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  1. Thanks for all your suggestions everyone! I’ve raised my legs and that has helped a little. It should do for now until I can get something on the splash pan to raise my arms up a bit
  2. I am small indeed! I’ve doubled checked posture and my shoulders are down, seat is super close the the wheel head. I think the issue may be that splash pan is level with the wheel head, so when I attach a bat, it’s higher than the wheel and so rubs against my arms. I might try putting a pool noodle or something on the splash pan as others have suggested
  3. My seat is ever so slightly lower than the wheel head, but I have tried it higher and have the same issue. My seat is usually as close to the wheel as I can get it, and my back is straight I have a Rhode HMT 500
  4. See attached pic of my hand position when centering, hope that helps
  5. Hello! Does anyone else have trouble with wheel bats rubbing against their firearms when throwing? It only seems to be an issue when I’m centering right at the base of the clay, but it’s really scratching my arms up. I’ve tried big bats, little ones, over the wheel Russian doll style systems and they all have this problem. I’ve tried adjusting my seat height to but no joy. I’m hoping you guys will have some suggestions :)
  6. Can’t believe that didn’t even cross my mind. I am thinking that the blue pool I have will be a result of the glaze melting and running. Any way you think I could achieve that without over firing?
  7. Hi guys, I’ve just made a set of bowls using the spectrum 250 satin clear glaze. It’s on Draycott White Stoneware 1143 mixed with 3.5% best black mason stain. I fired up to 1200 with a 20 min soak. I was expecting a clear glaze with a slightly matte finish, but instead got this beautiful pool of blue at the bottom. I’m guessing this is something to do with the glaze running down the sides of the bowl and pooling at the bottom. I had some plates with the same glaze on, and they are all clear. I love it, but I’m concerned that with the crazing that’s developed in the base that the
  8. I’ve been trying another technique that has worked for me in the past, I can’t find where I read it though. You apply consistent pressure with both your left hand pushing against these side to centre and your right pushing down. Then when it feels mostly centred, maintain the pressure and use the fingers on your left hand to smooth any irregularities. Tried that a few times today, exactly the same thing. Clay feels centred until I push even the slightest bit into the middle to open up. Then I can tell it has a twist in it
  9. It’s not so much tippy, more just very off centre right at the top which leads me to believe the issue is something to do with how I’m coning up and pushing down. It’s not mushrooming either, I make sure my pushes down are nice and even. I’m at quite a loss!
  10. Nope, it’s a brand new bag. I get the same issue when I use different types of clay too, and I am making sure to wedge them thoroughly
  11. I think I am getting it, the bottom is definitely getting narrower as I’m coning up. I have noticed that the top of my cone is always quite wobbly, I’m not sure if that could be the issue?
  12. Hi all, I am a super new potter and have been throwing for about 8 months after taking some classes. Recently I just can’t seem to get my clay centered. I have done it many times before, but in the last few weeks I’m finding that it’s off centre in either the very base of my clay ball, or right in the middle. Often it will feel centered and it isn’t until I start to push down in the middle before openening up that I can feel there is a little twist in the middle. Sometimes I can push all the way down before I find the twist, but it always seems to be there. Perhaps I am trapping air when
  13. I thought that might be the case too, but it is really gritty and I couldn’t find anyone else having issues with the substance making their wheel feel super rough. Thanks! I’ll look into the powdered abrasive
  14. Hello! I am fairly new to throwing and have just bought my own wheel, a Rhode HMT 500. First few weeks of throwing everything was greet, but now whenever I throw directly on the wheel head I am getting this black substance that feels gritty. It’s actually really abrasive and hurts my hands after a while. I thought it may be residue from some more heavily grogged clay I was throwing, but I have cleaned and cleaned the wheel head. On a totally clean wheel, if I wet my finger and let it run over the wheel head I can see and feel this black gritty substance build up. Does anyone
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