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    Rae Reich reacted to Pres in Beginning wheel throwing projects   
    Nancy, Maybe this will help, quick sketch of  hand positions, my kiln is firing today, so did it inside. hope this helps.

    I  usually hold a sponge in my rt hand so that the water will drip down the forearm as I hold in place.
    best,
    Pres
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    Rae Reich reacted to Pres in Beginning wheel throwing projects   
    How the heck did I miss this post Nerd? In answer to your questions. . . Yes you get to a point where everything seems to click and you are doing so much better. Problem is when you get to that point you want to push more..  relax and enjoy!
     
    Question 2, about the pulling  near the top. . . Imagine that the clay is actually an inch or two higher than it is, then continue pulling up. This will be an amount of follow through that should keep things from going wonky. At the same time consider drag, the better you get to throwing the less water you are using. . . correct me if I'm wrong. If you are using less, maybe you have a little more drag that shows itself near the top, try to use as little a pressure point as you can to get a pull. Less drag, taller pots, thinner walls, less wonky.  I also think of the wheel as a machine, my body in tune with that machine. As the wheel goes around a ratchet goes off in my head to move my hands up a bit, each time the wheel goes around I move. Dang clicking in my head at bed time!
     
    Hope this helps,
    Sorry for the miss,
    best,
    Pres
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    Rae Reich reacted to nancylee in Beginning wheel throwing projects   
    HI,
    I agree that it isn't strength, cause I'm strong and I've seen tiny women throw 25 pounds!! It it my technique. 
    I read your thoughts several times and I think I am getting what you are saying. I am going to have to play some more this weekend when I have time. 
    Thank you!
    Nancy
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    Rae Reich reacted to Hulk in Beginning wheel throwing projects   
    Long limbs, eye that, in the 99th percentile, reach for height - fun shopping for long sleeve shirts that fit at the wrist, neck, and body ...on t'other hand, reaching the top shelf, painting walls, etc., heh.
    Often overlooked: a) clay shifting on the wheelhead/bat, where just a smidge of movement is all it takes to "throw" off your center. b) shearing - apply too much pressure, too soon, where the separation/shear that results will continue to influence that pot, throughout - start over. c) poorly prepared, where a thick or thin bit of clay, bubble, crumb - any inconsistency - will disrupt the flow of the clay. d) poorly prepared, where thorough wedging is continued in the several "conings" (as DH mentioned, above) on the wheel, continued, where a clockwise thrower tips up the rams head to the right, eh? Try it. e) poorly thrown base, as the opening and working of the base/bottom is a continuation of the preparation to throw a vessel - easy to impart a shear at this step. f) direction, where one may be better suited for one over the other; whilst I can (sort of) throw counter clockwise, t'other is soo much easier for me. There may be a right/left handedness to it, meh, I'm right handed. f) too wet/dry, where the patience and persistence required to work stiff clay ...it's difficult! ...and squishy clay doesn't provide much feedback, and requires quick work. If the clay is a smidge too damp to start with, it will be just right once thoroughly wedged - wedging removed some moisture, eh?
    Learning (wouldn't say learned) all that th' hard way.
    Having seen eighty five pound eighty five year old potter throw large pots without straining (except, perhaps, lifting the clay to and from the wheel head!), not sure much strength is required?
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    Rae Reich reacted to dhPotter in Beginning wheel throwing projects   
    @nancylee For amounts of clay you are talking about, I pat the clay, as the wheel slowly turns, into a semi-centered mound. Then I place both hands on the opposite side of the mound and as I increase the speed of he wheel, pull the mound towards my body. This gets the mound closer to centered, but I don't worry about perfect at this time. Now I cone the clay 3 times, after each cone try to place your hands in your centering position and hold till the mound gets closer to centered. By the 3rd cone everything should be aligned and centered.
    I had read where Marcia Selsor likes to have the chair she sits in be positioned so when she looks down at the wheel she is looking about 1 inch beyond the center of the wheel. This has helped greatly. Try to lay your weight on the mound with your shoulders well over the mound. I usually end up with clay on my chest from hugging the mound.
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    Rae Reich reacted to Pres in Beginning wheel throwing projects   
    Just saw that I had missed this post, so glazednerd, just yesterday I was working with a few students (adults) and one was having the same problem you were. I told them that instead of ending the pull at the top of the pot to imagine that the pot was an inch or so taller and to "follow through" with the pull. This does help when coming to the top of the pot.
     
    best,
    Pres
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    Rae Reich reacted to Pres in Beginning wheel throwing projects   
    I was demonstrating at Altoona Area HS, where I used to teach, on Wednesday last week. I did 6 demonstrations(class periods) Each included a 9" cylinder of 3#, a 4# bowl, and a plate of 5#. Then I threw a few pots quickly showing how things were done in a studio situation; the teacher Eric Hoover narrated while I worked. I used stamping on the cylinders, and the plate before final shaping.
    While I was doing this, I was thinking of another basic wheel throwing project for beginners: sponge holders with drip edge. This uses a very similar concept to the apple baker. . .creating a small edge outside of a cylinder about 4-5 inches tall with a notch cut in it. I use a piece of pipe salvaged out of a toilet paper roller when the clay is near leather hard to cut two holes to establish the width of the slot and cut the rest of the slot with a fettling knife. I realize that many folks are making these, but they are not too difficult, and for a beginner another form to knock off.
     

    best,
    Pres
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    Rae Reich reacted to kraythe in Beginning wheel throwing projects   
    Interesting post. Quite honestly my experience was that I needed to spend lots of time learning centering .... get REALLY good at centering or you re screwed. Then Cylinders, then bowls ... lots of cylinders and bowls. Then I could try more interesting stuff. Took a good year for me to get comfy but then I am jsut a hobbyist, not a full-timer.
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    Rae Reich reacted to Pres in Beginning wheel throwing projects   
    Any weight component there Rex, as I would think without one there would be some really good, and some really poor cylinders, some with 3#, and some with 10#!
     
    best,
    Pres
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    Rae Reich reacted to liambesaw in QotW: What are your beliefs about the time to reopen the economy and returning to Summer craft shows?   
    Wow that's interesting!  I've never paid a fee to enter a show, we have a few big ones that charge an entrance fee, and those booths are multiple thousands per weekend, I've never even pondered applying to one.  I had a neighbor who did woodworking and iron, and he did two years of a big one (home and garden show here in Seattle) and he said never again.  
    I don't mind paying a jury fee, yeah it's kind of a cheap shot to artists, but I understand someone has to sift through all of it.
    Just silly that they juried you in this year, so obviously you made the cut in some way, why not shoe you in for next year??  Since I have to apply for next year's show again, I'll be out basically 150 dollars between application and jury fees.
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    Rae Reich reacted to Mark C. in QotW: What are your beliefs about the time to reopen the economy and returning to Summer craft shows?   
    Jury fees are a mixed bag for sure. After retiring from a large show that I had done for 25 years twice a year they asked if I would jury the show (ceramics)-no pay -a Zapp show
    over 500 entries under 1000. Remember. clay and jewelry are the big categories
    I passed for other resons than no-pay-I have many potter friends and I did not want to alienate any of them.
    My fellow potter said yes to that same request at another Wyoming Zapp  show . He was only doing the ceramic arts part -it took him  most of two days -he said no next time.
    Jury work is long and tedious for these large shows can have many many thousands of appliacants -jury fees can be big business.
    Our local show I'm on the board of- (100 artists) we do not charge a jury fee.
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    Rae Reich reacted to neilestrick in QotW: What are your beliefs about the time to reopen the economy and returning to Summer craft shows?   
    Some of the larger shows charge a $35 jury fee, and get over 1,000 entries. It does not cost $35,000+ to jury a show, especially when using online systems like ZAPP, that require very little labor, and when you're an established show that doesn't have to advertise beyond ZAPP to get applications. So that money is either extra profit for the show organizer, or it's subsidizing the booth fees. If I get into the show, the $35 was worth it. If I don't get in, it was a ripoff! I think a lot of shows use jury fees as a way to boost their profits since there are limits to what they can charge for a booth fee. I've seen jury fees as high as $45, which I refuse to pay. The show is either greedy or poorly organized if they need to charge that much. Some years I spend $1000 just on jury fees, which I think is ridiculous considering I only end up doing half of those shows. But to get into 20 shows I have to apply to 30-40. Jury fees have gradually crept up over the last decade. It used to be that $25 was the high end. Now $25-30 is average.
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    Rae Reich reacted to Roberta12 in QotW: What are your beliefs about the time to reopen the economy and returning to Summer craft shows?   
    Lots of shows have jury fees. Big and small.  It takes time to go through applications, photos, etc.  And it might be a small or large fee.  Having helped organize some things, I know it is a lot of work and there are costs involved.  As well as time.  Big amounts of time.  I don't begrudge the jury, the fee.  
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    Rae Reich reacted to neilestrick in QotW: What are your beliefs about the time to reopen the economy and returning to Summer craft shows?   
    I think it's great that these shows are attempting to do some sort of online event in lieu of a real show, because any advertising and opportunity to sell work is good. But it's ridiculous to think that the online sales would come anywhere close to what would be sold at the real show, so expecting people to pay a full booth fee to participate is ludicrous. If they want me to put my jury fee toward it that would be fine. But using my $300-400 booth fee is not going to happen. There's no way I'm going to sell $2000 in pots in their online sale. 
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    Rae Reich reacted to GEP in QotW: What are your beliefs about the time to reopen the economy and returning to Summer craft shows?   
    I think your instincts here are valid. Wait to see what happens to them first. 
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    Rae Reich reacted to Pres in QotW: What are your beliefs about the time to reopen the economy and returning to Summer craft shows?   
    I used to not do shows that did not jury in. It kept some of the carnival atmosphere away from the show. I did a few shows early that were non juried, and was stuck between someone selling knock off purses in one booth, and someone selling pipes imported from China. A few times of that and you realize to establish your sense of worth, or give in and sell crap. IMHO.
     
    best,
    Pres
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    Rae Reich reacted to GEP in QotW: What are your beliefs about the time to reopen the economy and returning to Summer craft shows?   
    All of my shows are juried, and they all involve a jury fee. Except for one that is very casual. 
    I’ve gotten all but one of my booth fees returned, but none of my jury fees. For me a jury fee typically ranges from $25 to $50, so I’m not worried about it. The one show that didn’t refund is letting me apply the whole booth fee to their 2021 show, which I also think is fair. 
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    Rae Reich reacted to Mark C. in QotW: What are your beliefs about the time to reopen the economy and returning to Summer craft shows?   
    Thats not a fair proposal -they are forcing you into something you never signed up for.Its pure greed as far as I am concerned-you signed up for the show -if it canceled you get the money back-if you want to participate in plan B (online market where they get a cut) thats anew deal not part of original contract.Its just like the description of that Montana show I referanced.
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    Rae Reich reacted to nancylee in QotW: What are your beliefs about the time to reopen the economy and returning to Summer craft shows?   
    I think as long as 80% of the country is still working or getting unemployment, sales will be up - at least online. My views on etsy are way up over last year and my sales skyrocketed over last year, but I wasn't selling much last year cause I was working again full time. People are home, can't go shopping, and are bored to tears. Thus, they shop. 
    I think Christmas shopping will be good, but online. I think an online presence, even if only Instagram, is vital right now.
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    Rae Reich reacted to Min in QotW: What are your beliefs about the time to reopen the economy and returning to Summer craft shows?   
    Just throwing out a random thing I came across the other day. There is a fellow here that runs a private teaching studio, obviously not able to teach / hold classes right now. He's renting his wheels out, 125 a month, includes a really basic selection of tools (sponge, pin tool, chamois, wood knife and a couple ribs). I don't know if this would backfire, maybe some people would go out and buy their own wheels after having one at home and he might loose students. Anyone renting one of his wheels and wanting to fire pots made while using it can pay to fire them at his studio sometime in the future but has to use his cone 6 clay. 
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    Rae Reich reacted to neilestrick in QotW: What are your beliefs about the time to reopen the economy and returning to Summer craft shows?   
    All of my shows through July and some into August have officially cancelled. I didn't even bother to apply to any September shows except one small local show. I've got one May show that rescheduled for August, and one October studio tour show that I was invited to be a part of up north. That's my show schedule for the year-2, maybe 3 shows instead of 15-20. Total bummer. On the plus side, I've gotten back about $1500 in booth fees, and I was finally able to apply for unemployment this week. 
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    Rae Reich reacted to Mark C. in QotW: What are your beliefs about the time to reopen the economy and returning to Summer craft shows?   
    Summer gatherings in Ca are all canceled-the fall is on the fence leaning heavily towards closed. The cal sate university system (largest in the country) is all online in the fall.
    I do not think I will do any shows this year-very slight chance I may do my private outside xmas sale as its a perfect covid-19 venue with only one or two customers -outside and the 6 feet apart is easy at that location-booth is one long setup about 24 feet long-outside under huge overhang. I would have to want to do it and find some younger sales help-(6 hours a day sale)I'll see how I feel then which is two weeks before xmas-I will have to decide to send in my 200$ rent by November so thats a ways off still
    Our fair board meets this coming week to talk about our local show-I am going to push for using the jury results this year for next year so we get something for our work already done this year on show and return all the funds and cancel show which is 3rd weekend in Sept.
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    Rae Reich got a reaction from nancylee in QotW: What are your beliefs about the time to reopen the economy and returning to Summer craft shows?   
    I'm thinking that it would be wise to plan for a year without shows. Maybe next summer. 
    In the meantime, online shopping appeals to many customers, possibly potters can create online co-ops to get away from etsy distractions. 
    Also, in the short term, consider marketing hand sanitizer bottles - if you know a sewist, see about selling masks and bottles together. 
    Right now, Nurseries are open (because they sell food plants) so think about placing wares there - vases, planters, wall art, garden themed mugs and platters.
    Stay safe.
     
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    Rae Reich got a reaction from nancylee in Beginning wheel throwing projects   
    Yikes! I pictured ten cylinders that were 10" tall and of the same (10") diameter! THAT would be a challenge
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    Rae Reich reacted to Mark C. in QotW: What are your beliefs about the time to reopen the economy and returning to Summer craft shows?   
    I do a show in Wa state every August-since 1993 they are a non profit but are really focused on making that money-I mean really focused-they just sent out a survey monkey on dates for the show in Sept-as tey know its off for this summer. We as artists have other obligations on other dates-really a bad thought moving the show dates.
    Many artists have cancelled.I suggested putting all the energy into next year-moving the show dates is always a BAD idea always. Folks have other oblgations and the public knows the datse not the new ones-always a less turn out on another weekend-always less money. I'm hopefull they will see the light and give it up. I do not think its a viable time for a show.,unless there is a major health breakthru. (by sept small chance) Yes I;m a professional but after my 45 years in this I know a bad idea when its floated.
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