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Friday, October 10, 2008

CRAP,CRAP,CRAP!

I had a good day making bowls this week, trimmed them yesterday, loved them all. I was in a rush to get some slip on them this morning before I left for the theater and, oh yeah, here is a reminder once again why you can't rush pottery. I watched these f'-ing bowls fall apart right before my very eyes. So out of the twenty, I trimmed holes through two of them and melted four, do the math, I am down a few now. Good news is I have the whole weekend with nothing to do, so I will be making more...........................

6 comments:

brandon phillips said...

are you slipping the inside and outside seperately? when i slip the only time i can do both at one time is when the piece is absolutely leatherhard, like almost bone dry. sh*t happens. this will give you the opportunity to make more though, yeah?

tsbroome said...

I slipped the inside and then the outside, but I was pushing the leatherhard stage, they were a bit too wet. The ones I left sitting until I got back home were fine. Just trying to do too many things at once as usual. Ironically, the ones that made it were the nicest ones, the melted ones were actually on the border of being trashed anyway, guess they knew that and went ahead on with it :)

Deborah Woods said...

One more question relating to Brandons-after you slip the inside, do you let it dry and get back to leatherhard before you do the outside? Also, it's strange the way the pots didn't just slump, but split open, like an alien erupted from them. Is the clay generally on the short side or the plastic side?

tsbroome said...

Hi Deborah, the clay is not too plastic and pretty groggy. I usually do wait for all the right stages of leather hard but of course I was trying to do this at 9am when I had a 10am production meeting at the theater. I should have just waited until I got home. The ones I took my time with are fine.Anyway, I made more this afternoon that I'm happier with.
Patience grasshopper.......

brandon phillips said...

i meant to say what deborah said, slip one side let it stiffen back up then do the other. my rule of thumb is not to slip until i can squeeze the foot without distorting it, if that makes sense.

ne said...

Hi, I'm just curious why slip at all? do you carve into the slip once it drys? I'm wondering because I've just started experimenting with it, and I'm not totally sure what to do with it. I think it will give my glaze a better bond to my relatively poor clay body, but aside from that I'm not sure why we use it.