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#101541 What To Do With All My Early Pieces?

Posted by TJR on 06 February 2016 - 11:46 AM

I love my hammer. Get in there and smash away! It's a good idea to put them in a cardboard box and then break your pieces. Do this when no one else is around because the sound of breaking pottery is a little unnerving. Don't let anyone grab stuff out of the garbage. Smash em small enough so that they are completely unusable.

I think I shall go out to the studio with my hammer right! now!

p.s. It's always a good idea to cull your work before it goes through the glaze fire. That crack on the bottom / rim,or wherever is not going to get smaller.Don't waste energy on it.


#101141 Harry Davis,potter,engineer

Posted by TJR on 01 February 2016 - 02:36 PM

Does anyone know of a film or video regarding the life of Harry Davis? He had a pottery with a water-wheel. He made beautiful functional pots. Worked in New Zealand,England and South America.



I apologize. I am a two finger typest. That one got away on me.

Harry Davis. A contemorary of Michael Cardew.


#100748 Barry Brickell

Posted by TJR on 26 January 2016 - 05:05 PM

Absolutely amazing, such energy, passion and vision. What pots..looked like he fired his kiln with some sort of coal.
Glad to hear he had apprentices, would take a special person to carry on in this tradition.
TJR did you really ride this railway? Don't think your travel insurance would have covered you!
Thanks for sharing MArcia


We DID ride the railway all the way to the top where that octagonal building is. Got to meet Barry and shake his hand. I had been an apprentice to Michael Cardew, so we had that to talk about.

His pottery was one of the high lights of out trip. All kinds of stoneware kilns, great pots, a tea shop. He took on apprentices, but sadly I was committed to teaching a year in Australia, and we were on our way there.

There were other great potteries all along the coast, but many were closed up because of the competition with China.


#100663 Heating Source In Pottery Workshop Besides Kiln

Posted by TJR on 25 January 2016 - 03:55 PM

I have hydronic heat, which is two coils of glycol [anti-freeze] which rotate through the floor. Also called in-floor radiant heat.Set the thermostat in the fall and just leave it. No blowers, no fans, just a passive heat that is always on.

I live in Winnipeg, Canada, which is one of the colder parts of the country. I worked in a second floor of a warehouse for 26 years with those overhead warehouse heaters blowing dust every where. Finally built my dream studio 4 years ago.

My only problem is that my space is too well insulated. I need a de-humidifier to get rid of all the moisture from making pots.


#99289 Drawings On Plates-Underglaze On Glaze Fired To Cone 10

Posted by TJR on 11 January 2016 - 04:45 PM

So, you said she put the underglazes on top of the glaze? And these were low-fire underglazes?

What is the brand name?

I am looking for a good yellow for bird beaks at cone 10. Tried Mason stains-no good.


#98502 Valentine's Day - Marketing/sale Opportunity?

Posted by TJR on 01 January 2016 - 08:55 AM


If you jump on your wheel now and get throwing, you could probably pull it off. Think a week for drying, then bisquing, then glaze fire.

I made a series once of "Divorce Pots"' for a Valentine sale. They were slab vases that fit together. If you split up, each of you could take one. They were done in Majolica reds. All sold. Don't ask me why.


#98336 Motorized Kickwheel From Psh - E-205

Posted by TJR on 30 December 2015 - 09:12 AM

Start the big fly wheel moving first by kicking with your right leg. Once it gets going, you should be able to apply the rubber drive wheel.


It's a lot of weight to move from a dead stop.

#97503 Claystories Nceca Seeks Your Submission!

Posted by TJR on 18 December 2015 - 06:53 PM

I did tell a story last year in Rhode Island. It was about my last NCECA conference in Minneapolis. There was the blizzard of 1997, and then the flood of "97. About 6 of us were trapped in the airport as they had closed the Winnipeg airport. None of us even had a tooth brush. Stuck there for 2 nights. We finally did make it home. There was a sea of un-attended luggage all over the airport. Pre- 9-11 obviously.

I got a great mug, which my wife uses every day. Also got some great memories.


I urge you to step up and tell an amusing anecdote.


#97195 Do You Give Your Work As Holiday Gifts?

Posted by TJR on 11 December 2015 - 05:56 PM

I'm surprised and interested that so many replying here don't give their work as gifts. May I ask why not?

After a life time of making pots, it is difficult to give the same gift every year. Would you want a pair of UGG  boots every year for 40 years? Although the relatives love my work, I always feel like they would want me to spend money on them. Unless they specifically make a request, I don't give pots any more.


#95365 Having Trouble With Wax Resist Keeping Glaze Off Clay.

Posted by TJR on 06 November 2015 - 08:49 AM

I use round price tags from the dollar store to get a resist for my turquoise glaze. See galley.

You might try masking tape or rubber cement.

Also, consider that your glaze may be too thick.


#95288 What Were Your Most Successful Pottery Trades?

Posted by TJR on 04 November 2015 - 06:38 PM

This made me laugh! I had to get my roof replaced or insurance wouldn't cover me. The owner of the roofing business came into my studio and drooled. We traded $670.00 worth of pottery for part of the roof. I still owe $500.00 for the front porch. Can we say "dinner set?"


#95264 Etiquette For Community Studio, Suggestions Plz!

Posted by TJR on 04 November 2015 - 08:56 AM

One thing that used to drive me crazy was that people expected me to change the burned out flourescent light bulbs.

I am a member of the studio just like you. I am not the custodian. If the lights go out, they need to changed. Sometimes we would have 3 or 4 lights out and nobody would step up.

I LOVE  having my own studio.


#95216 Etiquette For Community Studio, Suggestions Plz!

Posted by TJR on 03 November 2015 - 04:26 PM

Karen's tips were great.

As mentioned previously, I spent 26 years in a communal studio. We each had our own working separate studios, but there was a common gallery and shared kitchen, etc.

One thing not mentioned is;

Who changes light bulbs.

Who cleans the bathrooms.

Who washes the common hallways.

All has to be worked out, esp. if you have open houses.

You could have a meeting twice a year and have a list of jobs on the fridge prior to your big sales.


#95145 Qotw: Are You Living Your Dream, Or Dreaming Your Life?

Posted by TJR on 02 November 2015 - 04:35 PM

Hey, I guess you could say I am living my dream. I have been very lucky, I have also worked extremely hard for what I have. I have the purpose built studio with heat in the floor. I worked on the second floor of a drafty brick warehouse for 26 years. Hauled my clay up, hauled the pots down.

I apprenticed to the late Michael Cardew, and lived in his house and ate supper at his table. Learned to decorate and pull a handle from the man himself. Got an MFA from Alfred. Taught art for 30 years. Loved it all. Have no regrets. Taught in Australia for a year, traveled, made pots.

I have a beautiful family-two identical 16 year old twin boys and a daughter who just turned 18 on Oct. 28, 2015.

I can't say I have done every thing I wanted to do, but opportunities seemed to come my way when I was open to receive them.


#94713 Porcelain Pigment And Pine Oil - Help!

Posted by TJR on 24 October 2015 - 02:01 PM

The technique you are describing is called China painting. It is a very low temperature technique where you apply colour to an already glazed tile. The Chinese would apply red enamel to their already fired blue and white porcelain pottery.

Ask your supplier about china painting.