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  1. Hellos everyone! This is a lousy first post, if I do say so. TLDR up front - does anyone know how to remove a wheel head and shaft from a Clay Boss? Not sure how to get the wheel pulley off once the two bolts on the pulley are removed. I ordered a studio package that included a Clay Boss wheel - chose it because it was supposed to be sturdy and fairly good for a beginner studio(I’ve been doing pottery for over a year now, so the centering issues mentioned below aren’t from being new). Out of the box, noticed a soft thumping noise, and the wheel being horizontally off by about 1-2mm. Centering basically turns a nice ball of clay into an oscillating rodeo snake. After removing the guard, it became apparent that 1) the belt wasn’t centred, and 2) someone tightened one of the rubber bushings on the tension plate so much it literally exploded. The entire plate was cranked down on an angle, and the wheel pulley wobbles like it’s drunk. I’ve emailed Speedball - before I started taking things off - and I’m calling tomorrow, but if I can get the pulley off I’ll have more information for them when I do. This really just blows. I’ve been waiting for this wheel since May, and I’ve been bawling off and on all afternoon. There seems to be serious assembly issues here that shouldn’t have happened.
  2. Hi everyone, Hobbyist ceramist with a few years of experience here, but not so much glaze chemistry knowledge. I make work at a studio in Germany since a few years and since the summer, we noticed a lot of new issues with various glazes used at the studio. Nothing seems to have changed a priory with the way we do things. We fire with 2 different Rhode ecotop kilns at 1220 celcius. All ours work is made using a white stoneware clay from one distributor. We order commercial glazes from the same distributor and a few other glazes from another one. We've been using the same glazes for years and the same firing cycle as well. We received a new order of clay and glazes in August from our main distributor and since that, we started to notice an increasing amount of dunting. The issues are mainly with work from beginner students that are taking classes at the studio and that are perhaps applying glazes a bit too thick. This is something that happens regularly but didn't usually result in dunting before. Then recently, I also started to have shelling or slight shivering issue at the rims of cups on some of my own pieces when using one particular glaze. It's a matte transparent glaze I've been using for years and never had issues with. Is it possible that it is the clay body that is creating all these new issues? What is the best way to trouble solve from here? I emailed both distributors so ask if they know of any changes with their products already ( waiting on an answer) but any other tips I can get from someone with more experience would be much appreciated!
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