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Week 35

  1. Angelica Pozo writes of three tenants that all tile makers should be able to agree on. These include using a clay body with 15 to 20% grog to prevent warping or cracking, _______________________________, and do not hurry the drying.

    1. White clays are best to use for tiles

    2. Earthenware tiles are most durable

    3. clay has memory and therefore should be kept flat at all times

    4. Wall tiles have the same glaze consideration as floor tiles.

  2. Mary Barringer, a potter who started with reduction firing, and switched over to electric firing calls the electric kiln the ultimate firing tool, ready to be used and do ones bidding (within limits), but with __________________________.

    1. the set back of oxidation firing

    2. very little character of its own

    3. Pricey electric bills

    4. too small a firing chamber

  3. Michael Sherrill, who works with extrusions, makes his own dies using________________or nylon sheets 1/2” thick.

    1. Aluminum

    2. plywood

    3. fiberglass

    4. polyethylene

  4. Michael also ___________ many of his forms while still in the extruder. Thus allowing for organic tapered forms.

    1. pulls

    2. cuts

    3. paddles

    4. measures

 

 

This weeks questions come from The Penland Book of Ceramics, Master Classes in Ceramic Techniques, c 2003 Lark books, Lark books a division of Sterling Publishing, NY NY

 

Note from Pres: This book is one of those involving a lot of techniques by renowned artists in clay. For those looking for inspiration, possible solutions to specific problems or just good reading, it is a gem.

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