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Posted 23 May 2013I just made the first dinner set I have made in a couple of years. I didn't lose one plate and I was throwing Frost. I ended up with a set of 8 place settings and a few extra plates.
Like Pres says, weigh the lumps to be equal. center, flatten with a fist, open and keep it flat Keep the calipers there, before you start pulling/pushing out and and several time after. Rib the plate to relieve stress.
I use a chamois on the lip with a practiced edge and they are all the same. Dry slowly. Flipping them over to dry after they have firmed up enough not to sag.. I trim with a soft thin sponge in the center for support.
Your dinner set saved me a lot of work. About two years ago I bought a half ton of Frost and no matter how compressed the clay was or flipped during centering, etc., etc. I got cracks in the bottom of mugs, etc. and handles cracked. Frost is so wonderfully translucent that I kept struggling with it and finally solved the problem by adding a little paper to it and used Frost that way until on a post where I warned someone here that Frost would crack if you even looked at it, you said you had just done a dinner set out of Frost with no cracking. That first half ton is long gone so I threw a few wide bottom cylinders that would, without a doubt, have cracked with my old Frost but with new Frost with no paper in it there was no cracking. My conclusion is that I received a bad batch of Frost. So did another potter in my area. Had you not thrown your dinner set out of Frost I'd still be adding paper to mine. Thanks.
BTW, since the glaze on the set is opaque, why did you decide to do the set in Frost?
Posted 23 May 2013From the manufacturer.
Thanks Heidi! That's very helpful.
Posted 23 May 2013My daughter has a pug and it eat clay all the time.. It's called pica, the uncontrollable urge to eat clay. It also processes that clay in my back yard every time she comes to visit. It's also short and not very plastic...
Oh. I'm sorry. You were talking about your pugmil....My mistake..:Psrc="http://ceramicartsdaily.org/community/public/style_emoticons/default/tongue.gif">
You beat me to it! I laughed out loud when i read your posting. I sooo need to make a t-shirt that Says "what do you Pug" with a goofy Pug covered in clay having a grand time. I have five Pugs and they would think Pugging my clay would mean leaving me "packages" on it. Gee Mom you need to Pug your clay we'll help! let errr rip gang! Lol thank you for the smile.
Oh crap! I read Jed's post too quickly and didn't catch on. I thought his daughter was a potter and when she visited, she dug clay there. Duh!
Posted 23 May 2013Jim, have you tried not only to add the beer to the clay, but also drink it before you use the pugger?
You might be more satisfied with the results if you do both.
Now that my doctor is out of jail again and I'm back on my meds, I don't drink as much, but anytime I add beer to clay, most of the beer goes into me. Maybe I should try putting some Jack Daniels in my clay.
Posted 23 May 2013My young potter fiend has a new peter pugger and it ruins his porcelian as far as legs (only good for small pots) and he puts his slop from pan into it. I would like to know this answer-maybe no one throws larger forms with pugged clay???
I almost boughta peter/P but he taked me out of it.
I bought a few extra splash pans with the money I saved.
I don't think it is the pugmill. I just don't see how the clay could be ruined by the machine itself, especially a particular brand of pugmil.... Yeah, I guess you could buy a lot of splash pans with about $4,000. I bough mine when I ran a business and had money. I could never afford one now. Glad we're such good buds and you'll give me a deal on one of those splash pans.
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