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#21 Kohaku

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 01:12 PM

Almost killing a chicken with a flying bat.  That sounds like an OffCenter story.

 

And leaving a plastibat in the sun, will cause it to warp?  I had no idea!

 

 

It was a combo of leaving the bat on a non-flat surface, and the heat. Pure carelessness.

 

The chicken, on the other hand... that hovered between malign fate and serendipity. (Depends on how you feel about chickens).

 

TJR- if you use the 'quote' button, it functions similarly to the old 'reply' function.


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Posted 08 July 2013 - 01:39 PM

Hmm Vertigo was diagnosed a few year ago with crystals in the inner ear being loose. Alignment helped somewhat, exercises somewhat, but comes back with weather changes. At the same time, I am Niaspin which causes dizziness. I also have diabetes T2. Combined these have a tendency to make me walk like a drunk at times, have a spinning room, and take my bg more often and my blood pressure.  This Summer with the change from the cold to the hot seemed to have set it off again. If it continues I will be going to see the Dr.  It seems to be improving, or maybe that is hopeful thinking.


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Posted 08 July 2013 - 02:46 PM

My biggest fault is probably deforming just thrown pots - I do it regularly - throw pot - reach for ware board or cut off wire or sponge or anything and catch the pot - usually on the rim - if it's supposed to be round then it has to be round for me, not round with a kink in it.



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Posted 08 July 2013 - 04:00 PM

Pres,
Sorry to hear about your vertigo, it's the pits when it kicks in isn't it. I never had a problem with it until I went through 2 back surgeries and ever since the second one I've had an on again off again issue with it. For immediate relief, well in about 20 minutes, I use those travel patches they give you for sea sickness the one you stick behind your ear. They work really well and can give you some relief while you wait for the anti vert to kick in. On a plus note if antivert makes you nauseous like it does me at times the patches skip the stomach.

On the issue of breaking stuff. I am always amazed when my teacher breaks something or warps something shrugs and tosses it the bin. To him he knows he can always reliably make another of whatever it is that was damaged. To me I am still at the oh please do NOT let anything happen to this as I might never be able to recreate it!

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 04:12 PM

Yeah, once years ago, I had a glass shelf in a large library showcase collapse while loading it with student pottery. Didn't break the shelf, but 5 large sculptural pieces were broken up.  I cried.  However, the next month I spent an hour every day reassembling the pieces with epoxy and epoxy putty. I sanded every glued/puttied joint smooth and at the end matched each color with acrylic paint carefully until the breaks were invisible(except to very close inspection).  I had told the students what had happened, and they had seen the pieces. They also knew how upset I was, but when it was finished, they were amazed, and grateful.  After that I was reallly careful with that suspened shelf set up.

You have great stamina to put together multiple pieces.  Multiple "humpty dumpties."   Good job.

 

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 04:23 PM

A few days back, I left one of my pastibats in the sun by mistake. Nice warp in the middle.

 

Anyhow, I was working through an 'end-of-the-day-gotta-get-one-more-thing-built' crisis. I threw the warped bat on the wheel. Half wasy through the centering process, it slipped off the pins. Bat and clay went spinning through the air like a UFO and smashed a window, nearly killing my landlord's chicken in the process.

 We used to place LPs between t wo plates of glase in the sun.  The weight of the glass and the heat got the warp out.  If the bat is still around, you may want to try it.



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Posted 08 July 2013 - 04:48 PM

I was complaining about a piece I had dropped when a good friend looked at me and said, "Well, it's just dirt."  That really helped put things into perspective for me.  After all, until it is fired, it is just "dirt." :)



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Posted 08 July 2013 - 04:50 PM

 

Almost killing a chicken with a flying bat.  That sounds like an OffCenter story.

 

And leaving a plastibat in the sun, will cause it to warp?  I had no idea!

 

 

It was a combo of leaving the bat on a non-flat surface, and the heat. Pure carelessness.

 

The chicken, on the other hand... that hovered between malign fate and serendipity. (Depends on how you feel about chickens).

 

TJR- if you use the 'quote' button, it functions similarly to the old 'reply' function.

 

Well;

Benzine beat me to it on the reply. Just think, you could have had chicken for dinner!

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 07:56 PM

Hmm Vertigo was diagnosed a few year ago with crystals in the inner ear being loose. Alignment helped somewhat, exercises somewhat, but comes back with weather changes. At the same time, I am Niaspin which causes dizziness. I also have diabetes T2. Combined these have a tendency to make me walk like a drunk at times, have a spinning room, and take my bg more often and my blood pressure.  This Summer with the change from the cold to the hot seemed to have set it off again. If it continues I will be going to see the Dr.  It seems to be improving, or maybe that is hopeful thinking.

Gosh! Offcenter would love to have what you have! Imagine how he could offcenter the pots while throwing on the wheel!

 

P.S. Antivert should indeed be the drug of choice for this kind of vertigo. Just make sure you had MRI/MRA of the brain. Dizziness can be caused by vertebrae-basillar insufficiency, too.



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Posted 08 July 2013 - 08:59 PM

 

Almost killing a chicken with a flying bat.  That sounds like an OffCenter story.

 

And leaving a plastibat in the sun, will cause it to warp?  I had no idea!

 

 

It was a combo of leaving the bat on a non-flat surface, and the heat. Pure carelessness.

 

The chicken, on the other hand... that hovered between malign fate and serendipity. (Depends on how you feel about chickens).

 

TJR- if you use the 'quote' button, it functions similarly to the old 'reply' function.

 

Thank-you. It works!

T.



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Posted 08 July 2013 - 09:24 PM

 

 

P.S. Antivert should indeed be the drug of choice for this kind of vertigo. Just make sure you had MRI/MRA of the brain. Dizziness can be caused by vertebrae-basillar insufficiency, too.

As I really try to stay away from drugs, and the Antivert was not even suggested-I'll pass there. MRI etc was done, only thing found was a ganglion of sorts(big collection of capillaries going now where) eveidently quite common. Neck was checked last summer-herniated disc, another minor problem-tingling in lft pointer and thumb to the elbow. Diabetes I battle with low carb diet and exercise, another minor problem-no meds-in full control. I've seeen too many things I have stayed away from and been taking that later ended up not being such a good idea.


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Posted 08 July 2013 - 09:25 PM

I to have noticed the quote button does not work now when I have tried to use it-just figured it part on the new system bugs-for me the old system had bugs but I knew them now its a learning curve again. I am not confused as I jsut accepeted this as part of new bugged system.Maybe some one who can will read and fix this.

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 09:52 PM

My page has an empty box below the last post on the subject titled "reply to this topic"..
If you don't want to quote anyone, just type your reply there and hit the black POST button.
Only use the quote when you want to quote the selected post and I assume the multi quote when you want to repeat every single quote in the previous reply which makes the strings long and tedious.

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 10:25 PM

Getting back post topic - killing pots by accident-I'd be a richer man if I had a few bucks for all the ones I have killed over my life with clay.

The ones that come to mind are whole ware boards tipping over when I lifted a pot off one end or a tray of glaze ware slipping all of to the floor or the car kiln load going over with a green load  stacked full rolling in (that one was a real mess)-heck one pot dead is mere childs play.

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 10:53 PM

Getting back post topic - killing pots by accident-I'd be a richer man if I had a few bucks for all the ones I have killed over my life with clay.

The ones that come to mind are whole ware boards tipping over when I lifted a pot off one end or a tray of glaze ware slipping all of to the floor or the car kiln load going over with a green load  stacked full rolling in (that one was a real mess)-heck one pot dead is mere childs play.

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I honestly can't even imagine, what that would be like.  I've had some shelves get a little off balance, and fall on project below, but that fails in comparison, to have a full load like that tip over.  Had something like that happened to me, I would just stand there and stare at it for a few moments, then grab a broom........Hmm, on second thought, I'd probably grab a beverage first.


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Posted 08 July 2013 - 11:03 PM

I grabed the broom and cleaned up the mess-The broken shelves where the worst of it. The pots all can be replaced with time at the wheel.

All these disasters humble one and are all part of a full life in a ceramic carreer.

I have also lost a car kiln load to an earthquake at cone 10. It all is part of life with clay-its just dust at some point- you get to think you know when that is but sometimes its not when you think it will be. 

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 11:09 PM

I was set up at an arts fest this weekend -- my first.  While I was tending to a good buyer, I kept an eye on a wicked storm rolling over the mountain -- headed straight for us.  Not 30 seconds after she walked out, a big gust hit the tent and the sidewall billowed, slapping my biggest/best piece off the shelf.  It fell, taking two others to the ground -- one of which she had just paid for...  The (expensive) lesson is, I should have excused myself and tended to the tent much earlier.   

 

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 11:21 PM

Getting back post topic - killing pots by accident-I'd be a richer man if I had a few bucks for all the ones I have killed over my life with clay.
The ones that come to mind are whole ware boards tipping over when I lifted a pot off one end or a tray of glaze ware slipping all of to the floor or the car kiln load going over with a green load  stacked full rolling in (that one was a real mess)-heck one pot dead is mere childs play.
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The fact that one pot is mere child's play reinforces my original post that I am not yet a potter. It helps hearing everyone's disasters, but in Fact mine are minor. It's going to take a long time to get close to where you are.




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