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  1. I'm using drill bits for holes - drains, and particularly, hollowing out knobs; I like the clay spiraling out! ...if the clay is a bit damp, then the chips stick in the flutes, hence a hole may take a few steps... from there, a larger bit makes a nice chamfer. I'll start with pilot hole, then move up to a larger bit... Cutting fluid, that's a good idea Chilly!
  2. Studio/bike shop/workshop is rather a mess; so many projects to work on this year - shelves, shelves, racks, organize, paint, clean... s-can, donate, give away mountains of stuff - however, priority project, surround sound, completed! Local public radio (now'm retired, get to hear daytime shows! ...Morning Cup, Democracy Now, TED, On Being, Fresh Air, All Things, Hidden Brain, etc. ), all tracks on my mp3 player, rock, blues, folk... Gilbert&Sullivan, Alison Krauss, Leo Kottke, Milk Carton Kids ...Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top, Steppenwolf, Howlin' Wolf, yeeeees, I'm older than (most of) you. Ahem, at the local JC, enjoyed Pandora Bob Marley and Acoustic Blues stations enough that I'll (eventually) make a place t'park a stream source in the studio. Yappy (Ann) come back!! You are missed, hope 2019 is good to and for you.
  3. "...not really a right or left handed thing." Yep, sounds right t'me. Right handed, I have set the wheel to counter clockwise to demonstrate (for cc classmates and friends), however, clockwise has been the "right" way for me from the start.
  4. Our weather finally turned, we got much needed rain and it's soo cold I'm wearing shoes and long pants inna studio now, too cold for flip flops an' shorts. Clay is stacked up in the other garage, not likely to ever freeze; we get frost on rooftops several times a year, have yet to see any frost on th' ground. A few miles inland it gets cooler, not so much here, with the Pacific close enough to hear and smell. Last spring I scoffed at warm throwing water, then turned right around and added from the warm tap, heh, got the horse laugh from our teacher. It was 40F outside this a.m.; hence 50s in the studio; I'm going to put a bag of clay inside to warm up for later.
  5. uh-oh, it's raining hard today, class last wet clay day ...wow, th' drops are bouncin', Pittsburg style. Time t'pack the torch an' get to class early
  6. "..I'll keep an eye out next door; they have the windows in, siding guys should be there soon." The stucco guys are hangin' black paper and chicken wire - no Tyvek scraps next door then; if'n ever I get my hands on some, would be glad to put some in the post to you. The foiled osb scraps are working great as ware boards/shelves in my lil' studio! Confirmed, the stacks of ware boards at local JC are waferboard (w/o the shiny) - some have been in service for over a decade - not the best in terms of kind to pot feet, per previous. ...meanwhile, the roof next door ended up with eyebrow, gable, and soffit vents all ober, hence I don't get why the radiant barrier roof sheathing, meh, good scraps for me tho'.
  7. Them lil' split units are what the mute cat lost - 'cept where it's so cold that there's not much heat to pump in, and where it's soo hot it's hard to pump it out! Our son has'm in his block house, very nice! ...not sure what the upper and lower outside temp thresholds are - there are occasional frosts where he is, and although heat does get to 110s (F), the outside units are onna shade side.
  8. "Welcome to the school of hard knocks-its where we learn the most from our mistakes in ceramics-its a life long collage of sorts-everyone gets in for free and its just a matter of time before you start learning hard lessons" Mistakes -> learnin', in Hotel California, yep on that.
  9. Good question! ...ah don't know yet, still learning. A few weeks in, centering clay started to get easier; some semblance of control started to come (and go) months later. Along the way commitment to preppin' that clay settled in, and it occurred to me there may be a reason why about half o'th'lumps behave better - 50/50 chance on which way the lump is turned up? For sure a slightly dry side, a bubble, a streak of harder/softer clay - any inconsistency - be causin' problems. Too soft and not soft enough can be frustrating as well. Back to the 50/50, I've been experimenting with fellow students at the JC (the ones really struggling); I'll offer to wedge up some clay, which I turn up left side for counterclockwise throwers (right side for me and the leftists), then ask later on how that worked out. Each and every one had a better experience. Hmmm, wedge? Pay attention to which way the clay swirls? What say you all? When we touch the spinning clay, it drags, causing the clay to swirl/spin, yes? Any road, still later on, further commitment to prep, in coning up and down at least three times, gettin' that clay centered up such that there's no perceptible runout - none. From there, consistent (if slow) progress... Still later, finally realize that clay remembers everything! e.g. when coning, particularly up, rushing a bit causes the clay to shear - those shear lines bite back soon enough. From there, a few little light bulbs lit up! ...'bout eight months in now, working on repeat work; not that I particularly want to do production - I do want the develop the skill, and there's some improvement lately, however, long way to go. All that said, keep at it, don't give up, practice, practice, and there isn't one right way - find what works for you, e.g., I'm right handed, but turn clockwise; I have problems with fine control in my right hand between about bellybutton to forehead, so left hand support/help is needed for trimming and centering, etc.; I've no feeling on outside half of right middle finger, which I keep forgetting, haha
  10. Also interested; pottery is a new activity for me - set up at home with a wheel and old electric since April, first bisque and glaze firings last month. Was curious earlier why not reduction in an electric kiln, but soon read about the problem with elements. I'm still curious why kiln people aren't using oxygen sensors; there's at least one in every car now (guessing that high temp CO detectors are not available, else not cheap). My (thin) understanding is "reduction" means significant CO levels in the kiln...
  11. ,) Nice view! Congrats on your kiln shed expansion.
  12. Nice! ...is that a window in the wall behind the kiln, or a tv?
  13. Most all the wareboards at the local JC ceramic lab are OSB, which can be a bit rough on feet; they seem to withstand moisture ok - some of them look to have been in use for a very long time, the edges and corners are well worn. Likely they din' cost anything - scraps. A benefit of having construction next door - scraps! If the wafer board doesn't work out for ware boards and ware shelves, I'll still use it for "other stuff" shelving. The scraps I gathered are the LP type, with th'lil' pinhole marks, far right in the collage attached. My guess is the downside as roof sheathing would be that that comp shingles and tar paper life goes down, as the heat has to go somewhere, and heat kills tarpaper and tarry shingles. Any road, for ware, we'll see, eh? The shiny side is smoother than any other ware boards I have, that's f'sure. We saw Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers a few years ago, good show! That boah can play banjo alrigh' (the Rangers are all right themselves), and still crack a joke as well. While on the subject, check out John Whelan, e.g. "Trip to Skye" and "Dancing to a Lot of Time" can improve your throwing 4.2%!
  14. ...I'll keep an eye out next door; they have the windows in, siding guys should be there soon. I've stocked up on wafer board. The type with the reflective barrier is smooth on one side, nice for ware boards/shelves.
  15. fwiw, my post to qotw has more t'do with "what is art" (and what is not art) than value of formal education; all good tho', carry on! Th' topics weave together, surely.
  16. "Any road, formal education/training (that isn't crap) is worth it, imo, howeber, you gonna suffer, an' one can't go back neither. " Oh dear! My undergrad, English, was from departments that mostly serve the rest of the Universities (Cal States SLO and Hayward); looking back, a good mix of courses, and several profs who engaged, cared, and taught*. My overgrad, Computer Science, was from a department (also a Cal State) that mostly serves itself and seems to operate on principle of anyone who can survive artificially difficult curriculum will make the school look good, where a few maverick profs engaged, cared, and taught, and the rest can go to th'hot place! Ahem, I'd classify both experiences as mostly not crap. In short, the opportunities changed my life. imo, much of what there is to experience in school is related to - it's magic, isn't it? - the group dynamic! ...assemble people who are interested in similar things and watch what happens! Well, I'm (fresh, three months in) retired, taking the second of three JC courses now (they aren't very formal - access to the lab, a bit of demo/instruction, then go! + the group dynamic); doesn't look like any formal Ceramic ed in my future. That said, I'm devouring books, articles, utube vids, online forums ...so much to learn! Finding a Pottery community, that might be a challenge. This forum is awesome! In person people - there's some potters around here... *taught, as in focus on objectives - clearly stated, carefully considered specific measurable outcomes. Aaah, between the aforementioned English and CS degrees, I'd a year Credential program. My Master Teacher made rather a case for objectives!
  17. Thanks Min, thanks Liambesaw! Search string "woven wire 80 mesh stainless" generates sufficient hits for me ...seeing need for smaller sieves (I have a few 5 gallon bucket size) for test batches o'glaze, etc.
  18. Min, curious what you're using for screen? The several AeroPress discs can be had reasonable, however, I'm not finding what mesh they are.
  19. I'm also curious 'bout what type of line you're using GEP; there are many single and multiple strand options in stainless steel (and titanium), e.g. https://afwfishing.com/afw_products/K175T-0.asp Likely braided dacron (or other synthetical stuff) would work as well... oh! there's a reply! ...will try't with multiple strands of braided dacron (bass line), as I don' have any shark leader in th' tackle box.
  20. Oooh, that'd be good for the framers (house in progress next door) - they start at seben a.m.!
  21. "If I lived nearby, I would do the eight hour shifts for you." Me too. As for what I think/feel/do regarding limitations, I'm very lucky to be able to adjust for weak and sore thumbs (and a few other minor problems). In public settings, I can hold my breath and/or walk away when artificial fragrances loom. Unfortunately, it's not a "real thing" for many - my "doctor" (looking for a new one), my employer (former, retired early), ceramics instructor (so farr, staying upwind of the two stinkers is working; when the weather turns cold and the doors close, weelll, I'll just open the doors, or go home), etc. I'm lucky!
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