Threw a little bowl

I threw this little bowl last night. This was after a couple hours practicing doing what am calling “Throw it till you blow it” on a few lumps of clay. I made the phrase up after I watched an instruction video where the instructor said don’t focus on making anything to start, just make it till you break it over and over on lumps of clay to get down techniques and learn limits. So I am throwing it till I blow it😝. At least for a few lumps. Then I try and make something. Not sure if I can claim coining the phrase or not. I’m sure someone has said it before. But I like it.😛

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1st Time trimming a pot

So I made my 1st attempt a trimming a pot the other night on the little plate I threw. I was doing pretty well with it until I cut through we’re the foot meets the rim. Luckily it was not terrible and I had some clay to rebuild around. Following is the end result.

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Little bit o wheel practice

Little practice on the wheel last night. Has been a couple of weeks since last. I was able to get back what I had gained, but this is a couple of hours work as I am slow at it. These were all thrown from a sixteen ounce lump, but because I am slow they end up I few ounces less clay.

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Firing the kiln tonight

After spending a few hours Thur night and a little today I loaded up the kiln and started slow warm up, firing up the four zones one at a time every 30 mins until they were all powered 2 hours in.

I was expecting about about an hour and fifty minutes for it to reach cone 02 at the sitter, after 4th zone powered up, and sitter shutdown occurred 1hr40 & 2hrs after. So Ttl fire time 3hrs40 to 4hrs. Now just about 6 to 8 hours cool down.

The pic is of second shelve. Bottom is loaded with all glazed pieces. Some 1st time fired and some second, that need glaze. The shelf has mostly unglazed pieces as I ran out of glaze, so they will have to have a second firing with. The white pieces are glazed. My cone plagues, the clay strip and one small bowl are a test of the glaze thinned down with water to see how it does. I would like to be able to dip pots in the glaze, or pour inside, but the glaze is rather thick, kind of like modge podge.

I had intended to test some Johnson’s paste wax for wax resist, because I have it on hand, and because wax resist is ridiculously expensive. But I forgot.

12/23/17 Firing schedule

18:15 zone 2 lit

18:45 zone 4 lit

19:20 zone 1 lit

19:53 zone 4 lit

21:26 1.5 hrs in. still firing. Bright orange

21:50 1hr55 in. still firing. Brighter orange, any time now.

22:16 kiln sitter shutdown has occurred. 1hr55 to 2hrs20.

Ttl fire time 3hrs40 to 4hrs

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My latest piece on the wheel

The latest work I have attempted on the wheel. It’s been about a week since. One of the struggles I have, that comes with anxiety and depression. I have periods I can’t find the energy/drive to do anything.

Last night I was painting and clear glazing several pieces I have done over past few weeks, plus also some of the last I fired, that need glazed as I found the mason stains colors just do not seem to be correct when applied as colored slip and no glaze.

Unfortunately I only had a 4oz bottle of the Duncan eaten clear glaze, and only a little of it left. I got it off Amazon, and they show none available at the moment. I was searching for suppliers that have it in pints, it’s about 8-9$ for a pint, but they want 13$ to ship. On amazon the 4oz bottle was 4-5$ and 4$ shipping. Sigh…

It was late last night when wrapping up my work, so no pics. Try to get some this evening. I need to get done and in kiln by Christmas as I had intended a few pieces as presents.

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Poop pot fails

Last night I decided to try something bigger with my yard clay (poop clay). So I increased the amount of clay from 1 to 1.5lbs. And started throwing it, shooting for 5-6″ in hight. Did not get there. Managed 4.5″ or so when it became obvious the clay could not stand up to the extra weight, even with the thicker walls then what I was throwing in the 3.5″ tall pieces.

The body started to torque, and efforts to do anything with increased the torqueness until viola, it started collapsing. I broke out my heat gun and set to, and trying to pull some of the sag out and drying, but alas it just kept sinking.

Anyway, got this nice little sculptural piece out of it. It’s just about 4″ tall.

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More poop pots, bud vases

Threw more little poop pots today with my yard clay. The bud vases are about 3.5 inches tall. Would have been four, the I threw the 1st to then on wall and it collapsed.

One of the pots below was a little weak in the top As I started collaring it in. So I have it a little help and smooshed it down some, which I thought turned out well.

One thing I am leaning about this clay, is I have to get the centering and opening up done quicker so I have more clay left when I get to pulling. The clay is groggy and needs water to keep it slippery, but it also turns to slip quickly and I am losing 4 to 5 ounces of clay to slip. The bud vase I threw yesterday started out at 16oz when I started and was 10-11oz when I was done. Also it is soft, so to get pots that are taller, I think they are going to have thicker walls then would be necessary for my purchased clay. Or maybe I can use my heat gun to stiffen them up some. I was using it tonight to dry this up so I could move them with out finger prints and altering the shape. I only have one bat at the moment

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Poop Pots

One poop pot. 3.5” tall bud vase, thrown on the wheel from my yard clay, which my little daughter Mari has dubbed poop clay, and pots made from it poop pots😂. I was having issues with this clay hand building, as it is soft, and stays soft even drying up to the point it starts cracking when manipulating.

I had trying throwing with this clay a few days ago, but failed. I thought maybe the clay just was not going to work, but got to thinking that it was more likely that I did not quite have it down. But now that I got basic throwing down on the wheel, it appears to be great for throwing. It’s quite groggy as you can see. Has a little flaw in the lip, I have decided to leave it for character

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hough my daughter has dubbed this clay and resulting pots, poop, as is obvious because of the color, they actually fire to a nice terra-cotta at around cone 02. I am thinking this clay may actually fire up to stoneware temps though my kilns are only rated as 2300F kilns. I will have to try some and see.

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Success! Practice makes perfect

So I had a 1st success today throwing on the wheel. I sat down at the wheel with three lumps of clay a pound a piece. I threw a 3.5″ tall cylinder. A small handleless mug. The base inside is not perfect, a bit rounded, instead it is a 90° angle. But I think is more appropriate.

The second lump I threw wider and had pulled it up to about Five or 6 inches tall, before I got brave and stupid and tried to belly it out. Unfortunately the walls are too thin for what I was trying to accomplish and it flopped.

This is 2nd peace at about 4 inches. It even had a nice 90° angle inside at the base.

The Second picture It was about 5 to 6 inches and flopped in attempting to belly out

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More pottery wheel practice

Another little session on my kick wheel tonight. Decided to keep this pot before I blew it up

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