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#63089 Flying With Ceramic Material

Posted by TJR on 23 July 2014 - 12:07 PM

I was in Toronto once visiting my sisters. I realized that one of my sisters lives very close to Tucker Ceramic Supply in Oakville ,Ontario.[a suburb of Toronto.]

I was working in low-fire Majolica at the time, and thought I could buy an exotic Fritt at Tuckers. Long story short- I am at the airport ready to board my flight back to Winnipeg. I am holding a large bag of white powder in a zip lock bag. I mean big. Not a sandwich bag. Say 1000 grams of fritt. It suddenly dawns on me that this looks a bit hinky. I also had long hair in a pony tail, and a beard.

I went to the ticket agent. They said to go to special services. I told them what it was, and showed them my receipt. They said to check back in an hour. I was hoping that they wouldn't confiscate it, as fritts are expensive. I picked up my package an hour later-no problems.

I am sure they analyzed it. It looked like a big bag of cocaine.Anyway, my glazing was a success.I have also brought pots back in my carry-on without a problem.

Dry clay would be O.K. too.


#61993 Does Your Dominant Hand Dictate Form Or Are You Ambidextrous.

Posted by TJR on 08 July 2014 - 09:02 AM

Tom........ was playing in clubs professionally at 13.  Music success almost derailed the clay career.  But if I'd have stayed on that path I likely would not be here now.  ;)   I revealed a bit of visual evidence on "Throwback Thursday" on my Facebook page B) .


Thanks for the birthday wishes...... coming up soon...... the big 65!!!!!!  How'd that happen.





I guess that's why you were able to do so much stuff.I wish you a long life.


#61923 Does Your Dominant Hand Dictate Form Or Are You Ambidextrous.

Posted by TJR on 07 July 2014 - 04:42 PM


Happy Birthday, by the way.


#61375 Aesthetically Pleasing Garments For Clay Workers.

Posted by TJR on 25 June 2014 - 04:50 PM

TJR, you aren't supposed to split up the jeans you are currently wearing.  You are supposed to take old, worn jeans...

Oh! O.k. Remember those horrid big ass long skirts made out of old jeans?You sewed a triangle of material up the middle? I didn't like those either. Or sewing those dingle berries along the vertical seams of your jeans? No !. I actually saw two guys wearing suspenders with jeans in the same room, this week. Jeans have belt loops, people.

I know I am going to pay for this one. Bring it on.

Only two more days of school, then I am FREE,FREE, ha! Ha!.

#61233 What Is The Most Dangerous Thing In Your Studio?

Posted by TJR on 20 June 2014 - 06:44 PM

I think my biggest danger, beside myself, is the dust that comes out meanwhile i am polishing. (sorry if my english is too poor, i am from stgo-chile)


You need to wear a dust mask. Even those cheap disposable ones...please do this for your lungs and your family.


#60472 The Day Between Firing And Opening

Posted by TJR on 10 June 2014 - 01:12 PM

Usually tidy up the studio. Put the glazes back where they belong. Wash the floor. Do your paperwork. Walk the dog.


#60124 In Five Words Describe What Drew You To Clay | February 6, 2014

Posted by TJR on 06 June 2014 - 09:35 AM


malleability,immediacy,tactile, volume,permanence

Are you describing your personality type here TJR???? :D

Sorry to be so flippant, sitting here, doing a stint as a relief teaching , and dreaming of pottery. 



Sorry I didn't catch this the first time around. My personality- witty, acerbic, driven, focused,artistic.


#60031 Sealing Leaky Cup

Posted by TJR on 05 June 2014 - 08:07 AM

Drink over the sink.


#59984 What Is It You Are Really After In Your Work?

Posted by TJR on 04 June 2014 - 04:22 PM

I am after the journey, not the destination.

I make glaze tests all the time. I draw. I try out different forms. I hand build. I look at other potter's work. I hope to never be finished my search.


#59744 Sponge Cleaning Before Glazing

Posted by TJR on 01 June 2014 - 12:25 PM

I wax all my bottoms-of my pots that is.

I wet sponge them. Don't like spraying dust around my studio. It is possible to glaze stuff upside down without waxing. I do this on wider bottoms [of pots], such as pie dishes. Waxing is not my favourite task.

Ain't ceramis grand?


#58673 Red Oxide

Posted by TJR on 16 May 2014 - 05:07 PM

I use iron oxide on Cone 10 Shino. If you want a clear line you paint it on top of the glaze. If you want a soft line, kind of blurry, paint it first, then apply glaze. Check out my gallery for confirmation.TJR

#58547 Clay Storage For The Summer Suggestions?

Posted by TJR on 15 May 2014 - 07:41 AM

Too bad all art materials aren't as recyclable as clay...

I also have students put all the reclaim scraps into a large bin, like Pres. Anyone have an idea approximately how much one of those weighs, filled to capacity? Students always ask.

500 lbs? Just guessing. It might be male answer syndrome. At this point you could make something up. You're the teacher, and besides, who is going to weigh it?

I am just being facetious here.


#58519 What Is Your Most Successful Sales Venue?

Posted by TJR on 14 May 2014 - 04:22 PM

Just finished a two day Mother's Day sale last weekend.

I am in a group of 10 artists living within walking distance of each other. We print 5000 colour brochures of our pictures and our work with a map to where our studios are located.

We hire my sons to place a brochure in every mail box in the area.

We also do a Christmas sale at the end of November. Billed as an open studio tour, most people hit one or two studios at each event.

The beauty is that I don't have to pack work, but I do have to clean my studio. I love seeing everybody and the sales are all mine, no commission.


#57690 What Is The Most Interesting Glaze Ingredient To You?

Posted by TJR on 01 May 2014 - 07:55 AM

I like cobalt carbonate. Also copper carbonate. I wanted to name my twin sons cobalt and copper, but my wife said "no".

I like cobalt because you know what you are getting. I like copper because you don't know what you are getting.


I use them for on-glaze brush decorating.

#57594 Soap Stone For Wedging Table Top

Posted by TJR on 29 April 2014 - 05:59 PM

Soapstone is a GREAT surface for wedging. I used one when  I was a student at Alfred. All of their wedging tables are soapstone. It will probably last you 2000 yrs. The great thing is that you can use a scraper on it and unlike canvas, it will never wear out.

I'm jealous.

My canvas table top has only lasted me 30 years and is now getting a tiny one inch square hole.