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  1. In the process of designing and building a portable Raku kiln. Will be doing a bisque firing of the blanket buttons as well as some pots to fire when the kiln is done...

    1. Denice

      Denice

      Sounds like fun I have often thought about turning a small old electric kiln into a raku kiln on wheels.  I have another old electric kiln bite the dust.  I will hang on to it for awhile in case I get ambitious.   Denice

  2. just opened the glaze firing and am blown away by the pieces. Some will be refired to enhance the look!

    1. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      gotta post some gallery images when you say things like this!...

    2. LeeU

      LeeU

      yep-what he said

       

    3. glazenerd
  3. Waiting for my bisque firing of 30+ bowls, jars, cups, sponge holders and jewelry to cool so I can start the glazing processes. Biggest run since Christmas!

  4. 25 bowls in...25 bowls out without any cracked pieces...great! Next is firing of test tiles to come up with a couple of glaze combinations for application to the new bowls. Potters Choice layering is what I'll be using...

    1. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Always nice when things go well.

    2. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      that's true! glad your firing went well. 

       

  5. Just completed a bisque firing of 25 bowls... waiting for the cool down so I can get to glazing. Will be running a glaze test tomorrow or Friday to come up with some ideas for glazing these Christmas presents...using Amaco's Potters Choice for layering...

  6. Just completed a Raku course at Sierra College in Rocklin, CA...What a semester! Completed with an "A"!

    1. Pres

      Pres

      Excellent. . . .beyond the A, it sounds like you have that sugary sweet bourbon like taste of accomplishment! EXCELLENT!

       

      best as ever,

      Pres

  7. Just started a Raku class at Sierra College. Can't wait to start burning things!

  8. Surgey went well. No pain 2 days later. looking forward to a complete and successful recovery...Thanks for your well wishes!

  9. Minor hand surgery tomorrow to fix a "trigger finger". Will be out of the clay for about a month.

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    2. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      good luck with the PK afterwards

    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Thoughts and prayers for a speedy and full recovery.

    4. Roberta12

      Roberta12

      best of luck with that surgery. Let us know how it comes out.

  10. Yesterday Iused my homemade extruder for the first time and squeezed about 4 lbs of clay to get 30 test tiles. Today I'm going to make those trestle type feet to go under flower pots and then...

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Go Johnny go....I remember that song.

  11. It's 7AM; 1080 deg F on my first kiln firing in more than 4 years and the first ever ^04 bisque/glaze firing with my new Orton digital controller...The first 2 hours were a real disappointment when i saw the TCL message on the controller. The kiln didn't fire. I had ultimately realized that I hadn't pushed the reset button on the kiln sitter. Pushed the button and the kiln came to life!The firing took 12Hrs 18 min, but only reached 1941 degrees which is about halfway between ^...

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    2. Celia UK

      Celia UK

      I remember that 'forgot to push the reset button' moment too. Such a relief when you realise it's nothing major. Hope all ends well.

    3. Celia UK

      Celia UK

      Worse than this, today I forgot to put the thermocouple in the peephole (a retrofitted one) & set the kiln for a bisque firing. 2 1/2 hrs later heard error message beeping! It had reached 500oC! Reset programmer thinking it would continue from 500oC without noticing the programmer said it was in the first segment, when actually near end of 2nd one! Spotted this 3 hrs later by which time temp was down to 220oC. Moved program on to 2nd segment and now keeping my fingers crossed...

    4. Mark (Marko) Madrazo
  12. Bought an 8" Samsung tablet last week but came to the true realization that I have no use for it. It's being returned tomorrow...

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    2. SydneyGee

      SydneyGee

      Between a smart phone and laptop I would not have a use for one. I can see how for children it would be fun for games.

    3. Callie Beller Diesel

      Callie Beller Diesel

      I communicate here almost exclusively on a tablet.

    4. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      I use mine for traveling and storing books to read.

       

  13. Just got back from 2 weeks in the Big Apple. I did manage to visit the Clay Arts Center, a gallery and training center in Port Chester, NY and was definitely inspired by some of the work I had seen there, the least of which were simple pinch pots on a windowsill that contained succulents. Looking forward to getting into the studio with the cool, rainy season starting after the long, hot summer here in the Sacramento Valley!

  14. Off to the Big Apple Friday to celebrate my folks' 70th wedding anniversary. Will get to play tourist and photographer for 10 days. Will try to visit a pottery or 2 while out there.

    1. vinks

      vinks

      Enjoy the "spirit".

       

    2. Denice

      Denice

      Your parents must of gotten married when they were children. Have fun!

    3. Min

      Min

      70 years, congrats to them! Hope you all have a memorable trip : )

  15. Wow...has this summer flown by! The farm production is slowing down. The days are getting shorter...this all means more time in the studio with my hands on the clay instead of in the dirt and manure!

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    2. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      It's about 1/4 acre planted, which netted me about $700 in sales at my streetside veggie stand on weekends during the summer. Next year I'll have some of my pottery and other wares for sale also. Looking forward to the rainy season in the studio!

    3. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      I did not know you had a rainy season?

    4. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      Yes, Mark, down here in the Sac Valley we have 2 seasons...rainy & hot. 98 yesterday with a cooling trend on the way!

  16. Wow! Threw a few mugs last night but had a problem with centering, so I closed my eyes and centered blind. What an experience!

    1. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Get a mirror and put it in front of your wheel so you can see yourself. This helps me when centering large amounts of clay.

    2. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      I use a mirror to check the form without having to stand up.

       

  17. Headed to the CA State Fair today. It's an annual trek to see how my wife does in the Jam & Jelly Competition.

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    2. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Ill take some Jam or Jelly as well. Good reviews promised.

    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      I will gladly trade you a four star review for a jar of blackberry jelly.

    4. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Thanks Johnny; stopped at our local veggie stand and bought a flat of strawberries. Cleaned them, put them in the freezer for 30 min and eating out of the bowl. Yum-EEEE!!

  18. Harvested a bunch of veggies and will set up my vegetable stand today...

    1. Joseph Fireborn
    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Brings back memories of picking veggies out of the garden and eating them raw. My favorite way actually.

    3. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      we get our veggies from garden

  19. I finally gotten my hands on the clay after more than a year and two hand surgeries. Yaay!

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    2. Diane34

      Diane34

      I know that feeling! Good luck and happy potting. :-)

    3. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Good for you. Have so much fun.

    4. Evelyne Schoenmann

      Evelyne Schoenmann

      I am so happy for you Johnny! I know how it is and how happy one can be when everything is possible once again. Enjoy clay and show us the results.

       

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