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  1. I do the same thing with the sponge. I also use my apron frequently which i have many of.
  2. Apply a thick slip to your piece with a brush or your hand and start using the the airbrush/spray gun or just an airgun to move the thick slip around until you find a texture you like. I feel just spraying layer after layer you will not build up a heavy texture because the way the spray gun distributes the slip evenly. Applying too much slip to an already wet piece may cause the pot to slump or collapse. Good luck.
  3. I don't notice a difference throwing probably because I am standing up.
  4. There are two different size pans FYI. I use the big ones on my RK2's the wheelhead needs to come off and bolts on to the unit. I bought a seal that fits the diameter of the hole. I then have a copper tube that fits snuggle into the hole and is attached to a hose that runs into a bucket to collect the slop I use quite a bit of water (I also throw standing up). It works good. The one piece pan is nice and easy to clean out. If there is a lot of slop in there and you push a big sponge around you can push the slop over into the center of the pan and near the bearing cap. I will say you will need a long allen wrench to take off the pan. I used an allen socket and extension with a ratchet to take the head on and off once in awhile. I finally broke down and bought the allen tool from shimpo. You may be able to modify the one you have now if you are handy. Good luck.
  5. I use wax resist for drawing over carbon trap shino. I also use resist mixed with aluminum hydrate on the bottoms of my porcelain work to keep it from fusing to the advancer shelves.
  6. Handmade is on the rise for sure. Unless you got some "mad" pottery skills and people digging your stuff and willing to pay for the effort in making show stoppers you will most likely not flourish. Make some strong forms and have a good glaze fit consistently. Develop a line of work that is economical for you to produce. Listen to what people/customers are saying and buying and adjusting accordingly. Apprenticing with someone may be very helpful. Then you might have a chance. But I would not plan on that trip to Borneo for a good many years. "I would rather make a hundred $10 mugs as opposed to twenty $50 mugs" one of my mentors said this a few years ago. "Take my advice; I'm not using it." is what another mentor told me many years ago.
  7. Mine is outside against the wall. I did shim the front bottom so the table is at maybe a 10- 15 degrees slope. I find this angle helps with the wrist not being bent back as much. Also water sheds off of it. I have a cotton duck top. When I have the means and time I will weld up a frame with the slope (because I love it) and pour in a 3-4 inches slab plaster. I would store in the studio and not outside.
  8. Best Advice: "Better learn to use that metal kidney rib" Jeremy Birddell Worst advice: Listening/believing your own critique.
  9. Keep going. I saw your post on instagram. I too saw the plumbers flange as a support for the rim. I thought is very ingenious I have never tried it though. I personally like when the rim and foot are relatively the same size. When I have thrown this form I leave a lot of clay at the bottom and an inch or more to trim so I have a nice foot and good lift on the pot to match the hardy rim. When making pots with a large belly I purposely leave the wall thicker in the middle to belly out later. I also use the assistance of a torch or heat gun. good luck.
  10. I say well made pottery is well made pottery whether by man or machine. This comes down to design, clay, glaze fit, and decoration. I go thrift store shopping and antiquing regularly. I always swing by the dishes and vase areas. Most is slip cast and jigger/ jollied. I can just tell I do pottery. I some times am fooled or unsure and then one gasp in the hand one turn to look at the foot and boom not hand made. Mold lines are a dead give away. A stamp, made in china sticker, decals (maybe handmade not hand painted). I use my wedding ring to tap the object so I can get a feel for the clay and vitrification of it. I have came across some nice functional handmade pottery that made the thud sound( this does not live up to good pottery in my opinion). I do come across handmade items frequently. Most are student level and easily recognizable as handmade. I give these pots my critique. I do come across fine handmade porcelain and stoneware from time to time. One of my favorite finds is a Frank Vigland cup. This cup is signed and some others are not. But like I said well made pottery is well made pottery. Living in the southwest there is a market for Southwestern and Native American themed pottery. Most of these items are slipcast and hand decorated and signed. Tons of people buy this stuff. I however do not own a single piece of this type of pottery it does not meet my criteria. I will say if you like it; fantastic! However shame on those who deceive. Pres: One of my mentors makes platters (30-34") in this same manner. He use to throw them but has got up in years and is going for 1000 of them. It works for him to use the hump molds these days. All are carefully hand decorated and glazed. So admire and appreciate his work and him.
  11. Fantastic! Very thoughtful. A guy I worked with wanted some shot glasses for his bachelor party I told him I would do a dozen no problem. I found a had a very difficult time making this small simple form. I would say having a variety will be helpful. I will say hump thrown would be the way to go on this. This should be no problem for the nine tons a year potter and super uncle.
  12. I love it up there too. I rode my motorcycle all through there. I always eat a bunch of crab when I'm out that way. Have a great show and an awesome vacation.
  13. It might be a good a idea to take pictures of the label and other pertinent information for reordering or searching for a compatible/replacement product in the future. I wont remember once that bag is gone and a decade has gone by.
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