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  1. Ha, I think you are being funny, but... there is that perfect straight cylinder you worked so hard to make and then there needs to be this leap of faith diving in and going for another form, sometimes it works and sometimes it don't, but that round even canvas sure looks good spinning evenly there on that old wheel. Almost every time I throw I have to go through that struggle...
  2. You do have a smaller wood rib that will work, but the one that is a bit bigger is better for the job. Body position when throwing is important also and what I mean by that is you have to be braced...braced with the wheel, braced against your legs and hips with your arms, basically the more solid your body position the easier to stay very steady when you move the clay and very steady keeps things centered, centered, centered...
  3. nerd, a lot of really good advice here...wish we lived a little closer, I'd come over and give you some throwing lessons, but you are doing great. What Joseph said about squeezing the clay at first is also something you should work on, when everything is very thick the clay can be shoved around a lot...most important is to keep everything centered, centered, centered. Also I was looking over a picture of the tools you throw with, you have a really nice large curved wood rib... you also would find the rib that is about the same size, but has one side flat very helpful. When I'm throwing tall cylinders and as things can get a little out of whack after a couple of pulls, slow the wheel speed, use the flat side of the rib on the outside of the cylinder starting at the bottom and with very careful gentile pressure use a finger or three on the inside of the cylinder against the wood rib. Now, slowly and evenly raise the rib and your fingers to the top of the cylinder. This may take several passes to bring everything back straight and you will need to pay attention to the angle of the wood rid so you don't catch and have it stick to the cylinder when it is very thin. A heat gun is a wonderful tool and opens up new avenues also, I use mine a lot.
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    Thanks very much, occasionally I get lucky...
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    This fired ok tucked back in a low corner
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    Way over fired and carbon coring, the spirals warped and sagged, first time this bad with pulled spirals.
  7. The iPhone 5 has its limitations, I broke about a third of the cups in half after testing the ring sound with a small metal hammer. The ones with a dull sound I broke in half and most show shiny black carbon deposits. also had very uneven firing, the way I loaded the kiln may have been some of the problem and my burners may need a little work.
  8. I have a north star slab roller, bought it new...never had any metal flakes.
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    Marko, thank you very much, but you are too kind... and I held my breath a lot!
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    Chinese characters in wax over carbon trap shino glaze test ready to fire.
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    Chinese characters in wax over carbon trap shino glaze test ready to fire.
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    Marko, we could share some stories I'm sure I spent 30 years working in emergency services. I'm curious and if I may ask how is it you became witness to that unfortunate occurrence?
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    Creative spirit ebbs and flows... I have spent the last 6 months traveling back and forth to the high Sierra prospecting for gold, giving clay a break. Other times if I'm in a rut I will just throw forms and not even focus on the glaze, pieces sometimes move to the garden unglazed as decorations.
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    When I first centered the clay I intended to throw some cups off the mound, but when I started was just in the mood to do something else...
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    The clay I used is just Laguna soldate 60, it is a few years old and has gotten a bit more plastic. I think it throws pretty good and is easy to pull handles with.
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    Progression 1/6, 7# soldate 60 threw this tonight while preheating the kiln...
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