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  1. I've been using paper slip extensively since I found this supply house. I've never used flax, but they have it on their list. The material I do get from them is beautiful. https://www.twinrockerhandmadepaper.com/showprod.php?dept=Pulp&grp=Twinrocker+Pulp&prod=Ready-to-use-pulp
  2. IMO A kiln is really a pretty simple thing. It's mostly just a box after all. It really comes down to quality of materials. My kiln is ceramic fiber interior propane downdraft, so I'm familiar with soft fiber interior. If that's what he's planning, I'd pass on it. I don't see how you could use fiber for a hot face on an electric kiln. Now if he has a soft brick face backed with fiber, I would probably like it a lot.
  3. Depending on what you're looking for, a lot of manufacturers sell direct. Just lately, I've purchased the SlumpHump molds, MKM texture tools and SlabMats all directly. Frequently the same price, frequently better service and sometimes cheaper shipping. Worth a mention.
  4. I use so much water I put drains in my splash pans. Super soft clay when throwing over 12lbs, which I do a lot. My main reason for having a pugmill. I like lots of water because it's warm and helps my hands. I constantly mop up the water from the bottom of the pot, maybe every pull. Soft clay because I don't care to fight to get on center. Interesting that the consensus is that better throwers use less water. I can't claim to be a better or faster thrower, doesn't really interest me. I've never worked under a teacher, so I just throw to please myself.
  5. Final thoughts (maybe). As to the original question, yeah, it's just a woodworking lathe. The only caveat would be how to attach the plaster to the headstock. Building a DIY wood lathe would not be a one six pack job, if you get my meaning. I doubt if anyone here will try this, because really you can't do any form on a lathe that can't be done on a wheel directly into clay. Round is your form. The only possible use I can think of would be trying to use some kind of clay that can't be thrown. Bone China, maybe? You need either throwing skills or wood turning skills. Uncured plaster would cut nicely with a really sharp chisel, but there's more skill involved than you might think. Easier to hurt yourself too. The other reason no one here will try this is that you would need a completely separate studio to do it. Any plaster chunks in the clay will blow out in firing. Sure disaster.
  6. I'm somewhat confused by the terms, I think. When Callie uses the term "master form", that's the positive, right? Then you'd then make a mold off that, the negative. So you're casting a plaster mold off a plaster turned object. Some kind of super release agent would be required, I'd guess. The plaster from a wood lathe could be pretty smooth, no grain, but otherwise I don't see why plaster on a lathe would be the material of choice. I'll have to see what they are making. Yep, it's on Youtube all right. Makes some sense now. It would cut super easy and be cheap. Learn something new every day. I have some experience with wood turning and in my opinion, I want to be careful attaching the plaster block to the lath. The plaster, especially in an uncured state would not have much strength holding screws from the chuck. A flying projectile from a lathe is no fun.
  7. I've never even considered the idea of turning plaster the way you can wood. Actually, what's the purpose? You're going to make the mold itself on the lathe out of a solid chunk of plaster? I could see making an original model on the lathe, but why use plaster as the medium? Seems like it would be very funky to turn, coming off in dust. If this is a thing, please explain it.
  8. I finally bought a scale to use just for weighing out clay for throwing a year or so ago. I want uniformity for the purpose of loading the kiln. If I'm using 6" posts, I don't want to have to use 5" pots. I always want a back log of "filler" pots. It's a big kiln and only fires well when it's full. A side benefit from throwing consistent shapes is being able to estimate pretty exactly how much clay is needed to throw an exact size. It's pretty rookie to get the size you want and have the walls too thick.
  9. I value Tom Coleman's glaze recipes and advice enough to pay for the book. I knew the format of the book before I ordered it and still considered it worth owning. In my little world of pottery, glazes are my thing. No one else has the kiln I do or works as hard finding glazes that work on my pots. I'm a book junkie. My main collections are pottery , cactus and succulents, and Christian books.
  10. I agree, Coleman's glazes are a must for cone 10. The book is More Glazes I Use. Be aware there are not many new glazes in the 3rd book not in the first 2 books. There are some though. I didn't really go through the food safe glazes, since I don't use them much. https://tomandelainecolemangallery.com/books--videos.html
  11. OK, I withdraw the ANY pot in ANY show. Hyperbole to make the point. It really just reinforces my point, however, that context largely sets the value. Few are able to see outside a predetermined prejudicial format. To bring this all the way back to my original post, a press mold bonsai pot has high value because it looks like a bonsai pot and functions like a bonsai pot. Everyone agrees that's a bonsai pot. The context is set and it conforms or is cast out. There are people who can recognize beauty/value out of context. That's why Antiques Roadshow has garage sale winners on a semi regular basis. Also explains why the seller lost out. I don't have a fine arts degree and I use people who have more developed opinions to help form my own. All of this helps me to develop my thinking about marketing, which is really complicated if you think about it on the level of What Do People See? Ceramics is not considered fine art by art speculators, but using money as a basis for value leads to problematic consequences.
  12. This is getting interesting. So this is as educated of a ceramics audience as I could hope to discuss with, so is this a great pot? Why or why not? You have no context for the judgement, Hobby pot, craft show pot, art show pot or museum pot?
  13. An excellent disagreement. Too bad we can't really resolve it, but the point being the necessity of context and attention. If you were walking through a craft show and came upon this pot while you're trying to decide where to have lunch and did you put enough money in the meter do you think your jaw would drop? Yes, you can place a pot so out of context that it draws notice, but quality alone will not suffice. Bonus points if you can tell me where I took this picture.
  14. I would be willing to bet that you could take any museum piece, place it at any craft show both and no one would say anything about it. Context, yes. Place any POS in a gallery setting and we have a context driven result. Big Money. Reality, what a concept.
  15. When I was a wood lathe enthusiast; at least in my own mind; I told a potter that I drew inspiration from ceramics, he told me he drew inspiration from glass blowers. So there ya go.
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