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#110129 Qotw: What Other Things Beside Clay Have You Mastered?

Posted by JohnnyK on 14 July 2016 - 10:19 PM

asking dumb questions



Come on, LT. There are no dumb questions, just answers you don't know yet.


#110071 Qotw: What Other Things Beside Clay Have You Mastered?

Posted by JohnnyK on 13 July 2016 - 09:20 AM

I find that the most interesting thing about mastering something is that when you think you know it all, someone or something comes along to teach you something new. My journey on the road of life has had many twists and turns and each time I think I'm on the straight and narrow another side road appears!

#109977 How Many People Here Subscribe To Magazines Like Ceramics Monthy, Studio Pott...

Posted by JohnnyK on 10 July 2016 - 11:18 PM

I haven't gotten into the site yet. Since I'm a Potter's Council member, I got a year's subscription for ten bucks. It was a lot less than another  glaze book so I thought I'd give it a try. You can check it out for free if you're interested.


#109869 Spraying Mugs.

Posted by JohnnyK on 08 July 2016 - 06:03 PM

What kind of sprayer are you using, Ayjay...and what kind of surface do you have your mugs set on when you spray?

I would imagine that if you are using some sort of turntable. If so, you might want to make a narrow pedestal to get the mug up higher and away from the deck so you have a better angle to shoot the undersides of the handles.



#109769 Correct Camera Lens For Product Photos?

Posted by JohnnyK on 06 July 2016 - 02:05 PM

Hi Rex,

What do you mean by an affordable camera? What is the max price you would be willing to pay?

Are you interested in a point & shoot or DSLR with interchangeable lenses? Most point & shoots have great zoom lenses and actually shooting in the 75-100mm range would be what a "normal" 50mm lens would be on a 35mm camera. (I learned "Old School", hence the comparison). That range would present you with what your object would look like with the least amount of distortion. Most p&s cameras have exposure adjustments but do not compare with a DSLR.

Again, it comes down to how much you want to spend and how much time you want to spend learning to shoot the best pix.

Having trained as a professional photographer a long time ago, I'd be happy to be of further assistance, if you'd like.


#109602 Corbels

Posted by JohnnyK on 29 June 2016 - 09:35 AM

Definitely decorative for your corbels...

You could install T-bar or angle 90 degree supports for the counter top and cover them with your corbels.

When you design the island, keep in mind your corbel design, then design the framing of the island to accept the mounting plan for the corbels.

Generally, the finish material or the counter, whether it be concrete or granite, is supported by a 3/4" plywood deck. The concrete deck can be formed with a recess which would hide the plywood. Your steel supports would then be fastened to the plywood bottom and through the island's vertical wall to the framing. You can design the corbels with holes for fastening to the plywood bottom and the framing components of the island walls.


(A year and a half ago I retired from my remodeling business in which I designed and built high-end kitchens and bathrooms)

The Kitchen pic is of my kitchen which I designed and built 20 years ago. The corbel pic shows wrought iron support for the cantilevered granite deck. You could make the supports from as noted above and cover them with your sculptures.


Good Luck,


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#109492 Stilt Mark Question

Posted by JohnnyK on 27 June 2016 - 12:59 PM

If you insist on using the stilts with the metal pins, you might consider removing the 2 inner pins on each leg. This will leave you with just 3 marks to repair instead of 9, and still maintain stability.


#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!