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Benzine

Member Since 08 Sep 2012
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In Topic: Well Said

Yesterday, 10:50 PM

I guess we can all interpret this our own way. When I read this, I did not detect anyone saying "poor me." I detected a person who was dedicated and proud of himself/herself.

 

I'm with you Mea.  I didn't read it as "Guilt Trippy" at all.

 

 Puts us miles ahead of those who just work to make money and live for the weekend.

 

 

Now I've got the song "Everybody's Working for the Weekend" in my head.


In Topic: Is Low Fire Clay Easier To Hand Build With?

Yesterday, 10:34 PM

Neil, I've been using a low fire white, in my class, for ten years, and haven't had a problem with it.  It dries about how I need it.  

 

Sometimes, I do wish it would dry a bit faster.  That way I wouldn't have students twiddling their thumbs, leading me to ask what they are doing.  Their answer, "Well my slabs have to dry..."  It helps if you imagine a stereotypical teenage voice, when reading that phrase.


In Topic: Pictures Of Your Studio

Yesterday, 10:28 PM

Very nice set up Marcia.  I'm guessing the Texas summers are still thawing you out, from the Montana winters.

 

perkolator, great pictures of the studio.  The wide angle shots, really give me a feel for the space.  The fact it used to be Army barracks is excellent.  I love it when a structure has a history.  

 

It is indeed sad, to see so many projects discarded.  I understand the reason(s), but it's still unfortunate.  Only one of my college projects, ever met the hammer.  Now it's serving as erosion prevention, for a creek in my parent's backyard.  The upper level students, at my college, almost always smashed their rejected wares.  They didn't want anyone dumpster diving, and pulling them out.  And believe you me, there were Art students looking through dumpster, for any type of free materials!

 

Why go so large though?  Can't they learn the same processes and techniques, on a smaller scale?  They'd be less likely to to their works, if they were more portable perhaps.  

I makes my high school students take everything home, or at least out of the school.  I don't let them throw anything.  I tell them, if I see it in the trash, anywhere in the school, they will receive a zero.  Because they are telling me, that it wasn't worth their time, my time and the department's materials.  If they don't care, why should I?  Once they have them home, they can do what they want.  Many times, their parents see a project, and snag it, before anything "accidentally" happens to it.


In Topic: Moldy Glaze Storing Glaze

Yesterday, 08:07 PM

I have never had an issue with my underglazes drying out. I just store them on a countertop. And in regards to mold, some of them get a bit funky, inside the bottle. I think it's more bacteria, rather than mold, but they fire fine regardless.

In Topic: Underglazes Flaking Off

21 October 2014 - 05:57 PM

Neil, I'm inclined to agree, that there is something on those spots. I haven't the foggiest what it could be. What would not have burnt put after the first firing, that could still be causing glazes to pull away from the claybody? Angry Kiln God magic, is the only conclusion I've reached. I would leave a shot of alcohol out, but the school will probably frown upon that, and my answer of "It was for a kiln god offering, will not probably help matters...