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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. 1F. this morning! Kids in school for make up day for sub freezing temps a few days ago. Today no wind.

     

  2. PKQothW 40

    I guess my time off let me clear the cobwebs, as this seems to be tougher for folks. Keep on trying, and while your at it . . . think things through as at least two questions almost answer themselves. best, Pres
  3. Guild events/shows. Here in PA, often the Craftsman's guilds will put on shows. Sometimes these are themed like the Christmas/Valentines/Spring etc, but then again at times they are just on the calendar to not have conflicts with other events. I have also participated in silent auctions where a 50/50 was done to raise money for the host charity organization. best, Pres
  4. Of late folks I have come to use my finger webbing between the pointer and the second finger to do the chamois thing. It works as well, and once you get used to it the two fingers support the pot while doing it. Sometimes I find that I just can't find that piece of chamois and I am not going to not compress/smooth the rim, or stop making pots to look for a chamois. best, Pres
  5. Okay guys, I think we have had enough of a vacation, I have just posted PQothW 40. Did you think I was getting lazy?

     

    best,

    Pres

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    2. Pres

      Pres

      I have concrete everywhere. Right now, the ice is terrible! Have a post hole digger that has a 4" flat blade weighs about 15# so it will scrape up ice well without a lot of chopping work.

       

       

    3. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      Just wait until the thaw

    4. Pres

      Pres

      Not on a public sidewalk, we don't dare.

  6. PKQothW 40 When doing _________________ decoration on bottles and closed forms, it is important to choose a clay type and thickness that will keep its shape. engobe incising impressed underglaze Agate, and agate paste are techniques that require the use of two or more colored clays. The ___________ technique requires slight wedging of the clays together. Whereas, the ___________ technique is more of an assembly of the clays, thus more controlled. Agate paste, agate Engobe, agate paste Agate, agate paste Agate, engobe ______________ overglazing is one technique used to overglaze pottery that has already been fired. Using solvents from ceramic suppliers, the oxides and solvent are mixed on a glass plate and then painted onto the glaze fired piece. Glue based Oil-based Lacquer based Rubber cement _________________ is a technique used to separate colors from each other on a piece, usually flat. It involves mixing manganese dioxide and a dry transparent glaze in a mortar and adding this black dust to turpentine with turpentine oil. This is then painted on to the piece before other colors are applied. Mishima Sgraffito Paper resist Cuerda Seca This weeks Pottery Quiz of the Week questions come from: Ceramic Class: Decorating Techniques, Joaquin Chavarria,c. 1999, Watson Guptill Publications/New York Note from Pres: This is the second book out of a series of four in this Ceramics Class. All of them are quite thin, and quite packed with information. Excellent resource for any library.
  7. AndreaB, As Neil has stated:Keep your abs strong. They'll take a lot of pressure off your back. . . . . I find that there are some things to do to help this out, and to alleviate the back pain to some degree. Do not sit at the wheel constant, set things up so that you have to get up to get clay, or to set a bat full of pots aside. Make the bat smaller so that you move more often, and make you wheel side pile of clay smaller to get up for more sooner. At the same time, I have found that the rocking motion of wedging in spiral or rams head, can help to loosen a stiff back, so I wedge only what I am using in the next hour or so, then wedge more. Seems the wedging motion that causes you to push down with the arms also lifts the shoulders, this along with the movement of the body can help to stretch the back. I found this out years ago, as after dealing with pain from an old broken vertebrae injury, wedging did make things less painful. In you home life, try to do some side plank dips, or some push ups (bent knee or otherwise) as both of these are good exercises for the abs, and the push ups work well for wedging muscles as in the triceps and the chest muscles. I also use a seat that slants forward, and is fully adjustable to give me multiple levels for throwing. This helps especially for my throwing position, but also when throwing off of the hump, as I adjust my height for the height of the clay. There have been other strands for Seats and throwing positions one of these is here: Hope I was able to help you out, best, Pres
  8. Even better yet to be written about, to have their talents recognized. best, Pres
  9. You are probably right Neil, it was a long time ago, and yes the spherical shape was probably spun aluminum, I remember the concentric lines now. I do remember that tapping the foot pedal would keep you going just enough. One of the kick wheels we had at the HS did push in from the side, so I might have mixed them up. best, Pres
  10. Unless this is an earlier Randall, I do not believe it is. The Randall's I learned to throw on at Mansfield State College in Mansfield, PA had the cup head, but it could be knocked off with a hammer so that a regular bat could be place on. At the same time the splash pan was deeper, and was stainless I believe. The other thing that was different is the the motor hit the wheel on the side if I remember correctly. All from a 40 year old recollection, which could be wrong. best, Pres
  11. Wow. . . Congratulations, Marcia, and to your company of authors! best, Pres
  12. Lately, in the QotW pool, Evelyne asked: What does success mean to you? I find this to be a very difficult question. There are all sorts of success out there. I used to be that I would consider a day when I could get a piece of work off of the wheel that seemed reasonably well thrown, even though it might be a little off center, or have flat edges in the curves or would have proportions that were not quite right, or even thin rims or other areas. Later on it was the consistent small success just mentioned that extended into a day of those successes. Then came the day when those consistent successes seemed to not have those off tune minor defects that would detract from the overall satisfaction of the daily success. Now, as I look back on these "successes" I find that today a success is to throw, construct, combine or create forms that have the visual interest I am looking for in the surface, are creatively functional, and please my sense of design in form - well. To work on a series of teapots, chalices, or even simple apple bakers and feel that they are aesthetically and functionally in tune is a successful day. I realize that all so often the feeling is often thought of as in the amount of folding lettuce you hold in your fingers at the end of a show, or the big award of the show stopper that won first place, but for me, the little successes have sustained me in my joy of making pots much more than the cash flow has. I guess that is why I am not so much a professional potter, but more a hobbyist or teaching potter. best, Pres
  13. You may find that one of my favorite faceting tools, the potato peeler, will work quite well for the technique in the leather hard clay as you can make repeated cuts to depth, and break/tear off as needed. This is what I think is being done in the second image. best, Pres
  14. Will be heading home on Monday late. Having a great time. Very little pottery. Hope to be up and running by Wed. However, we are not looking forward to the frigid temps.

    best,

    Pres

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    2. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      You might consider an extra week of warmth

    3. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      I feel for you if you got home with all the airport backups . from the tropics to a deep freeze . Should be warming up in day our two.It got into the  upper 30's last night here.

    4. Pres

      Pres

      We are home! Got in last night at 2:30 after the drive from BWI. Weather last night was icy coming out, but as we got closer to home the temps rose, and it was a balmy 36 when we got in. This morning was 38, and all is good. They are looking for 50 by end of the week!

       

  15. Folks, I will be away for about 10 days. No. . . not more hunting. . . My wife and I are going to the Southern Caribbean, on a cruise. It is our 45th anniversary, and has been planned for several months now. Also, I will not have the quiz and the question of the week this week or next week. I will be dropping in now and then til Friday, but then not certain if I will be on afterwards.

     

    best,

    Pres

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    2. Joseph F

      Joseph F

      Enjoy sir and madam!

       

    3. Min

      Min

      BonVoyage! and Congratulations!

       

       

    4. RonSa
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