How do you keep hand-built cups round?
Posted 14 May 2012 - 06:15 PM
Posted 14 May 2012 - 07:14 PM
Check out this and parts 2, 3, and 4 on youtube: http://www.youtube.c...&feature=relmfu When I build round things like cups I leave it on the form until it stiffens up enough to stand up on its own. Hope this helps!
Posted 14 May 2012 - 07:44 PM
Interesting reply video, thanks! Very methodical.
My two cents: if you're shooting for even, definitely do the upright tube and wait until at least soft leather hard to take it out. However to me, an almost-even shape and almost-invisible seams are less appealing than unapologetic seams and deliberate 'wonk' in a piece so I now make slab cups and mugs completely soft so that they develop those nice dips and bulges that glazes love so much. I wish I had some on me to post but the old ones are gone and and the new ones are waiting patiently to be fired.
PS I also disagree with her handle... If my knuckles touch the mug when the hot tea is inside, I find that uncomfortable. But I also don't like 3-4 finger handles so I'm strange this way.
Posted 14 May 2012 - 08:17 PM
Posted 15 May 2012 - 08:32 AM
ka Studios Pottery
Posted 15 May 2012 - 11:25 AM
*** I know that I have posted an image of my spann rings somewhere on the forum, but cannot find it now :-(
Posted 15 May 2012 - 01:31 PM
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Posted 19 May 2012 - 10:04 AM
Mossy Rock Creations
High Point, NC
Posted 19 May 2012 - 04:37 PM
Posted 19 May 2012 - 04:41 PM
LOL- or the instructor needs to learn some more hand build techniques? but I wouldn't tell them that.. Could be that you need to find someone who specializes more in the type of work you want to learn.
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Posted 24 May 2012 - 03:11 PM
Posted 24 May 2012 - 03:15 PM
Thanks for the input. Maybe it's time to come to terms with my bent towards "perfectly round."
Posted 24 May 2012 - 03:18 PM
Good tip, thanks for sharing this.
Posted 24 May 2012 - 03:27 PM
I like this idea! Could you give me a better idea of what these air filled balls are? Or tell me where I can purchase them? All I can think of is a beach ball---way too large!
Posted 24 May 2012 - 03:34 PM
Thanks for your input. I'll see if I can find that video. I've seen one (video) on this website where a cone-shaped spool is used, but I had no idea where to get one. I think I've see the eggs though. Maybe I'll also start wedging my clay before I roll out the slabs to align the clay particles, that is a good thought. I never have problems with "S" cracks, so I did not consider wedging important. Not one of my favorite things to do, but I guess it's time to work on that skill.
Posted 24 May 2012 - 03:52 PM
Great video! Thanks.