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    TJR got a reaction from dricherson in Adding Mason Stains To My 100G Clear Cone 6 Glaze For Test Tiles   
    O.K. Here goes;
    If you have 100 grams of dry glaze in a cup with water , you will have 100% of your sample. This will make a paper coffee cup of glaze-not a styrofoam cup-too small.
    So if you have a cup with 100 grams of dry glaze,1% of stain will be one gram.
    Say you want to test three stains in your clear glaze. Mark your cups A,B,and C
    Cup A will be orange stain.You will have 100 grams of dry clear glaze plus water. Add one gram of orange stain. Mix it up. Dip a test tile. Mark 1% orange on the bottom of the tile.
    If you want to try a test of 5% orange stain, add 4 grams of stain to your cup A. You already have one gram or 1% stain in the cup. 1gram plus 4 grams equals 5 grams of stain or 5%. To get 10 %, you need 10 grams of stain. You already have 5 in the cup, so you add another 5 to the same cup. Don't forget to make a test tile every time you add stain.
    In cup B, you try another stain in your 100 grams of clear glaze.
    I hope this is "clear". Get it?
    TJR,
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    TJR got a reaction from dricherson in Adding Mason Stains To My 100G Clear Cone 6 Glaze For Test Tiles   
    O.K. Here goes;
    If you have 100 grams of dry glaze in a cup with water , you will have 100% of your sample. This will make a paper coffee cup of glaze-not a styrofoam cup-too small.
    So if you have a cup with 100 grams of dry glaze,1% of stain will be one gram.
    Say you want to test three stains in your clear glaze. Mark your cups A,B,and C
    Cup A will be orange stain.You will have 100 grams of dry clear glaze plus water. Add one gram of orange stain. Mix it up. Dip a test tile. Mark 1% orange on the bottom of the tile.
    If you want to try a test of 5% orange stain, add 4 grams of stain to your cup A. You already have one gram or 1% stain in the cup. 1gram plus 4 grams equals 5 grams of stain or 5%. To get 10 %, you need 10 grams of stain. You already have 5 in the cup, so you add another 5 to the same cup. Don't forget to make a test tile every time you add stain.
    In cup B, you try another stain in your 100 grams of clear glaze.
    I hope this is "clear". Get it?
    TJR,
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    TJR got a reaction from Pugaboo in What direction is your wheel spinning?   
    Clayppl;
    Don't be switching your wheel to clockwise and training yourself to throw that way. If you do this, no one will be able to help you with techniques. When you watch youtube, you will have to reverse everything. All of us in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Bermuda, etc throw counter clockwise. Lots of wheels only move in one direction-counter clockwise. If you lived in Japan and China, you would be O.K. going the other direction.
    TJR.
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    TJR got a reaction from SydneyGee in Who Of You Is Making Funeral Urns?   
    You mean that your dad's ashes were tossed from a plane, not your dad! Scared me there!
    T.
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    TJR got a reaction from terrim8 in Mug Sizes   
    DON'T give in! Bowls are for soup! Plates are for cake! Colanders are for wet things like fruit.
    T.
    We gotta have rules people, otherwise we  have SOMETHING..tyranny, anarchy.. people drinking coffee out of soup bowls..
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    TJR got a reaction from Tarantara in Drawings On Plates-Underglaze On Glaze Fired To Cone 10   
    So, you said she put the underglazes on top of the glaze? And these were low-fire underglazes?
    What is the brand name?
    I am looking for a good yellow for bird beaks at cone 10. Tried Mason stains-no good.
    TJR.
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    TJR got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in Kiln Wash application-on a sunny day   
    Mark;
    I learned how to tie a bow tie when I was in Edmonton this week to accept my award. A woman at my table said; "You don't suit a bow tie." So I guess the only place I can wear it is when washing shelves. Once again, great photos, mate, and very informative.
    TJR.
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    TJR got a reaction from sandramast in repairing grenware?   
    This is what you want for greenware repairs.It is called spooze.
    1 Several tablespoons of your clay body, CRUSHED AS A DRY POWDER.
    2. two tablespoons of white vinegar.
    3.Caro syrup-a tablespoon or some other cheap syrup.
    Mix it up like a paste. Repair the work. Do not store it as it stinks from the syrup rotting.
    Good luck.
    TJR.
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    TJR got a reaction from Pres in Harry Davis,potter,engineer   
    Does anyone know of a film or video regarding the life of Harry Davis? He had a pottery with a water-wheel. He made beautiful functional pots. Worked in New Zealand,England and South America.
    Thanks,
    TJR.
    I apologize. I am a two finger typest. That one got away on me.
    Harry Davis. A contemorary of Michael Cardew.
    Tom.
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    TJR got a reaction from terrim8 in Pots in Movies   
    I just watched The Magnificent Seven on Netflicks. Eligh Wallack is the bad Mexican with 40 raiders.
    Steve McQueen and Yul Brynner get together 7 gunslingers to save the town.
    Lots of terra cotta pottery. Even in the bar, they are drinking out of terra cotta mugs. Some coloured slip application.
    2.In the "Good, the Bad and the Ugly," there is a great scene at the beginning of the movie, where the "bad" is staring down the farmer over a big plate of salad and squash. Looks delish. They are eating with hand-carved wooden spoons. You know that the farmer is going to;"bite the farm", as it were, and he does.
    Nice big platters though.
    Eligh Wallack is the ugly in this one. Can we say; "type cast"
    Love that movie. A bit long though.
    TJR.
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    TJR got a reaction from AnitaMarie in What To Do With All My Early Pieces?   
    I love my hammer. Get in there and smash away! It's a good idea to put them in a cardboard box and then break your pieces. Do this when no one else is around because the sound of breaking pottery is a little unnerving. Don't let anyone grab stuff out of the garbage. Smash em small enough so that they are completely unusable.
    I think I shall go out to the studio with my hammer right! now!
    p.s. It's always a good idea to cull your work before it goes through the glaze fire. That crack on the bottom / rim,or wherever is not going to get smaller.Don't waste energy on it.
    TJR.
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    TJR got a reaction from AnitaMarie in What To Do With All My Early Pieces?   
    I love my hammer. Get in there and smash away! It's a good idea to put them in a cardboard box and then break your pieces. Do this when no one else is around because the sound of breaking pottery is a little unnerving. Don't let anyone grab stuff out of the garbage. Smash em small enough so that they are completely unusable.
    I think I shall go out to the studio with my hammer right! now!
    p.s. It's always a good idea to cull your work before it goes through the glaze fire. That crack on the bottom / rim,or wherever is not going to get smaller.Don't waste energy on it.
    TJR.
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    TJR got a reaction from Joseph Fireborn in Heating Source In Pottery Workshop Besides Kiln   
    I have hydronic heat, which is two coils of glycol [anti-freeze] which rotate through the floor. Also called in-floor radiant heat.Set the thermostat in the fall and just leave it. No blowers, no fans, just a passive heat that is always on.
    I live in Winnipeg, Canada, which is one of the colder parts of the country. I worked in a second floor of a warehouse for 26 years with those overhead warehouse heaters blowing dust every where. Finally built my dream studio 4 years ago.
    My only problem is that my space is too well insulated. I need a de-humidifier to get rid of all the moisture from making pots.
    TJR.
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    TJR got a reaction from Babs in Barry Brickell   
    Babs;
    We DID ride the railway all the way to the top where that octagonal building is. Got to meet Barry and shake his hand. I had been an apprentice to Michael Cardew, so we had that to talk about.
    His pottery was one of the high lights of out trip. All kinds of stoneware kilns, great pots, a tea shop. He took on apprentices, but sadly I was committed to teaching a year in Australia, and we were on our way there.
    There were other great potteries all along the coast, but many were closed up because of the competition with China.
    TJR.
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    TJR got a reaction from Joseph Fireborn in Heating Source In Pottery Workshop Besides Kiln   
    I have hydronic heat, which is two coils of glycol [anti-freeze] which rotate through the floor. Also called in-floor radiant heat.Set the thermostat in the fall and just leave it. No blowers, no fans, just a passive heat that is always on.
    I live in Winnipeg, Canada, which is one of the colder parts of the country. I worked in a second floor of a warehouse for 26 years with those overhead warehouse heaters blowing dust every where. Finally built my dream studio 4 years ago.
    My only problem is that my space is too well insulated. I need a de-humidifier to get rid of all the moisture from making pots.
    TJR.
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    TJR got a reaction from Joseph Fireborn in Heating Source In Pottery Workshop Besides Kiln   
    I have hydronic heat, which is two coils of glycol [anti-freeze] which rotate through the floor. Also called in-floor radiant heat.Set the thermostat in the fall and just leave it. No blowers, no fans, just a passive heat that is always on.
    I live in Winnipeg, Canada, which is one of the colder parts of the country. I worked in a second floor of a warehouse for 26 years with those overhead warehouse heaters blowing dust every where. Finally built my dream studio 4 years ago.
    My only problem is that my space is too well insulated. I need a de-humidifier to get rid of all the moisture from making pots.
    TJR.
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    TJR got a reaction from terrim8 in Mug Sizes   
    DON'T give in! Bowls are for soup! Plates are for cake! Colanders are for wet things like fruit.
    T.
    We gotta have rules people, otherwise we  have SOMETHING..tyranny, anarchy.. people drinking coffee out of soup bowls..
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    TJR got a reaction from ChenowethArts in Valentine's Day - Marketing/sale Opportunity?   
    Paul;
    If you jump on your wheel now and get throwing, you could probably pull it off. Think a week for drying, then bisquing, then glaze fire.
    I made a series once of "Divorce Pots"' for a Valentine sale. They were slab vases that fit together. If you split up, each of you could take one. They were done in Majolica reds. All sold. Don't ask me why.
    TJR.
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    TJR reacted to ChenowethArts in What Happened To The Guy Who Wanted................   
    Google, Bing, Yahoo!, etc. make it easy to ask a question (enter a query) via a search engine and this forum pops up in the results more that I ever imagined.  From my experience with a personal blog, we have tons of lurkers (folks who read but never post).  Some may feel intimidated by the conversation and simply don't feel comfortable adding their opinions.  Some of the people @oldlady identified are just needing help (probably urgently), get their answers, and move on their merry way, completely missing out on the incredible value of the community here (or the concept that we'd actually like to know what happened?). That is their loss.
     
    On another note...the international composition of this forum is a quality I absolutely admire.  We have people stopping by whose grasp of English is on the same level of my grasp of Greek or Chinese (near zero).  I want us all to be aware of this when a question appears that may be flawed with grammar/spelling errors...chances are there is a passionate clay person on the other end of that question and I'd like to include them into the family whenever possible/practical.
     
    ΕιÏήνη
    和平
    Peace,
    -Paul
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    TJR got a reaction from ChenowethArts in Valentine's Day - Marketing/sale Opportunity?   
    Paul;
    If you jump on your wheel now and get throwing, you could probably pull it off. Think a week for drying, then bisquing, then glaze fire.
    I made a series once of "Divorce Pots"' for a Valentine sale. They were slab vases that fit together. If you split up, each of you could take one. They were done in Majolica reds. All sold. Don't ask me why.
    TJR.
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    TJR got a reaction from Matthew in Bone Head Mistakes   
    Like how not to position a picture for your avatar?
     
    Jim
     
     
    Jim;
    Is that what you look like?!!
    TJR
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    TJR got a reaction from ChenowethArts in Valentine's Day - Marketing/sale Opportunity?   
    Paul;
    If you jump on your wheel now and get throwing, you could probably pull it off. Think a week for drying, then bisquing, then glaze fire.
    I made a series once of "Divorce Pots"' for a Valentine sale. They were slab vases that fit together. If you split up, each of you could take one. They were done in Majolica reds. All sold. Don't ask me why.
    TJR.
  23. Like
    TJR got a reaction from ChenowethArts in Valentine's Day - Marketing/sale Opportunity?   
    Paul;
    If you jump on your wheel now and get throwing, you could probably pull it off. Think a week for drying, then bisquing, then glaze fire.
    I made a series once of "Divorce Pots"' for a Valentine sale. They were slab vases that fit together. If you split up, each of you could take one. They were done in Majolica reds. All sold. Don't ask me why.
    TJR.
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    TJR got a reaction from Marcia Selsor in Motorized Kickwheel From Psh - E-205   
    Start the big fly wheel moving first by kicking with your right leg. Once it gets going, you should be able to apply the rubber drive wheel.
    TJR.
    It's a lot of weight to move from a dead stop.
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    TJR got a reaction from Marcia Selsor in Claystories Nceca Seeks Your Submission!   
    I did tell a story last year in Rhode Island. It was about my last NCECA conference in Minneapolis. There was the blizzard of 1997, and then the flood of "97. About 6 of us were trapped in the airport as they had closed the Winnipeg airport. None of us even had a tooth brush. Stuck there for 2 nights. We finally did make it home. There was a sea of un-attended luggage all over the airport. Pre- 9-11 obviously.
    I got a great mug, which my wife uses every day. Also got some great memories.
    Tom
    I urge you to step up and tell an amusing anecdote.
    T.
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