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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. PKQotW #42

    Hmmmm No takers this week? Cowardice will get you no where. best, Pres
  2. Salt Kiln Conversion

    Really HOT Mark, strange, this weeks quiz comes from Colson's Kiln Building with Space-Age Materials. Yeah I know probably out of date to some degree, but the basic principles are there. best, Pres
  3. NCECA 2018 Pittsburgh

    Neither do I, Babs, so I guess I'm a techie without a facie!
  4. I have posted PKQotW #42 and added the Answer key to #41.

    Sorry to be so far behind. . .

  5. Damaged kiln cord

    Try minimizing the Paint window, and bring up the image file in its file menu. Drag the file into the Paint workspace and see if that works. best, Pres
  6. Week 42 The preferable method of casting a catenary arch kiln is to use the casing material on the: Outside of the form upside down. on the outside of the form right side up. on the inside of the form right side up. on the inside of the form upside down. The project casting in the book used a mix that was: hand mixed sand, vermiculite, clay and concrete hand mixed commercial Vari-Form B commercial Carborundum's LDS Moldable hand mixed sawdust, pea grog, clay, and cement Three things can be done to improve the strength and working properties of the casting mix: application of a heavy coating of ceramic-fiber liquid cement upon the interior surface of the cured casting; embedding lath wire one inch into the center of the tamping mix during application onto the arch form; and the use of_________________ instead of water. 50/50 water and dish detergent 50/50 sodium silicate and water colloidal-silica liquid mortar set liquid The ______________ brick is the load-bearing brick which takes the thrust from the completed arch. Keystone channel arch skew This weeks Pottery Quiz of the Week questions come from: Kiln Building with Spage-Age Materials, Frank A. Colson, c. 1975, Van Norstrand Reinhold Company, New York,NY Note from Pres: Always interested in kilns and firing, this book seemed appropriate for the Space Age, and from an energy-efficient standpoint. After all, we were having problems with petroleum fuels at the time, and many were changing over to electric, or insulating their kilns more for greater efficiency.
  7. Back from NCECA yesterday. All unpacked, and doing laundry. Exhausting week, but well worth the time and effort. Lots of demos, lectures and other to visit.

  8. Msk

    Couple of things I would want to know, What temp are you firing to, are you going to wash the sand before using it? My reasons for asking are rather simple as the salt in the sand could cause some fluxing action in the kiln, and if electric cause some harm to the elements, depending on the temperature. I would also consider using a slip for the sand, as it would give you more of a binding action than the underglaze will. Depending on your temperature, there may be some softening if the sand particles as in rounding edges. All speculation, but possibilities. best, Pres
  9. Looks like I am really late to post in on this, but will anyway. I do not do Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. This is not because they would be daunting to use, as I am pretty tech savvy on most things, maybe a little less with my phone, but then I do use the bluetooth to connect to the garmin, and to the cars for hands free phone. I search the web when in wifi areas, and do send pictures and text when I need to. However, as I have never been interested in the drama on some of the sites I have seen on Facebook, and not interested in high speed moment to moment of Twitter, I leave those go. Now Instagram might be fun, but I can pass on that. I do use Pinterest and have several categories, post a blog, and you all know much of the rest. I really don't know how much more at this point I would get into. I am having enough trouble keeping up with pots, and rebuilding computers, or designing in a 3D program, or reorganizing pictures withing their folders and adjusting the lighting in editors. Just not enough time. best, Pres
  10. NCECA 2018 Pittsburgh

    I hope to be in Richmond, but a few years ago I had expected to meet up with a recent good friend at Kansas City, alas he did not make it and died a few months later. I had a mug to give him as he had given me one at Providence, RI NCECA. I had a mug ready to go to KC, , hoping to get a chance as maybe he would make it. Sorry to say he never did. I still have two mugs sitting in a case. So now I figure to say, I hope to be there. As I may even make it to Minnesota, or maybe not. . . .depends on the weather. best, Pres
  11. Min posted the following in the question pool not long ago: It’s always interesting to see what people are working on, a one off pot, a series, pulling handles, working out a new design, glazing, glaze testing.… just a snippet from your day of something in progress. My question would be what’s on your workbench? (pictures would be a welcome bonus!) Hmmmm! I will disappoint Min in my answer, as right now there is very little on my workbench except for the vice and tools that hang on the back wall of it the workbench. Then there are some of the most recent tools I had been using. However, for me this is a poor time of year since I need to get into the shop, but it is still pretty frozen. Now the workbench is important, as I often will use it to hold one end of some wire, to help bend tools with a ball peen hammer, or to hold some small tool for sawing or work with a dremel where holding it by hand would be dangerous. I have enough trouble with my hands without messing them up more. As far as making, an object on a bench, very little of that gets done lately as most of my making and assembling is done on the wheel form throwing pieces, to trimming them, and then assembly. The only things that are on a work area are slabs for wheel thrown bottoms and tops after a 4-6 sided object is assembled. These usually take about a week of assembly, as sometimes the proportions sketched or modeled out do not look right when put together . So another piece is thrown to match up. Examples of these can be found on my blog site. best, Pres
  12. https://ceramicartsnetwork.org/glossary/
  13. https://ceramicartsnetwork.org/glossary
  14. NCECA 2018 Pittsburgh

    Chris, I was talking to someone today that had seen John at his presentation, which someway or other I had overlooked in the schedule. There was a lot to see, and I did get out of the conference to see many of the shows in the area. I really wanted to meet up with you, I am so impressed with much of your colored clay work, but the newer stuff is breathtakingly stunning, I love the earrings! Don't know if I will make next year, but 2020 . . . Oh yeah! I feel at fault for not getting a hold of John before the conference, as I would have loved to have spent some time with him. He has done so much for me over the years from getting me to become a moderator on the forum and then to run for Potter's Council. Things that i would not of done on my own, but his gentle push really helped. I miss him. best, Pres
  15. Pyrometer

    I usually cool my L&L , 30-32 hrs. I place my hand at the peep, and if it gets too hot after a minute or so. I do not open the kiln. Remember, that slow cooling is paramount to glaze crystal growth. All too many times a glaze looks different from potter to potter, depending on their firing and cooling cycle. Better to cool and be patient, Keep your cool til the kiln is cool! best, Pres

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