Viscosity is an issue in my glazing. My clear glaze needs a thin application to look its best. Too thick and I have pin holing and crawling in the commercial glaze I was using. I have been glazing pots for close on 40 years So i decided to get some help from a hygrometer as above. It is a glass tube with lead shot in the bottom that makes it float upright. On the side it has calibration. It did not help me. I read about it on an American website. I bought the thing on an English website What I didn't know was the scale on the hygrometer is different between each country. I tried to convert one to the other. No way with my maths. I should be able to still use it I thought. Two problems It seemed to sit in the same place no matter how much water was in the glaze and because the glaze was thin it left no mark on the glass of where it got up to. I tried to read it in the bucket. It was too hard. I needed something less high tech
So here we are. I had to buy a stopwatch. I bought this one on eBay for $70 second hand It has a Swiss movement so I hope it is reliable. On eBay they range from $5 to $400.
Now follow the captions on the photos by clicking on them. Use the arrows to move from one to the other.
The viscosity cup is a lot easier to use. I don't have to stress about breaking it. I don't have to go cross eyed doing the math etc etc
Tomato glut being distributed around friends. They are very hapyy.
I spent some time at legal aid. Pottery group wont let me have pots in their shop because I cant work in the shop due to health issues No equal opportunity here. They even have pots belonging to a dead person. I don't know how she does her day.
I have been looking at things to help me in the workshop
I like the glaze vat, The small mixer/pumper, the table top drainer and the spray booth. Hmm I would be spoilt. I better apply for a grant
I love vintage molds. They are often intriguing like my chainsaw and sometimes really funny like my shark mold. I keep telling myself I have enough molds and then another one becomes available. I cannot resist. The first thing I do is try a mold out fresh out of packaging. It tells me a lot. how long it takes, any imperfections. After this pour I consider we are properly introduced
It is Australia Day. It is trying to rain some more. Everybody is discussing the date of the day as it is hurtful to indigenous people.
I am unpacking the small kiln. I am doing some rocks. I am slowed a little by not much slip It got missed in the warehouse order. After the next batch I am sending the blunger off for rebuild. It is at least 30 years old as it is a podmore. i find there is no manufacture of slip/clay equipment in Australia. There is also nothing in the second hand market either. I am looking at the USA but it is the wrong voltage. The UK has equipment but the freight is a killer. I would like a small table top drainer, a small pump and a small spray booth. oh and a small glaze vat Are there any out there?
I wanted to see what TAFE colleges were offering in fine arts subjects particularly ceramics courses. Sadly the answer was none. Where are young people going to go to study. Maybe the University of Western Sydney as part of a degree program or the National Art School or ANU in Canberra
How did this catastrophe happen. I went back to Uni in 2000. My course notes told me that economies would rely on service industries rather than commodities, Apart from uni all courses would be industry based Vet courses and everybody would pay fees. The testing and passing of students would change. A by product is that some training is producing poorly qualified student after charging high fees. All courses at tafe changed overnight. All these changes can be traced back to the OCED imperatives.
It has changed many things TAFE now charges big fees. This means the government has less burden in financing tafe. The saddest part is the loss of fine arts courses and the selling off of all their equipment and resources. Many fine potters supplemented their potting income with teaching now there are no jobs. This is just terrible
An open pour mold usually has a large hole to take clay slip. Here you pour in the slip and then drain out the excess.. Follow the captions to see how. Contact me with any questions or suggestions.
SLIP makes great mess. It gets on everything. The good news is that it washes off. I have heard it said that potting is 80% cleaning. I am interested in anything that reduces this percentage.
I now have different containers for pouring slip into different molds. This has reduced mess and economises on slip. I don't like to recycle slip but I do keep slip from draining the mold for reuse..
For small molds with small holes I use a 600ml still water bottle. This gives a lot of control and reduces waste.. When the bottle gets clogged or just plain grotty I can dispose of it thoughtfully. It is cheap and easy to use.
Next size up in molds I use a jug with a screw in lid You can control the slip flow by screwing the lid up or down.
The added advantage of this jug is that you can screw the lid right down to seal it. You can safely leave the slip inside for the next pour for a week or so
For a big pour I take the lid off
A great advantage of the bottle and the jug is with the lids screwed on you can shake the slip for the best pouring consistency
This jug was made for iced tea. My daughter bought it from a Shop called Tea for Two. She is never sure there is a jug for her iced tea or it has quietly found its way into my workshop. The jugs are 1.2 litre $32 and 2 litre $40. Worth every penny. I am interested in what others are doing in this area so let me know.
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