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    Retired Art Teacher
  • Birthday 08/20/1949

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    http://picworkspottery.blogspot.com/

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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. 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
  2. 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
  3. PQotW: Week 29

    Oh well, Lee, call it a refresher. best, Pres
  4. 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:

  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Marcia gave an excellent reason why we try not to include politics here on the forum. It seems to divide, and at the same time, is this the place? I would much rather find the common ground we have in materials, processes, techniques and a very long deep history of providing things of beauty that can be functional, decorative or sculptural. We as potters have much more in common than politics can provide us. Of course this is my opinion, but I believe all of the mods feel the same. best, Pres
  8. PQotW: Week 30

    Bought mine new at a bookstore in Pennsylvania. So he made it across the pond. best, Pres
  9. PQotW: Week 30

    I have quite a few more left to go, then will go around again. best, Pres
  10. Hi Nancy, You may find some help here, if you start with a cone template and add a circle end to it. Look at the site, I can answer questions if you don't understand all of it. https://www.blocklayer.com/oval-templates.aspx best, Pres
  11. PQotW: Week 30

    Tough one folks, wonder how many of you have even seen this book. You know my books do tell something about my age, beyond my love of books.
  12. PQotW #30 is up and ready!

     

    best,

    Pres

  13. Week 30 Houses in the form of burial urns, Soul houses fully furnished, and other houses of all sorts are_____________________. often very detailed universal world wide can be functional or decorative all of the above Taws or _________________ were stoneware or earthenware balls of apparently solid clay, and used in a game of “bowls”. One plain ball and six with colored rings made up a set. Some modern potters have made them. Spindles Carpet balls Pugs Carpet bowls A bowl on a stem, a Eucharist wine cup, all describe a form that general form that has persisted in great variety of proportion and shape for thousands of years. The name for this object is__________________. goblet chueh chalice fuddling cup Traditionally, a container with a large mouth big enough to insert the hand. Strangely , it is not mentioned in Early American Folk Pottery, Guiland, which suggests that it was not common at the time in the settlement of America. These forms are known as_____________________. salt cellars salters/Salting pan/Ham pan salt pot/kit salt shakers This weeks questions come from Illustrated Dictionary of Pottery Form, by Robert Fournier, c.1981, Van Nostrand Reinhold Company Note from Pres: Last week a new book, this week an older one. This book is an excellent dictionary to identify forms, to explore functional forms and to understand how these forms work. It is one of my most worn books, and the cover is tatered but the information is still relevant.
  14. Preheat and candle. I consider these to be both the same, using them to remove the atmospheric water from the kiln, propped lid or even in my case, no lid or lid off kilter. This last kiln load was more of an overnight with 2 switches of the L&L on 10%. and then a lid on, with no peep, at 30% for 4hrs, 50% for 4 (dull red heat), then fired to ^06 in another 6 hrs.. This because of the two pickling crocks in the kiln that are thicker than usual, and larger than usual. One a 25# and the other 20#. I had the load also packed with chalices, apple bakers and mugs. Unloaded the kiln on Monday with not a single crack. Glaze firing for me is to ^6 electric, and I fire manually, when cone 5 goes down, I back down the each switch to 90% watching the movement of 5&6, If 6 is dropping too fast, I back it down a little more watching til ^6 has dropped to 1/2 way down sticking out, but not curling down. Then I turn down to 50% until ^6 goes to touch base, ^7 is just about pointing to 2 o'clock. Then I turn all but the bottom off, with the bottom at 10% to slow cooling further. However, I now have a much thicker lid, and lid fit so this makes cool down slower, so the bottom switch goes off about 4 hrs. later. So I really think I do soak and hold, but very carefully and very controlled having fired this kiln in that way since the early 80's. best, Pres
  15. We're not so exclusive any more Marcia, but we do have a thumbs up signal in the corner. . . that has to count for something! best, Pres
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