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  1. Hi everyone, I recently relocated to Rome, Italy, and since I couldn't find a community studio I decided on getting a wheel of my own so I could work in my garage in addition to take classes. As far as firings go, I'll rent a kiln in a nearby studio, until I'll feel comfortable enough to get my own. I'd really love to get some advice as far as the wheel purchase goes. Haven't seen any used wheels on eBay and most shops here in Italy only sell Shimpo, so it looks like I get to choose between the RK3E (1.400 euro, looks like the whisper to me), the RK 55 (800 euros, looks like the whisper Lite) and the -Whisper T-2 that looks intermediate (1.120 euros, I'l attach a pic). I was looking around for reviews but couldn't find this last model anywhere online: I'd like to hear what users have to say about it! As for me, I am mainly interested in throwing small pieces of tableware, I never throw big quantities of clay, however I'm not sure how comfortable I'd feel with a wheel that has a belt, also the Lite just seems a bit light to me. However, I'm not a pro and I'm not a production potter so while I've heard great things about it, I think the actual Shimpo Whisper is just too much for me. I feel like I should start smaller, hence the intermediate solution. Does anyone knows if this wheel is actually any good? Many Thanks!!
  2. Thanks for asking, I plan on doing the exact same thing, happy to read that so many people do the same
  3. I'll ask! I use a shared studio so I don't get to handle the kiln (it fires at cone 6 but that's all I know), and I have no idea about the ingredients in the clear glaze (it's made in the studio, I'll ask!). In case the percentage of gherstly borate would be high, should I look up another clear glaze? Suggestions? Also: could this be due to a too thick layer of glaze? - this clear coating was too thick imho.
  4. The underglaze went only into the groves I traced into the dry pot, everything else was wiped of. Should I still apply several layers?
  5. I thought I had inserted the pic in my post but for some reason, it's not there (tried again now, still nothing, maybe some restriction due to the fact I'm a new user on this forum?), however, this is a link: http://www.cavolettodibruxelles.it/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/IMG_7304.jpg Hope this helps, and think you for your time!
  6. I started pottery a bit over a year ago and recently begun exploring decorative techniques. I tried some underglaze inlay on a greenware piece, carving out decorative lines on a small waxed porcelain cup, then painting the whole thing with blue underglaze, and wiping off the excess underglaze. I bisque fired the piece, then dipped it in transparent glaze and fired it again. The final cup has streaky underglaze, I don't understand why since the underglaze was bisque fired before I applied the final glaze? (I'll attach a picture, please note it's just a test piece I do notice however that the streaking seems to occur on those lines that were less deep (the straight lines were carved a bit deeper into the clay, might that be the solution? - I thought mishima could be fairly superficial, am I wrong?) Should I try to sponge on the clear glaze instead of dipping? Also, I find that dipping gives me a bit of a thick final transparent coating, could I try and brush it on in order to obtain a thinner coating or am I just setting myself up for a huge mess? I'd very much appreciate some experienced insight on this! Many Thanks in advance! SaveSave
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