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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. Glazenerd posed the following series of questions in the QotW pool. I am posting both of them as they seem to be very related: When, where, what, or who influenced you to begin your journey into pottery? If you care to share: what was it exactly about pottery that drew your interest? In answer to this area of interest, I can really remember it like yesterday. . . Mansfield, PA, Mansfield State College, Art Ed department, Ceramics I, with Stanley Zuchowski. I had done a hand built slab box in an earlier crafts class, and had signed up for a Summer class thinking that I would fill one of my elective class credits and move on. Little did I know that the feel of the clay moving through my fingers, and the challenge of the wheel, control of the clay and movement to make a form would keep me interested for the rest of my life. I was enthralled by the teacher's understanding of the clay and the large forms he was able to make, but in the long run came to realize there was so much more to it than that. I had never really had any experience with the potters wheel until then, and no experience with clay other than the occasional grade school project that might have lasted an hour if that. Best, Pres
  2. Whew! I'm just exhausted looking at it! best, Pres
  3. Pres

    How about an Olympic DD-30?

    Yeah, kiln size is important. I have a 10cu. ft. L&L that I will not fill in two weeks, makes it tough to do short job turnarounds. In the long run, if folks are unwilling to have time in the order, I can't fill it. best, Pres
  4. Pres

    brushing and dipping

    As Neil has said, wet commercial glazes are made for brushing unless you are buying from a glaze formulator you have contracted for a glaze formula you have. Amaco being a commercial manufacturer tries to make all of their glazes in a series compatible with one another. I have had problems dipping Amaco straight from the container so would water them to a chocolate milk consistency. Then I would apply any brushed areas overtop with the straight from the jar glazes. best, Pres
  5. Yeah, needs rewedged, or pugged, but is not ruined. Reworking starts by slashing off sides and reversing them inward 2" on the 6 sides. Then re bag until next day or so. best, Pres
  6. Pres

    Studio Photography

    Yeah LeeU, my FZ-1000 has bluetooth that I connect to my tablet on an app; allows me to zoom in or out, set up the aperture, and take the shot from the tablet. Nice way of beating shake. best, Pres
  7. Yeah, those of you in warmer climes will not have a problem. However, there are those of us that live where below 0 is quite possible, and where several days of that occurs also. It is normal here to have several weeks of sub freezing weather, last year my clay did not thaw completely until May. As far as the freezing, once thawed, I slice/slam for a dozen times, then wedge sections of 10-15# at a time usually all morning for the next few days. Keep the shop heat on while doing so as it will not get below freezing that way. best, Pres
  8. Hi folks, ONCE AGAIN, you have a question from me, as no one has posted a new question in the question pool in such a long long time. As winter is coming on full bore at this time with storms in the east and central, I thought I would ask: Do you let your clay freeze in the winter months? I have no choice, as my situation leaves very little space to store clay in warmer areas. I have tried to store it in the basement, but moving a ton of clay down, and then back up when needed. . . .just didn't work. I leave mine outside in the winter, to be taken in to the shop as needed the night before to thaw out or even into the kitchen when really cold. I have a kayak rack outside covered with a heavy tarp that the clay stores under on a 10' pallet I built for it. As I am almost out of clay, my next order will be in the Spring. 1000 # of White, 1000# of hazelnut. I figure to finish up the few boxes I have on chalices and patens, Christmas gifts, and other pieces. best, Pres
  9. Bailey makes their own wheels, and sells them from their store, the reason you don't see Bailey's everywhere. I have used them, bought them, and found them to be great wheels. . . not as great as maybe a Brent CXC, or a Stuart top end, but still good work horses. I purchased 4 over a few years for a school studio in the 90's, and they are still cranking in that studio even now. . .I am the only one retired. More info might help. . . a search on the main menu of the forum will bring up many wheel related posts. Of which one is the following: best, Pres
  10. Pres

    Ceramic coat hook

    I have towel hooks in my bathroom, they are a metal long knob about 4" away from the wall with a narrow neck, with an angular end that is about an inch larger in diameter than the neck. This is attached to the wall with a heavy bolt that the knob glues onto as the knob has a hollow shaft. Actually this works with a set screw in the metal, but for ceramic I would epoxy onto the shaft. Nothing would break off from the hook. You could design a starfish shaped knob handbuilt on a thick extruded hollow shaft. best, Pres
  11. Yeah, I can remember going to Randolph Conference a few years back and had to deal with 1" of ice in March. Not fun driving. best, Pres
  12. I was involved with a guild, chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, back in the 80's. I was one of the founding members, and we had a variety of craftsmen involved at the time. It was non profit, and had maybe 20 members upon startup. We had shows/sales that were juried, and juried and non juried memberships. I served as president for a few years, and was able to get some shows going in conjunction with other organizations and still hold on to juried status for entry. In the long run though many of the better craftsmen started doing larger shows with greater distance to travel, and became busier. Membership became more varied until it was almost a "sewing circle". They voted out juried status, and I don't even know if it still exists. Strong inciteful leadership is needed in these endeavors as others have said. Tough to bring back a failing guild. best, Pres
  13. Pres

    Studio Photography

    Yes there are tricks to get around the misunderstanding of depth of field, and most are just interested in the correct exposure. That is why when programmed cameras cam out they had shutter speed and aperture priority modes for those of us that want to control one aspect or the other and still get perfect exposure. Using aperture priority without understanding how the aperture effects depth of field does not solve the problem as the camera does not know when you need more of less depth of field or as it wants to have perfect exposure and unless you set your aperture higher you will not get the shot you need of pottery. Here though is the conundrum that many cannot rap their head around. . . . greater depth of field=higher f stops or aperture=greater need for better lighting. Why light boxes were invented. best, Pres
  14. Wish I had known Liam, as I was there three weeks ago. Could have had a chat over a brew. best, Pres
  15. Interesting article popped up in my news browsing today. I thought it might be of interest here. https://www.dezeen.com/2018/11/23/agne-kucerenkaite-ignorance-bliss-ceramic-glazes-metal-waste/ I of course wonder about the use of such materials in the studio, as it does say many heavy metals are in the sludge. However, thought it might be interesting for discussion.

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