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  1. Hello Source, I lost my first message to you so I'll do it again. Thanks. I had let myself be overwhelmed by my self induced pressure to accomplish this task, compounded by my fervent desire to retire from my day job. I have absolutely enjoyed throwing myself into the project, pushing my skills beyond anything I had imagined doing, and I am pleased with the pots and my learning curve. Thanks for the very timely reality check. I'm trying to send a picture of my last qvevri for this harvest, not yet finished, and one just for fun when I needed to step away from the project. Again thanks.
  2. I've included pictures of my third pot and unfinished fourth pot. Since I am trying to throw them in sections, the walls are coming out thinner (about 3/4-1/2 ", than when they were mostly coiled. If the seams don't fail, how thick do the walls need to be to be strong enough to stand up to being filled with fluid? Would it be wise to fire the thinner walled pots to cone 6? I am assuming that would make it stronger to internal pressure, and since they are going to be sealed with beeswax if they are just bisque fired, the issues of the wine breathing through the terracotta walls is rendered
  3. Thank you Mark C, of course you are right. I can only do this order in my electric kiln and very slowly. My kiln has Lo, Med, and High settings and I was planning to fire the pots to cone 06, my usual bisque cone. Do you have suggestions for how long on each setting I should hold before stepping up? As for building another kiln, it's for a future project if the fermentation vessels are a success. The folks with the vineyard are planning to buy more, and I may be able to sell more in town. I thought gas would be easier to control and have a more attainable learning curve than wood. But
  4. Thank you LT for the excellent resources. Everything you said is spot on for my current situation and knowledge. N
  5. I Is it possible to build a kiln for these large pots that can use both gas and wood? To work larger I need to build a kiln and I think as a beginner I could have much better temp control using gas. I eventually would like to try wood but I know it would require a huge learning curve. I have an endless source of wood from our property and I hate to waste it when we are clearing and buring off piles of wood while reclaiming our fields. My latest pot is 27" tall and 17" diameter at the burge. Nancy
  6. Throwing upside down could be a way to reach into deep pots when you have short arms. For me, it would probably mean clay and equipment would end up flying across the studio. After years of sanding ceilings, it makes my neck hurt just thinking about it. Thanks Hulk. I like the pots but I know I "cheated" by carving out the shapes as much as by throwing them. I'm worried the sections might not hold with drying and firing. I may try some vinegar in my joints if I have problems. I'm not sure how such large and sometimes thick pots will turn out. I do know I need to make more room to work
  7. I have a Brent CXC. It is working much better after I adjusted the pedal, but it still slows down when I center 25+ lbs clay. This is all new for me, I watch a different video every morning. I'm getting better and I hope my joints survive drying and firing. For everyone's entertainment, I finally have some pics. I have tried adding coils to a thrown base and adding another thrown piece to a thrown base. When using the wheel I am limited to the size of the bat I have, so throwing the middle sections is a problem I didn't expect. I think I could learn to like working big. Nancy
  8. I looked on the internet and found how to adjust the speed control on my pedal. Makes all the difference in the world and I haven't had any pots fly off since. Much better than stuffing a rag under the pedal! I need to not worry so much and just make the pots from a serene place. Pics on the way. Thanks to everyone. Nancy
  9. Sorry about the format, don't know what happened. Min, thank you for fixing it. The pedal on my wheel is either too slow or all out. I must have dropped a tool on the pedal, it went full speed, pot, bat and a solid 20-25 lbs of clay flew across the room. Until I figure out how to fix the pedal, I have a rag stuffed under it to keep it from taking off (not the first time), and I will only use bats that stick to the wheel via clay and suction. I am in over my head, but I learn something significant everyday. This forum is really important. Thanks, Nancy
  10. (Sorry about the format, don't know what happened.) My first attempt, for about 35 gal, flew off the wheel. My second turned out pretty good, it will hold about 5 gal. I threw it in 3 sections. I have been watching a video by David Johanson on "Throwing Large" that is really helpful and I recommend it to anyone. He reminded me that the most important steps for success are in the beginning, prepping the clay. Just like painting a house, all the serious work goes into the prep. I am adding 20 mesh grog to my clay and I think that will help with throwing and hopefully shrinking problems. I w
  11. Yes, and of course I will send pics as soon as I master transferring pics to computer. The last thing she said to me before I left to buy clay was: "I'm so excited, your going to make my dreams come true". Lets see how I do. I know this will need many different trials to find the best way to make the pots. I just hope to not be the ruin of her harvest for this year. N
  12. They are traditionally lined with beeswax. Sealed with a stone on the top . The really large ones are buried in the ground. This technology for wine making is 7-8,000 years old, originating in Georgia. Some can hold up to 8,000+ Liters and can easily accommodate a grown man for cleaning! Check out a potter/winemaker in Oregon named Andrew Beckham.
  13. We have calculated for it to hold 25 gal and fit into my kiln, it will be 27" tall and 22" at the bilge or widest part. 1.25" is really thick and would make it heavy. I don't know if it is necessary for a vessel this small. In the articles they mention some oxygen exchange through the terracotta and I don't know how the thickness of the pot would affect this. Some modern versions appear to be fired at a higher temp and I think that would affect any O2 exchange.
  14. Thank you for your quick response. I absolutely agree at least four to hope for two. I live in north central Texas and it is pretty humid. It seems air conditioned air dries better because it is dehumidified, maybe I could run the heater and the air conditioner as a dehumidifier. I enjoy a challenge, but mostly if I succeed. This is a real worry. Thanks, Nancy
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