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Joseph Fireborn

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  1. Thanks, but that is outside of my budget! I appreciate all the help though. Love you all!
  2. Yea that was one of the things I figured might be an issue. I guess I will just keep doing it manually, muscles just keep getting bigger.
  3. @liambesaw Congratulations in the most happy way possible during these trying times. I wish you all the best.
  4. Does anyone know of any manufacturers that would be willing to mix in ingredients into their clay body at a commercial level? For example if I ordered say 1 ton of clay, do you think they would mix in course grog and feldspar chips? I am doing all of this by hand and I am pretty certain this is the future of my work, but its a massive undertaking every day to wedge in course grog and grit every single time before I throw. I don't mind doing it, I am getting some big muscles, but I would much rather just open the bag and get to it. I haven't been able to find any clay with these types of additions already added, which makes sense because I doubt any other cone 6 potters want this type of crap in their clay, but I do! Anyone have any ideas? For now I am just going to continue manually doing it I guess. I just love the way the clay throws with the added course grog as well as the grit, it makes throwing it so delicate and trimming it reveals this beautiful madness within as chunks of grit and clay pull away. Then I coat it with my formulated black crackling slip and I can't get enough!
  5. I use the wonderbat system. Works fine. The bats are so thick I don't think its possible they can warp. I have used it for like 4-5 years and haven't worn out any of them or warped a single one. That being said the bats are expensive.
  6. I miss Robin. I never knew him, but he was an inspiration to me when I read his stuff. I am glad his blog is still up, I haven't checked it since he stopped writing. Oh and here is the link to his Mocha Diffusion post. I still need to experiment with this stuff. https://rhrising.blogspot.com/2013/03/mocha-diffusions.html Min your result is beautiful.
  7. Go with Skutt/TS. It is a fantastic wheel and the large splashpan is amazing. I couldn't imagine working without it.
  8. Wife is a dental hygienist and she is home for the next 3 weeks and probably longer! Everyone is struggling. Starbucks just decided to allow 30 days paid time off for all their employees, but I haven't taken it yet. I don't want to leave my coworkers working understaffed and not having the people on the floor to wash their hands because they are in a rush. Times are hard, lots of tough decisions to be made. On the bright side, making pots is great stress relief!
  9. I work a job at Starbucks just for insurance. The environment is fun as well and it keeps me young, I learn all kinds of cool phrases like throwing shade, and no cap! I might move up given enough time, but there is no reason to think less of anyone working any kind of job as lesser or not as honorable as Tom said. Do whatever you gotta do to take care of the family! Hopefully things improve quickly for the USA and the rest of the world too.
  10. Threw my first pots in almost 8 months, used my mixed clay blend with course grog and chicken grit. Made 3 vases! felt good.

  11. No I haven't, but I throw clay with course grog, chicken grit and sand. It just takes a different approach. Did you ever figure this out?
  12. Unless you and your family are retiring soon, I wouldn't worry to much about it, enjoy the dividends and continue to invest. That is what I am doing, but I am 30+ years from retirement so I am not worrying about my portfolio at all. It sucks to see the massive amount of money that has disappeared if I were to sell today, but the thing is I have no plans to sell anytime soon. The market will eventually recover, and as I age I will continue to move more into bonds as everyone should as they near retirement. I keep telling everyone to just enjoy your family, turn off the news and try to relax. Get outside and work on the yard, do your hobbies, or make more pots! The news can bring you down into the worst places possible, avoid it like Corona virus. Pick a news venue you trust for good information and spend 10-15 minutes at the end of the day getting all the important parts and let the rest go.
  13. I have been tossing the clay water in my yard for 5 years. I haven't seen any signs of negative effects.
  14. To me it just looks like someone wedged sand, grog and chicken grit into the clay and fired it like that. I have made results when I was testing clay to look very similar.
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