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About D.M.Ernst

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    Cleveland, OH
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    I've been making pottery since 1967. Currently teaching in retirement homes to students as old as 102.
  1. It may not be what you wanted, but I think it's pretty cool as it is. Doesn't solve your problem, but the pot is OK as is. Donna
  2. Help my slabs are cracking up

    I learn so much from this forum. Thanks to all of you for sharing your expertise and experience. I've been working with clay since 1967 and still learn so much from so many of you. Thank you again. Donna
  3. Seeing Cones

    thanks Steve for the feedback on the eclipse glasses. Now we know. D
  4. Seeing Cones

    I"ve been wondering if we could use our eclipse glasses. Don't know, just wondering.
  5. I suggest you look into the Empty bowls format. It has been successful for me and my students.
  6. Kiln Melted Everything @ Cone 03

    My heart breaks for you. I feel like crying just looking at your pictures. Hang tough.
  7. Bisque Firing

    I suggest you go to the library and get a couple of books. This is not a stove--set and forget. Also suggest you learn about firing range of your clay and the glazes. Learn the difference between ^05 and ^5. Enjoy the journey.
  8. Chris has it right. Things go wrong. Move on. Learn from your mistakes and try not to make them again.
  9. Bulk Corks For Jars

    I've been purchasing corks from National Artcraft for years. Highly recommend them. www.nationalartcraft.com
  10. Looks like your clay is too dry/stiff. When you wedge it add some softer clay to your ball and mix it thoroughly. In my experience the clay should yield to gentle pressure from your fingers before you start to center. With all the water/slip you have in your splash pan, collect some of that, let it dry a bit and add it to the next ball of clay. Also, for beginners, I always recommend just enough clay that your hands can encircle it. Smaller than that and larger than that is more difficult. Keep at it, but soften your clay a bit. Donna
  11. I listen to talk radio or story tapes. I don't like silence in the studio or our home.
  12. Bisque Load-Stuff It Full

    Two days? It would take me two months to glaze all that. DME
  13. How Do You Make A Bird Bath?

    Actually, the hump in the middle might be for the better. The little birds use the middle, the bigger birds use the edges. I put a slab into a circular plastic sled. When it's leather hard I invert it and add a deep foot which fits into the 24" high base that I also make. I do cover the edges of the bowl while the center drys. I don;t have raccoon problems because of the deep foot, but sometimes the deer knock it over, they also need a drink now and again. I realize sleds might not be available in New Mexico. Sometimes I make my bowl with the imprint of a large rhubarb leaf and those have never distorted.
  14. Can Unglazed Pieces Touch In Cone 6 Firing?

    There are no stupid questions. What is different about porcelain that makes it stick together when fired to ^6? Can it touch during the bisque? Would unglazed stoneware stick together if fired to ^6? I was very surprised to learn this. Thank you again for your experience and expertise.
  15. Looking For Suggestions

    Twenty six years ago I started teaching pottery classes in a retirement community. I was greeted at the door to the art room by a "little old gray-haired lady." She said, Are you D? I said yes, She said, "I"m J and I cannot see and I cannot hear, and I'm going to be your student." I nearly fainted! She had macular degeneration which causes all kinds of vision problems. She taught me much about how to deal with such vision issues and with seniors in general. She did learn to throw on the potter's wheel, a kick wheel at that, and we both learned ways to get important instructions to her in a way she could use. J had her limitations, but she taught me so much about life, living, and teaching just because we were both willing to "take a chance". Because she told me right away what her limitations were, I was able to adapt my lessons to fit her needs. Today I am still using the lessons taught to me by my first (retirement home) student.