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bciskepottery

Member Since 28 Jun 2010
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In Topic: Employing The Homeless

15 September 2014 - 02:28 PM

I don't think High Bridge Pottery was considering hiring the person as a full-time employee, or even regular part-time employee; rather, it seemed he was thinking about paying the person to do some work around the studio on a piece-meal, non-regular basis - "a few hours a week". Maybe no different than hiring the kid down the street to cut your grass, weed the flower beds. And, no more of an employer/employee relationship than that.

In Topic: Repair Bisque Piece?

15 September 2014 - 01:54 PM

Do I need to wait for it to be bone dry again to re bisque?


The original blow out was likely due to the thicker sculpture not being dry (and being blasted off the side by the resulting steam) or not being attached properly (mismatch between dryer bowl and wetter sculpture or not getting a complete seal that left an air bubble between the bowl and sculpture). Been there, done that.

Suggest giving it some time and letting it dry. And remember, you can't fall in love with a ware until after glaze firing. :)

In Topic: Making Cone Packs

15 September 2014 - 09:51 AM

Or use the larger, self-standing cones. No cone pack needed.

If you use cone packs, make a handful at a time and let them dry out -- that will cut down the tendency to explode or crack during firing.

In Topic: What Weight Of Clay Do You Use For Yunomis?

15 September 2014 - 09:48 AM

A few years ago, I was talking with a potter who made yunomi and asked what was the difference between a $500 one (from his slide show) and the $45 ones he was selling to the workshop. He showed me the picture again and pointed out the ash glaze flow on the cup, fired on its side, into a single drip/spot on the side that was the bottom. That is what we call "dragon's eye" and is very rare -- that is a $500 yunomi. Pointing to the yunomi on the table for sale, he said, no dragon's eye, $45 cup. I own a $45 yunomi from him -- but would love to have one with the "dragon's eye".

In Topic: Employing The Homeless

13 September 2014 - 06:11 PM

You can mitigate the trust issues, to an extent, by having him do tasks while you are also in the studio so you can monitor. Think it depends on how well you "know" this person or think you "know" this person. Just make sure you establish some ground rules at the outset so both you and he can deal with expectations, etc. Is he just looking for any type of odd job, or do you think he might have an interest specifically in pottery? That could influence your decision.