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Have Advice for Ceramics??

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Larry Seiler (lseiler@ez-net.com)
Tue, 28 Dec 1999 16:12:19 -0600


To update some of you, this is my first year in another district, k12.
I've got a little time, that is- until 4th quarter when my classes will be
doing ceramics, but I concluded after my sons and I threw some pots for fun
this holiday break that a few things are needed.

For one...I have a bunch of round masonite boards with peg hole spots to
fit on Brent wheels. I didn't see any pegs for them to fit onto the
wheels. The wheels have some old clay in the peg holes, so...I'm
wondering, are the pegs hidden? Should I just use some clay slip and
attempt to attach the boards to the wheels that way? I know we used to do
it that way with plaster bats.

I discovered we have one portable plaster filled table, about 20" by 40" to
wedge clay on, but the plaster is all cracked, and chips come out in the
clay. I've never done this before, but should I break up all the plaster,
empty the frame out and attempt to mix up and fill it with new plaster? IF
so, I'd appreciate some advice on that! Is this a special kind of plaster?

I haven't found any cutting wire for air bubbles either, so will probably
have to build one. I've got three barrels of hard dried clay, (reclaim),
and about a dozen boxes of new/wet clay. Its a red clay...and seems to
soak up water well and soften quickly. Enough so that we threw some pots.
Not used to this type of clay, but it has a nice plastic feel to it.
Though...I'm not at all happy with the wedging situation. I discovered
boards...but no cloths over boards for working clay. <grimace>....kinda
nervous, but sure things will work out.

I'm going to create a few works and fire them up before the last quarter so
that if I trash any works, they'll be mine! Got to familiarize myself with
operating this electric kiln.
thanks,

Larry Seiler

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