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Benzine

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#66157 I Want Porcelain!

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

TSE.

 

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!

Marcia

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.




#64819 New Hampshire Institute Of Art Anagama Build - Images

Posted by Benzine on 20 August 2014 - 09:37 PM

Four days of continuous, monitored firing John?  Just hit the "Quick Fire" button on the controller, enter Cone 14, and hit start...




#64700 New Hampshire Institute Of Art Anagama Build - Images

Posted by Benzine on 18 August 2014 - 09:37 PM

 

 

best,

 

...............john

 

 

Dang, you college boys get all the fancy materials!




#64653 New Hampshire Institute Of Art Anagama Build - Images

Posted by Benzine on 18 August 2014 - 07:31 AM

I'm no expert John, but I don't think that thin rope, wrapped around the chimney will keep it together. I'd use mortar, or at very least, Elmer's glue.


#64368 New Hampshire Institute Of Art Anagama Build - Images

Posted by Benzine on 12 August 2014 - 08:20 PM

Was I the only one, expecting the photos to show, John on a throne, being fanned, while directing the kiln construction?




#64225 I'll Be A Little "scarse" For The Next 14 Days

Posted by Benzine on 09 August 2014 - 09:24 PM

I'll allow it, so long as you bring a note from the instructor...  And the Board Moderator...




#64138 Monkey's Fist

Posted by Benzine on 07 August 2014 - 10:07 PM

You could also make the general shape of the knob, then use a mini extruder to add in the rope texture.


#64109 Monkey's Fist

Posted by Benzine on 07 August 2014 - 09:30 AM

Yeah, I read the Nautical part, and still thought it was an actual monkey fist.  I thought it was part of the mythology, or superstitions.

 

Because of the amount of small detail, I would recommend a mold as well.