   
    I have used Minwax Polycryllic to salvage damage pieces.  Available at most hardware stores, and probably Walmart.  Just follow the directions.  It is crystal clear, but will need time to dry.  I used metal stilts to keep the piece off the countertop and allows me to cover the whole piece.
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    Up in Smoke Pottery got a reaction from Bill Kielb in What’s on your workbench?   
    Plastic bags here also.  Dry Cleaners bags, garbage bags, grocery bags, whatever plastic I have on hand.  Keep many various sizes depending on what needs covered.  Easily replaced, don't take up much room.
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    Up in Smoke Pottery got a reaction from Ult1mat3X in Where can I buy this faceting tool ?   
    Thrift stores around here have them for about a quarter, there are even one with a wiggle wire, but not a s common.
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    Up in Smoke Pottery reacted to Mark C. in Where Does 3D Printing Fit?   
    In all my juried shows slip casting is not allowed. I feel this will and should be the case for 3 d printed ceramics in juriued art show.
    The 3 d process brings folks into this field who are less  interested in clay and more in the print process. I think as well as  slip wares there is a market-like Etsy  just not juried shows.
    I feel strongly about that.
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    Up in Smoke Pottery reacted to Johnmicheal in What’s on your workbench?   
    I still love my drycleaner bags, I can't remember the last time I actually drycleaned anything, but it didn't keep me from stopping in one and asking if they had any discards. I'm still using them, and that was 5-7 years ago, with a bag of them still in storage lol. They are light, they drape well, I double, sometimes triple them up to control drying.....and sticking with the subject, my workbench is clear, I'm ready to start again, pitchers are the need for this week
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    Up in Smoke Pottery reacted to Benzine in What’s on your workbench?   
    I've been using some leftover scraps from "Construction Plastic".  It's what contractors and such put up, to protect against dust getting out of the work area, to catch paint drips, etc.  It's thicker stuff, and keeps the moisture in quite well.
    It's been so rainy here lately, that my basement stays pretty damp itself.  If I just poured some plaster on the floor, it would be one big damp box.
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    Up in Smoke Pottery reacted to Joy pots in What’s on your workbench?   
    Plastic from flower shops works the same as dry cleaner bags.
    joy
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    Up in Smoke Pottery reacted to Mark C. in What’s on your workbench?   
    I do not use or have a damp box (never did) I use plastic sheets-some are dry cleaner bags from friends but most are plastic just a little thicker(tougher) from items we have recieved.I keep a tub full of them and use them about every day.I think I was in a dry cleaners in 1963 with my mother? but am unsure .
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    Up in Smoke Pottery reacted to GEP in What’s on your workbench?   
    I love dry cleaner plastic! As a potter I hardly ever set foot in a dry cleaners, but my NYC sister hooked me up with a large stash. 
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    Up in Smoke Pottery reacted to Babs in What’s on your workbench?   
    dork x2 here; beats handling them..pun???
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    Up in Smoke Pottery reacted to oldlady in What’s on your workbench?   
    callie, i use the plastic grocery store bags with the handles cut off.  put a pot into the bottom of the bag, fold the sides over the top and if necessary, cover that bag with one over the top.  just found a double bagged bowl from last fall.  it was perfect to trim.  (student never came back before i left for the winter.)
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    Up in Smoke Pottery reacted to Bill Kielb in What’s on your workbench?   
    No, works for me. Easy Peasy! Also have an engineered recirculating chamber that evens things out in minutes to hours but plastic just fine here. That recirculating thing is really nice but a pain compared to the plastic. Jennifer McCurdy showed me a nice quick way to manage drying with plastic. She would gather it evenly and drop it into the  top  of her vessel then drape it over evenly on all sides and voila! Learn how to manage your drying speed she said to me.
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    Up in Smoke Pottery reacted to Callie Beller Diesel in What’s on your workbench?   
    Am I the only dork left using dry cleaner plastic?
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    Up in Smoke Pottery got a reaction from Rae Reich in Pit-firing pottery and bisqueing   
    Liam V.  Pit firing can be very fun and challenging, been doing for 10 years now.  We do bisque 1st, but can be done from a green state just need to go much slower and start with the pots outside the fire and slowly move them towards the fire as time goes by and turning them to heat/dry evenly.   They will never be considered "food safe".  Obvara is another fun technique, it will produce items that are sealed and useable for short periods of time.  Water or other fluids will turn the obvara mixture to paste.  It will not prevent chemicals from leaching through though.
    As for pit firing in your suburban neighborhood, I've done small firings in my backyard fire pit, I just dig down a bit to give it more depth and break my own rules of adding more wood as it burns. 
    Attached is one of our pit fired pieces.
    Good luck,
    Chad

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    Up in Smoke Pottery got a reaction from Babs in Pit-firing pottery and bisqueing   
    Liam V.  Pit firing can be very fun and challenging, been doing for 10 years now.  We do bisque 1st, but can be done from a green state just need to go much slower and start with the pots outside the fire and slowly move them towards the fire as time goes by and turning them to heat/dry evenly.   They will never be considered "food safe".  Obvara is another fun technique, it will produce items that are sealed and useable for short periods of time.  Water or other fluids will turn the obvara mixture to paste.  It will not prevent chemicals from leaching through though.
    As for pit firing in your suburban neighborhood, I've done small firings in my backyard fire pit, I just dig down a bit to give it more depth and break my own rules of adding more wood as it burns. 
    Attached is one of our pit fired pieces.
    Good luck,
    Chad

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    Up in Smoke Pottery reacted to Marcia Selsor in What’s on your workbench?   
    Been firing some more tests soluble salts and consecutive followups on good leads from tests. Pots on the left were fired at various temperatures in saggars and foil saggars. pots on the right were retired at 1700F. Additional coats on salts were added.
     




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