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  1. Earlier today i was watching an episode of house on tv. in this episode house was trying to blackmail cuddy into giving him cable tv back so he could watch his soaps. But instead of succeeding like he usually does, cuddy threatened him with "if you don't do what i say i'll lock every tv in the hospital on the pottery channel". Now i know i could just google this bit of information, but i thought it would be more fun to hop on here.. is there actually a pottery channel on tv (i don't watch tv often)? Do you have it? is it any good? Have you seen that episode (it's right around the death of wilson's girlfriend CB) Thanks for letting me waist a couple minutes of your time. Happy Sculpting!
  2. Do you guys realize that in one year Marty McFly should be showing up with his delorion (spelling?) Looking for his hoverboard and self lacing shoes? Forget cave men and dinosaurs. Where are our flying cars and floating houses throughout the solar system?
  3. Thank you for all the info and references. As for wiki.. Most colleges don't accept wiki because most of the info in there isn't accurate. Just something I was reading about the other day.
  4. if the wheel he was using had that peg wouldn't it hold it upright? the wheel moves like it has a depression on the underside and its sitting on a rounded stone. i want one. It just looks like fun. I wonder if i could get my local quarry to cut a stone that looked like that.. but pottery wheels are usually made of clay right? How would you even fire something that big? i don't think i would even want to try. for some reason.. the thought of firing something that big seems dangerous.
  5. I had that thought to but it just doesn't seem quite right. Unless there is a third piece we don't know about.
  6. I was yet again perusing YouTube and came across a video a middle-eastern potter using a primitive but AWESOME potters wheel. Here's the video.. http://youtu.be/xejyiZUJkd8 I have a few questions.. What kind of stone is it made out of? Or is it made out of clay (yes.. I know clay is a form of stone)? Do they sell them anywhere (accessible to me)? Could I make one? Or is that unrealistic? Do they use a form of lubrication between the wheel and the stone under it? Or do they just have it so smooth after years of use that if just spins like butter? If you know anything about these wheels.. Please.. Tell me everything!! Thank you again
  7. You know what.. You guys are just awesome. I thank all of you for your input. I knew there would be a lot to learn about when I got bit by the clay bug and every topic I've started has proved that to be correct. But wow.. Lol. Half the things all of you have listed made me go "what the heck is that?" Or "what's that used for?". I now have a nice big list of randoms to look up. As for the rest.. It either went on my list of things to get this week or my list of things to get eventually. I like this place. I think I'll stay
  8. The dream list is more of a curiosity for me. It would give me something random (but related) to read about if I chose.
  9. Some time within the next week or so, my uncle will be going to a ceramic supply shop with me to help pick up some things that I've been needing. I already have the big things (electric kiln and pottery wheel), 80+lbs of clay, assorted brushes and a bucket with a few random clay carving tools. Given that small generalized list.. What would you get if you were working with my supplies and somebody brought you to your local ceramic supply store and said "ok, go get what you NEED and a couple things you WANT"? Show me your list. It will give me more things to think about before I walk through those doors. Better yet.. First.. Show me your list (as previously requested) Then Second.. Tell me what your "DREAM List" is. If you could have ANY clay goodie you wanted. I wouldn't mind seeing what toys those with a lot of experience with clay dream about. Just don't let me mix the two lists up. Lol
  10. i have an electric kiln but it hasn't been fired up in 10+ years. i imagine i would have to have it serviced first. I want to have a wood fire kiln because i like the way the clay gets blackened with soot. as for the extruder.. nope. i'm wanting molds so i can press pipes (tobacco pipes). update.. I talked my uncle and he (surprisingly) agreed to help some. i signed up for a 4 day 32 hour beginners workshop for $115.00. It's a start I have also ordered some mizzou and chipped the quicrete out of my crucible. No explosions for me.
  11. Colby. Thank you so much. I needed that list. Sadly.. At the moment. I'm beyond broke but I have all tools needed to get started. Just can't afford school. Trust me.. I want to go to school and learn everything I can. It's just not in my budget (for now). That's why I want to find a simple molding and firing method that I can use while I try to raise funds for school. As for the metal molds.. I was watching a video of a woman making traditional Irish clay pipes and she used a metal mold that she had to put in a gin press. I want to be able make my pipes and mugs so I can finally have a living that makes me happy. I've never done well with 9-5 jobs (finding them or keeping them). I would be a painter right now but I destroyed the nerves in my dominant hand. I can't draw anymore but I can sculpt. I want/need clay to be my life. But I can't let a lack of funds stop me (or I will never get to where I want to be). So maybe, knowing this (sorry to just drop it all like that) you guys may be able to suggest an easy (and safe) small wood burning kiln that I could use to get started. My local dug clay isn't quite where I want it to be so I have decided to order some earthen clay to use for now but I don't know which cone I should buy. One day I will have the skill to be an old timey potter but for now I just need to be making SOMETHING. I know I need schooling (and it IS on the list) but I need to act. I can't think about anything else. Its just clay 24/7
  12. I want to make pottery and clay pipes. I don't want to make bombs.
  13. I was hoping to do it on the beach with lots of sand under it. Would that be ok?
  14. Can you fire glazed pottery in it? The guy in the video never showed the finished pottery.
  15. What kind of chems could I add (and what effects would I get)? What cone clay should I fire in it?
  16. Thank for that piece of info. I had asked around before building it but nobody could give me any info about how the quicrete would react to heat. I should have googled it. I don't know why I didn't. I'm glad I already have my molds cast and nothing bad happened.
  17. As some of you may know from my other thread.. i'm working on building my own propane kiln and a woodfire kiln so i can have access to multiple firing methods at my home. I also wanted to be able to cast my own metal molds so i could press clay easily, so i built a crucible with an empty propane tank (it never had anything flammable in it), a couple bags of quicrete, a 2 and one half foot steal pipe and a bellows (hair dryer works good to). it works GREAT(i'll give greater details if anybody is interested)! But that's not why i'm writing this thread. While watching videos on YouTube.. I came across a guy that built a small woodfire kiln with 8 concrete blocks (the thin type), 1 steel screen (for the second level shelf), 4 bricks, 1 small steel plate/sheet and a butt load of wood chips/shavings. all he did was build a 4 block square, filled it with pottery, stuffed it with wood chips, laid down the screen, placed 4 more blocks, filled & stuffed (as before), placed the 4 small bricks kiddie-cornered on the edges, lit the chips on fire, placed the sheet on top and walked away. the video didn't show him pulling the pieces out so i didn't get to see how well it worked. Have any of you ever tried this method? If not.. What backyard kiln methods HAVE you tried (if any)? Once again.. Any and all feedback would be most welcome Thank you in advance.
  18. When i'm done building everything i want to build, i should be able to use modern AND dated ceramic methods. Once i get close to bisk firing my pieces (did i use the right term?) i'll start thinking about making a slip/glaze (still not sure what the difference is).
  19. Wow!.. So much to respond to. first off.. i would like to thank you for all the links! i need all the reading material i can get. Second.. i would like to report that this second cleaning of my clay has helped A LOT! For the first time, my clay has passed the finger test!!! i'm super excited and rather hopeful. As for my desire to replicate a medieval potter.. i know its going to take alot of work and time. So i'm not apposed to buying the items i need to get going now. i just want to be as close to "made all by me" as i can get right now.i'm doing what i can to be a self taught potter. i will reach my goal one day (hopefully sooner than later), but in the mean time,.. i expect i will fail more often than not (you can be promised i will be coming to y'all when that happens). i can't wait to test my clay. cross your fingers for me. if the clay turns out to be good than i can check something off my list of steps to reach my goal.
  20. Firing and absorption tests? Could you please post me a link to a tutorial? I'm not sure how to do those tests (accurately). My goal Is to have a finished product that I can say was made 100% by me (tools and clay included). I want to be a potter that doesn't need a ceramic supplier. I wish to replicate a medieval potter and do everything myself (if possible).
  21. Thank you for all the feedback (and relocating my thread). It feels good knowing i finally found the right place to learn the things i need to know. i told you very little about the clay itself and yet you were able to nail one of the problems i was having and raise a concern (about my clay) for me. the "lime pops" comment worried me the most. my clay isn't found in any vain per-say. i located (i guessing) around 500+lbs of clay at the base of an old washing plant in a limestone quarry (hence my concern about lime poppage). the day i found it, the ground was damp but drying. The clay looked GREAT! the layer that had build up over the years was about 4 inches thick and had eventually formed the mortar holding the rocks on the abandoned road in place. Right out of the ground it was like store bought clay. But when i washed it down to remove the aggregate i found that my screen wasn't fine enough and felt to sandy. i was left with clay that felt like sandpaper when it was rolled into a worm and dried. I WAS able to form two medium sized pipes. one broke but the other one made it to the fire (it cracked in half as i was heating it up but other than that it did ok). i broke it back down, got a finer screen (i'm stuck with lowes for my supplies due to a lack of a ceramics supply shop. the employees all look at me with confusion when i tell them what i'm looking for) and removed about 3-4 cups of sand from my clay. My screen still isn't where i want it to be (i've even doubled it up) but i would say that my clay is about 95% smooth. every morning when i dump the water that has built up on the top of my clay, i get enough clay on the side of the bucket to form a ball a little smaller than a smasher marble. i like where it's going but it still cracks a bit when i bend it. i'm currently looking for a natural clay vein but i want to be able to do something with what i already have. i recently re-discovered the pottery wheel and electric kiln that has lain dormant and forgotten in my family's basement. i'm also building a woodfire kiln in my backyard so some of my pieces can have that smokey black char look. i've also all ready built a crucible (out of a propane tank and concrete) for melting soft metals so i can cast my own pipe molds. I've named him Desmond The Destroyer (or Double D for short). i fired him up for the first time the other day. He's pretty awesome actually.
  22. First off, i would like to say hello to everybody. i'm new to the forum and haven't had the chance to fully explore the site. so consider this my formal greeting (with a dire plea for help). i'm a beginner when it comes to dealing with any kind of clay but i read a lot. i am currently trying to work with natural mined clay (dug out of the ground with my own hands). it's smelly but i can see it's potential. i have been able to refine the clay and remove all the things i don't want in there. my only real problem i'm having now is my level of plasticity. my clay won't pass the finger test (it cracks every time you bend it. unless you add way to much water). i'm hoping ya'll can help me. is there anything i can add to the clay to fix this. i know that i could age the clay but sadly i don't have 6 months+ to allow it to ferment and mature. i've read that i can add calcium lignosulphonate (apparently its a concrete additive that allows for less water and greater absorption. please correct me if i'm wrong) and it will greatly improve the plasticity, but i can't find it in quantities smaller than 1 metric ton. can i use ashes (i think i remember a teacher in school saying you could add willow or cat-o-nine tail fluff but once again i'm unsure and not willing to ruin my clay.)? somebody told me i could add sand but it seems to me that adding that would have the opposite effect. i feel as though i have exhausted google and youtube and i still don't have a solution to my problem and i don't know anybody with the experience to help me. i have 80+lbs of clay just waiting for the right answer so i can finally start creating things (and not having them want to crack apart while molding let alone when drying and firing). i want to make clay pipes and mug/cups (i'm saying this just in case it effects what i should add to the clay. i have no desire to make anybody sick or hurt them because i used the wrong additive). I have been bitten by the clay bug (HARD) but i've reached an impass. Please help me. Any and all information will be greatly appreciated. i eagerly await your responses. i'm ready and waiting to satisfy this pottery itch. I can't seem to think about anything other than clay now-a-days.
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