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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. So GEP this last week, asked in the question pool: If you could go back and start your ceramics journey from the beginning, would you do anything different this time? I am certain that many of you have answers that may have regrets, missed chances, or no regrets at all. However, I am one who seemed to stumble my way through life without a plan. So may be I should have set out more of a plan when I entered college, or graduated or such not. However, sometimes it is about the journey even when stumbling in the dark, that makes us who we are. My biggest regret I do believe is not buying my house with more of an eye towards a larger studio. My studio, is a one car brick garage. It really has a little more against it than that, as it does sit over an underground river, which keeps it even colder yet in the Winter. Now a one car garage, that has a number of power tools for construction, and home maintenance, is pretty crowded, even without the car. However, when you add in the materials for a ceramics studio including two kiln, a CXC wheel, wedging table, shelf storage cart, scales, sieves, hand tools, bulk glaze materials, and other assorted items you have a troublesome area that is difficult to keep clean and dust free. So what I would have done early was look for that 3 car garage when buying a house, and have a little ground around it for yard, kids play and maybe a small wood kiln. Some things you should plan for, others like life itself. . . . they just happen. best, Pres
  2. Do you charge a shipping and handling fee? Is it too low a percentage? best, Pres
  3. Yes, Preeta, we are all on this search, and one of the reasons we are artists is that there is no end to the journey. Isn't that a good thing? (lately I have been getting fearful of using expletives) best, Pres
  4. PQotW: Week 30

    Read the article carefully, and you may find a hidden gem! Sorry I seem to be so obtuse. There is an evolution to the word salt pig. Which most of us know of today. best, Pres
  5. PQotW: Week 30

    There used to be an old puzzle . . . . . many years ago, about a woman known as Till Willy, and what she liked and didn't like. The answer dealt with pairs. best, Pres
  6. PQotW: Week 30

    I would offer this link up for those of you interested in well done functional pottery, and as I do not reinvent the wheel when doing things. . . . http://www.cooksinfo.com/salt-pigs best, Pres
  7. PQotW: Week 30

    Salt cellars are actually more open dishes, often square, for a pinch of salt. best, Pres
  8. Who Of You Is Making Funeral Urns?

    Thank you Marcia, the double lid is a bit of a challenge, but other than that they are fun. best, Pres
  9. Old lady, up until a few days ago, I did not have a thumbs up/like button. Something to do with the account software on my name. So Lee and I had reason to be exasperated. However, as you can see, all is good. best, Pres
  10. Who Of You Is Making Funeral Urns?

    This is one of my recent ones that was made for a man and his 3 hunting dogs. Most are still alive, but he says he is happier being prepared. The idea is as they go, they go in the urn, not putting any to sleep just because he died .https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bG7Op5twmr0/WaLRBBOxdpI/AAAAAAAAAp0/DVhHKb70y4YIUhlAmYHgIx4jhYxHERmNQCLcBGAs/s1600/ButchesUrn1.JPG best, Pres
  11. PQotW: Week 29

    Oh well, Lee, call it a refresher. best, Pres
  12. Answer Keys are added to PQotW #28 & 29. Sorry that I have been behind the times. Acting nurse is hardly able to even get this latest bisque glazed.:wacko:

  13. New Teacher ..help!

    You are right in not attempting to teach wheel throwing if not reasonably proficient. As Ben says, practice, lots it, practice normally, blindfolded, while watching television, or talking to other people while you throw. If you are going to demo the wheel you have to be able to do this, one failure, and you've lost them, as their confidence in you is lost. Best certainty is to be able to throw 9 inches out of 3 lb of clay, not once, but consistently. Then do it and shape a pot. Once there, start teaching. Whistles are always fun. I used to make plenty of ribs for whistles out of a package of cheap bamboo chopsticks. X-acto knives and rasps will help you make the long and short sticks for the mouth piece and top opening. See if you can find Mud to Music for more help on whistles, flutes and other instruments. With the pit firing, I would as Ben says bisque first. This will help you to keep from breaking pots when stacking, and remove some of the chance of moisture blowups. These things will help you build a program, and if you take pictures, do bulletin boards, invite principals and board members to your events, things can get better, leave no stone unturned to teach others the importance of a good art program and a ceramics experience for your students. Above all, be passionate about the clay, express your enthusiasm for the processes, and have lots of fun! best, Pres
  14. Raku Questions

    Find yourself a good color/temperature chart that shows the temps in comparison to the color of the color of the kiln heat. This will help a lot in understanding your temperatures. best, Pres