Friday, 11 February 2011

arm throwing...


One of the best clips I've seen recently involved arm throwing!! I must say for the smaller and lighter of us it's a great technique for getting your body weight into centering rather than just relying on your hands..
This week's been a bit busy, which is great as work has been quiet of late and finally I had some time this afternoon to get into the studio.. We had some lovely rain today filling the rain water tanks back up and giving the garden a much needed soak and with the cooler conditions it was lovely outside today...

So back to the platters I've decided to get on with a new batch as I'm really not happy with any of the refires and totally befuddled by this glaze i'm going to fire just a couple at a time in the kiln rather than risking such large losses as in previous firings.. And going with pouring the glaze this time!! I have a new batch of glaze and been making kiln filler pieces too for this new strategy....so settle in the clip is 10mins 40..

Can't wait for my physio to see this he might start to understand why my elbow won't heal :P.... it's my axe injury, did it chopping wood last year...


14 comments:

  1. That's a nice little video, Ang. One thing I've learned about platters......you can never spend too much time going back and forth compressing that clay. Good luck with firing THAT one.

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  2. hey nick oh believe me they're compressed, you only see 6 mins of 20mins from the first one :P I was going to speed it all up but it just looked crazy!!

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  3. I would love to see it sped up, I bet it was close to hoe you felt throwing all of those in a series! I linked to your blog through Meredith at Whynot Pottery.....I will enjoy your blog, I can tell!

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  4. hi ang, loved the video... maybe i need to try that arm thing. my clay seems much mushier than yours tho and that seems to make it move around that much more when i'm trying to make a big flat plate or platter. the music was great on the video

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  5. hey Jerri welcome!.. it did look very odd maybe for another session i'll do a speedy one :))

    jim cheers.. its so much faster! ahh this is a sculptural body all i have left to work with apart from some porcelain which i do plan do give a go too...The sculptural is very open I did wet it down but its naturally stubborn i think :P ahhh vampire wkd my latest music acquisition..fun

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  6. Like Jerri I too linked to your blog through Whynot. That video is great. Thank you so much for sharing. I fired some large plates at Christmas and had one to crack on the back during bisque and the second cracked on the back during the glaze fire. I know they were completely dry, so that wasn't the problem. Would not compressing them enough cause these large cracks in the back? They were trimmed with a foot.

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  7. hi judith and welcome too... dunting is such an issue with platters...I compress compress and then do some more compressing!! on the 2nd glaze firing most of the denser clay bodies cracked I now use a c10 body that is very open 30#mesh it seems to be more adaptable and no probs so far...i know that any unpredictable movement across a shelf can be an issue with platters ...like bung holes or holes in the foot ring for hanging the piece.... I've had my share of dramas with platters and chose to change the body i was using check with the makers if it is suitable for large wares...hope this helps :))

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  8. I used to put silica sand on the shelf, especially in an electric firing, under my platters to act as ball bearings. Its hard to see something you've committed so much clay to bung up. :(

    I like the way you put together your video, ang. What editing software are you using?

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  9. Howdy Anne, yep we use a very fine grog in the club kilns..sometimes it helps but sometimes ya gotta keep troubleshooting...and Ive been shooting all over the place with this project :P ahhh the old imovie, tis good and simple

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  10. Love the vid Luv. The angles of the shots are really nice! Nice time compression too.

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  11. cheers zyg...my poor flip went flying a couple of times during this... lucky its resilient :))

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  12. Great video! I get a *really* good idea of what you are doing, and how I might approach the same technique. Hve you ever tried rotating your wheel very, very slowly when removing large items? I find it takes a lot of the work out of cutting.

    I envy your warm weather, we are still snowed/iced over her in the north east.

    PS what is the music you're playing? Love it! :-D

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  13. cheers smarts, It's so much easier using your whole arm :))
    mmm i find my wire just pulls upwards because i don't have enough tension on the wire across that span..
    I'm going to try that tar paper underneath if i can ever find it...
    yeh it is lovely at the mo...ahhh that's vampire wkd cool eh??!!

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  14. ahh yes of course, imovie. Another application that surpasses what's available for a PC. ...sigh

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