/r/Pottery

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This is a potter to potter Sub-Reddit. Anything and everything related to throwing, hand-building, sculpting, glazing, firing, and appreciating ceramic art.


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/r/Pottery

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DIY pottery wheel table

If you did your pottery wheel table…help!

Hi, I want to build a table for my pottery wheel. I’m looking for wood type suggestions for the board (the board is going to be expose to water, dust and clay all the time). I was thinking to use hard plywood and treated it with products to repel water. Any suggestions?

0 Comments
2024/03/13
09:17 UTC

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First teapot ever bisqued!

It pours like a dream but I'm a bit nervous about the handle being too thin (I know it's messy 😅). Is there anything I can do before the glaze fire to reinforce it or do you think it's also too thin?

2 Comments
2024/03/13
07:28 UTC

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Does a tool like this exist where the cutting part is adjustable? For locked height cutting around hand build pieces?

2 Comments
2024/03/13
06:18 UTC

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Minimizing bleeding in cobalt oxide wash?

Hi all! I often like to decorate my work with one or two swipes of oxide wash against raw white clay. I've noticed that this bleeds under clear glaze, and I'm attempting to troubleshoot - has anyone had experience with this and can recommend a way to prevent the bleeding?

My wash recipe is 80% Oxide, 17% OM4, 3% Frit. I usually paint the swipe on bisque, but I could try on greenware if we think this will make a difference. Would Zinc-free clear make a difference here or is that only relevant to underglaze?

2 Comments
2024/03/13
05:25 UTC

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Tar Paper Casting

I've got some origami experience and have been using tar paper for templates. I've had success creating dishes with pleated tar paper, but it's a bit too mobile and my greenware cracks. Has anyone tried casting tar paper in plaster to make a hump/slump mold? Looking for advice and tips on creating a cast for more stability. Thanks!

0 Comments
2024/03/13
04:13 UTC

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Throwing technique help

I have been getting more comfortable throwing cylinders lately and they look great! Straight walls, cylindrical, everything you could want in a cylinder lol. I am, however, having an issue where I get a little plateau in the middle of my work at the very bottom of my peices, and I then have to compress the hell out of it with a sponge but it never quite goes down as well as I would like. Is there anyone who has had this problem or knows how to help me with this? Thanks! I am sorry I don't have a pic of what I'm talking about about

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2024/03/13
02:18 UTC

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Elbows can’t reach my hips

I’m on my second 6 week course and struggling with centering. My teacher pushes bracing your elbows in your hips a lot but I literally can’t. I have a very long torso, very short arms, and terrible low/mid back mobility. I can maybe get one elbow in if I contort just right but it’s such an effort that I can’t hold it for long.

My first course we used very wet/soft reclaim and I was fine just brute forcing it and keeping my arms against my ribs.

This class the clay is comparatively way dryer/stiffer and it is just tossing me around.

I’m getting pretty discouraged and feel like I’ve wasted my first 3 classes because I can’t center anything.

Are there any other anatomically challenged/poor mobility potters out there that can offer any tips?

17 Comments
2024/03/13
01:51 UTC

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How does wedging remove air?

I'm confused about how wedging clay removes air pockets. It seems like every fold I make during wedging would introduce air. Can sometime explain?

14 Comments
2024/03/13
01:32 UTC

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Filling Holes/Cavities in Bisqueware

TLDR...I was messing around w/ laser-engraving green englobes over various colored clay bodies - I'm somewhat happy with the results, but after bisque firing, I realized some of the engraved areas ended up fairly deep.

Would applying a thick layer of clear glaze fill these cavities w/out causing other issues? I had thought about filling with underglaze...but I think it would be difficult to keep it off the surrounding body unless I filled them individually. Would appreciate any thoughts!

https://preview.redd.it/2f67w3zxoznc1.png?width=1057&format=png&auto=webp&s=51df860fce0e622d375e32aafb4d9c237730fad0

https://preview.redd.it/wvfe15zxoznc1.png?width=708&format=png&auto=webp&s=08bfeae2ae11d678484a06696a0db3e0c25ef31c

0 Comments
2024/03/12
23:41 UTC

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Measuring cups

My wife really enjoys making measuring cups, here is a picture of a few of them!

2 Comments
2024/03/12
22:56 UTC

76

My little blue heron survived 🥹

I thought for sure I would ruin this with glaze! My first try with Stroke and Coat!

4 Comments
2024/03/12
22:31 UTC

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Has anyone fired Bella’s Blend (Highwater Clay) to cone 10?

It’s technically a cone 4-6 clay, but so is Little Loafers (also Highwater) and that one in practice has actually been fine up in cone 10 reduction firings. I have some pieces made with Bella’s Blend that I’d like to put in the gas kiln if they’ll survive.

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2024/03/12
22:27 UTC

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In Search of the Camille Hoffman firing schedule

I'm new to kiln operation and am in search of a reliable ^6 firing schedule. For reference, I'll be running an electric kiln in a community studio, so I need a firing schedule that's not too specialized.

I've been seeing lots of talk on the internet about the Camille Hoffman firing schedule - I gather it's a drop and hold schedule meant to reduce glaze imperfections, and folks who use it seem to rave about it.

The trouble is, I can't seem to find the schedule itself. I've Googled myself out and all I've been able to find are a few references to the arc of the schedule and one mention of a crazy sounding ^10 version. But I'd like to have a look at the original schedule with temps and times, etc.

TL;DR: Can anyone point me in the direction of the elusive Camille Hoffman ^6 firing schedule?

10 Comments
2024/03/12
21:25 UTC

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Created a 3d-model for amaco glazes!

I've just created a free 3d-model for anyone that needs a lid (with a brush holder) for their Amaco Pint Size glaze. Thought it might help someone, have a great day!

https://preview.redd.it/y6czqxe00znc1.jpg?width=3024&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=63c9a4f798f6e6b673f0e324cf66456fe863d6d4

1 Comment
2024/03/12
21:23 UTC

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Low fire dupe for Amaco's Celadon line?

Working on some textured items and adore Amaco's Celadons, however, I only have access to low-fire (05) clay at the moment. I really need another glaze line recc that pools in intentions the way theirs do.

0 Comments
2024/03/12
21:11 UTC

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I want to sell my pottery

I want to sell my pottery but i have no clue where to start Can anyone who sells their stuff help me or give me tips?

Edit: To clarify The stuff id like to sell is Vases,bowls,plates and mugs Maybe abit of other random items if i feel like it

7 Comments
2024/03/12
18:20 UTC

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A bowl I made 💙🤍

The base glaze was amaco honey flux but I cannot for the life of me remember what the other glaze is! I’m thinking blue rutile or blue midnight or chun plum (as those are some glazes I have in). Anyway I’m pretty happy with how it turned out!

6 Comments
2024/03/12
18:08 UTC

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The glaze cooperated today 🥺

14 Comments
2024/03/12
17:27 UTC

4

Practice/challenge

I am considering doing a sort of challenge I saw online that involves throwing 10 cylinders every day for however many days. This is just to cut them and see where you can improve, honing the skill.

Do y'all have any other challenges like this? I am very interested!

6 Comments
2024/03/12
17:14 UTC

3

comparing carving tools

I’ve been looking at the Diamond Core tools which look great but are fairly pricey. Any suggestions on a brand that has great tools at a lower price point?

6 Comments
2024/03/12
17:10 UTC

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Question: I bought Amaco air dry terra cotta clay and I want to incorporate some natural clay from my location in Georgia US(well known for red clay).

As the title says, I wanted to experiment with adding some of my local clay into the air dry clay I bought. I found a spot where the local clay is shiny and glittery (I presume from the flecks of shale/Muscovite). It might be hard to tell from the picture but all of the flecks are glittery.

Does anyone have suggestions, experiences, or hypothesis. My plan is to mix some of both types of clay together, in a few different ratios, and let them air dry and see how solid it is. I planned to use to bar varnish to seal it for durability.

Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated.

4 Comments
2024/03/12
16:58 UTC

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[How] can I save these?

My boyfriend applied glaze too thickly and all his pieces either had to be scraped from the kiln shelf (left) or had a small disc of unglazed clay preemptively applied to prevent sticking (right). He learned his lesson for sure and is counting all his pieces from our class as a loss. I’d like to do something nice for him and sand off the bottoms to get them looking better. Is this a horrible idea? If no, is there any equipment I could rent from Home Depot or the like that could do the trick? (I am aware that clay dust is dangerous and would take full precautions). Thanks for your input!

1 Comment
2024/03/11
22:56 UTC

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Seeking Information on setting up Pottery Studios in Home Garage and taking pottery classes

As a professional potter, I'm interested in setting up a pottery studio in my home garage and offering classes to both kids and adults in the community/locally.

I'm seeking information on how to obtain the necessary licenses or permissions to start this studio in California state. Could you help share the information?

Thank you for your time and assistance in providing the information.

0 Comments
2024/03/12
04:31 UTC

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How bad did I screw up?

So I bought a kiln used, and it came with a roll of Bullseye kiln shelf paper. The previous owner said that it's to put under pieces so that glaze doesn't stick to the shelf, so I did that on my fire last night. Problem is, I didn't realize it is only intended for up to 1500 degrees, and I fire at cone 6. Kiln is currently sitting at 1575 so I don't want to stop it... did I really screw up here?

11 Comments
2024/03/12
16:20 UTC

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