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Member Since 08 Feb 2012
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In Topic: Looking For Ways To Color Slip

Yesterday, 06:37 PM

if you decide to use a mason stain, you should add around 10% to get the color intended.  add to a white slip base (in dry form) so you can weigh everything and duplicate the results in the future.

In Topic: How Forgiving Is Placement Of Posts Under Shelves?

Yesterday, 06:30 PM

just like when you build a tower out of anything, you want all the supports vertically inline.


i've seen a few times what happens when you don't line up your supports.  both in gas and electric kiln firings.  hopefully it's just a small crack that forms where the supports were offset and you replace the shelf.  can be as drastic as the shelf shearing instead of a crack, and the load falls onto whatever's below...and hopefully it's at the top of the kiln and gets stopped by the next level, not at the bottom where your support tower begins.  haven't seen that one happen and don't plan on it ever happening under my watch!  keep in mind that my studio makes large-scale, heavy ceramics; not lightweight functional wares.

In Topic: Pictures Of Your Studio

Yesterday, 06:15 PM

:( sadly, this is how 50% ends up at the end of each quarter (x2 dumpsters!)  wish i had some sort of crushing/milling setup to reclaim some of this for grog.



sorry to do that to you all, but that's what i'm currently using...


before anyone comments on "it's too clean!"...we have full-studio cleanup 3-4x/year, most furniture is on wheels and everything goes outside for hose/scrub, while we hose/scrub/squeegee the inside of the building.  you could only imagine what it'd look like if we didn't do this ("familiar"? haha)

In Topic: Pictures Of Your Studio

Yesterday, 06:14 PM

a few days worth of clay, esp. at beginning of quarter like in this photo.  (each beginning ceramics student uses close to this much at their personal work space during 10 week quarter.  forget that tabletop sculpture nonsense - we like to throw them in the deep end from the beginning!)  most work is large-scale sculpture, once-fired at ^04 and a little bit of midrange as well.  beginning student who pays attention should be able to teach ceramics camp somewhere, since they mix their own clay, mix their own glazes, build large scale, load their own work, facilitate kiln firing, and critique; all in 10 weeks.


glaze room. all glaze is mixed on per-batch basis, no communal buckets.  most tests you see is ^04 and ONCE FIRED.  


kiln room.  8 electrics, 3 downdrafts.  smallest is 1 cu. ft.  largest is 135 cu. ft. with 2 mobile beds


about half of the studio. (i think this was a "multiples" class)  students setup individual work spaces for the quarter that nobody else works in.  maximum 35 total studio users per 10wk quarter (undergrad, grad, staff and faculty)





In Topic: Pictures Of Your Studio

Yesterday, 06:13 PM

i'll share a few...sorry for big pics, it won't let me upload from the file sizes i have.

i'm very privileged with the studio that i get to run and maintain.  not really sure how i'm going to deal with the change when it comes time to pass the torch...


originally build as an army barracks in 1947


typical clay run, i do 2-3/year