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TJR

Member Since 07 Dec 2011
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In Topic: What Is Your Most Valuable Piece Of Equipment In Your Studio?

Today, 05:09 PM

I like my Brent model CXC .The bearing crapped out last year after 36 years. I had to hand build[slabs], which I liked, but people buy my pots, not so much my slabs. It was good to branch out, but throwing is my main gig.

Tom.


In Topic: Alternatives To Wax Resist For Bottom Of Pots (Floor Wax)?

18 October 2014 - 07:33 AM

We used to use Johnson's floor wax when I worked at a pottery in England back in the day. We were a long way from a pottery supply place. Back in Canada, I just use good old wax resist that I buy in the gallon bottle. No smell. Not even bacon smell.

TJR.


In Topic: What Part Of The Process Satisfies You Most?

15 October 2014 - 02:00 PM

I pull a mean handle. I can pull 60 at one sitting.AND they all stay on.

TJR.

Hate glazing. Hate bisquing.

Like decorating with a brush on top of the glaze.


In Topic: Teaching ..stressed....

15 October 2014 - 01:58 PM

I didn't reply to this post at first, because it made me really tired out to read it.

You need to set clear parameters for your class.

1. If it's a two hour class, allow for 15 minute clean-up within that time.

2. Write out a course outline e.g. week one centering. Week 2 cylinders. 3. Bowls. 4. Trimming. 5. Handles,etc.

3. I also always began with hand building. If people don't like throwing, they can always go back to hand building.

If it is a 10 week course, you should not be accepting students in the middle.

If it is a year long course, you could accept the newbies at the beginning of the month, or some agreed upon time with your boss.

I taught evening pottery classes at our city art gallery for 8 years. I have now been teaching art with a B. Ed for 27 years, I earned my degree while teaching at the art gallery.

The flaw with teaching evening classes, is that it is a bit thankless. You never get past the beginning stage, then the class is over and you get a new batch. Like Sysefas. The guy pushing the rock up the hill. Eventually you get tired, and the rock rolls back and crushes you. Too synical?

TJR.


In Topic: What To Do With Bell Dark Ball Clay

02 October 2014 - 08:11 PM

Might just be organic materials in there. Throw some in a bisqued bowl and fire it up to your glaze temp. It may turn out to be quite light in colour.

TJR.