It has been a while since I was last on here, so I will take a bit of time to update.
The new L&L is running, and it is fantastic! Phone app tells me temps, and gives me warnings.The kiln, a E28M-3 took a while to calibrate as the witness cones were about 11/2 cones off. I am now running a -45 offset on the cone offset setting. Each level is within the cone 6-6.5 region. mostly ^6. I have it with Quad elements and the Genesis Touch Screen Controller and the downdraft venting system. Worth it, as the few loads I have fired have been pretty much flawless except for the early cone offset tuning.
The morning began as I had hoped, wedging clay, and getting ready. I had created a presentation using Libre Office 7.3, brought some pieces that I had kept over the years, and a selection of my personal personal tools for working with clay that included throwing tools, trimming tools, texture tools and others. The plan was to begin with an introduction, the presentation, and demonstrate throwing off of the hump, decoration while throwing and other techniques that I enjoy using. The beginning presentation did not go to plan. . . it had to be converted to a MS presentation file, and the fly ins and other effects ended up stacked one over top, , , oh well, adjust. We struggled through that and ended up on the wheel throwing and relaxing. I started with smaller pieces, a series of bowls and stems for chalices to be trimmed and assembled the next day, a honey jar, with lid and spoon. We had a break for Lunch that was pot luck by the guild. . . .Great food !
|First form throwing off the hump|
|Animated potter having fun!|
|Pitcher form before spout and handle|
|Jig for trimming chalice stems and bottles from plumbing parts|
|Trimming a chalice stem|
I also started a larger vase form, which over the day I would return to while working on other things. Not the best of timing as the form started to dry a little too quickly, ending up a little wonky, but it did survive.
We also took some time to do a group project that involved slab and wheel thrown combinations. The original idea was to create curved piece with 6 sides.
|Assembling the slabs for the group pot|
However, the curve was too extreme to build with the time we had for the last day. So we improvised using 4 sides, with a thrown top and thrown bottom. This did allow me to stress that the side dimensions of the slab form had to match the inside dimensions of the thrown form at the top, and the diagonal (corner to opposite corner) had to match the outside dimensions of the thrown form where the two pieces were to be joined.. The overlapping areas were trimmed causing an arch form at the top of the pot at the shoulder. We decided on added on feet for the base instead of the thrown top.
|Heather Scott HS teacher in the background|