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#108297 Graybeards 1St Sale

Posted by JohnnyK on 07 June 2016 - 08:36 AM

You can add Napoleon Hill and Tony Robbins to the cast of characters, too.

I actually attended a Zig Ziglar seminar about 25 years ago...talk about a dynamo!

As has been said above...the show/sale was not a failure, it was a learning experience!


On a personal note...I had gone to a professional photography school in Sacramento back in 1980 where, among other things, I was introduced to the writings of Napoleon Hill. Hill had literally changed my life. I had visions of being a professional freelance photographer. I was a great photographer but a lousy salesman. The country was in a recession and few people were buying photo services. At least that was the way it seemed to me, and I went nowhere in the photo business.

My wife, meanwhile, had a successful housecleaning business that she and a girlfriend had started a few years prior to my photo endeavor. Since I wasn't doing much in photography, she asked me if I would do some minor repairs at a house she was working in. I did...and that was the start of a small handyman business. Over the years I applied the principles touted by Napoleon Hill in his books, "Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude" and "Think and Grow Rich". After 10 years as a handyman I had to get my General Contractor license since my jobs were getting bigger and out of the range of legal handyman work.  My success was tremendous and I had developed my sales skills to the point where I could go in to give an estimate to replace a kitchen faucet and come away with a full kitchen remodel job.

I've been retired from the remodeling business for 1 1/2 years and loving the opportunity to be a farmer, photographer, and potter. I currently have plans to sell my pottery at my vegetable stand.

My point here is that if you look at each "failure" as a learning experience and take what you've learned to heart, you will go far!

To paraphrase what Mr. Hill says in his books, "Opportunity is knocking all the time, you just have to learn when to open the door!"


Good luck with your future endeavors!


#107295 Re-Glaze Tip Of The Day

Posted by JohnnyK on 22 May 2016 - 10:13 AM

Hey, Marko,

I like both looks. The before looks like something a mellow vegan would go for, while the after looks like Potter's Choice blue rutile with a red brick band...giving you something an angry vegan might like. Thanks for the input.


#107050 Admire The Teachers

Posted by JohnnyK on 17 May 2016 - 09:05 AM

Is Gremlin your cat's name?

#107047 Has Anyone Actually Made Pavers?

Posted by JohnnyK on 17 May 2016 - 08:56 AM

After doing the absorption test, I would place a few of the tiles in your own handy-dandy freezer to see if that freezing has any ill effects on your work pieces. This would also be after you color or glaze them.

I had a friend who brought a 30" tall , brightly glazed statue of a dog back from one of her many trips to Mexico and place it in her backyard near Folsom, California. While the average daytime temp in the winter is around 45 degrees, it does freeze on occasion. She was horrified to see about 1/4 of the glaze on the statue had popped off after the first hard freeze.

It would behoove you to test...

#106464 Advice On Totems Please

Posted by JohnnyK on 07 May 2016 - 10:56 AM

My second project in my Ceramics I class was a ball made from 2 pinch pot halves stuck together. One gal in the class made a totem with about a dozen balls of sizes varying from 1 1/2" to 6" in diameter, all pinch pot assemblies. She was also taking a welding class, so she made her stand/support from rebar.

Just saying...

#105270 Ceramic Question For A Project

Posted by JohnnyK on 15 April 2016 - 09:29 AM

I agree with the Pres...very difficult at best. However, if it was something I was trying to do, I would start by finding a local pottery or school with a kiln big enough to fire the pieces. Using a high fire clay, I would lay the form up on the OUTSIDE of the Weber using coils. Doing it on the outside would give you a better fit because you have to account for the shrinkage of the pieces you are fabricating. The fit won't be perfect by any means. If you couldn't find a large kiln, you could consider cutting the bowl you have formed into quarters or even smaller tiles to fire in a smaller kiln.

Since you are obviously looking to save $$$$, if you can't do this yourself now, you might consider hooking up with a local school that teaches ceramics and approach them about taking the project on as a challenge.

Lastly, just buy a Kamado. it would definitely work a lot better than anything you could Rube Goldberg together.


Good luck,


#105176 Wiring For Kiln

Posted by JohnnyK on 13 April 2016 - 09:03 AM

I agree with Dick. Change the last 30 feet to #4 with the splice in a proper junction box with proper sized wire nuts and you should be good to go.

#104448 Qotw: Seconds Getting Firsts Anybody?

Posted by JohnnyK on 30 March 2016 - 11:40 AM

Getting away from clay for a moment...my wife makes a variety of jams and jellies for sale and one year she had a problem with her apricot jam setting up fully. It was a little runny. One of her regular customers wanted the usual jam but when my told her it was on the runny side, her customer was interested in trying a jar for ice cream topping. Since then, she only wants the runny apricot and buys all that Carol can make. In this case a minor problem turned into a bonanza!


#103457 Damp Box Construction Question

Posted by JohnnyK on 12 March 2016 - 03:22 AM

I built a dampbox in 2013 and used about 2" of potter's plaster. The plaster set up nicely without any crumbly edges. As an experiment, I have a cup which has been stored in the box since April of 2013. Today the cup is still not leather hard and almost as soft as the day I threw it. I add  about a quart of water to the box about every six months and since the lid fits tightly there is very little evaporation. I plan on leaving the cup in the box maybe forever just to see if it ever starts to harden.

#102132 Wiring A 'kiln'.

Posted by JohnnyK on 17 February 2016 - 09:58 AM

Fuggettaboutit Greenman!

First of all, if you could get it to 500 degrees, since the cabinet is not insulated, you couldn't touch it until it cooled down...no peekee! It would have to sit someplace insulated (like a concrete floor) and away from anything that might catch fire (paper burns at 451 degrees F).

The power cord is shot! The cracked insulation is caused by overheating through the bottom of the heat chamber.

But if you insist on trying to make this work....

Check the element with an ohmmeter to see if it is still good. If it checks out OK, proceed.

Install a new 12 gauge, 3 prong plug.

Connect the green wire from the cord to the metal cabinet. Drill a 3/16 hole in the cabinet near where the cord comes through, and put a #8-32x1/2" screw through the cab from the outside, wrap the stripped wire around the screw and tighten it down with a star lock washer and nut.

Connect the white wire from the cord to one leg of the heating element, and with a splice and a thinner wire, connect to one side of the light.

Connect the black wire from the cord to one side of the control box.

From the other side of the control box run a heavy black wire to the other leg of the heating element and a thinner wire to the other leg of the light.

You should now be good to go. Turn the control to its lowest number, plug the cord in, and try not to fry yourself as you bring the power up with the control knob.

Good luck....

#97314 Community Challenge #4

Posted by JohnnyK on 14 December 2015 - 03:12 PM

Hi Evelyn,

I'm in the same boat you are with the hand surgery. Had the right hand repaired back in June and the left was done late November. Had thumb surgery on both, but this time they put a hard cast on. It's really difficult to do anything on the wheel and one hand wedging is really tedious. Looking forward to full recovery in about 2 months. Good luck with yours.


#96208 Look At The Gallery Today. Imprints Of Plants Is Marvelous

Posted by JohnnyK on 23 November 2015 - 10:52 AM

What Mila does is interesting. Not to take away from her work...I have purchased bathroom basins and tile murals from Suzanne Crane, who does an outstanding job incorporatng oganics into her pieces. Go here to check out her stuff...



#93622 Potters And Pets

Posted by JohnnyK on 02 October 2015 - 09:17 AM

I was a dog man for 30 years, but I'm strictly a cat man now.

We adopted Buster from the SPCA just a little more than 2 years ago and he couldn't be a more delightful companion. With a face like his who could resist?Attached File  I'm BUSTER Sm.jpg   152.78KB   1 downloadsAttached File  Laughing cat Sm.jpg   112.61KB   1 downloads

#87195 Are You Making Your Own Pottery Tools?

Posted by JohnnyK on 15 June 2015 - 01:19 PM

Attached are a few pix of the ceiling fan banding wheel I spoke about earlier.

I've purchased a couple of fans to use for the video I'm going to shoot on the fabrication process, but the video will be done as soon as I recover from my recent hand surgery. (That will be in about 2 months.) After  you look at the pix let me know if you have any questions.

I'm still checking on a way to power it for the spray booth application.

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#79286 Are You Making Your Own Pottery Tools?

Posted by JohnnyK on 14 April 2015 - 10:14 AM

I have made a neat and inexpensive banding wheel from an old ceiling fan and a piece of 3/4" plywood. The bearings on the fan are pretty heavy duty and very smooth operating for almost anything you might want to put on it. If you don't have the fan lying around, you can usually pick one up at a thrift store for $5 or less. Then it's a relatively simple operation to disassemble it, cut off a few misc. pieces with a hacksaw, and reassemble it in a slightly different configuration, cut a round turntable from the 3/4" plywood, drill the plywood and mount it on the fan blade flange. Then you take the upper part of the fan housing, turn it upside down and screw it back on to the fan using the same mounting holes and screws you removed the housing part from. This provides a very stable base. Total cost for the banding wheel could be under $10.

I'll be making a short video of the fabrication for a future post if there's interest.