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About JohnnyK

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    Citrus Heights, CA
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    Ceramics, glazing techniques, photography, farming, reading all kinds of stuff but primarily thrillers

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  1. Will be making a couple of funerary containers this week in a much larger form of my tri-tube bud vases...

  2. Welcome to the forum, Sarah...Would you be able to upload a photo of the wheel with the splash pan in place? When you say it doesn't stay on while throwing, just what does it do? JohnnyK
  3. I've been using Laguna B-Mix ^5 for a few years now and have been very happy with it. It is a smooth white clay that throws well, fires to a white white, trims easily and takes glaze well. I've been glazing with Amaco potters Choice glazes with some pretty spectacular results...
  4. If you look at the bottom part of the front most vase in the second pic, you can see indentations in the surface. The slip cast piece probably has those indentations which can be used as a guide for making the cutouts. That is how I would do it...
  5. As Denice has suggested, there a various materials that you can use to build a table with using various surface treatments, but anything that you roll or brush on like paint or varnish or urethane will, over time, wear from the friction of the slab mats. Formica would probably be the best choice with the gloss finish most preferable... JohnnyK
  6. My feeling is..."If you got it, flaunt it"...No brag, just fact". As I grew up and matured, I found that I had certain innate skills or abilities or talent to accomplish certain things. I work well with my hands. I spent the majority of my life making or fixing things in all the myriad jobs I had. I'm also a "talented" photographer with a good eye for composition. I am a hobby farmer and grow great veggies , making money selling them. I'm also a pretty decent potter and am selling a lot of what I make. I have the ability to look at many different kinds of problems and have the "talent" to visualize the solutions... or is it "skill"? Some folks say I'm talented...most of the time it is because I can do what they can't. Others say it's skill...for the same reason. I also find that folks that have similar skills or talents appreciate what I can do and know the level of effort it takes to get to where I am. So if someone says I'm talented, I say "Thanks!" and accept it as a compliment or accept their money for what I have provided them... JohnnyK
  7. Thanks for the clarification, Min. My experience with was bringing electronic equipment into Canada for testing TV broadcast antennae which the company I worked for back in the early 70s built, installed and tested. I had spent a week in London, Ontario, waiting for the equipment to go through a customs broker. In the meanwhile, I was talking with one of the riggers who owned a Corvette that he said he had to pay a 50% import duty on to get it into Canada...but that was long before NAFTA
  8. Whatever you decide to get, it would be a good idea to find out what the customs duty or tariffs would be on anything you plan on bringing back. There may not be an advantage unless the price you pay is phenomenal...
  9. Does the basin hold a water pump? Is a hole drilled for the pump wire? Are you looking for an aesthetic fix or just a way to seal the basin?
  10. How much volume of individual chemicals are you talking about and is it worth the time, effort and expense to analyze what you have?
  11. An example of the uneven rim can be seen in my latest photo of "Another Horsehair Raku Trio". The gal at the studio that took in the pieces for the auction said that the rim and the trinket made the piece look really neat...
  12. I have found that welding gloves work really well for this, too. It's not like your handling the peep for any great length of time...and they're not as awkward as the tongs. You can get them inexpensively at Harbor Freight...https://www.harborfreight.com/search?q=welding gloves JohnnyK
  13. I have found, over the years of throwing, to, on occasion, accept the wobble as part of the final piece, sometimes causing the wobble to create an undulating and uneven rim on some of my vases. Most of the folks who see or buy the vases say they like the look of the uneven rim. Who am I to argue with what some to perceive as a failure turning into a success? Then again, it also may depend on the size of the rim compared to the rest of the form. Most of these are narrow-necked vases... JohnnyK
  14. Welcome to the Forum, Creole...I hope you find what you want here...and would like to relate a story regarding scale...I met an artist who was visiting out here from somewhere in the Midwest. He was a very successful potter and had a lucrative business going and was apparently pretty well known in his area. He told me that Costco had approached him to supply them with a particular size of pot of his design. He was blown away at the idea of being approached by Costco for the project but turned them down when they said they wanted 50,000 of the pots within a 2 year period. He felt that the order would put him out of business because he was used to getting a certain price for his work and for him to scale up and produce what they wanted at their price would cost him too much in money, time, and creativity. I think in your case, you might be better off going to a pottery manufacturer with your proposal... I'm curious about what Mark and the other production potters here would have to say... Good luck on your venture, JohnnyK
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    This album is starting out as a collection of Glaze FX, but will probably morph into something more expansive over time...
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