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In Topic: Qotw: Epic Failures Anybody?

29 August 2016 - 08:02 AM

John, I think your epic story takes the prize.  I got a knot in my stomach reading it.

In Topic: Test Tiles Vs Test Pots For Glaze Combination Tests

29 August 2016 - 07:53 AM

I just attended a one day John Britt workshop.  He had 5 tables set up with over 2100 (I did a rough count) test tiles, carefully grouped by base glaze (Marcia, 2 of these were "Selsor" bases), clay type, and colorants. Oh, and oxidation vs reduction.  He also had more boxes with him that he hadn't set up!  Now that's the king of test tiles!

In Topic: Clay Firmness

26 August 2016 - 08:29 AM

Agree with Matthew...I drop all bags of new clay from about 3 ft off the floor onto a concrete surface.  I do each side once.  The clay is  much softer after this procedure.  Probably not enough to fix a truly hard bag, but I can feel the difference on bags that seem hard to the touch.

In Topic: Qotw: Are There More Male Or Female "well Known" Potters?

16 August 2016 - 09:02 AM

Generally speaking, and of course there is a full bell curve of types, men are more hard wired to be providers,  while women tend to be caregivers.  I do think men are more likely to approach ceramics as a career for this reason.  More men than women are renowned chefs, for example, and more examples can be cited in a variety of fields.


Just as an aside, back in the 70's when I was in the military I recall that a supervisor apologized to me that he couldn't send me to an advanced training course because there were no female acommodations...and I just accepted that decision.  We have come a long way since then...and so have I.

In Topic: Qotw: Clay Poem Anybody?

05 August 2016 - 12:22 PM

Yes!  Limerick!  Fred, you had to look that description up, right? Or were you an english teacher?....