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Viking Potter

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  1. just checking to see where you are. Great falls was colder than here 27 F right now. Yesterday it was 45 and the day before with snow was 9-12 F 3 inches but disappeared by afternoon.

     

    1. Denice

      Denice

      It's also cold in KS suppose to get down to 21 to night, the snow missed us, stayed north of us in Nebraska.  Denice

    2. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      our high Sunday was 12.

       

  2. I am a hands on or visual learner, so books that don't have a ton of photo's don't really help me much, initially I would have to watch someone else do something then try it myself. YouTube has been a godsend to me more so than any other part of the internet. Someone can describe a way of doing something that is total BS, but if they can do it in a video, and I can see it actually work I can usually figure out some way to do it myself. Likewise, when they show something that is just useless, I know right away not to try it that way as opposed to my reading something that was wrong from th
  3. Not sure If I can add a picture to a post, but I did post a picture in the gallery, we did our first run of cone 6 material and generally all was well. only issue, we had some stilts of unknown origin, and they melted into the bottom of a couple of pots. Had used them a few times for 06 work but never thought that they would not stand up to higher temp. The wire went right into the base and the base became part of the pot. New stilts were purchased the next day. I can now claim to be a potter because I made pots and they hold water and do not leak. Neil, I am listening and learning budd
  4. Proof positive that I am a potter cause that is surely a pot.
  5. Most important in this discussion is to avoid at all costs using recycled litter.
  6. I cant center this way, I still get the clay moving my hands, hands moving the arms, arms moving the knee, knee moving the leg. I make sure my elbows are tucked into my hip or pelvis area so that the clay has to move my hand/arm/hip/butt/stool/concrete floor.
  7. There are so many examples of how to open that it is impossible to say that there is a wrong way to do it. So I will tell you how I do it and how my wife with weak and problematic hands does it. I open with the speed still fairly high. lots of water/slip to keep everything from grabbing. Make sure if you feel anything start to grab that you make it slippery again. I go in with both thumbs and then open moving my thumbs to each side with even pressure. And I occasionally mess up this way and induce a wobble. My wife opens with what could be called the hooked fingers or Claw method. she
  8. Ok, makes perfect sense. We had a family meeting and have decided to step up our game and work at ^6. Which resulted in a planned road trip to get new glaze from our favorite spot, Archie Bray. We are doing both 06 ceramics and will now do ^6 pottery so I am setting up a second Kiln to keep things separated. Thanks to all for the valuable education.
  9. When my family took a class we were given a block of clay and each of us had some left over that we took home. Since we were used to it, we bought more of the same and have continued to use it as we have progressed. Now, as I learn about clay bodies, I find that this is a mid fire clay that is to be fired to Cone 6. We have been using it as a low fire clay, with bisque to 04, and our low fire glazes at 06. So my question is, why not continue to use this clay (or even others) at low fire temperatures? We are having plenty of success, and satisfaction with our low fire efforts, and frankly,
  10. I think that the talent relates more to the vision or imagination that the person has. The ability to see what does not exist. I know many people who do not have talent, or the ability to imagine something that they cannot already perceive. I can play an instrument, but I do not hear music in my head. My father in law can paint a house but cannot envision a painting, My mother could see and create beautiful things from nearly any kind of material. So, as stated, skill is hard work, but creative talent may require an inner vision, imagination, whatever you want to call it, and there are s
  11. Yep, been there done that. Powdered about 20 LBS this way, ton of work, for the same results everyone else gets by letting it soak. Also wore out the bit. Hammer is good. Drill is bad.
  12. As long as it works, There are tons of ways to make sure heat does not transfer, Dead air space is one, etc
  13. You are trying to protect the floor from two different heat sources. First is the heat transfered directly to the floor via the metal legs of the stand. You need to put something under those legs that will keep heat from passing through, but still be strong and stable enough to hold your kiln. I would think the fire bricks would be sufficient for that purpose. You also have to protect against radiant heat that is comming from the kiln in every direction. That heat will warm the entire area around the kiln and the closer things are the hotter they will get. So underneath the kiln you need
  14. I am building a second wheel and have reached that part of the plan where I need to decide the size and shape of the table or work area under the wheel head. I see some video where there is very little if anything under the wheel head, as well as video where there seems to be almost a 50 gallon barrel underneath. If you were to create a wheel from scratch, what would you like and what would you avoid.
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