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Pot Decoration Trials On Computer

Started this discussion. Last reply by scott kelly May 1, 2013. 5 Replies

One day when I was feeling square I made a squarish mug.Had no idea of what decoration, or how it was to be glazed.So I thought about taking a photo of the bisque piece and discover experimental…Continue

Magnetic Trimming Chuck

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Forstall Mar 14, 2013. 8 Replies

The simple Magnetic Trimming Chuck can be a weekend project if you have a few hand tools and some experience cutting sheet metal.  The 11.5" diameter steel disc is cut from galvanized sheet stock…Continue

Tags: Chuck, Holding, Trimming, DIY


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Retired potter with 34 years of experience.
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At 11:56am on April 18, 2014, All Clay a.k.a. Cristine Boyd said…

I was in a pickle about trimming when I came upon your magnetic block system. FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mine is a bit thicker and I drilled holes at an angle to use my Giffin Grip rods and pads. I used an old saw blade stuck to a bat to fit my small wheel that the giffin grip doesn't fit. I use a wheel only for trimming hand built mugs, and I find this even better than the giffen grip as I can adjust the mug if it is off center as a hand built mug will be. I bought an Aspire wheel at NCECA, a portable light weight wheel. Thank you so much for putting your ideas out there. I'll send you photo's if you like. I think together were a genius!!!!   Cristine.



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