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    Bam2015 reacted to Callie Beller Diesel in Tips on soda firing   
    It shouldn’t stick any more than the clay body underneath, no. 
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    Bam2015 got a reaction from Hulk in Requirements and Costs for Apprenticeship in Japan   
    Hello Nabila, 
    I recently took a weekend workshop with Tom Hoadely https://thomashoadley.com who does beautiful nerekomi work. I believe that he spent time in Japan although I think it was years if not decades ago. I only know him from the workshop & it was just two days, so I can't facilitate any connection between the two off you, but maybe if you reach out to him via his website he can point you in the right direction. 
    Betty
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    Bam2015 reacted to Callie Beller Diesel in I'm stuck! Pulling Clay - Best Methods for lifting the wall   
    I find most people’s cylinder making style is a conglomerate of bits and pieces they take from everyone they see throw a cylinder. Watch lots of different techniques if you can. The right method is the one that works for you.
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    Bam2015 got a reaction from Pres in Argh!! Giffin grip gripe, anyone else have issues?   
    My Giffin Grip loosens, I've learned that I need to tighten it every so often. I have a Shimpo VL Whisper Wheel and someone said that the Giffin Grip can be a problem with this wheel. Personally, I would rather stop & tighten it than trim without it.
    I know that my response didn't help to solve your problem...sorry, but unless someone has a solution, it might just a be a matter of recognizing that you have to stop and tighten it every once in awhile. 
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    Bam2015 got a reaction from Chilly in Qotw: Participants Question Pool For Future Qotw's   
    Hello Pres,
    I have a question for you, or for our viewers. If this topic has been discussed ad nauseam then I understand if you skip it, but it's something I think about.
    Question: To wedge or not to wedge? Do you wedge clay when it comes straight from a bag or pug mill? If you do wedge, why?
    Maybe you wedge for the following?
    a) It's what I was taught and I can't get my instructor's voice out of your head?
    b) I'm a little OCD, I can't sit down at the wheel until I've repeated my wedging "x" number of times.
    c) There is scientific proof that one must wedge! 
    d) Nope, don't wedge, waste of time and my pots turn out beautifully!
    e) Other...please enlighten us.
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    Bam2015 got a reaction from Roberta12 in Standing to throw   
    Thank you for the link to the interesting article Min. I chose to try out the standing wheel at the studio. I am taking a class there and there are only two more. I have my own wheel at home, I just need to find the Goldilocks position for myself. 
    dhPotter, thank you for sharing a picture of your setup. 
    Betty
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    Bam2015 reacted to LeeU in QotW:What studio habits do you have that others have warned against?   
    I have a long-standing, very entrenched, habit of not making glaze notes (oh-so-sure I'll remember what went over what or under which, or what all 5 glazes I used were, or which was the low fire fired mid fire that completely washed out-who knows? -not me).  The deeper habit is that I don't care. I lose opportunities to duplicate something that came out really terrific, because I can't remember what I used, but I just fold that into my "serendipity" mindset and move on.  It's not something I want to "fix", but it is a terrible habit and I would warn others not to do it. 
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    Bam2015 got a reaction from S. Dean in Customer complaint: handle came off a mug   
    I would just replace the mug and not ask for the broken one back. Although you will be explaining to the customer that you want to learn from the broken mug, you also risk them thinking that you are placing blame (even if they are the reason for the handle falling off). 
    I bought a mug about 5 yrs ago from a well known, well respected, experience potter and it leaked the first time I used it. He willingly took it back and gave me a replacement, but I felt like he was blaming me, he inferred that I "bumped" it on something. Well I didn't bump it, and although I appreciated him giving me a new one, I didn't like that he implied that I was at fault. 
    Your customer might not tell others about your excellent customer service, but he/she will certainly tell others about what they perceive as poor customer service.
    My two cents....from a customer perspective.
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    Bam2015 got a reaction from Hulk in Which raw materials to buy?   
    Thank you for the scoop suggestion Mark. 
    Hulk, I get you.....wink, wink. When looking at Glazy, I was specifically looking at recipes that had reviews. 
    Callie, thank you for the suggestion on base glazes. I have visited Digitalfire and will revisit for more info. I took a glaze workshop and helped to mix glazes at a studio, but that was just one time. Thought it was now time to try it on my own, but realize that there is still so much to be learned. 
    I knew that if I posted my question I would get a some great advice. Thank you again! 
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    Bam2015 reacted to awheeler in Argh!! Giffin grip gripe, anyone else have issues?   
    Hi @cstovin! I work for Giffin Grip. We're sorry you're having these issues. It sounds like something that can be remedied though. A couple of thoughts I have right off the bat (pun intended!):
    1) The Wheel Whisper has posed a problem since it entered the market. The original GG was not designed for wheels that stopped so quickly. When you stop the Wheel Whisper, it stops immediately. This can slightly backtrack/loosen the GG hands, which tighten on centrifugal force. We're working on a fix for this, but for now we recommend that potters simply let off the pedal slightly slower. This will be a better habit for throwing, too, as the Wheel Whisper can actually throw pots out of round when they're west because of this.
    2) The rods/hands could be assembled incorrectly. The new rubber hands have an extra "step" to secure them on the rod: when you put them together, were you able to feel a second "pop" when seating the rubber hands? Double check all of them, because if even one of them isn't seated all the way down, it'll throw off the centering. Frustrating, but a simple fix!
    3) The bottom brackets could be loose or damaged. If this is the case, we will absolutely replace them! Check that the black bottom brackets are snug but not too tight — if you've had to bang your GG down on the wheel head to get it to secure, they're too tight. This could cause the plastic to stretch out over time, loosening the hold and throwing the GG off center.
    If none of these are helpful, we will still figure this out! Please email info@giffingrip.com and put CUSTOMER SERVICE in the subject line. We want happy customers and will work with you to make sure the GG is up to par! :)
    Aly
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    Bam2015 reacted to CactusPots in Argh!! Giffin grip gripe, anyone else have issues?   
    See, that's the difference between a shared environment and a personal one.  As a teacher/instructor, you're in the position to require procedures that might or might not not have a direct translation to a personal environment.  When I began setting up my studio 25+ years ago, the GG was probably the first purchase after the wheel.   It's just a skill that I don't care to invest the time in.  I didn't learn basics in a structured environment with a director that required anything.  They didn't have GG either.  He probably demoed it.
    I have tools that have earned their keep and ones that haven't.  GG is definitely a keeper.
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    Bam2015 reacted to liambesaw in Argh!! Giffin grip gripe, anyone else have issues?   
    Would make your job a lot easier 
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    Bam2015 reacted to CactusPots in Argh!! Giffin grip gripe, anyone else have issues?   
    Respectfully
    Couldn't disagree more.  In our age, probably hundreds of skills are discarded every year in technology.  I don't know how many people drive a stick shift (as an example) or learned this year, but fewer all the time.  I guess all firing in your studio is not some kind of wood fire kiln, cause that's a skill probably none of have from start to finish.  Skills are only retained as long as they are useful, and then forgotten.  It takes me a lot longer to tap on center, because it's not a useful skill for me.  Otherwise it can only  become an object of affection for anachronistic purposes.
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    Bam2015 reacted to DirtRoads in Interesting historical article about women in ancient Greece ceramics   
    https://getpocket.com/explore/item/her-3-000-year-old-bones-showed-unusual-signs-of-wear-it-turns-out-she-was-a-master-ceramicist?utm_source=pocket-newtab
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    Bam2015 got a reaction from Bill Kielb in Customer complaint: handle came off a mug   
    I would just replace the mug and not ask for the broken one back. Although you will be explaining to the customer that you want to learn from the broken mug, you also risk them thinking that you are placing blame (even if they are the reason for the handle falling off). 
    I bought a mug about 5 yrs ago from a well known, well respected, experience potter and it leaked the first time I used it. He willingly took it back and gave me a replacement, but I felt like he was blaming me, he inferred that I "bumped" it on something. Well I didn't bump it, and although I appreciated him giving me a new one, I didn't like that he implied that I was at fault. 
    Your customer might not tell others about your excellent customer service, but he/she will certainly tell others about what they perceive as poor customer service.
    My two cents....from a customer perspective.
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    Bam2015 got a reaction from Roberta12 in Customer complaint: handle came off a mug   
    I would just replace the mug and not ask for the broken one back. Although you will be explaining to the customer that you want to learn from the broken mug, you also risk them thinking that you are placing blame (even if they are the reason for the handle falling off). 
    I bought a mug about 5 yrs ago from a well known, well respected, experience potter and it leaked the first time I used it. He willingly took it back and gave me a replacement, but I felt like he was blaming me, he inferred that I "bumped" it on something. Well I didn't bump it, and although I appreciated him giving me a new one, I didn't like that he implied that I was at fault. 
    Your customer might not tell others about your excellent customer service, but he/she will certainly tell others about what they perceive as poor customer service.
    My two cents....from a customer perspective.
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    Bam2015 got a reaction from 2Relaxed in Customer complaint: handle came off a mug   
    I would just replace the mug and not ask for the broken one back. Although you will be explaining to the customer that you want to learn from the broken mug, you also risk them thinking that you are placing blame (even if they are the reason for the handle falling off). 
    I bought a mug about 5 yrs ago from a well known, well respected, experience potter and it leaked the first time I used it. He willingly took it back and gave me a replacement, but I felt like he was blaming me, he inferred that I "bumped" it on something. Well I didn't bump it, and although I appreciated him giving me a new one, I didn't like that he implied that I was at fault. 
    Your customer might not tell others about your excellent customer service, but he/she will certainly tell others about what they perceive as poor customer service.
    My two cents....from a customer perspective.
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    Bam2015 got a reaction from Hulk in New kiln size selection   
    Like you I am a hobby potter. I bought a small L & L Hot Kiln about 4 yrs ago, it's just 2.6 cubic feet, it's the short model, easier to load. So that you can imagine what that means in terms of size, I can fire five mugs per shelf at a time. I think for many people on this forum, my kiln would not be adequate. 
    That's all that I need most of the times, although a few times I could have used something just slightly bigger. 
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    Bam2015 got a reaction from Roberta12 in QotW: What investment will you be doing this year to advance/enhance your ceramics journey?   
    Pottery workshops!!! I can't put enough exclamation points after my response. I am so excited to be registering for workshops. 
    I don't have oodles of disposable income for workshops, but with no vacations, no workshops and minimal work travel during 2020, I can afford a couple of workshops in 2021 that I can drive to. 
    Betty
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    Bam2015 got a reaction from Russ in clay bags   
    I hesitated to answer your post because my suggestion is not eco friendly.  But, if you know of anyone with kitties who use litter boxes, they can probably use plastic bags for litter/waste disposal. That's what I do with my clay bags and I had a clay instructor who did the same.
    Going to duck now as I might get hit with the negative comments and any other items on their desks. 
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    Bam2015 got a reaction from Joseph Fireborn in QotW: What investment will you be doing this year to advance/enhance your ceramics journey?   
    Pottery workshops!!! I can't put enough exclamation points after my response. I am so excited to be registering for workshops. 
    I don't have oodles of disposable income for workshops, but with no vacations, no workshops and minimal work travel during 2020, I can afford a couple of workshops in 2021 that I can drive to. 
    Betty
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    Bam2015 got a reaction from Pres in QotW: What investment will you be doing this year to advance/enhance your ceramics journey?   
    Pottery workshops!!! I can't put enough exclamation points after my response. I am so excited to be registering for workshops. 
    I don't have oodles of disposable income for workshops, but with no vacations, no workshops and minimal work travel during 2020, I can afford a couple of workshops in 2021 that I can drive to. 
    Betty
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    Bam2015 got a reaction from akilspots in clay bags   
    I hesitated to answer your post because my suggestion is not eco friendly.  But, if you know of anyone with kitties who use litter boxes, they can probably use plastic bags for litter/waste disposal. That's what I do with my clay bags and I had a clay instructor who did the same.
    Going to duck now as I might get hit with the negative comments and any other items on their desks. 
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    Bam2015 got a reaction from GEP in QotW: What investment will you be doing this year to advance/enhance your ceramics journey?   
    Pottery workshops!!! I can't put enough exclamation points after my response. I am so excited to be registering for workshops. 
    I don't have oodles of disposable income for workshops, but with no vacations, no workshops and minimal work travel during 2020, I can afford a couple of workshops in 2021 that I can drive to. 
    Betty
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    Bam2015 got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in QotW: What investment will you be doing this year to advance/enhance your ceramics journey?   
    Pottery workshops!!! I can't put enough exclamation points after my response. I am so excited to be registering for workshops. 
    I don't have oodles of disposable income for workshops, but with no vacations, no workshops and minimal work travel during 2020, I can afford a couple of workshops in 2021 that I can drive to. 
    Betty
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