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  1. Neoprene like wet suit material? How would that work say on a pot 3" wide and 10" tall? Seems like the leverage and pressure would make the pot want to move. It's like the KeyMaker in the movie Matix says, "Always another way".
  2. I have a big table on the wheel. It's actually a counter top with a back splash cut to fit right under the back pan. That catches most of the trimmings. As I trim, I'll stop the wheel and corral the trimmings. It makes a big difference how wet the pot is. Too dry and they shatter and come off in little uncontrollable pieces. Too wet and they reattach themselves and are a pain to pull off. Just right, and I can keep 95% off the floor. Always escapees, though.
  3. The Pucker Gallery in Boston is having an exhibition on Ken Matsuzaki . My main ceramic buddy does a lot of traveling and is on their catalog send out list, so he passed the catalog to me. Sometimes one of these stellar artists just rings your bell. It's like what you would be doing yourself if you had another 200 years to live. I haven't added to my ceramic library in a while, but I had to get his book. Can't afford any of his work. Check it out here. https://static1.squarespace.com/static/594044bd3a041171e0426683/t/5e74fbbc1bb0c10992bba64d/1584724935911/Ken+Matsuzaki+2020+Catalog+FINAL.pdf
  4. I'm a sloppy enough thrower that occasionally I'll have a pot in a trimming session like this. I use a couple of little pieces of the rubber grippy shelf liner stuff to get the foot part centered and never mind the rim. I know it works fine for everybody else (again), but griping the pot by the rim with wads of clay does not appeal to me like the riser arms on the GG. It just stands to reason that securing the pot closer to the force applied by the trimming tool makes more sense. Plus the fact that the rim will be much more fragile that the foot at this point. There are 5 working heights of the arms, plus reversing the sliders to give the best position on the pot. I just can't get over the idea that anyone would argue against the GG. Unless you just make so few pots that it doesn't matter or you like the tradition of doing things the old way. I guess that's why the kick wheel doesn't go away.
  5. Amen to that. Also toss bisque. Don't let that pile up once you've passed it up. I'm talking to myself here.
  6. Sounds like the 2 pieces of the grip don't have the necessary friction. If I hold the top of the grip and power the wheel, it takes some torque to tighten the arms on the pot. It doesn't just slide. I have never lubricated the 2 main pieces, I don't think anything more than cleaning is required. There is an O ring and spacer on the bottom holding the 2 pieces together. Are they there on yours?
  7. See, that's the difference between a shared environment and a personal one. As a teacher/instructor, you're in the position to require procedures that might or might not not have a direct translation to a personal environment. When I began setting up my studio 25+ years ago, the GG was probably the first purchase after the wheel. It's just a skill that I don't care to invest the time in. I didn't learn basics in a structured environment with a director that required anything. They didn't have GG either. He probably demoed it. I have tools that have earned their keep and ones that haven't. GG is definitely a keeper.
  8. Use a piece of rubber shelf liner material to reinforce the ability to hold center. Also protects the possibly over dried rim.
  9. This thread has brought up another interesting comparison that I don't doubt has been covered before. The teaching/shared workspace environment and the solo studio. Whether the solo studio is a production potter or someone like me who is something else, the focus and requirements just are not the same. I can confidently say I've never needed to tap center and others can cry heresy. I guess both are true. The GG is the simplest, most durable, effective tool for the job. IMO (as always)
  10. I have a collection like that from the starting the time CDs came out. My player of choice is an old school Ipod. I think it's like 120G. Music only. I play the songs in alphabetical order. The style jumps around quite a bit. Occasionally I'll play an album start to finish. Playing songs in order means I never run out.
  11. Respectfully Couldn't disagree more. In our age, probably hundreds of skills are discarded every year in technology. I don't know how many people drive a stick shift (as an example) or learned this year, but fewer all the time. I guess all firing in your studio is not some kind of wood fire kiln, cause that's a skill probably none of have from start to finish. Skills are only retained as long as they are useful, and then forgotten. It takes me a lot longer to tap on center, because it's not a useful skill for me. Otherwise it can only become an object of affection for anachronistic purposes.
  12. I agree, the grip should be directly on the wheel head and tight. It should run true. If you put your finger on the rim and rotate the wheel, it should run true all the way around. With the pot centered and tightened up, it should run true. There should be no play between the 2 main pieces of the grip. The choice of grabbers should be close to the top of the pot. This is a bitchen tool, something is wrong that can be corrected.
  13. I got quite a few firings from the used busted up kiln shelf that I just broke. In excess of 30 for sure. It had a hard life before I got my hands on it and probably would have gone on for a while if I hadn't knocked it over. I'll probably have to cut one of my 18 x 18 3/8" silicon carbide shelf to fit this time. I'm a little concerned about leaving a 8" piece of the shelf outside the damper. Which is what I'd be doing using a standard 12 x 24" shelf without cutting it. That would give a heat differential from one end to the other. 16" is all I need to close completely and leave enough to pull the shelf out the next morning. I think the next cheap silicon carbide shelf will work fine as a damper. Thanks for all the other suggestions.
  14. I don't think the clay would pick up the sand at leather hard. Maybe softer than that. I'd rather not go that route just for the mess. I only have one wheel and I already use it for Throwing Grinding glaze drips with a diamond head Pour glazing large pieces Trimming
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