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  1. I had a mirror on the wheel that I used to lessen the amount of bending to the site to look at pots, but I had to move it. I do wonder if having to lean again contributed to my issues. Thankfully I'll be able to put it back soon, so I hope that will help a litle.
  2. Dear Mark, I didn't know surgery was an option. However, I say carpal tunnel as a lay man who throws these terms around without quite knowing what they mean. hopefully it will lessen and/or stop over time.
  3. Thanks Neil, that's a good idea. It hadn't occurred to me to just by breeze blocks-I was thinking if had anything in the house I can use to lift it up but I didn't really. do you have any experience on on managing hand pain, carpal tunnel et cetera? Relating to pottery that is
  4. I recently had some problems with RSI ( carpal tunnel), and I don't know if throwing is contributing. I don't throw a great deal and not much weight, but it might just be enough to increase the chance of a flareup. I've also felt some sort of tension / muscle contraction in my neck and shoulders a bit. (I've actually had a weird situation where the middle on my left hand likes stay bent and doesn't like straightening out. this comes and goes. is the finger I use for lifting and shaping when making spherical shapes.) Anyway, I wondered if the long leg kit for my Shimpo might help. It looks like it would allow me to throw standing up and I think I need to experiment with different postures and positions. any thoughts? I'm using voice dictation on my computer so this message might have a few quirks in it.
  5. I thought I had updated the thread; I decided not to go ahead with a kiln as there were too many questions about whether we could get it done properly at the moment. Thanks for all the advice though it will be useful at some point in the future I hope.
  6. Thanks Mark. Unfortunately I'm not able to have anyone come around to the house, so like so many of us these days, I'm having to cope without the benefit of qualified electricians and plumbers etc. Thankfully nothing in our house has gone wrong so far, but that's at the back of my mind when purchasing a kiln. I don't want to end up with a kiln that I can't use, because it trips my fusebox, and with soggy food (because the freezer subsequently cuts out).
  7. Apologies for the late reply. I've been writing emails to a kiln supplier asking for advice. As in oldlady's post, I can get kiln with castors, but unlike Hulk's post I'm not able to get a ventilation system going. It's been suggested that I could place a fan pointing towards a window to help vent, but in this case the window is actually a catflap. However, the biggest issue is whether the my house fuses could tolerate a firing. The fusebox is a little bit temperamental, so I'm concerned that it might trip, knocking out the kiln and also our fridge and freezer etc. Does anyone have experience of firing 13amp small kilns in the UK in Victorian houses? Unfortunately kiln shelves, wooden rulers and other items will have to wait for the moment?
  8. I'll respond more fully later, but thanks for the suggestions so far. Keep them coming, please.
  9. I want to buy a kiln. My only real option here in the UK, given the space I have, is to buy a 13amp model that just plugs into a wall. It will go in a kitchen with a concrete floor. (It won't be fired when there are people around.) What should I buy along with the kiln itself? Is there anything unexpected or 'I should have bought this to begin' with items that I should get? I know I will need kiln furniture and kiln wash, but what else? Also does anyone know of a products taht can help me roll the kiln out of the way when it isn't in use?
  10. A study of tiny clay pots with small spouts discovered at archaeological digs reveals that the vessels were likely used as milk bottles to feed babies. The specialized pots have long been found at sites around the world, and scientists have speculated that they may have been used to feed children or the sick. By looking at the lingering traces of ancient food inside these clay bottles, scientists have finally unlocked their secrets. http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2019/09/25/thousands-of-years-old-baby-bottles-reveal-how-ancient-infants-were-fed/#.XYusPJNKjx4
  11. Good point. I have been writing the clay name if it's one I don't normally use, but doing it consistently would be a better idea. A lot of my foot rings are quite small, so there isn't much space. I might be able to use the trimming date and then a number for each pot trimmed on that date. That way I could keep a log in my notebook.
  12. After I trim a pot I inscribe the date on the bottom.
  13. Thanks for the extra replies. That 2.5" does seem like it would be important, at least if one is sitting down. I think I need to spend a bit more time with the wheel and figuring out exactly how I want to sit with the regular pan. That and, actually, just being more diligent about cleaning as I throw.
  14. Thanks for that detailed reply, What? . How do you find throwing with such a big pan on the wheel? Luckily my Shimpo came with the long Allen key.
  15. Thanks for the measurements, Sputty. I'll give it a go. I've been having some of the same issues as glazenerd. I try to take my hands away from the pot in the direction of the rotation.
  16. I'm practicing cylinders again. Can someone give me a height to aim for when throwing with 1kg / 2.2lb of clay? I need something to aim for, even if it's difficult. I'll set a gauge up so I can keep trying to hit that height. Incidentally, here in the UK we call this # a hash sign. I still find it confusing when people refer to it as a pound sign, which is one of these: £.
  17. Had a chat with a shop. They reckon that sitting at the wheel the splash pan would be 2.5" or so closer to one than the original I need to sit down and see how that might affect my throwing position.
  18. Thanks for the replies. I think a large pan would be useful too, but if anyone has used one personally I'd like to see some feedback on how much width it adds. It looks enormous in some pictures and I'm wondering if I'll be able to tuck my legs intot he side of the wheel or if they'd be squashed under the pan.
  19. I've had an RK3E for a couple of months now. The two-piece splash pan is serviceable, but it fills up quickly and it's a bit of a bore to have to empty it with a sponge or separate it regularly to clean it out. Shimpo are now selling one piece, larger, round splash pan. It has drain holes in it. Unlike the two piece, it looks like you have to remove the wheelhead to fit this model. I wondered if anyone here has one and what they think of it; I'm wondering if it perhaps pushes the potter a too far from the wheelhead to be comfortable. It's also very expensive for a round piece of plastic - it's almost £80 here in the UK. https://www.sheffield-pottery.com/Shimpo-Pottery-Wheel-Splash-Pans-s/366.htm
  20. Has anyone used a ruling pen with shellac? I used shellac for the first time yesterday; I suspect it would clog quite quickly and be hard to clean.
  21. I like this idea. I've had some trouble throwing and getting the shapes I wanted, so I've gone back to to basics too. It might be useful if you upload sketches showing what kind of shapes you want. That way people can cut their pots in half and see how they compare.
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