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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
  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
  7. The bottom bearing takes 3 in 1 oil. The top bearing you can use grease or Vaseline. I used a marine grade grease for the top bearing. This most likely is not the bearing unless what was previously mentioned. This is about technique. If you can begin kicking with both legs to start you can get a faster rotation going much easier. The second is if you can kick while throwing. I kick while throwing. I will say I throw no more than 3lbs on the kick wheel. I prefer to throw bowls while kicking. It will just take some time. You can outfit with electric motor kit(kind of costly). You can outfit this
  8. Do you wedge? What style? Ramshead, spiral, wire and slam, pugmill, etc. Why? Do you also orientate the spiral shape to the rotation of your wheel?
  9. Professional Amateur potter here. Hello reality? It takes a lot to become a Professional. How do I know this? I read the Artist's bios, exhibitions, workshops, education, work history, awards, publications, etc. Mine reads years at the community center and community college attended a couple of workshops have a home studio in the garage. Yeah no $40-$150 price tag on my yunomis. I have seen some of these professionals come up and some of it is fantastic and others are lets say not my style. But there they are doing the work that is required to be a professional. Kudos to you. Much envy o
  10. I really like the logic and formulation of a of your SAS. If I was mixing my own clay I would be all over this. I have for years added OM4 to my reclaim (stoneware). I Keep a bowl of it on the wedging table and wedge the clay and set for a month and wedge again a use. Works great. I probably don't even use cup per 25lbs.
  11. They work good. Run your glaze through a 60 mesh screen first. 20-40 psi incoming.
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  13. Lidded vessel=$$ Urn=$$$$. I make urns but lidded vessels are ok too. Those of you who may consider making urns. A few tips. Some people do not want to open the bag of ashes so make sure the opening is wide enough to accept the ashes. Make a good lid; one with a flange and rests on gallery. A tip to the side or a bumpy road and poor lid and a grieving family; not good. Make sure the urn is large enough. First one was for our friend Darlene barely got all of the ashes in. My wife just about died as we neared the top pushing and tucking her in there right before the memorial. I have ne
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