First ever pot. Thoughts?

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Hey guys. Tried my hand at pot making tonight. First time apart from diddling some clay at a friend's workshop.
Few hours later, this 15/20 cm thing came out. Thoughts and critiques?
You get major points for careful planning, and even more points for what appears to be careful follow through and construction.
WELL DONE!
 
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Nice work. I like the drawings....always good to have a plan. And, well, I’m a visually oriented person that draws a plan, or at least a detail scotch, for almost everything I make.

And, A+ for the photography.
 
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Thanks for the replies guys. Hoping the next will look even more refined.
Got a question for you potters out there: my choices of clay are pretty limited as in I can only get clay from one manufacturer (Georg&Schnider).
I chose a body with 25% fine grog (chamote) with high plasticity and low absorbtion ~1-2% at 1250.
This should be enough to make it frost proof. Correct?
 
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Thanks for the replies guys. Hoping the next will look even more refined.
Got a question for you potters out there: my choices of clay are pretty limited as in I can only get clay from one manufacturer (Georg&Schnider).
I chose a body with 25% fine grog (chamote) with high plasticity and low absorbtion ~1-2% at 1250.
This should be enough to make it frost proof. Correct?
What are you firing to? The key is to fire the pot at a temperature that results in vitrification. For example, if you have a clay that vitrifies at cone 10, but you only fire to cone 6, then it will not be frost-proof. However, if the clay is rated to cone 6 in the same circumstance, then the clay will vitrify. I guess the real question is what are your plans for firing?
 
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Bisque will be at 960C and final firing will be 1250-1260C. This is cone 8 I believe? I'm dependent on these temperatures for the moment because I don't have a kiln and I'm relying on some friends who will fire them with their own wares for which they use these temps.
It should be vitrified at this point according to the manufacturer. Vitrification is at 1240C and max temp is 1300C.
 
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Bisque will be at 960C and final firing will be 1250-1260C. This is cone 8 I believe? I'm dependent on these temperatures for the moment because I don't have a kiln and I'm relying on some friends who will fire them with their own wares for which they use these temps.
It should be vitrified at this point according to the manufacturer. Vitrification is at 1240C and max temp is 1300C.
You should be good to go then!
 
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Holy SHIT Batman! Two thumbs up from @Smoke ! He must feeling amorous or something. ;) The second pot is really nice in my opinion.
:)) oh trust me, I'm flattered. Really hoping @Smoke 's just appreciative and not amorous or the Mrs. will have to give him a stern talking to ;).
Any critique? If not, I'll just keep this going and assume I'm doing OKish.
 

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I'm not skilled in pottery so all I can say is it seems like more time should be spent in surface preparation prior to firing. All those imperfections are going to be very obvious after firing. If that's what you're after then fine but if not then better address it now.