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  1. Hi there! Quick question...I threw some vase shaped items for the first time this weekend. One was in a beehive shape with a small opening at the top, the other had a very round bottom which pulled up in a cylinder shape. While they were really fun to make, I realized they will be super difficult/fragile to trim by placing them upside down on the wheel! Any suggestions for how to trim items that have very fragile tops? Thanks!
  2. @glazenerd Wow, thank you for such exact measurements and recommendation! Unfortunately, I don't have those materials all at hand. I throw at a local studio so not sure if they have all those materials. But I will definitely keep this in mind for future endeavors!
  3. @Hulk Thanks for all the insight! I do have a bucket of dry trimmings that I plan to reclaim as you described above. However, how many times do you think I can throw, smush, rewedge (with the muck from the water bowl), and rethrow before the clay starts to get hard to throw with? I figured I would do that as long as I could, let it get bone dry, and add to my trimmings bucket to do a full reclaim process. @Sorcery I usually buy 20-25 lbs. bags.
  4. Thanks to everyone who gave suggestions and advice! I threw yesterday and comparing to my first photos, I think I'm improving. Things that have helped: using a wooden rim to straighten the walls, pulling alllll the way up, and making a first heavy pull. I plan on rewedging these pieces and continuing to practice with this same clay. Any suggestions? Some have already commented on this. I'm still working on getting them the same size. Some cylinders are wider than others.
  5. @Benzine Thanks! A few follow-up questions...to your first point of losing things (fine particles) that are coming out, how should I put those particles back in? To your last point, seems like if I rewedge right away after throwing, it should be fine? We have large slabs at the studio so not sure how porous those are for right after throwing..
  6. Hi there! I would like to practice my throwing without having to trim, glaze, and fire every time. Just practice throwing. Any advice on reusing clay? I just threw about 6 mug cylinders today and left them at the studio. Can I break apart those cylinders, rewedge, and practice throwing again? If so, should I rewedge right after throwing (they seem to be still a bit wet) or rewedge after giving a day to dry out? And how long can I keep this up before the "practice" clay starts to not be so great to use? Thanks!
  7. @Bryan Johnson Thank you! This is super helpful. One other question, what is tumble polish? I've never heard that before.
  8. @Bryan Johnson Hi there! I just posted a thread in another section asking for advice on making earrings. Specifically, what types of clay work better? How do such small earrings fire in the kiln? How do you handle the wiring? Any advice would be helpful!
  9. @oldlady Thanks! What is the title of the thread in the section of clay and glaze chemistry?
  10. Hi there! Has anyone attempted to make earrings from a standard stoneware clay? I would love to make some ball earrings or rolled out and shaped earrings, but I wonder about 1) how to insert the posts 2) how the small amount of clay handles in the kiln? Thanks!
  11. Amazing! Thanks so much for all the recommended resources to check out! Regarding John's document, absolutely no worries. Sounds like practice is the best thing that I can do. @liambesaw Thanks for the suggestions! I've been going through clay from start to fired and glazed finishes. While I'm collecting lots of pieces, not the cheapest endeavor since I'm buying lots of clay. If I wanted to simply practice throwing, any suggestions on how to keep and maintain clay if my sole purpose is to practice centering and pulling the walls? Is it likely that the clay might get too dry or wet? Or is it fine if I throw, break down, store in plastic, rewedge, and start again?
  12. @LeeU Thank you for finding out! @dhPotter If you don't mind messaging a copy to me, that would be greatly appreciated!
  13. @LeeU That would be much appreciated! Thanks so much! Feel free to message me directly if you hear anything.
  14. Thank you, everyone! All great things to try! @oldlady I tend to pull halfway, stop to rewet my hands and the piece as it tends to dry up, and then continue the pull where i left off. Not a good idea? Maybe I should practice pulling once all the way to the top. Also, my centered clay is about the size of 2 hockey pucks (side by side) with 2.5 lbs of clay. This has made it a bit challenging to bring it in for a smaller, more narrow mug. Should I start with less clay and get it centered to a hockey puck size? @jrgpots @Babs Thanks! I'm happy to send him a message. Do you recall his username on this site? Maybe @Pres might know too?
  15. @Min Thank you! When you say cut the skirt, do you mean just cutting off the extra clay that has formed at the base? I hadn't thought to use a wood rib, excited to try! So you suggest making 10, cutting down from the top to bottom to review thickness of walls and base and then rewedging? Is it possible to throw a piece, break it down, rewedge, and practice again? I think that might help with my practice, but don't know if that alters the clay if I throw, break, rewedge, throw, break, rewedge, etc. @Pres Thank you! Do you suggest on that second pull to have the inside and outside contact (I use a sponge on the outside and fingers on the inside) directly coming at the clay from the same position and pressure? When I ease off near the top, that's when I think clay collects/gets thick and also forms that opening rim shape (as in my photos). Any thoughts?
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