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Kosch

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  1. So I ended up getting a TS Premier last year. All the research I did pointed to the screeching being the stators on the motor and just had to wear in. Mine was a bit louder than expected in the beginning (I got the SSX speed control upgrade) but it went away after awhile. It seems you just have to run it to get it quieter. I absolutely love mine and expect it to last me many many years.
  2. Hey there, I realize this is a very old post, but I stumbled across it researching various clay bodies. I'm guessing the clay you got from Kyle (he is a friend of mine) was Coleman Raku. The description says it has grog but I believe it's supposed to be fairly smooth. However, I think the clay he carries that is most comparable to Silver Falls is Rainier, which is a medium grey before firing. It's also extremely hard and has to be beat up pretty well to be workable (dropping on the floor a couple of times works). Anyhow, not sure if you'll see this, but hope it helps, even if very late
  3. This is something I've been struggling with, especially after watching a number of videos. I primarily use Georgies G-Mix 6 (no grog), and while reasonably soft, it isn't especially moist. I find dumping water and then mopping up and scraping off with a rib quickly to help a good bit. Since I started I've definitely been using much less water, but it still varies with the bag of clay or my skill (or lack thereof) for the day. But, and keep in mind I've only been doing this around 2.5 years so still consider myself a beginner, something I've realized is that many of the videos I've watched (such as Ingleton and Simon Leach) seem to have rather moist clay. So here's my theory: when reclaiming clay we like to dry it out COMPLETELY because being this dry allows the ingress of water during slaking to take place much more quickly. When something is already fairly moist it is less likely to imbibe water (same with temperature as I recall, temperature changes between hot and cold slow as they reach equilibrium). So with a clay body that already has a higher moisture content, you can douse it in water and it is much less likely to become overly saturated than a drier clay. I briefly tested this myself with some clay I had thrown on the block to dry. I bagged it back up when it was much more moist than originally and tried throwing with it a couple days later. Still much more moist but didn't seem to imbibe near as much water as fresh clay out of the bag. Anyway, just wanted to throw that out there. I may try misting while wedging sometime to add some moisture and see if that makes a difference.
  4. I'm still very new and really just a hobbyist at this point (but I've sold 4 pieces!), but personally I just much prefer everything be "useful"- pieces can be artistic and function. I've made a few random handbuilt pieces for display but I just like things to be used, to have a life beyond sitting on a shelf. A friend of mine, a well-known artist in the area, has a VERY nice collection of pottery, old pieces, famous artists, etc. While he has a lot for display only, the majority is in his cabinet, meant to be used. Want a soda with dinner? Here, drink it from this tea bowl from so-and-so. I think that's just wonderful.
  5. Hey, my first post here after lurking for over a year! I tend to listen to jazz, blues, or electronic (techno, trance) though I found the "Alternative Beats" playlist on spotify recently and am really digging that. I started tinkering with making electronic music a couple of months ago, only a few short beginner tracks, but I always liked the idea of making some groovy music for the studio.
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