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#95350 Tree Fishing Season-A Bit Off Topic But Clay Related

Posted by jrgpots on 06 November 2015 - 12:00 AM

One waits  for the right season when fish are thick and then hangs in a tree as most fish do not notice humans hanging in trees.


You should try ice fishing . . . much safer...

Tried it and couldn't get the ice to bite. I even put cream on the hook......No luck.

Now my dad was a great fisherman. One evening we were fishing below Whiskeytown reservior, not too far from Mark's neck of the woods. He was fly fishing and went to whip the fly into the stream. The fly never made it. A bat caught it in mid-air. It was quite the event...

Of course it was not as big as the king salmon. Then again, the king salmon couldn't fly.


#95239 Ok I Can't Resist, New Box Turned Out Great!

Posted by jrgpots on 04 November 2015 - 12:27 AM

That is very cool! I agree about getting you to make a video through CAD.


#95221 Etiquette For Community Studio, Suggestions Plz!

Posted by jrgpots on 03 November 2015 - 06:16 PM

Also make sure they know to bring their own pottery tools.   


We have had problems with the recycle bins also.  Dark clay in one and light clay in the other.


Restrict the type of clay used in the studio.   If the studio fires only to cone 5-6, then no low fire or cone 10 clay can be put in the recycle bins. If you use your own clay, take home the scraps unless the clay is the same as the studio clay.


If you a dark clay in the slab roller use the canvas setup for dark clay.  Light clay uses light canvas setup.


You may want to keep the catch basins to the wheels at the front  desk and hand them out as the patron is assigned a wheel.  Then tell the patron to return the cleaned  catch basins to the front desk at the end of the work time.


If closing time is 6:00 PM, then clean up time starts at 5:30 PM with no new projects after 5:30.   Everything should be cleaned before closing time.


Contaminated glazes were always a problem.


These were some of the things we had to address.

#94909 Qotw: Are You Living Your Dream, Or Dreaming Your Life?

Posted by jrgpots on 28 October 2015 - 11:02 AM

Are there others out there who like me, who have multiple dreams that pull me in a multitude of directions. Most are good. Some are better. But that elusive best is very hard to pin down.


#94265 Using Fresh Leaves For Making Molds

Posted by jrgpots on 15 October 2015 - 06:45 PM

.  they change colors as they age and are really beautiful.

The real trick is to get those beautiful color to stain the clay......I mean I wet out and collected a whole bunch of beautiful red, yellow, and brown leaves.  I pressed them into my clay and fired them.....They all came out the same color, a drab clay color.  So what is the point of getting fall colored leaves if they don't magically turn the clay nice colors?.....Maybe it's my firing schedule....lol



#94008 Cat Walked On Keyboard, Type Too Small To Read, Need Fix

Posted by jrgpots on 09 October 2015 - 02:40 PM

I just use dragonware.  The dragons can take the heat of the kiln...........lol.   But they are rough on the pots.



#93785 Your Hugest "derp" Moment?

Posted by jrgpots on 05 October 2015 - 05:16 PM

I had just finished throwing a nice vase.  As I lifted the bat off the wheel, my phone went off.  I have an emergency beep that means I "need to take this call STAT."  So I set the bat on my throwing stool and answered my phone, calmed the medical storm, then sat down on my stool.  The poor vase felt kind of "squishy."



#93597 Strange Orange Spots, What Is It?

Posted by jrgpots on 01 October 2015 - 03:54 PM

This is just a guess. Around here everything is high in iron. Yet, there are white sandstone cliffs in Zion National park 20 miles away. over time the iron became concentrated into spheres of hematite causing the sandstone to turn white...Some bacteria in clay or sandstone ingest the iron, concentrate it, then excrete it. This is how moqui balls are made. The excreted iron turns into hematite. The hematite when ground up gives RIO. But the RIO is concentrated around the colonies of bacteria and not evenly distributed throughout your clay evenly. If this process continued, the clay would become more white except around the bacteria colonies. Thus producing a iron speckled white clay.

That's my guess.


#91215 Cone Numbers- No Cone 0

Posted by jrgpots on 21 August 2015 - 11:19 AM

I didn't sleep last night. Something was nagging at my mind. Then at 3:30 AM it came to me.....There in no cone 0. The chart goes from 01 to 1 in the blink of the eye. NO CONE 0. How many more nights will I turn in my bed wondering why "0" got neglected.

Then my mind drifted to the calender year progression and I noticed "it" happened again. The calender year jumped from 1 BC to 1 AD without a "0" year.

I spent the rest of the night racking my brain to find other examples where "0" had been ignored. I fear that may represent a whole month of sleepless nights of pondering the meaning of not having zero.

I think ceramics and time are conspiring together and refuse to give us "nothing."

If anyone else is wondering what happened to cone 0, enquiring minds want to know.


#90862 Friends

Posted by jrgpots on 14 August 2015 - 08:34 PM

Okay, I feel like a bit of a git asking this but I'll ask anyways,
If someone adds me as a friend how come I can't "friend" them back?
When I look at a members profile page if it's someone who hasn't "friended" me then I have the option of adding as a friend or pm-ing or viewing content, if it is someone who has "friended" me then the only options are "remove as a friend", then the same latter 2 options as above.  So, I'm wondering if being a friend is just a one-way street  or what am I missing?
Apologies if this is in the wrong section, wasn't sure where to post.

You are describing all too many "friends" at work. They want to tell me their problems but don't care about listening to others'...Do you think they have a "two-way street" button?


#89738 Qotw: What Makes Something Qualify As Hand Made?

Posted by jrgpots on 28 July 2015 - 10:00 PM

I'd love to see the following labels:

1. This clay is made by hand. No machines were used in its manufacture.

2. This glaze is handmade. No commercial ingredients were used in its production. All ingredients were ground by hand.

3. This sculpture was assembled by hand using premanufactured clay.

4. This mug was assembled using extruded handles and jollied parts.

5. This pot was grown organically.

6. This pot was fired using all natural sustainable fuel.

A label does not always describe its content. I thought most artists thought outside of the box and didn't conform to such labels.


#89306 Are There Any Laws Of Pottery?

Posted by jrgpots on 22 July 2015 - 10:51 AM

1. Accidental happenstance always seem to look better than engineered intention.

2.  demands and deadlines propotionally  increase ware distruction and disasters.



As to the austalian abbreviations, following Earthfan's examples....would pottery experts be potties?




#89305 Woo Yellow Strontium Carbinate Substitute?

Posted by jrgpots on 22 July 2015 - 10:34 AM

I have a lot of chemicals shipping in. Just order some from a different supplier.
http://www.bigcerami...ntium carbonate


Thank you for the links to your suppiers.  I have used big ceramic store in the past with great success.   St George, Utah is a small town and the local supplier just changed ownership. So there are a few hickups in transition.  Raw materials were part of that hickup.... There are only a few of us who make our own glazes around here, so the raw materials were put on the back shelf during the transition.   .BUT they do have EPK... TJR.



SO from the responses, I get the feeling that there is no great substitution for Strontium.... I guess i will have to wait for the supply truck.



#89007 Meat Grinder As Pugmill?

Posted by jrgpots on 16 July 2015 - 11:20 AM

I get my slop and trimming buckets really wet, make a slurry, and stir with electric drill paddle. the thick slurry goes in canvas bags which are hung and drip dried. I store the clay in 5 gallon buckets with a wet rag on top and lids on.

I dig local clay and use the same process.

I tried the meat grinder. The housing for the auger cracked. It was one of many disasters I choose not to admit to owning... There a microbiology term that descibes the amount of disasters....TMTC...(too many to count)...


#88833 Gas Kiln Design

Posted by jrgpots on 13 July 2015 - 11:10 AM

I agree. close the top center hole, add a damper at the bottom of the chimney and make chimney taller to improve draft.