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jeanette's plates and aohell

updated sat 9 jul 05


Cat Jarosz on fri 8 jul 05

Hey Jeanette,

I am reading from the archives because aohell stopped sending clayart to me
:o( I sent off some imfo to both Mel and I hope acers that they will be
able to follow thru with so aolers can recieve clayart..

but I regress on the plate question. ps congrats on your first
attempt... sorry it wasnt successful. but bravo for attempting such a big job....
Yes I believe that the rim and the bottom of your plate should be even
thickness.. not being able to see your plates I cant judge ... I personally
have a foot rim and a middle button on all my plates because I believe that
glazed bottoms give the pot an added strength. no tension between glaze and
unglaze. Yes unglazed bottoms may last a million yrs too so my way is not
superior or meant to come off as such.. its just my asthetic and belief. I
have friends that never put feet on their plates and have sold tons of them
thru the yrs and have happy colllectors..
After you throw the plate and it drys some and the rims pull up do not
put them back on the wheel and try to put the rim back to where you started
if you are doing this its very likely why your rims are sagging. (
experience is a great teacher) the rims will go back down in final firing so there
is no need to fix them . ( clay memory ) also if you can dry evenly that
might help too.. I believe in covering all my bases..

you dont say what cone you are firing to or the type of plate setters you
are using. Highwater clays sells acme marls the best plate setter for high
temp firing of any out there and I'd recommend them to any one doing plates
at any temp.. get the best tools possible as they will pay for themselves
... also this I learned the hard way too.. I use a pencil and x the
top of the plate setter when I am unloading a kiln... the next time I use the
plate setter I flip it so the x is on the bottom.. My setters have lasted
yrs now instead of 1 yr .. all as flat as the day i bought them.. and I can
stack them as high as I want with no problems what so ever...

About stilts... I have no idea what your using ?? support wire type ??
I am not sure where you can find decent posts these days as they have
gotten really cheesy and easily breakable.. if you have any old 1/2 " square
posts you can turn them on edge and use them for supports. you dont need to
glue the posts to the plate setter.. it just takes some careful loading on
your part.

Tiny bubbles being caused by washing off your plates ?? I dont wash my
bisque as I found using an air compressor OUTSIDE and blowing them off is way
preferrable to my way of working and studio situation... I doubt the
washing is causing the tiny bubbles and they may be in the glaze if you just mixed
it up . you can finger buff it out if you dislike it.. I found with
really thin pots( mugs and gobs) the glaze takes for ever to dry and I get cracky
glaze... with finger buffing and without its always fired out fine.
Again would need to see your bucket of glaze and what the pot looks like
before I could really KNOW what was up in your situation. Just guessing without

I hope something here helps.. if you have any other ?? please post me
off list as I am not recieving any clayart ... just stumbled on this in the
archives when I went to check and see if any other aolers had alerted the
moderator or system administrator... ps who is the system administrator exactly ?

cat Jarosz in soggy wet just dodged
the 6" of rain forecast for yesterday though we got a lot of it and too
fast... how do you spell FLOODED Basement.. the hurricanes were bad enough and we
are still recovering from that FLOODING and without gov asst. just
slowly as we can.. so this was a insult added to injury..

V)''(V woof & >^..^< mew; Chicks with beards rule !!!