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About Pres

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    Retired Art Teacher
  • Birthday 08/20/1949

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    Central, PA
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    Camping, kayaking, family, travel, Art in general. I have a small studio in my garage. Two electric kilns, two wheels, wedging table etc. I am primarily interested in cone 6 Ox. but like to see what is going on at all ranges. Read about ceramics voraciously and love the feel of the clay and throwing. Have to admit that my greatest joy is in the making, not the glazing. That said I do mix my own glazes, some of my own formulas, some borrowed. Retired from teaching art, in 2009 after 36 years, taught ceramics 34 of those years.

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  1. Yeah, but dipping them in porcelain slip defeats the way I decorate. Maybe just use the white stoneware. best, Pres
  2. Yeah Mark, I would have to work with porcelain again. Been many years. best, Pres
  3. My honey jars have "spoons" with a drizzle hole attached to the bottom of the lid. lid has not hole, and stick cannot get lost. . . or forgotten. best, Pres
  4. Old thread, but a good one. I also have pondered when to start selling my pots. I studied Art Ed in college with elective courses in Ceramics. . just two. Went on to teach in a HS, and worked on the wheel for several years during grad school and while teaching ceramics. Gave a lot of Christmas gifts to family. Then I entered a few local Summer exhibitions, joined a Guild, and started worrying about selling pots. After being accepted in exhibitions, and juried into the local guild, I did some local shows, and made some decent bucks. That went on to Penn State Arts festival, for about 7 years. . . . while teaching! Burned up, no time in the Spring, worn out, and got an alternative offer as an adjunct professor at a local college. Taught there for 5-6 years. Sold pots on the side during the time on my time at my price. So here I am retired, and doing wholesale, and selling what I want when I want. Not big money, but enough to keep the pottery from damaging the household budget, and every once in a while I can gift myself a little something! best, Pres
  5. Most of my books were bought because of my career choice that I have retired from, Art teacher, HS 10-12. best, Pres
  6. I never did include my library, which is at least 100 volumes if not more, add in the magazine subscriptions, and the use of stinky kerosene heat in the early years. Lot to consider. best, Pres
  7. Min recently posted in the QotW pool the following: My question would be how much do you think you spent setting up your own studio? Seeing as a lot of folks think it is cheap to set up a Ceramics studio, let me lay it out as I saw it. . . Started with a used Amaco motorized kick wheel ($125), and a new kiln. . . $2200 as I remember. No wedging table, no banding wheels, some tools that I had used. . .$100 bucks. Add in some garbage bags and an old useless refrigerator for ware storage(wet cabinet) Free. First load of clay $450 for one ton. Drove to Pittsburgh to pick up in two batches. Since then. . . . New wheel 25 years ago Brent CXC $1250, built shelving and wedging table(better on my back than wedging on my knees on the concrete floor)$75. Workench with storage drawers $850, Banding wheel $85 large head, heavy base and bearings. Add in kiln repairs. . .new elements, switches, blocks, shelves, bottoms, tops, brick replacements element channel replacements. Heaters, fans, air compressor, spray gun and a homemade shelf cart. Of late, power caulk gun for power extruder, after the commercial hand held, I had purchased, proved to be innadequate $100. Glaze materials, and storage containers, along with commercial stains and underglazes. Wood stamps and rollers, other texture finds, and tool adaptions. Then this Christmas I got a scroll saw so that cutting out dies for the extruder would be easier. I would say there is easily over 7K sitting out there frozen right now! best, Pres
  8. I imagine that question could be answered in lots of ways, Kick, Motorized kick, Geared direct drive electric, best drive electric, cone drive electric, Treadle and stick, and Two person manual drive wheel(Egyptian wheel that used a person in a hole below the whee to turn the stem). best, Pres
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    Teapots that pour beautifully

    This may help a bit, I used to teach HS, and this is part of an old hand out now posted on my blog site. best, Pres
  10. Pres

    Repairing greenware

    Time better spent making a new piece than putting in the time to fix the old one. best, Pres
  11. Pres

    Wheel Issues

    I have used it with solid plastic, plywood, and Masonite bats. I would not think it would work with the reinforced plastic bats that have the honeycomb like structure underneath. I would think it would work with plaster bats also. best, Pres
  12. Recently Johnny K. Posted the following on my profile: Hey, Pres, How 'bout this for QOTW: How do you see yourself in clay? One of the things about taking college level Ceramics courses it the challenges you are presented with. In the last course I took on Raku the professor had a thing for Xian warriors...the terracotta army unearthed in China. One of our assignments was to sculpt a version of one of these figures...with a twist. We had to incorporate some aspect of our current life situation into the sculpture. I don't consider myself a sculptor, but I wanted to give it my best shot. Since my primary interests at this point in my life are ceramics, farming, and photography but none of the statues were suitable for the pottery or photography aspects, I chose the farmer idea. It was a real challenge, but a productive one. Here is a photo of my Raku "John Warrior" self-portrait. , and the challenge..."How do you see yourself in Clay". So How do those of you out there see yourself in clay? best, Pres
  13. Try fluting before shaping to see what happens. Only shape on the inside of the fluted area, then finish the top with inside/outside movements. Just a suggestion.. Smart move on the electrician. best, Pres
  14. Liam are you doing your incising before shaping, that often softens the lines. Nice clean shapes from what I can see. best, Pres
  15. Yeah, I would put the note in plastic. Who knows. best, Pres

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