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    Retired Art Teacher
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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. PQotW #35 is up and ready, it is diverse, and about famous artists, so enjoy.




  2. Week 35 Angelica Pozo writes of three tenants that all tile makers should be able to agree on. These include using a clay body with 15 to 20% grog to prevent warping or cracking, _______________________________, and do not hurry the drying. White clays are best to use for tiles Earthenware tiles are most durable clay has memory and therefore should be kept flat at all times Wall tiles have the same glaze consideration as floor tiles. Mary Barringer, a potter who started with reduction firing, and switched over to electric firing calls the electric kiln the ultimate firing tool, ready to be used and do ones bidding (within limits), but with __________________________. the set back of oxidation firing very little character of its own Pricey electric bills too small a firing chamber Michael Sherrill, who works with extrusions, makes his own dies using________________or nylon sheets 1/2” thick. Aluminum plywood fiberglass polyethylene Michael also ___________ many of his forms while still in the extruder. Thus allowing for organic tapered forms. pulls cuts paddles measures This weeks questions come from The Penland Book of Ceramics, Master Classes in Ceramic Techniques, c 2003 Lark books, Lark books a division of Sterling Publishing, NY NY Note from Pres: This book is one of those involving a lot of techniques by renowned artists in clay. For those looking for inspiration, possible solutions to specific problems or just good reading, it is a gem.
  3. The trimming chuck I use for chalices use a Pipe flange, piece of 3" pipe, a pipe hub donut donut and a soft rubber inner donut. The soft donut leaves very little marking on the chalice stem. Pretty much self centering, as long as you keep the base level. best, Pres
  4. NCECA

    I'll be there, and I will want coffee. . .morning, noon and night! Maybe we can find a place. best, Pres
  5. NCECA

    Sorry, Marcia, but folks will be looking for the ICAN display as that is the new name and direction for Potters Council. Myself I will be hanging out at the ICAN booth, trying to snag some more diamond tools, some rollers, cutting wire replacements and other odds and ends, not that I NEED anything. best, Pres
  6. Mark, are you suggesting to throw the form with a thicker/deeper rim, and then cut the inner galley to a straight edge so the lid fits into place? I think you have a solution there, I will have to play a bit. . .I only need one. best, Pres
  7. Again folks, there was nothing new in the QotW pool of questions so this one is again on me. I just did tools under $100 dollars, now I am going to go in a different direction. . . . What kitchen tools have you repurposed, is there such a word, for use in your Ceramics studio? I have found several tools that were kitchen items that I now use either because I have seen something about using the item, or because I was looking for something and found something else. . . make sense? I will start with cheese cutters and cutting wires used to replace their broken wires. I love these for faceting pots, mugs, bowls, jars, vases, and other things where I want a faceted exterior. I usually facet before the shaping so that the facets become much more muted, and the edges a little softer. At the same time shaping will cause the facets to move in a spiral up the piece if you torque the top a bit while working on the rim and neck. Often these are really nice with glaze as the edges will break well with the standard cone 6 glazes out there, double dipping often even more so. Working with the cheese cutter, caused me to consider another tool for chalice stems. . . the potato peeler. I have found that faceting the stems of my chalice is so much easier and really cool to facet part of the stem as it makes it easier to grip. Lately, I have been using a silicone hot pad that has a hexagonal pattern n the surface that is quite deep, at the same time there is a counter point of a circle and rounded edges on the square pad. All of these allow for a lot of playing around with straights circular and hex patterns pressed into the pot before shaping again. Love it, and it works really well with a roller I picked up of pine branches, needles and cones. Most of you probably have the portable drink blender in the studio for mixing up glazes, I use it to mix nice slips with stain coloring, and small batches of glazes that I have modified with extra metallic oxides for something to be sprayed on. I also have a series of kitchen knives that I have files to change the shape, and sharpened to use as fettling knives or potter's knives. What recycled or repurposed tool do you prize in the studio? More than one? best, Pres
  8. Thoughtful Rae, but the rim still arcs upward as the corner is created. I think part of the problem is the form is more of a bowl. If it were a dish with more upright sides it may not rise as much. Either that or throw it without a base and do the squaring while upside down forcing the rim to stay flat. best, Pres
  9. I have done this also, and have a project now that requires a thrown square bowl. My biggest problems it that even though I have conquered throwing the object fit the metal lid someone asked me to do, I have not figured out how to keep the rim from rising. where the sides get squared. best, Pres
  10. I would ask a few questions here. When did you change clay bodies, why? Have you sieved this glaze since mixing it, second year, third year? What is your current cone temp for your firings? best, Pres
  11. I have a small studio also, and have seen these at NCECA. . . really intriguing. However, never tried one. I do remember that there was a post a while back (2015) Doc Weathers showed a home made one here: It may be something your friend would be interested in looking at. best, Pres
  12. name this glaze?

    Could it be that it is a cone 6 clay like SC 112 with a thin mix of possibly ART or Minnesota clay oatmeal that has been double dipped, but only bottom second coat half way. Something like light blue brushed on to the mid section with a brush of a white. Used to get very similar to this effect as the 112 has manganese in it and does spot quite a bit under the oatmeal. best, Pres
  13. I am glad to hear that you have shifted your priorities and at the same time seem to ready to feed your passion. Sometimes it takes the balance between a day job, and a studio of some sort to maintain sanity. As you said, as we get older our priorities change, but then they will shift many times in a lifetime, and later in life when you look back you'll think "why was that important to me back then?" best, Pres
  14. Thank you, Nancy. The top is a Lid with two pulled ceramic "horns" attached into the center which is attached to the lid. Everything there is clay. In my gallery there are some closeups of the rings and the textured surface. Blender is and open source 3D modeler and animation program. It also does film editing, and will create entire environments. I use it now days just to visualize the proportions of my pieces. Once I figure what my height vs width is for the center slab section, all other pieces can be scaled by eye to match up to what I visualized. It is just another step, but a pot like this takes 3-5 weeks of construction, glazing etc. Shame to waste any of that time if you decide it is "wonky" for some reason or other. As for templates, I have not looked into it, but am sure that there is a way of doing them. You can get lots of help with Blender on line at their web site. . . very large community. Best thing for me is as it is open source. . .It is free! best, Pres