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fw: process of making a pot?????? - or how to make a mug :-)

updated fri 1 jun 07


Maid O'Mud on thu 31 may 07

(so glad you asked!!)

1. Drive to New Dundee and pick up the clay =96 3-4 hour round trip.
2. Unload clay into basement studio (approximately 1000 lbs!!).
3. Weigh out amount needed for the mug.
4. Wedge (knead) clay.
5. Centre clay on wheel and throw the mug shape.
6. Remove from wheel and let dry 24 - 48 hours; depending on humidity.
7. Put mug back on wheel and trim.
8. Hand create handle.
9. Let handle dry 1 to 5 hours; depending on humidity.
10. Attach handle to trimmed mug.
11. Sign bottom of mug with =93Sam, Maid O=92Mud, Canada=94.
12. Cover handle in hot wax to slow drying on very dry days.
13. Let mug dry 1 week minimum. If mug cracks at this point, re-cycle
clay and start over at step 3.
14. Place mug in kiln and fire to 1850 F - about 15-18 hours.
15. Unload mug from the kiln. If mug has cracked during first firing,
discard, write-off and start over at step 1.
16. Mix glaze(s). Each glaze requires approximately 3 hours to mix and
17. Put hot wax on the bottom of mug so it will not stick to kiln shelf.
18. Choose design and glaze mug.
19. Let mug dry thoroughly.
20. Load glazed mug back into kiln. If glaze scratches or gets bumped,
wash with hot water and start back at step 13.
21. Fire glazed mug to 2150 F. This takes 14 - 18 hours depending on
electricity demands. =20
22. Hold at 2150 F for approximately 20 minutes. Make sure all shelves
reach the exact same temperature.
23. Wait approximately 14 hours for kiln to cool to under 350 F before
24. Remove and check mug. If cracked, discard, write-off and start over
at step 1. =20
25. If mug has miraculously survived to this point, clean sharp bits off
bottom with grinding stone by hand, and put out for sale.
26. Last, but certainly not least instruction; try not to attack the
foolish person who innocently asks "Why does this mug cost so much?"

AND, let us not forget all the hidden steps NOT numbered in here.

- Answer phone =09
- Sell pots
- Pay Ontario Hydro
- Develop new glazes and slips
- Teach
- Create new designs=20
- Answer guild members questions
- Pay Ontario Hydro
- Put out signs on road
- Have MTO take signs off road
- Pay Ontario Hydro
- Re-cycle clay
- Pay Ontario Hydro =09

Thank you for your time and attention. =20

Sam Cuttell
Maid O'Mud Pottery
RR 1
Melbourne, Ontario
N0L 1T0 =20
"First, the clay told me what to do.
Then, I told the clay what to do.
Now, we co-operate."
sam 1994

-----Original Message-----
From: Clayart [mailto:CLAYART@LSV.CERAMICS.ORG] On Behalf Of Randy =
Sent: May 31, 2007 4:07 PM
Subject: Process of making a pot??????

I am going to do a pottery demonstration for a small group and was =
if someone could send me the list on all it takes to make a pot. Saw it
once or twice in Clayart. I have searched the archives but can't seem =
locate it. You can email offlist. Thanks............

South Carolina
Pottery Web site

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