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fw: smooth bottoms

updated fri 13 feb 04


Paul Herman on wed 11 feb 04

Hi Kim Marie,

Sandpaper does leave a nasty texture, on greenware or bisque.

A nicer way is to polish the foot with a piece of smooth wood,
immediately after trimming. The grog gets pushed back in and the
"scraped" texture is smoothed over. It's done on the wheel and just
takes a few seconds. After the glaze firing I inspect the foot, and
usually give it a few swipes with 150 grit paper.

Smooth bottoms to all,

Paul Herman
Great Basin Pottery
Doyle, California US

>From: Kim Marie
>Subject: smooth bottoms
>Date: Wed, Feb 11, 2004, 6:00 AM

> I work in cone 6 stoneware and usually have used aluminum oxide 60 grit
> sandpaper on a palm sander to smooth the bottoms of pieces. Lately I'm not
> happy with the results. I'd like smoother bottoms. Any suggestions?
> Thanks,
> Kim Marie