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  1. I've been looking at Bath Potters but from memory they say that they tend to warp! so was a little put off. I thought I might pick the brains of Vinegar Hill to see what they suggest. We have lots of woodshops that could make the bats but having never even see one in real life I just want to experience them before getting them made. Also hate the thought of having to drill bat pin holes in my lovely wheel, but needs must as they say so I'm sure once I get an understanding of them I will be a brave soldier and get on with it. I need to learn to throw a lot better before I start worrying about bats haha. We know the area quite well as family live in the New Forest so looking forward to getting out and about on free days, but my reason for coming back to UK is for the course YouTube is great for the theory but I just need to actually feel the clay watch and learn from the experts. Can't wait. Obviously my husband is looking forward to getting some good old English beer down his neck. Regards P I plan to take a small sample of the clays that are available here to compare with UK's I bet it's nothing like as good.
  2. You're right getting the right clay will be the trickiest for me, I've got a slab roller so even thickness shouldn't cause a problem. Living here in Turkey I'm struggling to get to grips with the different clays. My local instructor only used the cheapest of clays and didn't have any experience with the more expensive ones. Plus the clays available are limited. Also due to my inexperience I'm probably not ordering the most effective clays, but I'm learning slowly and as I have all the time in the world if something doesn't work I move on and try again. By the way I've just read your profile and you are obviously my twin same birthdate and year haha!
  3. That's exactly what I was thinking. Pritchpat, if you don't want to throw, you might consider slab building the pot instead. Or even coiling it on the wheel and evening it out. Actually slab building and coil was the way I was going to go I love using slab and plonking (not a technical word!) it on something as a mold. In fact the Spanish pot I mentioned in an earlier post would make about the right shape.
  4. Finish throwing pot - fill a sponge with water - drop water on the far side of the wheel-head - run wire under pot from where the water is, keeping it tight to the wheel-head - hold ware board at far side of wheel-head and push/slide pot onto it. If you still struggle, use a thicker wire, or even two twisted together. Thank you I'm getting better at it but sometimes I think my pot is too wet to fiddle with so I wire it and leave for a while, Not a problem as always good for a coffee break but would just like to get a/some bats to give them a go.
  5. Oh no I wasn't put off, if it doesn't work I go with the mantra it's only clay! I use that mantra a lot. Thanks for the forum info still trying to find my way around the site. Course is in UK Vinegar Hill Pottery taking the opportunity to stay with family in the New Forest, nothing like a bit of free board and lodging and I should know living on the Turkish Coastline all our family and friends tend to think we're a hotel haha. Only joking we love them all.
  6. Thanks for that I've seen the demo but as my throwing skills are basically crap at the moment I thought I would have a bash at hand building. Only planning on using in the oven but I take your point regarding thermal shock. I'm so much more used to hand building, love all the different shapes that I can achieve. Going on a throwing course next month so might ask if I can use that as a practice piece. I would really like to make something on the wheel that was intentional rather than Ooh I've made a bowl. I thought terracotta might be a better choice. I bought a large casserole pot in Spain about 25 years ago and that's still going strong. On another subject related to throwing I've got a Shimpo Whisper and could do with some advice as to which bats work best as at the moment if I do actually make something worth firing I struggle to get it off the wheel. I can't seem to find any info regarding best ones for this model. I have seen that some of the cleaver people on here make their own but before I go down that rabbit hole I would like to try a commercially produced one. Would have to purchase in the UK whilst attending my course, so that might also limit my choices. Regards P
  7. I want to make a handbuilt tagine and wondered if anyone could suggest the best clay for durability. Thinking of using stoneware, but is this the best way to go? Also how about the dimensions I've actually never used one before so not sure of the optimum size for a serving for four. Obviously the bowl is not the problem (or is it?) but is there a height to breath ratio that one should apply to a tagine? Regards P
  8. Gosh I didn't know I needed to engage my brain as well ! I normally just sit in my potting shed and play. Will need to go and find where I parked it. Thanks for all your kind words it really makes me feel less like a floundering idiot. The lady that I learned coil and slab building with is a wonderful potter but her glazing techniques left me always asking the question surely there's got to a better way to do it, or is that as good as it gets? Of course it didn't help that the glazes she first gave me to use were probably older than me! Since using more commercially available glazes I've been a lot happier but I still found myself getting annoyed that I couldn't ask the what if questions that are always buzzing around my head, but now I've found this wonderful site the what if questions might find an answer. Regards P
  9. Thanks everyone you are very kind. Just to clarify I'm a Brit living here in Turkey and finding my way around the differences in clays and glazes. I just want to play with them all so probably will be on a long steep learning curve, but loving every moment of it. I'm not trying to make a living fortunately or I would most certainly starve haha. Sorry with slow reply I've been sailing for a week, no clay on a boat but lots of time to work out what to do next to get better results. Regards P
  10. Thank you all for your replies I have to admit to my translating the firing instructions from Turkish to English was a little off, they recommend 900 and glaze firing 1180 - 1200 which is not what I did. I assumed that the Mayco glazes would work okay but lesson learned. I have purchased some stoneware glazes so I will carry out some test with that. I sorry if my description of leaching was incorrect but I was trying to find the best way to explain what I thought it was doing. I'm new to all this and it's all a bit like alchemy to me. I will take on board all your suggestions for trials and hopefully improve. It gets a bit frustrating over here as stockists of materials are limited and probably not of the quality that can be purchased in the US or UK. Once again thanks for all your help I need as much as I can get. Regards P
  11. Help please. I've been using Mayco glazes and have been very pleased with most of the results, but I have been having a few pieces crazing when using some Elements so I raised the temperature from 1050 to 1060 as I'm new to firing my own pieces and I had no real idea what would help and thought I would give it a go. At the same time with some of the pieces I was using a new stoneware clay which this temperate firing range fell into. I glazed nearly all of the pieces with Stroke & Coat as part of the design some had the addition of Elements and Clear Cascades which in the past I have had success. I then fired these pieces to cone 06. All but a couple of the pieces have what I can only describe as a damp bottom and the piece with the most design i.e. Elements and Clear Cascade crazed horridly and is now weeping everywhere. I can't see any visible cracks to the inside of any of the pieces all but a couple are glazed with Stroke & Coat. So my question is would raising the temperature have caused this or could there be another explanation? I live in Turkey so am using clay which I'm sure nobody has ever heard of so cannot compare to anything. Thank you P
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