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Joseph Fireborn

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  1. I didn't know the potters council had a mentoring program. That is good information. I will have to read that page again.
  2. How difficult did you find it? Was it expensive to start? I am thinking about starting to try that, but I dont have running water in my garage. I am really interested in trying it out but I am afraid to take the leap! Congrats on doing it, and I am glad your finding your vision.!
  3. So I know this is a pretty old thread, but I have recently switched to throwing porcelain, and I thought I would chime in here (I was looking through old porcelain threads for knowledge). I am a newbie potter, only about 8 months under my belt. I was throwing different types of stoneware, tried about 6 types and I was pretty impressed with little loafers and thought I would never change. However, one day my supplier was out of little loafers, so I decided to just try some porcelain for kicks after hearing how hard it was to work with. To my surprise, after trying some porcelains I am pretty confident I won't go back to stoneware. I can't believe how beautiful it is to throw. I have tried 3 different porcelains: Helios, 365, and P5. By far my favorite is P5. It throws well, holds it's shape wonderfully, and just does what I want it to do on the wheel. I think I had a slight advantage as that I watched Hsinchuen Lin to learn how to throw and his method of constantly using the slip on your hands instead of water let me take to porcelain pretty well. I never threw really wet on stoneware either. The glazes come out so beautiful, I love white glazes and semi transparent glazes, and I just love how much more glossy the pots are. I also love the sound of porcelain. The ding of the pot is just fantastic! I have threw some of my biggest forms with porcelain. Every time I tried the same thing with stoneware I never succeeded. I was so nervous when first bought the porcelain because of all the warnings that it is so difficult to work with. I haven't had a single crack or anything so far, of course I have only fired 2 loads. But I have a bunch of stuff sitting on shelves waiting to be fired and no cracks or problems with it. I think a lot of it is just compression with ribs in the throwing stage and in the trimming stage(I trim everything). I hope I am not just lucky and I keep having good success with it. So I just wanted to chime in here and say, give porcelain a try. I know I love it now. ADDICTED! I
  4. Neil still helps me all the time. Great guy to buy from. My next bigger kiln will be purchased through him.
  5. Clay is the opposite for me. It helps me with my scleroderma. After I wedge clay and throw for several hours my hands, arms and back feel so much better. As far as pain management goes, whenever I am in a lot of pain I take a hot shower. There is nothing like water beating down on your old bones to help the pain.
  6. I think my greatest leap was learning to communicate with people on this forum. You all have been a huge help to me in figuring out how to throw better and do many other things correctly. I have been in clay less than a year and I am addicted to getting better. So a big thank you all for the wonderful feedback and critiques you have gave me along with the epic information the super friendly people on this forum provide. Because of your help, I think I will be in clay for the rest of my life.
  7. IN LOVE WITH Highwater's P5 Porcelain. By far the best clay I have ever thrown.

    1. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Hah! P5 throws so great. Literally it does exactly what I want everytime and just feels so good.

    2. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Glad you found your sweet spot clay as well.

    3. Cavy Fire Studios

      Cavy Fire Studios

      Yessss, exactly. It's like magic mud glory for the Lord. ^_^

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  8. If your just gonna fire a single plate per shelf, then make sure you put in spoon rest in the rest of the shelf to fill it up. I have found those are the best to take up the room since nothing else will really fit. Also my family at least loves them. Can't have to many. We keep a little stack in the cabinet above the oven everytime one is dirty we just use a clean one and put the other in the dish washer. Just an idea.
  9. I love all the parts of pottery. Trimming is probably one of my favorite parts. When I throw a piece I imagine how I am going to trim it to give it its final look. It is nice to be able to see if my thrown piece will live up to what I imagined it would. I also love the burnishing part of trimming. I love smooth pots and nothing makes me happier than trimming the pot and then hearing the scraping of my metal rib pealing off the clay then burnishing it after. When you take the pot off it shines and looks beautiful. I also love making feet. Deep feet, small feet, wide feet, tiny feet, no feet. Just think Dr Suess and you will do amazing.
  10. I probably use small plates way more than anything else. The only time I use large plates is when I serve dinner. The rest of the day I make small snacks and stuff in the smaller plates. Perfect for sandwiches. But I also never use bowls unless eating soup.
  11. Awesome stuff. When he gets a little older I am gonna let him start trying to actually throw, if he is still interested in it.
  12. Quick update: http://s1183.photobucket.com/user/josephrosenblatt/library/Handles/After%201st%20round%20of%20reviews This is the only mug I fired in my most recent firing. I just had some other stuff sitting around I wanted to get finished, but I tried to take everyone's critique into mind when I put on this handle. Much thinner, the handle thins from the top to the bottom, it made it closer into the mug, but also plenty of room for 2-3 fingers depending on size of hands. I personally think the handle fits the mug pretty well. Thanks for all your help.
  13. My son is three, and I already have him on the wheel with me. I throw a bowl or cup, and I let him decorate it. He smacks it with tools or pokes holes in it with his fingers. I already have 3 of his masterpieces. Probably my favorite pots! Its wonderful.
  14. First porcelain glaze firing is cooking right now. So very excited.

  15. I like this discussion. As a new potter with less than a year experience, I feel I am struggling to come up with something that is mine. The only thing I know I like is smooth lines and beautiful curves. I have a hard time liking anything that has finger throwing marks in it. I also dislike the old fashioned looking pottery, however it appears if I ever want to make money off pottery I am going to have to adapt to the old fashioned look around my area. I have made several things and glazed them differently, the one I like the least is the one everyone else loves the most. Lots to learn, I still value form over glaze aesthetic and I think I will continue to go down that path. Something about a beautiful curve and smooth wall just makes me smile. My favorite glazes are anything: black, grey or white. I don't really care much for the other colors! In order to increase my potential sales in the future, I have been working with white shino's and stuff to get the white look I want to have, but with the brownish old fashioned look that others want combined together. I think I eventually will narrow my pots down to 1 base color, some type of white shino with decorations on the pot. Maybe brush marks or splatters or sponge circles overlapped. I am not sure yet, but I am getting there slowly. Either way I think the main thing we should all try to do is to enjoy what we create. Even if we don't like the way it looks 100%, if we can sell it, we should take joy that we brought happiness to someone else by creating something that they might use or look at everyday.
  16. For compressing, I personally love this tool: The COWS TONGUE!
  17. Mark, Thanks for your advice, and I don't mind the critique one bit. I have already improved my bowls significantly since the original post. I should post some pictures of my recent work in bowls sometime. I appreciate your time sir. I know everyone is busy this time of the year.
  18. This is mainly what I do. I try to go around the base carefully but if anything gets on the bottom I just wipe it with a sponge creating a nice solid line, then i take a paper towel and just dampen it wipe again then wipe with the clean side of the papertowel. so far no real problems. my main use of resist is when I am not sure if I have put on too many layers and I dont want to glaze to run past a certain point onto my shelves.
  19. Both of you making beautiful stuff. Nice work. The glaze on that last yunomi is soo beautiful.
  20. RaiV, thanks for the nice words. The only way to improve is to fail and learn from mistakes. My father installed that in me when I was a young man and I am installing it in my son. I don't have anyone to really go to for advice on pottery so I turn to you all my peers with years and years of skills. I really appreciate the people of this community taking time to tell me what they think about my pots. I will continue to take that advice and maybe after years and years become a decent potter. Hisn Chuen Lin is a pretty amazing instructor, although he doesn't talk much in his videos, he shows his hands very well and I was able to go from there. I would love to be able to attend one of his classes and I am glad you enjoyed yours so much. I find, if I cut a pretty pot in half, I just make a better one the next time. It allows me to see the mistakes hidden inside the pot. I have been potting for a little under 8 months or so. I have probably ran my kiln a total of 10-12 times. I am still very dissatisfied with my commercial glazes, mixing my own glazes is my next goal I think in ceramics. I really want to only have 2-3 glazes that I use that I am extremely happy with. I really like solid color glazes that are semi matt, for example: http://mushimeganebooks.com/works I also really like the look of these pots : http://hashimotoshinobu.com/works Right now my favorite glazes are probably the celadon's from amaco, they mix nicely to create any color I want, and they do extremely well on the clay I use. I can't seem to find a matte glaze that I like so far. Thanks for the kind words everyone. I will keep updating this post again. I just started working with porcelain so I will post that stuff probably next week. Got a few new mugs in the making. The reason I like doing this all in one thread, is I once read a thread about a person who started drawing. He updated the thread for over 10 years, from his first drawings to his current work. The guy is now a famous artist and draws and paints for a living. Having his journey documented with others helping him along the way was pretty awesome to read through.
  21. yea I agree, all the information he shares is amazing.
  22. Thanks for kind words. I eat soup out of a bowl, never understood eating soup out of a mug, but hey gotta try it all. I threw some new mugs last night, less thick!
  23. I used to dabble in wire jewelry. There is a tool that is a rod called a mandrel that has each ring size on it, and increments in size as it goes down the rod. I would find the shrinkage rate on bmix, then find the size of your ring, then multiple that times the shrink rate on the bmix and add it to your original size then measure the mandrel to find your new ring size in clay. Just an idea. Also if your going to glaze the ring, add that thickness into the ring as well. Sounds neat, but I would imagine it would be dangerous if say for example someone stepped on your finger with the ring and it broke and sliced into your finger. But for casual events or something then I could see it being of neat use for like costume jewelry. Link to example mandrel: http://www.firemountaingems.com/itemdetails/h201698tl No idea if this one is any good just showing you what it is.
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