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Hints on sanding pottery and other tips

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Pat Munce (pdmun)
Wed, 25 Mar 1998 19:38:30 -0800

I have found a wonderful addition to my ceramics bag of tricks.

The sanding mesh for wallboard. YOu can find this in any
hardware store like Lumberjack or Orchard Supply and
propably in Wallys world (WAlmart).

This stuff was given to me to clean up at home around
your hard water stains on porcelain. Only use the fine one,
I think its 220.

I used it at home and was thrilled with it.

I took it to school and cut pieces up for my kids to sand
their projects with outside the room, of course. NO free
silica in my lungs, thank you.

Also after a high fire, my cone 10 pots have a rough foot.
We use Rods Bod which is well know in California. It is good
for us because it does well in raku to cone 10. It is
low in iron, therefore does not stain clothes, yet gives
a nice reduction color. An all around good clay for wheel
work and small hand projects. However, it will BLOW UP
with an air pocket. That is why clay needles are a must
in any clay room.

Back to sanding fired Rods bod projects. = I had a student
complain that her pot had scratched her Mom's good table.
(Not good PR for the pottery class.) After that, I always
had sandpaper and a bar of candle wax ready so that no project
went home without a bit of sanding and waxing. This works great,
by the way. However, the sandpaper was in pieces very quickly,
and cost $$$$$$. This wallboard sanding mesh lasts. Its great.
Get some, you will be thrilled at how useful it is.

Tip. I use brown paper sacks to roll clay out on. It does not
go to pieces like newspaper, and I throw it out. Canvas tends
to hold clay dust forever and its that "bad free silica" again.
I would like to live to enjoy my retirement.

Tip. Save your hair dye bottles for dripping slip on projects.

Tip. Old credit cards are great ribs. Cut off part of the
number on one corner in a curve line. No forgeries here.

Tip. The new heavy zip lock bags are wonderful to keep small
projects in. If you can afford them.

Tip. Covering plates on bats in the wet stage for continuing work
is a problem. Buy the clear plastic water saucers for large pots
at your local Walmart or Kmart.Label them with numbers or letters.
Some students like to take them off someone else's project,
and put them on theirs. I know your kids wouldn't do that,
but an identifying mark does keep this down to a minimum.

Tip. Get a window swedgee (spelling?) for your floor. I poor water
on the clay that needs to be cleaned in the damp room. Then I wipe
it with the window swedgee and after that I throw newspaper down
to absorb what is left. NO dust to spread that way. We have alot
of clay being used. This may seem like overkill to you in your room.
Trust me, not is mine. I teach 3 full classes with wheels, 5 gallon
glaze buckets, and the mess.

Tip. I designed a glaze note paper years ago because my kids never
remembered what they had done on their project. So I have several
things on the paper which is 1/3 of a whole sheet. I run them off, cut
them up and they must be with each project or I do not get glazed
fire by the ceramic witch.



A good drawing of your project. List all glazes and slips used
__________________________________ on this project.
| | ------------------
| Box for Drawing |
| | ------------------
| |
| | ------------------
| | DATE____________________

Circle when made. A97 B97 C97 D98 E98 F98

We are on 6 weeks grading periods.

Sept -Oct. is A97
OCt-Nov B97
Dec-Jan C98
Feb-Mar D98
Mar -April E98
May -June F98

This code must be in the bottom of each project because things get
graded only once when made and then a glaze grade when fired.

It has eliminated all arguments about "I did it this 6 weeks not
last 6 weeks". (God came right down and gave me this
one FREE. Thank you.)

Well, that is all I can think of right now.

Pat Munce
Fresno, CA

"Organized peole never know the joy of finding something that was lost forever."

"He who laughs last probably made a back-up."

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