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  1. OK - have at it. I'm planning on continuing to create this form until I get it right. - Jeff
  2. Hi Callie - That was my approach. I used a needle tool to heavily score both pieces, used some thick slip, and pressed the pieces together. I actually added some additional slip around the joint thinking I would just trim it off. The small gap may have been from me not pressing down hard enough or maybe I wasn't attentive enough when putting the final slip on. Pres raised another issued - both pieces had solid bottoms and that's how I joined them. Now to see if they survive the kiln. - Jeff
  3. Pres - that is my most honest mistake. I had just created this using a visual so there's a bottom on the bowl and on the pedestal. Seemed logical to me. When I joined them, I heavily scored and slipped. I hadn't asked my instructor about it so when he saw what I had made - this was during open studio time so he wasn't there - he asked the same question. He offered that next time, just go to the bottom of the bat when I create the pedestal and then join the two using a coil. Another member suggested that I just leave a ring on the pedestal and use that to mount to the bottom of the bowl. Will have to wait until it comes out of the kiln to see the final result. - Jeff
  4. All of you have been wonderfully helpful and I appreciate you all taking the time to respond. This can be such an overwhelming endeavor - the more you know the more you need to know, But as oldlady said above, and I paraphrase, there is no failure - only ways to continue to learn. As a postscript, went back to the studio yesterday afternoon to continue to work on the piece. Now I trimmed and put these two pieces together on Saturday, came back Monday to check, and that's when I saw the gap. Panicked a bit and wrote in here. So went back yesterday (Tuesday) with a plan but apparently as the joined pieces dried out, shrank, and possibly warped a bit, the small gap disappeared. Now the question - and hope - is that when I bisque it, the joint will survive. Always a school day in the studio. - Jeff
  5. Hi all - Many thanks for your suggestions. I am concerned about the integrity of the joint and not just the cosmetics and may opt for the paper clay or spooze (had to look that one up). Just curious - couldn't I mix up some defloculated slip and epsom salts and then push that into the crack? - Jeff
  6. Top both Liam and Hulk - thanks for the suggestion of paper clay. Not sure I need that much of an aggressive repair. The gap itself is only about 1/16" inch (.159cm) and is right where the two pieces join. I though also that the glaze may fill/cover it. Then I began to second-guess it. This is how obsessive I can get. I may dampen the area as suggested and brush a bit more slip in there. Thank you both for the suggestions! - Jeff
  7. I'm a relative newbie - been at the wheel for about a year. Have spent most of my time at the wheel practicing forms. Last week I tried something different - threw a bowl and then a separate pedestal which is essentially a small bowl itself. I let them get to leather hard, trimmed, then scored the bottoms and joined the 2 pieces together with slip. Cleaned the connected area a bit today by trimming off the rough leftover slip. But I noticed that I didn't completely fill the gap in a spot where the two edges meet. The piece is now bone dry. Can I add a bit more slip the the gap and smooth it out before bisque firing? Will it stay in place or just crumble off since it's a bone dry piece? All guidance welcome. - Jeff
  8. There are budget friendly and popular options out there including Tacklife and Wen. They don't claim to be Dremel but they're up to the same tasks that the Dremel is good at. I don't consider an item purely on its price but on what it can do for me in the context of what I need. And the reviews. Agreed there is some safety in buying the most familiar brand. But no reason to buy more or spend more than you need to. BTW - expensive is a relative concept. You can buy a whole lot of clay for $70.00 or add some additional tools to your kit. And my old Honda still gets me to the same supermarket as the Audis and BMWs I park next to.
  9. I've been considering a Dremel tool myself - been at the pottery wheel less than a year but I can see where it would be helpful. I've had glaze overruns, lids that don't quite fit, etc. Dremels are expensive - I found an alternate model, Tacklife Rotary Tool RTD34AC, that has a variety of attachments including a flex shaft and seems to match the Dremel capabilities. But haven't pulled the trigger yet. Cheap prices can be an attraction - this model is under $30.00 - but buying a known quantity seems safer. Trying to get more background info - Jeff
  10. Hi Kakes: Thanks for following up. I think this is the direction I've been pushed towards. Starting with the defloculated slip and adding powdered clay until I get the body thickness I want. Haven't had a chance to try this - I'm trying to absorb so much at once and want to do so much at once. But when I get to it, will let the group know how it went. Thanks again! - Jeff
  11. Hate when that happens. @Pres - can this be corrected on the admin side?
  12. As @Pres said " it was not the about the product as a whole, but more about the amount of growth the product entailed". If you look back at when/how you started, I'm sure you had your trouble even centering. Then opening, then raising walls, then forming, trimming, firing, glazing, etc. Each one of those steps is your success, your gaining of knowledge, your growth as a ceramicist and artist. This is hard work at times and there's no reason to minimize it. There will always be someone who does different work than you, at a higher level of work than you. Those are your teachers and mentors, actively or passively. So imagine now someone walking into the studio for the first time and seeing you at the wheel centering and raising walls fluidly and instinctively and so giving them a goal to reach. Imagine them finally raising their first cylinder after weeks of work and practice. And imagine you walking over to them and saying something like "Great job - now you've got it!" You've just raised the bar for them with incentive and good words to keep them going. And I bet it makes you feel good as well to say it. Every day is a school day - and no reason not to accept a compliment for what it is. Simply a way of someone expressing their gratitude for having you provide your work for them to see and enjoy. - Jeff
  13. @JohnnyK - we've walked the same roads...except for the farming part. But I understand the "hand work" and the ability to see underlying structure. Got a great book you might be interested in - Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew B. Crawford. I think you'll enjoy it. He had also written an essay for The New Atlantis that preceded the book - https://www.thenewatlantis.com/publications/shop-class-as-soulcraft - Jeff
  14. Someone who has not put in the work can't truly understand the difference between talent and skill. They see them as one and the same. All they see, care about, and comprehend is the finished work and not the years, the frustrations, the successes - and failures - behind them. It's unimportant to them. If they admire, use, and gain some joy in what I produce, then I'm quite happy with that. No matter what they call it. If other members of our community appreciate both the talent and the skills - with the understanding of the difference - that makes me happier still. I do believe we are born with certain talents - we just have to find out where they fit best. And then do the work and gain the skills. The skills to get to where I am now or in the future are based upon my talents, curiosities and propensities, and often obsessiveness, for certain work. I don't take "talent" as an insult. Just as an interpretation of what I do and what I offer. Having spent nearly four decades in the custom packaging industry, I've been asked what, to me, was most important. I answered, quite honestly, when I handed the finished piece to the client and watched their eyes light up. And an "attaboy" here and there from my peers didn't hurt. - Jeff
  15. "I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious." - Albert Einstein So goes the road I'm on... - Jeff
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