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  1. I've never had a problem with low temperatures in the range you are experiencing, when it's warm and the air very dry then things can dry to quickly. My studio is not insulated and when it's cool and the air is moist everything just takes forever to dry, when it's summer I cover everything in plastic left over from the dry cleaner laundry, or wax resist depending...
  2. The k cup is great and fits really well in the photo, I like it.
  3. Lisa, if you need a lot of water to throw comfortably, then be diligent about frequently soaking it up and keeping everything as dry as you can while you throw, so you minimize shrinkage and stress. Keeping the clay compressed and dry means less open space as the water evaporates and equals denser clay. No guarantee this is your issue, but is something I always do and I have very good success if I follow this rule. When I don't compress the bottom of the piece while throwing and use excess water I will generally get a crack of some sort. Clark
  4. I've done sets of photos for display together, where I'll use an object like an artificial flower if I don't want to spoil the picture composition with a coin or ruler and establish the relative size vs a coffee cup in one of the pictures. And then use the same flower in every shot I take with each piece of pottery. It's not as clear and obvious as the coin or ruler, but looks nice and gives a standard for scale that's not to hard to figure out.
  5. What clay are you throwing? Using too much water and not keeping the clay compressed enough can lead to more dramatic changes as the piece dries leading to the type of stress cracks you describe.
  6. I've watched the artists work under glazing very large porcelain vessels with cobalt oxides in the factories in China, one of the techniques they use is to first start with a pattern of the design printer (transfer) onto the vessel. The painter then brushes a thin layer of latex over the design and then quickly uses a stylus to scrape the wet laytex off the pot over the design lines. They do this a small area at a time until the entire design is exposed through the laytex mask. When the laytex is throughly dry they brush on the oxide and after the oxide dries they peel off the laytex masking l
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    From the album: work at 1515art

    Out of the kiln and off to a shop in San francisco
  8. I posted some kid pictures to the gallery, I was having trouble getting them the right size to post here. First two were a teaching and throwing demo at the makers fair for a studio I belonged to. The others are from my daughters elementary school, every year she was in elementary school I would volunteer and provide all materials, firing and instruction for the whole class and we would make something. One year the kids made ceramic red white and blue pendants and the teacher sent them overseas to the troops fighting in the Middle East.
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    Hi Marko, I threw the five main body parts and one extra head piece (the first was to large) on one evening in the studio and an evening putting the pieces together after things firmed up and doing a little detail work. also some time planning things out, but the work goes pretty fast if the thrown pieces are sized correctly. also spent an evening finishing this head off and throwing the ears and horns.
  10. hi Evelyn, thanks for the welcome to the group... no, only one studio located at the home downtown in Santa Clara so I have to drive back and forth whenever I work and fire the kilns, although we do keep a bedroom (and kitchen) at the studio house for visiting guests. it was a lot easier back when we were living there for studio access now I have a 6 mile drive back and forth, but the new house has the best school district and is located in the foothills, also its nice to have a separate place to host events away from home.
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    Hi Joseph, thank you, it;s gonna take a while to dry in all this wet weather, which is a good thing... hopefully he survives all the firings, first time i've joined this many parts crossing my fingers and i'll post a pic at the end.
  12. We are currently living in a different city from my studio, a house that sits on a busy street in what has become the center of town that my wife and I are turning into a gallery and studio space. It's a slow process and we have been taking our time and involving lots of our artist friends to help and participate in the fun, my wife is a jewelry designer and we have invited other friends so far involved in oil painting, sculpture, jade carving and fashion design to join us. We are also designing a website to support the studio and artist network, 1515art.com, although the website is not active
  13. When I was visiting NECCA Portland one of the Janghwi, Icheon-si's Master, Choi In Kyu, gave me this tea cup as a gift.
  14. for mold release, using rubber stamps and making sprigs i like to use olive oil cooking spray. spray a bit on and wipe off the excess oil, i keep it off the areas to be joined when sprigging although it might not interfere with the joint.
  15. i think it finished somewhere around 15" you are pretty close. the 15 to 20 range seems to be a comfort size for me to throw, larger and my back starts to hurt doing a pull, smaller and hands my don't fit.
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