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#65269 Copying ... Myself!

Posted by Benzine on Yesterday, 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.

#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








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.

#64028 Why Is Our Work Better Than Imported Work?

Posted by Benzine on 06 August 2014 - 11:43 AM

Patsu, I don't think anyone here, meant to criticize you or your work.


Everyone here, is just expressing their beliefs, in general about ceramics and its role in the world today.  


Both John and Tyler appreciate the technical aspect of the ceramic world.  They are also very knowledgeable, which is awesome, as they help a lot of others, with that knowledge.  If something is dangerous, or ill-advised, in regards to ceramics, people here, will point it out.  It's not that they are trying to act superior, it's because they want other people to be safe and responsible.  John especially, is a life long teacher, and as he has many times stated, a life long learner as well.  We all have the same goal, to get better at our craft....or is it art.... hehe...

#63994 Why Is Our Work Better Than Imported Work?

Posted by Benzine on 06 August 2014 - 09:54 AM

I work, much like you Pres.  I started with the base understanding, of ceramics and clay, that I learned in college, and have built upon that.  When something doesn't work, I find out why it didn't, and how to avoid the problem in the future.  


I wouldn't say, that understanding the technical, is a prerequisite to working with clay.  There are cultures around the world, that have been creating ceramics for eons, with no prior technical knowledge.  However, the initial creators, had to deal with a lot of trial and error, to gain the experience necessary.  After that, the skills and techniques have been handed down.  And while they might now understand the true technical side of it, they still know what to do, and not to do, from generations of experience.  

So a technical understanding, isn't necessary, but it will definitely save you some time, materials and headaches.


This is why, I explain and demo the characteristics of each stage of clay, to my students.  Then they have a base understanding, of why the clay behaves the way it does, in each state.  This leads to less issues later, and less students trying to connect pieces of bone dry clay together...

#63930 Medallion Mugs

Posted by Benzine on 05 August 2014 - 01:52 PM

What do you mean "Even edge"?  


You cut out the circle, with a cookie cutter of sorts, stamp the medallion, then attach right?


Is the circle distorting, when you press the medallion?  If so, how about pressing the medallion image, then using the cookie cutter?


Or is the issue, when you go to attach?  Is the medallion warping, after you attach it?

#63865 "throwing With The Eye Of The Clay" - Do You?

Posted by Benzine on 04 August 2014 - 05:56 PM




To be fair, pretty much everything you show the students on the wheel, amazes them. 

Centering, they don't think much of, until they try to do it.  After that, taking two seconds to center something, they've been struggling with for ten minutes, is astonishing.  And don't get me started on opening, and pulling.  From their reaction, you'd think I'd just performed magic!  And after thoroughly amazing them, I love seeing their expressions, when I cut the ware in half to talk about consistent thickness...