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Posted 19 Jun 2013Most young children have a short attention span so you will probably won't have her for more than a hour at a time. She will probably like wearing a light weight dust mast and gloves, what projects you make depends on how old she is. My son I started him with snakes around 3 and then dinosaurs at 5, I got a 4X4 piece of plywood and made a dinosaurs island with a volcano in the middle, this took quite of while to finish. When he was eight we made rock fossils, pressed out the clay into a slab and scratched the fossil design in it and then use oxides to color and age it. A little girl might want to make pendant and charms or maybe a tea set, I was a tomboy dinosaurs would have been my choice. I taught my son some throwing when he was 14 but them he lost interest in it, he was playing in a band. Denice
My grand daughter is 11. We started with pinch pot w footring, then a box with cut lid, and the last few days we have done a serving platter, and a soap dish/tray. I think next we will do a little puzzle work with cut slabs and multi angles-sculptural. She has a good attention span, and 1 1/2 hrs is not too long for her, but about the limit.
Posted 19 Jun 2013This is the wheel I was talking about. It has a slight back that gives some support, and the seat kind of slopes down pushing you towards the wheel. Height adjustable as you see, and less than $100. I have tried all sorts of stools in the studio, including a 3 legged shower adjustable stool thinking I could do better cheaper-NO. This is what I put into the classroom 5 years before retirement, and never had a problem. Should have known better for home. These were originally by CI, but now Speedball.
Posted 19 Jun 2013I have a circa 1988 Creative Industries MP Wheel (angle iron legs) that needs a new splash pan. Neither Speedball nor any of the major ceramic suppliers have been able to provide a replacement solution. Since the CI ones are "unobtanium", I was wondering if anyone had successfully adapted another manufacturer's splash pan? Thanks in advance for your help.
Their have been other threads here about using regular tubs, square or round as trimming pans for wheels. You might be able to figure a way of building a pan for it using these and hardware parts. I used to teach in a school with an MP, and an HP. Great wheels, but the splash pans were pretty flimsy.
Posted 19 Jun 2013So with the end of the school year, I've got more time to get my studio set up.
I bought some lumber today, to create a work bench/ wedging table top. Luckily, one of the homes previous owners, was into woodworking. So he had a nice wood shop set up in the basement. He had a workbench there, but REALLY like the top, so he took it with him, for the wood shop in his new house. So I've got the frame, but no top. I have several 5X1.5" pieces. I plan to laminate them together, than anchor them to the frame. As the lumber has rounded edges, I plan to square them off with a planer, so the edges match up better (time to call in a favor to the school industrial tech teacher).
My question is, should I use any type of treatment on the surface of the wood? My guess is no, as I'm sure I'll want the wood to absorb some of the moisture out of my clay, but maybe there's something I'm not thinking about.
Also, I eventually want to use an epoxy coating on the floor, the type you use in garages and such. The floor is already concrete, but it's pretty rough and somewhat pitted, because it is nearly one hundred years old. It actually used to be the coal storage room, for the house's furnace. In fact, the coal chute door is still there, on the exterior of the house. So, like I said, it's a little beat, and has a lot of spots that would hold onto clay dust.
Once again, is there any reason, I wouldn't want to use said product?
A few things to consider here. You may want to put a thin piece of plywood or masonite over your table surface so that it could be replaced periodically. I think the wood would absorb water to the point it would raise the grain-not good for rolling slabs. When I built my wedging table, I mounted to wall, put triangle legs on and a 2X4 around the edge all around and filled with cement, covered with canvas. Floor the epoxy is grand, there are some new materials out that have a little bit of grit in them for traction and will fill small imperfections in the floor. More expensive, but I think in the long run a good investment for the home.
This last week I broke down and purchased the throwing chair from Baileys that I got for the school-heavenly. It was mentioned in earlier topic. This week I'm into teapots.
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Gee, they look great to me. Any time you get a red to turn out well, bravo. You may check your kiln for different spots where these glazes are better, sometimes that happens. Try some test tiles, set them in different kiln spots on different levels see if that tells you anything. At the same time do the test tiles with different thicknesses of glaze. Overall though I think these look fine.
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- 63 years old
- August 20, 1949
- Central, PA
- Camping, kayaking, family, travel, Art in general. I have a small studio in my garage. Two electric kilns, two wheels, wedging table etc. I am primarily interested in cone 6 Ox. but like to see what is going on at all ranges. Read about ceramics voraciously and love the feel of the clay and throwing. Have to admit that my greatest joy is in the making, not the glazing. That said I do mix my own glazes, some of my own formulas, some borrowed. Retired from teaching art, last year after 36 years, taught ceramics 34 of those years.