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Benzine

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Benzine

Gotta love this time of year. Help students finish building their projects, go home to work on Christmas gifts, go back to school to fire the kiln, go home to work on gifts...
Dec 13 2014 08:38 PM
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    Babs
    the daily grind of the potter, art teacher, parent partner, you love it!
    Dec 14 2014 04:12 PM
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Benzine

Throwing makes me centered...
Dec 07 2014 11:59 AM
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Benzine

Making some jars as gifts, but couldn't work on them the last couple nights, and I have Parent/ Teacher Conferences tomorrow. So it's like caring for plants. I water them, so they don't dry out, otherwise, they just sit there...
Dec 02 2014 11:26 PM
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    Crusty
    use some miracle grow and they will get taller
    Dec 03 2014 08:13 AM
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    Benzine
    Oh no Crusty, I'm not falling for that again. Last time I did that, not only did they not get any bigger, but the fumes they gave off, when fired, were nasty!... But on the plus side, the fumes gave me the ability to taste colors.....
    Dec 03 2014 10:33 AM
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    TheGuineaPotter
    Colors must taste like bat poop.
    Dec 04 2014 12:02 AM
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Did a Raku Firing with my Art Club students yesterday. A good time was had, great results, despite it being the coldest temperature we had fired in.
Nov 15 2014 09:16 PM
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    Babs
    What's the coldest you've had success at?
    Nov 15 2014 10:15 PM
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    Benzine
    Well, this one was 20 F, when we started. It was in the teens, by the time we got through all three loads.
    That is probably the coolest, that I've fired in. The only difference, that I've found that it makes, is how comfortable I am, while firing. It was a little chilly the other night. The students went inside, from time to time, but I was minding the kiln, so I was outside nearly the entire time.
    Nov 16 2014 09:55 AM
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Raku firing on a crisp Fall evening. A student project, one of my own, and some test tiles.
Nov 01 2014 06:59 PM
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    Benzine
    Luckily, yes I do.
    Nov 01 2014 09:10 PM
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    Crusty
    did you like the results ?
    Nov 03 2014 01:25 PM
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    Benzine
    Yes, fairly happy with the results. A vase, was supposed to have a blue lower portion, but turned out more copper-ish because of the reduction. I've accepted this part of Raku firing. The student project turned out great, but had some dunting, probably because of interior glaze thickness.
    Nov 05 2014 07:05 PM
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Benzine

The moment, when you just realized, that you forgot to ask a student, if they poked a vent hole in their intricate sculpture, that you are now firing...
Oct 13 2014 02:56 PM
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    Benzine
    No worries. The student came in, and they vented it, through the mouth that was part of the sculpture.
    Oct 13 2014 07:36 PM
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    Babs
    Yo've taught them well!!
    Oct 13 2014 09:10 PM
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    Benzine
    I try. This student though, extremely talented, and will spend hours on these incredible, subtle details. But sometimes, will ignore things that are the most obvious.
    Oct 13 2014 09:48 PM
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Benzine

Just got done reclaiming the heaping clay bin from my classroom, by hand. What, you think my arms got this toned by sitting around all day?
Jun 09 2014 09:13 PM
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    bciskepottery
    Typical teacher . . . getting the big bucks for playing around in clay all day.
    Jun 11 2014 04:08 PM
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    Pres
    Yeah,my Dad at loss how to explain my teaching job said I played with clay until my arms got tired and then played some more on the computer I didn't teach, had two playrooms. Ben your arms will recover, just as the clay recycled has.
    Jun 11 2014 05:56 PM
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    Benzine
    Honestly, wedging never really tires me out that much. Give me a few minutes, a quick drink and a snack, and I'm ready to go.
    Jun 12 2014 03:28 PM
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Benzine

Raining outside, throwing mugs for graduation gifts inside.
Apr 27 2014 04:58 PM
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    Min
    Is it common practice for art teachers to make grad mugs in the US?
    Apr 30 2014 10:50 AM
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    Pres
    no, but often a courtesy and sign of respect.
    Apr 30 2014 09:54 PM
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    Benzine
    I usually end up with 15-20 a year, but always have. a few extra. I'm trying to include a letter tile opposite the handle, for the student's first initial.
    Min, I've almost always done mugs, because I want to give the student, something they will be able to use, and have for many years. Especially being as young adults seem to survive on cereal, coffee, Easy Mac and Ramen. So the mugs i make work well for all of those.
    Apr 30 2014 10:27 PM
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TJRBenzine

Benzine;
I'm going to put you in as my friend, since we have so much in common as to high school arts education. Tom Roberts, high school art teacher.
Jan 10 2013 10:28 AM