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  1. thank my lucky stars - i think i found the technique. and i think part of that IS about the clay body. i can't imagine treating any of my clay with that vigor. its at 6:40 that he shows the technique. but its a nice video to watch. and its all handbuilt so i would guess clay body is pretty 'tough' and thick.
  2. i have been trying to figure out how to achieve a 'distress' surface technique in clay on thrown pieces. i have trying to figure out how to get something of this look - the rough surface look too and haven't figured it out. does this involve multiple firings? I've tried dark clay body and brushed, sponged slip on and then tried to take off, wash under tap but haven't got quite that kind of effect. i want to do this with slip. the book where i saw robin welch's pots said those particular ones were slip and oxidation. https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/0d/c6/86/0dc686caec0f09c1f
  3. those who use great white at our community college end up changing clays because great white has a tendency to crack very easily. those who throw thin dont enjoy throwing with great white. no one has ever had any problems with vitrification.
  4. neil how many sinks do you have to make to get one successful sink? from throwing to firing?
  5. thanks for your advice nerd. i took your advice and ran right into it gleefully. and really 'enjoyed' your reply. makes sense. i understood it. thanks to prof. z. i just need to think in terms of chemistry. it wasnt boring at all. quite the opposite. i tried talking about this with my proff today and he called me a nerd. will read up on grolleg - i vaguely remember that as an english kaolin.
  6. i just read about molochite on digital fire. is molochite another word for grog? that's what the description sounds like. is that what's used in sculpture clay which makes walls hold up better but not good for throwing? is that what i feel when i touch the clay.
  7. Why? is it because of the chemical composition. so clay is different from dirt because of its plasticity. meaning is plasticity the main difference? what exactly gives the clay its plasticity? is plasticity a chemical composition or just finer material. does dirt have platelets too? dirt platelet? or is dirt on its way to become clay once it has been ground fine enough which might or might not happen. all kinds of rocks yield clay right? that's what gives it its colour. iceland has black clay - so that's metamorphic? and the colour is really about iron content. sorry just thinking alo
  8. i think i have a basic understanding of what clay has memory means. i definitely have a better understanding of it with hand building (if you only roll the clay slab in one direction and try to form something in another direction there is a possibility that it might warp). when does it develop its memory? when you stop playing with it and leave it alone? how does it apply to wheel throwing? i understand the statement but dont know how to apply it in wheel throwing (in my world that means i dont really get it). i would like to use the principle to my advantage. in my voracious read
  9. so this semester i am focused on throwing tall and shaping - mostly vase forms. so i am discovering i have to think about the claybody. i consider myself still very much a beginner who is definitely improving. 1. is it better to throw with firmer clay as opposed to softer clay? i have discovered i cant use as soft a clay as i did for cups and bowls (even 5lb bowls). now i throw very dry (with slip), but it takes me a few pulls to get the form perfect (essentially using more slip) and i always try to not use any more slip than i have to. its not so much my outside hand that need
  10. when we have specific clay shows here, many proudly announce paper clay because of the type of installation here. some of them truly use the lightness of paper clay in full form - especially when they use the air dry form.
  11. oh no. that's not good. the organizers need to figure out a better format or better challenges. i can see it fitting a tv format. not real time. i can see setting a throwing time and a trimming time and figuring out a reasonable drying time. i wonder if the deciding people included potters. i am still glad it exists. i hope by the next show they can iron out all the hiccups.
  12. Exactly!!! why else would you want to do anything else.
  13. Ann are the challenges still the same? or have they changed that? lucky you!!!
  14. Callie do you know what she meant by survives? the waxy looking surface results survives? the colour survives?
  15. oldlady (stephen i so agree with you) i hear you. but i fail to see how you can even think of wheel throwing without having at least 200 to 300 bucks in your bank and facilities at home. where i am community college is the cheapest way to take a wheel class AND have studio time. unless you already had a wheel at home. i can see someone picking up hand building with clay. you need very little. you can start with just a bag of clay.
  16. add to that list drummer too john that is great you DO that. i agree. i cant think of showing without 'touching'. i discovered that myself when i was first learning. i had the TA show me what they mean by pressure. that was the only way i could learn. one of my costudents has been throwing for a year. a full year. when she was talking about the bottom of the bowl i made her stand and pushed my shoulder against hers so she got what strength she needed to push in. she came back in 15 mins and showed me a bowl she just threw double the size she had been throwing. a 6 x 4 inch bowl. ano
  17. stephen i just dont get how a cash poor student would want to learn wheel throwing. they must be true potters, where the call of the clay and wheel really hypnotizes them. i wonder if they are handbuilding clay people who have some clay background and really wants to learn the wheel. or they took a class and want to continue for more.
  18. nancylee pardon me for saying it. i can only say it by being politically incorrect. and i dont know what the correct word is. this is an issue i see wherever there is a wheel. all the time. doesnt matter the age. or experience. and i dont know if fear is the right word. but its easier for me to say it. its this holding back. as oldlady said just be a wall. essentially you are being a human jigger. if you have truly understood the principle of centering then the amount should not matter. if you can move a 4lb bag of cat litter you can also move a 20lb of cat litter. you just have t
  19. i am going to state the obvious. you've got to be captivated by what you teach. esp. to younger students. like brand new high schoolers. one of my earlier profs was burnt out but needed the money. many of his students (not his favs.) did not return. he has a chip on his shoulder. does not want to teach beginners, esp. those who ask a million questions (Iike myself). but the worst is if as a teacher you just dont care. you dont show interest. you dont organize your class well. you just dont show any enthusiasm for your subject. my daughter's 9th grade ceramics teacher (hand building) had t
  20. here are some videos that have helped me apart from the ones already mentioned. robin hoppers dvd sets were my first learning tools. dan dermer for bowls. we were taught how to bring up bowls. but that it needed so much work inside i had no idea. i learnt perfect bowls from watching this video. ingleton pottery videos is another source esp. for vase shapes. in some of this videos he admits his wheel does not slow down beyond a certain speed so he has a hard time throwing wider forms like a moon jar. i think he even showed a video of a failed moon jar. i think the son does not have
  21. stephen i wish the answer was easy. i am a community college student, have taken classes with a professional potter/retired professor and an avid youtube watcher. i have found you need your hands in many pies. for instance if you watch hsen cheun lin he rarely trims the rim of his pots. he is a pro. as a beginner i had to trim mine all the time to be in control of my pot. i watch a lot of people throwing. there is no one who gives ALL the info. i learnt coning from one person who mentioned it because he was throwing tall. watching potters from india and pakistan and nepal i learnt
  22. for some cultures though black clay is the norm isnt it? i have a particular fondness for danish pottery. esp. the potters island. all the photos i have seen and movies - (yeah i look at their dirt) seems like they have black volcanic soil. most of their pottery is dark clay.
  23. dick that's exactly what i was thinking too. is this a handmade piece? if not an industrial piece, it might be slip cast?
  24. i agree mark. even though i am in a class, its only when i took small group lessons did i learn about how much pressure you need to push into the foot. i wasnt pushing in enough did my teacher put her hands on me and we did it together. i was shocked. but it totally changed my throwing. whenever i have helped other students i make them stand up and i push against them. 'really?! that much pressure?!"
  25. thanks Mark C. i started a couple of weeks with 1 1/4 pound but have found 3 pounds is my comfort zone these days. so as i figure out shaping i'm keeping to 3 now. once i finish my series i'll go down. do you mostly make bud vases with 1.5lbs? or kinda medium vases? oh yes i do make chucks if i am trimming.
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