New Year – Renewed Studio

Posted by on Jan 17, 2011 in Sous-potter, Studio, Uncategorized, Wheel | 0 comments

In the course of  preparing for 2011, Firetower Studio West received a face lift.  After working in the garage for the last 6 months, we realized that we weren’t using the space efficiently.  Maneuvering around tables, glaze buckets, and each other had become tiresome.  So the first priority was to open up the space and the second priority was to define work areas. We added a new overhead light (thanks to Julie’s brother-in-law), a new storage shelf, and a new table.  The table was custom built by Sous-Potter Jeff and is everything we asked for: sturdy, wide, and tall.  He even installed a half shelf for glaze storage… genius sous-potter.  We will cover it with 2 layers of canvas and then begin wedging the massive amount of clay that we’ve reclaimed.  Anyone want a bicep/tricep workout? We gave everything a good cleaning and have been getting back to work slowly.  We began by throwing and firing bowls for the dinnerware set.   Today, the kiln can be opened and the glazed mugs and covered jars will be unloaded.  And, this week, we will begin glazing dinnerware and finish setting goals for A Bit Off...

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My New Wheel

Posted by on Dec 1, 2010 in A Bit Off Center, Studio, Tools, Uncategorized, Wheel | 0 comments

In 2008, I bought my kiln off Ebay.  It was a true blessing.  It came with a vent, shelves, tools, glazes, … and a wheel.  It is a Clay Boss and although it wasn’t the wheel I would have bought, it turned out to be a very good wheel. It has plenty of horsepower and is relatively light weight.  I have taken it to my sister’s house and to Firetower Studio West for on-site lessons.  I have often recommended it to students who are seeking a wheel because it is one of the less expensive models.  But, the lower cost has a price – it is loud and it has a paltry splash basin. I have been saving money all year to replace my wheel  – admittedly, an indulgence.  Now, I am the proud owner of a Bailey ST-X  Wheel.  I have thrown on various models of Brent, Shimpo, Thomas Stewart, Pacifica, Bailey, and Creative Industries.  They all have benefits.  And, as I said, the Clay Boss by Creative Industries is a good option for many students.  But, I chose the Bailey ST-X for several reasons:  it is quiet; has a large, removable splash pan; has plenty of horsepower; allows for several add-on feature such as adjustable legs and work tables; and is inexpensive. I am really looking forward to using it (as soon as I can get back in the studio).  My former wheel has a new home at Firetower Studio West.  This is such a luxury!  Now, Julie can and I can throw together (she is quite the...

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