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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. Alas oldlady, I have not made one of these in over 30 years! I could whip one out just to show you. best, Pres
  2. Durable, absorbant, and replaceable. Some of them are a bit rough, but others are smoother. best, Pres
  3. At the height you have, it may work very well as a finishing table, add a banding wheel to it, and you have a good work area for finishing pieces. best, Pres
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    Paragon LT-3 Kiln Over Firing

    When manipulating the cone bar from the inside of the kiln, will the outer bar drop without any problems? Reason I ask is that once I had a kiln that the setter was not entirely lined up, it was leaning in at the top. This caused the outer bar to rest against the kiln when the cone went down. . . . . just a thought. best, Pres
  5. Gabby, I have looked at the picture, and believe that the wheel thrown is part of the key here. I would think that a cylinder 3-4" high was thrown partly, then stamped with a roller stamp, then the cylinder shaped outward somewhat. Then another cylinder similar was made without stamping. The artist then used the pieces from the two to make the form on rolled slab adding the handles last. My clue to the shaping after stamping is the curving of the lines from the roller and the slight variation in size of dots from bottom to top. best, Pres
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    Temperature Algorithm?

    Sounds good Curt, let us know. best, Pres
  7. Pres

    Well, There's Your Problem!

    I purchased a Skutt from my school district a few years back when they consolidated two Jr. Highs into a Middle school. I had been a Secondary department head when teaching, and knew the kiln well. It had one melt down, and the teacher had it repaired to pristine condition, and then never used it again. I also knew at the time that the building had 240 which meant the kiln was 240. Thought I would finally get a kiln setter. However, it has just sat as it is smaller than the L&L, and so new furniture would be needed. I have decided that I need the space more than the kiln so will be getting rid of it. Hoping to put some money into a new L&L in the next few years. best, Pres
  8. Joe, the test bud vases remind me of bud vases I used to make years ago. They were breasts, thrown, placed on a board, and then tapped the board for a little sag shift. They sold pretty well the one time, and at the same time, most of the purchasers were women. Just saying, but that was a long long time ago. best, Pres
  9. Great effort for a first time show. Your booth looked well organized, pricing was simple, and pottery was within what most would call good ranges with good glaze and color. Forms were well done, and don't worry about a heavier vase, as many thing a light vase is not enough to hold flowers properly. Good job! best, Pres
  10. Check out my blog site, most of the later stuff is using these along with the Cream Rust and white liner that I have modified. best, Pres
  11. Gee, You are quite welcome, but for me it is a pleasure to be of help. This is after all the place to find good advice and tips to working in the studio. Have to love the forum for all the help it has given to me over the years, now and then it is nice to PAY BACK. best, Pres
  12. You might even consider a ^6 Pinterest search as this has worked for me in finding glazes that allude me in old recipes. I have found several there. I use Variegated blue along with some of the VG glazes for my pottery. Maybe not the effects you are looking for, but they work well in either dipping, or spraying. The variegated blue is pretty neat with the VG rutile green over top. best, Pres
  13. You might look up some of the glazes from Mastering Cone 6 glazes, and some of the glazes from Van Gilder, if you are not using any of these at this point. I fire glazes from both of these to a hard cone 6. Most of them are very durable, safe, and work very well if using dipping or spraying. I have used some of them for brushing also by working with a thicker version. best, Pres
  14. Hi SunsetBay, I have had some of the same problems with glazes over the years, and found a few things that made a difference in viewing the results of a Test fire. How full was your kiln? This will often effect the glazes as there is not much conduction of heat in a kiln that is not full. One of my solutions also was to fire Test tiles and Test Shot glasses at the same time on one shelf level, with pots that I was not entirely worried over on another level. . . thus loading the kiln. The Test shot glasses allow me to see more of the surface and the inside outside effect of the glaze. You may try a firing of this sort to allow a better assessment of your tests. best, Pres

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