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#67566 How To Complete A Mistake? Please Help

Posted by Benzine on 10 October 2014 - 01:36 PM

I didn't find Min's post to be condescending at all.
The "Air pockets cause explosions" myth is one that has been perpetuated for a long time. I myself am guilty of spreading it, as that's what I was taught. In fact, the only reason I know, and now teach otherwise, is because of discussions we've had on these forums.

Min clearly and respectfully stated the information. A hole is not necessary, but will expedite the drying process. I put holes in all my sculptures, and hollow out thicker portions, for this reason.

#67539 Fall To Winter Projects

Posted by Benzine on 09 October 2014 - 09:30 PM

Excellent chalices Pres.  I've helped students make some, but oddly enough, I've never made one myself.  


I've heard you mention making the chalices and patens before.  It recently occurred to me, how many churches can there be around you, that there is a constant demand for those?


Babs, in regards to the clay pumpkins, I found this:


#67394 Fall To Winter Projects

Posted by Benzine on 07 October 2014 - 11:30 AM


That's a good solution for Pres, but as I understand it, prepping wood for a stove is like having a part time job. Hauling the wood, chopping it, stacking it, then consistently feeding the fire. It's like having a kid!.... No I am not saying that I chop and stack children, just that there is a lot of work involved to have them.

#67137 Everything In This Photo Sold At 1 Day Festival... Why?

Posted by Benzine on 02 October 2014 - 04:51 PM

Your work is great, and people like Fall.... It's the last time of the year that people can enjoy the weather, before Winter ruins everything.

#66813 My First Show!

Posted by Benzine on 28 September 2014 - 09:41 PM

I'm glad your first show experience was positive overall.


I like the green glaze you posted as well.  It has a nice "oxidized" look.


And in regards to mugs, I always tell my students, that it is my believe, if a mug can't hold a large can of "Chunky" soup, it isn't nearly big enough.  I like my mugs to be multi-purpose; soups, ramen, cereal, ice cream or just a butt load of caffeinated beverage.

#66711 What Is Causing The Black Zits In My Glaze?

Posted by Benzine on 26 September 2014 - 09:28 PM

I too like the look. Nice mug.

#66442 Which Do You Prefer For Joining Process?

Posted by Benzine on 20 September 2014 - 08:48 PM

What is "magic water" and what is the purpose or property of the vinegar-and what kind of vinegar, in what amount? I have always used straight up slip with no problem, but this is interesting. Thx.

Magic Water is a mixture of water, sodium silicate and soda ash.  The sodium silicate helps the clay "fuse" together.  I've never used it myself, but I'm told it works great.

#66157 I Want Porcelain!

Posted by Benzine on 14 September 2014 - 06:49 PM



You're not far from me, there in Ames.  I use Continental Clay, for my supplier.  They have good prices, and do good at keeping shipping costs low.  There is also Minnesota Clay.  I've never used them personally, but hear they are pretty good as well.  

#65872 Have You Ever Done A Crazy Experiment Just To See What Happens?

Posted by Benzine on 09 September 2014 - 05:03 PM

That is why so many potters are centenarians!


Because they enjoy it so much, or because they are still proving to everyone that it wasn't a crazy decision?


And I really don't recall the smell of the burning pumpkin.  I'd like to say that it smelled like pumpkin pie, but that probably wasn't the case.  I was also doing some traditional (Well, Western "Traditional") Raku in reduction with newspaper.  So I mostly smelled that.  The one I did last Fall, I tried drying the pumpkin a bit, after cleaning it out.  This year, I will do no clean at all.  I will leave all the strands, seeds and general "guts".

#65833 Have You Ever Done A Crazy Experiment Just To See What Happens?

Posted by Benzine on 09 September 2014 - 05:43 AM

Yep, took a hot, glazed Raku piece, and used a hollowed out pumpkin as a reduction vessel.

That's where I stopped then, because it was late last Fall, and was my only leftover pumpkin. I've got a good size one, from the garden, I may try this Fall.

#65269 Copying ... Myself!

Posted by Benzine on 28 August 2014 - 06:51 AM

Sometimes a dog does catch its tail Pres. And this is hilarious, because they don't know what to do next..... I'm not sure if this extension of your analogy still applies to your point, but it's too early for me to think.

#65217 Copying ... Myself!

Posted by Benzine on 27 August 2014 - 01:46 PM

Careful Chris, I heard the person you're copying is pretty litigious...

#65095 Stacking Ceramic Pieces For Totem Pole

Posted by Benzine on 25 August 2014 - 10:34 PM

JB Weld makes a good epoxy, that should hold up.  


Whatever you use, it has to handle freezing and thawing.  Along those lines, what kind of clay body are you using, and what Cone are you firing to?  The clay will need to be vitrified, in order to tolerate the conditions outdoors.

#64960 Do You Donate Your Work For A Worthy Cause?

Posted by Benzine on 23 August 2014 - 12:50 PM

I've donated a few things, over the past couple years, all to local charity fundraisers.  They were either family acquaintances, or people in the school district I work for.  I donate to help the cause, not for exposure...well, not personal exposure.  I do it, for exposure for my department.  The Visual Arts, have a tough time standing out, because there are no big events, like performances.  The best we have is art shows, and not everyone can come to those.

After my last donation, I had a fellow faculty member come up, and say there was a lot of buzz about my donation.  So as long as people in the community know, that the Art Department is out there doing things to help, I figure my small donation is a win.

#64867 Tips & Tricks

Posted by Benzine on 21 August 2014 - 08:18 PM

Yep, supposedly that works Babs.  TJR says he uses pillow cases, for the same purpose.