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Everything posted by shawnhar

  1. I thought I would maybe move to one of the bat systems, but thought I would try some regular old cheap square bats first. I use a "bat gripper" that is wet, wet the bottom of the bat and put it on, then throw like normal, no warping yet after a couple hundred mugs. I do use the "other" side every time I use them again though. After using these for a while I can't see a need personally for the "bat system" that has the square cut out. https://highwaterclays.com/products/square-masonite-bat-9
  2. Thanks Min! Not sure I knew you can use vinegar!
  3. Thank you to to everyone for all the great responses! I know it has been a hot minute since I originally posted this but I finally got to try out the "brushing" on dipping glazes. I had some bisque pieces that were pretty much seconds to try it on and was super happy about that since I am loath to lose more of my big bowls. I'm really stoked about this process and will make some test pieces to practice with, it's a bit of a learning curve as the glaze thickness and the brush seem to have a big impact, but the biggest thing is having a squeeze bottle with a small nozzle so you can control the flow, I had a restaurant style ketchup cheapo thing and it was terrible, just dripped out as soon as you turned it over, with no flow control, what a mess! I think with a decent brush and better flow control I will be able to get some great results on my big bowls.
  4. You can "cheat" by dipping in a light color base glaze 1st, then spraying the darker glaze on, this way it doesn't ruin the piece if the sprayed glaze gets thin in spots, like behind the handle.
  5. Blasphemy! Everyone knows you can't brush on glazes meant for dipping! Doesn't that cause some kind of catastrophic reversal of the magnetic poles or something?
  6. I started a new topic so we don't derail this one any further: https://community.ceramicartsdaily.org/topic/21553-glazing-big-bowlslarge-objects/
  7. How do you do it and what tools do you use? I struggle with it, all my glazes are in 5 gallon buckets and the big bowls don't fit. I have a cheap paint sprayer and have had some success with that, but it seems to waste a lot of glaze and it's hard to tell if there is enough coverage. I have a large soft plastic tub and have tried that, but I don't have enough glaze to fill it up so that the bowl can be completely submerged and I have to do part, turn then do the other part, which leaves a line where the 2 dips overlap. Iv'e tried pouring in/over but that leaves lots of drips for me, I can smooth them out but it seems I always get a spot or 2 that is too thick or it looks uneven after firing.
  8. I DESPISE making big bowls, the throwing part is great, the glaze failure rate for me is heartbreaking. I can fit 24 mugs in my little 818, if 1 or 2 fail, no biggie. The kiln will only hold 2 big bowls and at least one always fails, they don't fit in the glaze bucket, I suck at the pouring method, crawling, pinholes, too thin, drips if I try to mix colors, it's always something. We did sell a bunch during the holidays and I am down to 2 left, and I have 2 bisqued that haven't been glazed because I dread the failure.
  9. I don't know what Georgia O'Keeffe had to be stressed out about, but apparently she took up pottery at 85. https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/sothebys-georgia-okeeffe-rarely-seen-pottery
  10. I only have like 9 tools, there is no need for organization, lol. Sponge, wire, needle, rib, trimming stick, then after the wet part I just have a 2nds mug with a knife, paintbrush, scratchy tool, trimming tool, and a needle tool that stays out of the wet stuff. I have some more 2nds mugs with other tools but I rarely use them. I have a plastic bin or 2 with tons of stuff I never use. I'm down to only making mugs and spoon rests though, I stopped making anything that doesn't sell, and gave up on trimming the bottoms of the mugs as people don't seem to care.
  11. Congrats Liam! Good luck on the 1st glaze firing! I wish my big kiln was up and running but I haven't decided where to put it yet, it's too big to go in the space where my little 818 is.
  12. Thanks all! I will focus on making it fun for them and maybe bring a bit 'o wine, lol.
  13. Almost the same for me, I have the utility sink outside connected to the garden hose with a large plastic container underneath acting as a trap. I do have a sink inside where I throw but I don't use it, not sure what clay/glaze would do to a septic system but I'm sure it ain't good.
  14. So... I agreed to teach a class at a local studio since the owner is out of town. I can't decide if this is a good thing or harder than it would be teaching a regular 6 week wheel class, but it's one night, 3 hours, and couples...throwing together. Each person can only use one hand to touch the clay, a "my right, your left" thing. Crazy right? It's a valentines date night event and she told me not to let them try anything crazy, just bowl or cup, that's it. It sounds fun and I will do my best to make it fun for them, I think I even have an assistant coming that will throw with me and I think that will help me explain it to them better since I will be doing it for the 1st time as well, at least the other hand being connected to another person aspect. Have any of you done a class like this, or have any tips? Iv'e been going over it in my head and have lots of ideas but I'm not sure about any of them, feels like I will be mostly winging it, which is fine, but I have to make sure each couple gets one resulting piece.
  15. How do I net 40k a year throwing pottery without transporting work to and from craft fairs? Kidding aside, it was a really nice article Neil!
  16. Between the OT at my day job and working my wife's new store, haven't had much time for pottery. It's calmed down now that the holidays have passed and I can get back to throwing again. Need to restock badly. Wife sold all my big bowls, berry bowls, spoon rests and most of the mugs, being behind is awesome! Just unloaded the kiln on my lunch break today, only one fail, yay!
  17. Congrats Liam! Don't forget to have fun!
  18. 2 feet of snow... ya'll are crazy! Feels good to have something on the bench, life's been busy, wife sold her store, we opened a new one in a nearby small town and I've actually sold a few things there already, tried a booth at a local shop that rents booths but it's not done much better than the rent. We had to practice like 30 hours for a gig at a friend's party, that was awesome, made people cry, felt good to nail it for a change. Anyway, uggg, you don't throw for a while and for me anyway, let's just say the first few mugs will have carving around the bottoms, a couple might not make it due to thin bottoms, and I felt a bit rusty, lol. Sure does feel good to spin some mud though, nothin' like it.
  19. Just wanted to follow up and say thanks to everyone. Ran the clear through the 100 mesh screen and removed all the "sand", worked great. I feel like maybe it was mostly dust from bisque.
  20. I tried sieving it but the clumps are so small it only catches a few of them, going to order a 100 and see what happens.
  21. Thanks, not sure what to do about the glazes now. They sat for a month without being used, does glaze go bad in that amount of time? Also wondering if I can get a 100# screen and smash the little bits back into the glaze?
  22. I can rub them off, not out, they are little solid rocks, not air. They appear after dipping, and after dry, can be brushed/rubbed off. the clear is Nepheline Syenite 24% Wollastonite 6.4% Gerstley Borate 16.8% EPK 8% Flint 32.8% Strintium Carbonate 12% Bentontite (optional) 2% The Turquoise does the same thing, it is Cornwall stone 41% Silica 16.5% Strontium Carbonate 12.5% OM4 ball clay 10% Whiting 10% EPK 5% Lithium Carbonate 5%
  23. I am having trouble figuring out what to do about these tiny spheres in my glaze, they are smaller than the sieve I have (think it's 80#) and not sure what is causing them or how to deal with it. It seems the minerals are separating out and hardening into tiny little balls. They will mess up the piece as they don't smooth over or melt well and leave a bumpy pinholed surface. This is my clear but I have seen the same thing in my turquoise glaze as well. Anyone seen these before and/or know how to deal with them?
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