some cool tools and tricks that I have found this last year

I would like to offer a couple of tools or tips that I have figured out in the last few months. 1. when working with greenware that is just about dry the metal screen that is used for screen doors is a quick way to clean up and smooth your ware. some where between a scotchbrite and a rasp in it's efficiency.
 2) I have found a way to virtually eliminate glaze waste and clean up time for those of you that like to dip dunk and pour. I use a plastic tobogin type kids toy that I have cut a hole in the bottom of. I put this over a round bucket or tub with a rounded bottom over this I place a cooling rack that you would use for cooling cookie. All of these things can be found in thrift shops for just a few dollars. These I spray with a two step hydrophobic product called never wet by Krylon. I simply pour and place these thing on the rack and the glaze is completely  shed and ends up in the tub that I just pour back into the original buckets. I usually don;t even have to rinse and very seldom waste even a single drop. I use next to no water. Also the racks that accompany woks can often be found for about 25 cents these directly over my glaze buckets and if treated properly they too need little to no rinsing. I hope this is understandable. It save lots of time water and money. The waterproofing product is very expensive 21 dollars but as I do production I estimate that in glaze saved it will pay for itself in less than a year. And time...

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Comment by Christopher Cisper on January 20, 2015 at 1:08am

I have considered several. The Never Wet was so cool when I first out applied it. The glaze was like mercury and just poured out wit almost no clean up.  I've written the company but have yet to receive a reply. I think I will probably try to reapply and see what happens. But it was cool and hard to believe.

Comment by George Lewter on January 19, 2015 at 1:16pm

I wonder if the automotive windshield product Rain-X (or even their wood product) might be alternatives?

Comment by Christopher Cisper on January 19, 2015 at 12:50pm

I have to say that though initially the never wet worked really well and was fun to watch, the waterproofing hasn't held up so well and so now I have to wash some. I was very disappointed.

Comment by Corina on January 19, 2015 at 10:55am
Comment by Christopher Cisper on November 23, 2014 at 12:57am

I have to say that I haven't been using the water repellant approach very long so I don't know how long it will last but now it is really cool. the glaze beads up like mercury and I just pour it back into the bucket, There is so little waste and living in drought stricken California we use hardly any water cleaning up.

Let me know how it works out for you.

Comment by George Lewter on November 22, 2014 at 1:41pm

This sounds like an elegant approach, Christopher. I am frequently frustrated by not having a large enough bowl to catch the runoff when I pour over a large piece. A fully concave snow disc or toboggan could be perfect. And the water repellent coating is icing on the cake! 


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