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  1. Week 26 In stoneware glazes, _____________ is often used as a matting agent giving some excellent opaque matt glazes. It is also very useful in helping to reduce crazing. calcium lime alkali zinc magnesia _______________ in glazes is due to the refraction and diffusion of light rays reflected from a surface that is minutely rough. Crystals Glossiness Mattness Durability A rust colored iron glaze-the rion oside crystals arte not visible to the naked eye. The name, _________, is Japanese for “persimmon”. Temmoku Tesha Shino Kaki The Mino area of Japan was responsible for four distinctive traditional styles of pottery, namely Oribe, Black Seto, Yellow Seto, and ___________ Temmoku Tesha Shino Kaki This weeks questions come from Stoneware Glazes, A Systematic Approach, by Ian Currie, c. 1985 second edition 1986, Bootstrap Pres, Queensland Australia. Note from Pres: I have had this book for many years, read it sporadically, as it is filled with many graphs and triaxial blend images that I have not understood until recently. It was written as a textbook, and is quite detailed in pursuit of the science of Stoneware glazes.
  2. Hi folks, I have been working as a temp at times with the Qotw, filling in every once in a while for Evelyne. I really don't know how much to thank her for all of the hard work she has put in since she took over for Marcia Selsor. However, she has my most sincere thanks and appreciation for all of her efforts. I hope that I can do half as well. Many times when I was doing the temp thing, I would feel like I was digging into a deep well of darkness trying to come up with an idea, but there was no light! So I am asking for help. I would like folks to participate in helping me see a little more light by submitting a question that you think would be a good one for Question of the week.We all have personal interests, and I realize as an educator with limited studio experience that I have different interests that others, and this probably influences the questions I ask. I usually look for questions that will stimulate some sort of conversation. I really like to know more about participants and find that the Qotw is a way to draw folks out. A large pool of questions from participants should help to overcome my personal inadequacies. This is not the only reason for these weekly queries, but it is something I have looked at. No question is too big or too small, if we have a pool to draw from, it will make things easier for me. I would reserve two rights, one that I will choose which question to post each week, and two that I am able to edit the question if need be without changing the intent. So please reply to this post to submit your own questions, and hopefully the first of these will appear next week. best, Pres
  3. Oh Chris, what a weekend that was!. My ride in was worse than harrowing, but it was all worth it. best, Pres
  4. Chilly asked in the question pool: Which is worse: Four days on the beach in the sunshine or Four days at Potter's camp in the rain. Interesting question for me, considering a couple of things. . . first off, I burn like fat wood when in the sun, red as a beet, blisters the whole nine. Use sunscreen it seems to be gone in minutes. Over the years the beach has been terrible for me. After the first two years of marriage where Summer vacation was the beach in NJ, I talked my wife into trying camping. We had and old canvas tent of my grand dads, borrowed stove, and an air mattress. It rained a lot, but we had a great time and ever since we camped mostly all over the east coast all the way up to Newfoundland and down to Florida, all in the Summer, no beaches thank you. So a camp for pottery even though raining, all for it, give me another two weeks for things to dry, or keep the heat up with lots of kiln heat like we used to have at PSU in my grad days. Throw in shorts or whatever best, Pres
  5. I remember a few years ago driving to a clay conference in NC through a freezing rain. . . 1/2 of sleet on the road, and trees with the same the next morning. The hotel didn't have power to check me in, slept on a couch in the lobby until early morning, then my room. Electric was scarce, but boy did I have a great time. Saw Chris Campbell there, and others. best, Pres
  6. Just posted PQotW 26, Enjoy!




  7. Joseph decided to go ahead and make a quick tutorial for adding status streams. These are exactly like the old ones, but much easier to read and respond to. The only difference is you have to go to your stream to see them instead of them being on the home page. The good news is reading them and responding to them is much easier. This tutorial is three steps and walks you through a different way of setting up streams. Step 1: Click the drop down button called My Activity Streams: You will see something like this. Click the big "CREATE NEW STREAM" button at the bottom. Step 2: This will open a page that looks like below. Name the stream "Status Updates". Then you only need to change two options which I have highlighted below: Step 3: At the bottom right corner you will see a button that says "Save Changes". I couldn't fit it in the screen shot, but its right below where this image cuts off on the right hand side. Step 4: You will now enjoy a feed that looks like this: It is big and beautiful and displays all the comments and updates and has much better formatting options. Enjoy! PM me if you have any problems and I will help as soon as I can. Pretty busy this weekend though. Also just a quick FYI. If you wanted to set one up for images, you can do the same thing, just instead of checking "Status Updates" on step two, select "Images" and name it something different like: Gallery Images
  8. Marcia, Up at the top of your main screen there is a "create" button. Click there to "Gallery Image". Then select "members gallery" in the box. Should allow you to do what you want from there. best, Pres
  9. Folks I just copied two of Josephs tutorials to the Forum FAQ & Help Topics area. This should allow future users to find these excellent tutorials when needed without running a search.  This has been in  with approval of the Moderators and Administrators.

    Time to adjust to the changes, it is new for all of us, but if we work together, we'll all get through it.




  10. There have been many suggestions in the question pool about the new Forum format. Not to be prejudicial and ignore these, but there is a Strand started called the New Forum in In the Studio. I believe that it would be sufficient to pin this at the top, and any comments, suggestions, complaints or recommendations be put in the strand. Best to vent in one place, and let it rest. RonSa asked this a few weeks ago: What are your most favorite and least favorite things to do in ceramics. Cleaning up doesn't count. I really don't like glazing all that much, but do it because its what we do. I am getting older, and baby sitting a kiln with no setter or controller gets old also. Since I can't complain about cleaning, I won't. So I guess I' settle for glazing. You notice I did not mention throwing, trimming, assembling, handle pulling, handbuilding, loading or unloading the kiln, or even scraping and grinding shelves. Most of these I love doing, some really send me off into another world for hours without ever a care other than the form, the feel of the clay, and my connection to the universe through the clay. I just plain out love getting into it and not knowing anything else. On the negative, I have to be sooooo intellectual about glazing, choice of color, placement, dipping or pouring, spraying or splattering, brushwork or no, and then the fine art of cleaning the bottoms so that they do not detract from the piece. No glazing is definitely my biggest dislike. best, Pres
  11. REQUIRED Joseph wrote the following tutorial about modifying the forum to have some of the look of the old forum. Reposted here to make certain it was easy to find, and will be pinned to the top of the forum. best, Pres Admins: I wasn't sure where to post this. But this seems to be one of the major complaints of the forum is trying to find new content the way we did before. I tinkered around with the software for a bit and discovered you can setup your own activity streams and even set one of them to the default. Below is how to setup a content stream similar to before: 1. This is the default view. It is huge and displays the text and makes it hard to scroll through quickly. 2. Click Condensed: 3. Click Show me, and choose Content Items Only. 4. Now go to Content Types and choose Topics, the default will be All Content. Notice that this means you can create activity streams for status updates, if you want to see them exclusively and enjoyed them before. Decide on what you want to see in your status update. I personally only want to see Topics as I check the gallery manually and I have a status stream now. However choose the options you want. Then Click Apply. 5. Now lets change the time period. I don't want to see anytime updates. I want to see the updates since my last visit. So I choose this option: 6. Now our stream is completed. Lets save it. Notice the little save option appears above the condensed/expanded menu: 7. Now Enter a new name: I choose: Unread - Last visit. Then Press Create Stream! 8. Unfortunately it goes back to expanded view, so if you don't like expanded. Choose Condensed again: 9. Now set this as your default stream by clicking this tiny little icon! Notice now that it replaces the previous button that wasn't really useful with your custom stream. So now the old Unread button is gone and your new Unread - Last visit button is the default. If you want to create more activity streams like the status stream or image stream you can do the same thing, but avoid setting it as your default. You can access them all through this menu: Hope this helps everyone who has been having a hard time with the unread content button. It was driving me bonkers. If you decide you want the old one back. Just click the activity streams tab and choose the Unread one then click the default check button and it will go back to the original. Post any questions and I will try to help.
  12. Week 25 _______________ additions that may be added in the raw stage are used to enhance the surface of the clay. The materials burn out completely or leave just a trace of ash, leaving a pitted surface over which color may be applied. Incombustible Only organic Combustible Metallic Crawled Glazes, Volcanic Glazes, and Crackle glazes are all examples of ____________glazes. Reduction Oxidation low-temperature Textured It is said that potters are either mud or fire people. There can be no better way to understand the action of fire on clay thatn to participate in smoke or raku firing. These techniques and others are known as _______________ firing techniques. Oxidation Alternative Reduction sophisticated This technique, using a fuel burning kiln and a smokey cooling atmosphere, places a thin metallic film on the pottery. It was perfected by Persian potters and later carried to Spain, from whence it spread to other parts of Europe. It is known as ________________________ firing. luster reduction reduction luster oxidation crystalline glaze This weeks questions come from The potters guide to ceramic surfaces, by Jo Connell, c. 2002, Krause Publications. Note from Pres: This book has a superb explanation of many techniques for developing surfaces. It is well organized and quite factual with lots of visual explanations.
  13. Wedging Table Design...

    My wedging table is attached to the wall, with a brace system for a single front leg. I also added a fold down top to use when wedging white clays so that the Hazelnut will not contaminate. The hold down top uses two side boards to fit snuggly over the table itself. My table uses cement as a base with canvas top. Fold down is painted wood. Whole thing is steady as a rock. best, Pres
  14. new forum, what i dislike

    I've requested that some of the very relevant tips and guided help like Joseph's be put in the Forum FAQ and Help category. I think everyone can agree that these items need to be in one area, not all over the Forum. . . to hard to keep up with. best, Pres
  15. I basically did the same thing so that I had a Status stream setup so I could go to Status quickly. Once we get used to the system, it will work pretty well as it is as flexible as a rubber band
  16. new forum, what i dislike

    My only thought so far is. . . too white for me. It is not as welcoming as the old color scheme. best, Pres
  17. PQotW #25 is up and ready for your enjoyment. Carefully!;)




  18. Glazing becomes easier once you have tested all of the glazes, learned all of the combinations of over/under/thickness variations, and become more intuitive doing it. Then you find there is a new color on the block to try, and it messes up the whole intuitive thing completely. best, Pres
  19. Lots of likes and dislikes of mugs here, I have a mug that I use a lot with a narrow bottom and a flared lip from a 2/3 up shoulder. Nice proportions, but sometimes I think the base is too small. Then there is a reject of mine that I use quite a bit. Reject because of a small bottom crack, used a lot because of nice weight, wide base, 2/3 up flare, from a narrow shoulder holds lots of coffee, and keeps it hot for a long time. The handle is hand pulled and does not rise like an ear or stick out obtrusively like one. The curve of the handle droops more to the base, and this allows grasping to be more from above, but then I most often pick up mugs from above. The glaze on this mug is layered and breaks nicely over the textures. So for me, the proportions usually work whether narrow base, wide base, narrow neck or wide neck. The lip of the pot has to kiss my lips, and the same time, I prefer to get 3 fingers in the handle, I like to have details that I notice as I drink my coffee, and I like the mug to be holdable with both hands on cool mornings to warm my hands and ease the arthritis. So much for aesthetics. best, Pres
  20. Yappy student wrote in the Question pool: Is there a genre of ceramics that you hate? Hopefully no one will get offended. You'll notice I didn't give an opinion. Wow! Do any of us admit to being a Ceramics bigot? This is an interesting question for me, and I will have to admit that over the years. . . .I have been one. I think my first target for this form of bigotry was cast ceramics. My parent used to do it, and I thought that they had so much fun, and did some neat pieces, but I would never have thought of these things as art or sell-able. I got particularly peeved when doing Christmas craft shows when the cast Ceramic trees were all the rage, and my wheel thrown mugs, bowls, pitchers and teapots were so beige and blue and green in contrast to all the bright colors of the low fire cast ware. I came to realization though later on that some things could not be done efficiently with any other means other than . . . Yuch. . . casting! So my bigotry has become enlightened with the exposure to good cast ware and increased knowledge and understanding. That has not been the only target for my distaste over the years as I have aimed my dislike at Wood fired pottery and Raku, and at Earthenware pottery. All of these have come from a variety of different reasons, like a bad experience with raku, seeing overly heavy and poorly formed wood fired pottery, and having to throw a clay body that was high in talc with glazes from the 50s and 60s that just weren't in my taste range. Over the years, I have found that if I do not like something ceramic, maybe it is because I don't understand it, or have only seen the poorer examples of it. In the long run my latest hatred is toward poorly crafted ceramic that is given excuse, because it is classified as art, and boy am I certain that I will hear about that one! best, Pres
  21. Teaching Ceramics without a kiln??

    Hi teacher77, I taught for 36 years, the last 34 I had Ceramics classes. I usually started the year off with introduction, to clay, terms, tools, and some ceramics history and general knowledge. I had them bring in cardboard boxes, about 18X24, lidded margarine containers for slip, and plastic bags. Most kids just brought in a lidded plastic bin. The margarine container was for slip, and bag to keep clay and pots moist. We usually started with slabs in October, as I had them design their first slab project with preliminary sketches, something like Crooked House, or Spirit house. They did up detailed designs with front and side views that allowed them to scale up everything. We used proportioning tools to make certain that when we started with the clay we knew how large everything was. Worked well, and usually we were working on the second (coil project) in November, and the next two in December, glazing as we went. Yo can make this work as long as you get assurances that you can start firing after Thansksgiving. best, Pres
  22. Week 23 To achieve deep surface texture with out the use of additives, brush _______________ onto the surface of a thickly thrown cylinder. Once the clay stiffens, stretch the form from the inside to bring out surface cracks. Course slip Terra Sigilita Sodium Silicate water After you have ____________ or ______________ a thickly thrown form, you can stretch the curves more by continuing to throw while pressing outward only from the inside. shaped, thrown fluted, faceted thrown, trimmed dipped, poured Since the mid 1700's , the printmaker's technique of _________________ was used to create detailed images on ceramic wares. Engraving lithography silk screening collography With little more than a _____________, a potter from the most sophisticated – or the most primitive -culture can embellish a piece with___________ lines. wiggle wire, perpendicular comb, parallel stamp, stamped none of the above This weeks questions come from Surface Design for Ceramics, by Maureen Mills, paperback c.2011, Lark Ceramics Publications Note from Pres: Another book with different approaches to surface design. Excellent book, but then there are so many of these out there. One other note is it also has an image of pot by John Baymore.
  23. I will be going away this week for a little camping trip to Acadia, ME. Will return the following Monday 9.11.

    Bruce, John and others will be covering for me.

  24. Pkqw: Week 23

    When doing multi answer blank questions I put them into the sentence to see how they fit. If they do not seem to fit, I throw that answer out, and continue eliminating until there is only one answer. Takes a few seconds, but it usually works. best, Pres
  25. PQotW: Week 23 is up and ready to make your day!