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About hitchmss

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    Sam Hitchman
  • Birthday 01/20/1987

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    Cincinnati, OH
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    Making pots, hunting, fishing, making different foods from my harvests. Like to cook and bake. Enjoy music a lot; its a studio must have. Classic cars, working with my hands. I like to build things. Even though I am not nearly anything close to an engineer, I like to play at it; creating new projects for myself that arent clay related keep me from losing my mind. Metalworking, blacksmithing. Nature constantly inspires and amazes me.

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  1. @neilestrick is right but also check the pots for any glaze chips before firing if they've been sitting for a while. Pots inevitably tend to get bumped when on shelves being stored and fragile unfired glazes knock off easily. Avoid excess humidity, and if the glaze hasn't dried, watch storing in frozen areas. Otherwise, I've fired pots that sat for a couple of years...blow dust off like Neil said and fire.
  2. I couldn't hear anything or see anything from your video. That is unless you weren't touching the pedal at all and the speed changes are happening on its own. Aside from bearings going bad, or major physical damage, there's not a lot to fail or deteriorate with the wheel head itself. In your video it looks perfect. If the wheel is not stopping entirely, has jerky starts/stops or you want to adjust top end RPMs, you can adjust the potentiometer in the foot pedal. If the controller is having trouble adjusting to loads applied to the wheel while in use, that could cause the spee
  3. I feel like it when I'm filling it!
  4. Nope, no canvas (aisde from slab roller) in the shop. The thing covered with red clay is a plaster slab.
  5. An older Bailey on the left, Pacifica from 800, and a newew Bailey on the right. Lights were a generic name....fluoro fixtures which j converted into an led fixture. Can't remember the name of the bulbs....nothing special.
  6. Extremely happy with the space! Covid kind of overshadowed what should have been a blissful first year but nothing j can do about that.
  7. That is for sure. Stinks that my wife and I are camera shy. Mosa on the other hand....attention glutton!
  8. Just added some more pictures of the shop to the album "new studio build". Will take some shots of current and maybe do a walk-through video and try to upload those here shortly too
  9. hitchmss

    New studio build

    These are photos from numerous stages of the new studio I built in 2019 in no particular chronological order (couldn't figure out how to "set" this) . The photos correlate with the detailed info found in the forum thread "New studio design".
  10. Hahahaha! It is a DREAM studio no doubt. I figured Ill do this once, maybe twice in my life, if I'm gonna do it, might as well DO It! My architect scoffed when I told him the r values I wanted to achieve....in my mind, you get one chance to do this and then you're stuck forever living with regrets. Much better IMO yo recieive benefit down the road than upfront. Plus while it is a big number overall, really per square foot it's not, not at all for residential build prices....at least half. Granted, no finished floors or cabinetry, but someone could spend $40k and turn this into an
  11. Oh hahaha! No when I say batmobile....its a cart that's made by a company and they call it the batmobile....for storing bats! Heavy tubular steel great for storing my heavy hydrobats. My shop doubles as a lot of things....pick a hobby and it's done out there and not in "my wife's house"
  12. Bike shop? Assuming auto correct?! Yes, the efficiency is aweseome! Costs us more to heat and cool our condo which is 1/3 the cubic footage of the shop.
  13. Grab a cup of coffee, it's a saga here. Sorry I've been MIA everyone...2020; hopped on here yesterday looking for some advice and Babs asked me how the studio came along....made me remember that I never provided updates and finished photos. I'm currently sitting at a hospital (not for me this time....surprisingly) so I have some time to kill and thought I'd provide the low down on how the shop came together, but will have to take some new photos of the finished space as of most recent since it's been getting worked in and filled up. A lot of the ideas and designs discussed in
  14. My understanding of this process in wood is that it follows "water" through the grain of the wood. I believe it doesn't follow all the grain (obvious) but don't know if it likes to follow tight/open grain..... In any case, there is no grain to clay, plus the moisture content is a LOT higher than in the wood. My best guess is that you'd apply current, and very rapidly begin to create so much heat/steam that if continued you would blow the pot up.
  15. I can agree to an extent, but here in Cincinnati there are a number of restaurants which utilize locally made dishware. Agreed, its not for everyone, but there are plenty of us who do have state of the art equipment in their studios! Agreed; Id need a down payment to secure the work, but then COD in stages on remaining deliveries.
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