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JohnnyK

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Offline Last Active Aug 17 2017 08:55 AM
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JohnnyK

Surgey went well. No pain 2 days later. looking forward to a complete and successful recovery...Thanks for your well wishes!
Aug 06 2017 09:37 AM
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    GEP
    great news!
    Aug 07 2017 07:20 AM
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    Joseph F
    That is awesome. Always nice when things go right.
    Aug 07 2017 06:26 PM
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    Roberta12
    Excellent!
    Aug 07 2017 10:50 PM
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JohnnyK

Minor hand surgery tomorrow to fix a "trigger finger". Will be out of the clay for about a month.
Aug 03 2017 08:46 AM
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    Mark C.
    good luck with the PK afterwards
    Aug 03 2017 06:05 PM
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    glazenerd
    Thoughts and prayers for a speedy and full recovery.
    Aug 03 2017 08:03 PM
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    Roberta12
    best of luck with that surgery. Let us know how it comes out.
    Aug 03 2017 11:05 PM
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JohnnyK

Yesterday Iused my homemade extruder for the first time and squeezed about 4 lbs of clay to get 30 test tiles. Today I'm going to make those trestle type feet to go under flower pots and then...
Jun 20 2017 09:32 AM
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    glazenerd
    Go Johnny go....I remember that song.
    Jun 20 2017 11:35 AM
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JohnnyK

It's 7AM; 1080 deg F on my first kiln firing in more than 4 years and the first ever ^04 bisque/glaze firing with my new Orton digital controller...The first 2 hours were a real disappointment when i saw the TCL message on the controller. The kiln didn't fire. I had ultimately realized that I hadn't pushed the reset button on the kiln sitter. Pushed the button and the kiln came to life!The firing took 12Hrs 18 min, but only reached 1941 degrees which is about halfway between ^...
Jan 23 2017 10:28 AM
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    Celia UK
    I remember that 'forgot to push the reset button' moment too. Such a relief when you realise it's nothing major. Hope all ends well.
    Jan 26 2017 08:56 AM
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    Celia UK
    Worse than this, today I forgot to put the thermocouple in the peephole (a retrofitted one) & set the kiln for a bisque firing. 2 1/2 hrs later heard error message beeping! It had reached 500oC! Reset programmer thinking it would continue from 500oC without noticing the programmer said it was in the first segment, when actually near end of 2nd one! Spotted this 3 hrs later by which time temp was down to 220oC. Moved program on to 2nd segment and now keeping my fingers crossed...
    Jan 26 2017 04:56 PM
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    Mark (Marko) Madrazo
    Sweet

    Jan 27 2017 10:03 PM
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JohnnyK

Bought an 8" Samsung tablet last week but came to the true realization that I have no use for it. It's being returned tomorrow...
Nov 27 2016 12:02 PM
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    SydneyGee
    Between a smart phone and laptop I would not have a use for one. I can see how for children it would be fun for games.
    Nov 29 2016 11:57 AM
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    Callie Beller Diesel
    I communicate here almost exclusively on a tablet.
    Nov 30 2016 10:00 AM
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    Marcia Selsor
    I use mine for traveling and storing books to read.

    Nov 30 2016 04:19 PM
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JohnnyK

Just got back from 2 weeks in the Big Apple. I did manage to visit the Clay Arts Center, a gallery and training center in Port Chester, NY and was definitely inspired by some of the work I had seen there, the least of which were simple pinch pots on a windowsill that contained succulents. Looking forward to getting into the studio with the cool, rainy season starting after the long, hot summer here in the Sacramento Valley!
Oct 13 2016 09:00 AM
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JohnnyK

Off to the Big Apple Friday to celebrate my folks' 70th wedding anniversary. Will get to play tourist and photographer for 10 days. Will try to visit a pottery or 2 while out there.
Sep 28 2016 09:03 AM
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    vinks
    Enjoy the "spirit".

    Sep 29 2016 02:15 AM
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    Denice
    Your parents must of gotten married when they were children. Have fun!
    Sep 29 2016 08:24 AM
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    Min
    70 years, congrats to them! Hope you all have a memorable trip : )
    Sep 29 2016 10:57 AM
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JohnnyK

Wow...has this summer flown by! The farm production is slowing down. The days are getting shorter...this all means more time in the studio with my hands on the clay instead of in the dirt and manure!
Sep 04 2016 09:10 AM
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    JohnnyK
    It's about 1/4 acre planted, which netted me about $700 in sales at my streetside veggie stand on weekends during the summer. Next year I'll have some of my pottery and other wares for sale also. Looking forward to the rainy season in the studio!
    Sep 05 2016 03:22 PM
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    Mark C.
    I did not know you had a rainy season?
    Sep 08 2016 10:24 AM
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    JohnnyK
    Yes, Mark, down here in the Sac Valley we have 2 seasons...rainy & hot. 98 yesterday with a cooling trend on the way!
    Sep 08 2016 10:47 AM
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JohnnyK

Wow! Threw a few mugs last night but had a problem with centering, so I closed my eyes and centered blind. What an experience!
Aug 24 2016 09:07 AM
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    Joseph F
    Get a mirror and put it in front of your wheel so you can see yourself. This helps me when centering large amounts of clay.
    Aug 24 2016 01:18 PM
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    Marcia Selsor
    I use a mirror to check the form without having to stand up.

    Aug 24 2016 01:55 PM
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JohnnyK

Headed to the CA State Fair today. It's an annual trek to see how my wife does in the Jam & Jelly Competition.
Jul 14 2016 08:47 AM
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    Joseph F
    Ill take some Jam or Jelly as well. Good reviews promised.
    Jul 14 2016 06:51 PM
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    glazenerd
    I will gladly trade you a four star review for a jar of blackberry jelly.
    Jul 14 2016 06:57 PM
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    glazenerd
    Thanks Johnny; stopped at our local veggie stand and bought a flat of strawberries. Cleaned them, put them in the freezer for 30 min and eating out of the bowl. Yum-EEEE!!
    Jul 16 2016 12:31 PM