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#79804 The Dirtiest Job In Ceramics

Posted by TJR on 21 April 2015 - 01:18 PM

I'm with John. Cleaning the clay traps has got to be the worst!


#79751 Humor: The Best Way To Learn!

Posted by TJR on 20 April 2015 - 09:32 PM

We are currently painting large portraits in acrylic paint on Mayfair paper. They are large-3ft. by 4ft.

A student said;" Do I have to paint the eyebrows using my left hand.?"

Without cracking a smile, I said;"No you don't. I am left-handed. That is why I use my left hand to paint eyebrows." Not said in a sarcastic way. She said,"Oh! I get it."

Gotta love teaching art.


#79650 Humor: The Best Way To Learn!

Posted by TJR on 18 April 2015 - 01:51 PM

I thought about this quite a bit while holding 83 mugs in the air while glazing.Not all at the same time. I congratulate Pres for standing up to say that this video was not funny. I asked myself why it wasn't funny to me and why the platter video was funny as Benzine said.

In the platter video, we are in on the joke. He looks at the viewer and we know that it is meant as a spoof. He does not put anyone down although he alludes to buying lots of tools, and"use the green rib,it is best"

The other video on pottery lessons is a put down of the learner. We have all had students who want to make a teapot in the first class. We don't laugh at them behind them or in front of them. We do not mock people who aspire to a dream.

I taught adult pottery for 8 years. Wouldn't go back. I really cleaned up when the movie "Ghost" came out with Patrick Swayzey. [sp?].

When trying to be funny, there is a thin line between fun and cruelty.I choose fun although I have overstepped sometimes and had to apologize. I commend people for trying to use humour. Just be kind, and wear your shoes.

Tom Roberts

#79638 How Often To Clean Your Kiln?

Posted by TJR on 18 April 2015 - 07:30 AM

Here's another confession-since we are going there. I don't use kiln wash either. Not using glazes, so I don't need to wash the shelves. The shelves that have kiln wash on them I often place in the kiln with the kiln wash facing down as the bare  unwashed shelf is smoother.

Sometimes I put the peanut butter laden knife in the jam jar.

TJR. :blink:

#79301 What Do You Call Yourself? Artist,potter,ceramist,sculptor,hobbyist,wanna Be?

Posted by TJR on 14 April 2015 - 01:44 PM

I have to laugh -- I was told very emphatically by a person that I am NOT a potter because I don't use a wheel.  She said I would have to call myself a clay artist because I hand build with slabs.   But I prefer to use commercial glazes, so does that make me a hobbyist?  Such connotations. 

People who make pots on the wheel should be called "wheelers", and people who hand build should be called slabbers or coilers or pinchers.

I high fire in a gas kiln. I am a reducer. What about you?


#79193 Slip Stain For Clay Monoprints

Posted by TJR on 12 April 2015 - 09:32 PM

I am thinking Tyvek, which is used to wrap houses. Very inexpensive. I know you can print on it and make kites out of it. You have to find some with the word "Tyvek" printed all across it.



T.sorry, caps lock

#78804 Are You Sometimes Childlike In Your Behavior?

Posted by TJR on 07 April 2015 - 06:55 PM

I Sunday mornings I listen to the "Sunday Morning Resurrection with Howard Manshine, on 92 City FM.

They played Urgent by Foreigner. There is a great sax solo in there. Had to stop pulling handles and dance around the entire studio. Great song.

I tried to put a link from youtube, but don't know how.

If some kind soul could put it up here, we could all be dancing.


#78662 Dress Code Issues

Posted by TJR on 05 April 2015 - 08:43 PM

I teach barefoot...keeps my shoes cleaner. Only ever had one admin take exception, she is gone now.

I am the Work Place Health and Safety officer at my high school. You would never get away with going barefoot at my school. We do not even allow our students to take their shoes off and go in sock feet. If ever there were a fire and you had to run out of the building, there would be big problems. i am surprised that you have gotten away with this.


#78610 Well Met At Nceca

Posted by TJR on 04 April 2015 - 10:07 PM

That's a trio I like! Marci: too bad nobody took a picture of us!


And you all should have heard Tom telling his "clay story". I was so proud of him. Potters Council has a lot of really nice and great members. Glad to be a part of it.




They don't know that I won a mug at the pottery slam. At my last NCECA 17 years ago in Las Vegas, I changed planes in Minneapolis to head north. The Winnipeg airport was closed due to a blizzard. We [8 of us] were trapped in the Minn. airport for two days without even a toothbrush.


#78579 Selling Pottery To Snowbirds

Posted by TJR on 04 April 2015 - 10:44 AM

 Tom I don't have any snow shovels but I have 20 pairs of shorts for all the different kinds of weather we get here  :)

That is just cruel!

T. :wacko:

#78526 Porcelain And Stilts

Posted by TJR on 03 April 2015 - 02:28 PM

I make those small porcelain candle holders with trimmed feet. They used to always pluck until I started putting alumina hydrate in the wax resist. High fire pots do not have glazed bottoms. Iron melts at 2,000 degrees F. Stoneware is fired to 2380 degrees F.Stilts are useless at these temps.


#78396 Well Met At Nceca

Posted by TJR on 01 April 2015 - 06:02 PM


I am now back as well. Spent 4 days in Toronto with the sisters. We went to the One of a Kind show. Met some great artists. Saw some interesting, and creative work.

Pres and I met at John Baymores talk on Chawan-hope I spelled it right.

I have some stories for another day. The hotel that I booked to stay in gave my room away. Can't say any more at the moment. Had a great time, met some old friends, had lots of laughs, even learned a few things.


#78003 21 Century Customer... Perpetual Replacement Of Pottery

Posted by TJR on 25 March 2015 - 10:55 AM

Ha,ha! Chris, good one! I think you gotta use "beautiful" a lot here. You don't owe her anything.

As we all know, six year olds are evil and can't be trusted with a "beautiful, expensive pottery anything"

I had a principal come to me with a broken teapot. A student was supposed to present it as a gift to a guest. They dropped it . He [the principal]brought it back for me to make another one. He fully intended to pay for it. Unfortunately, I am not making Majolica any more. It's been six years.I will get to it eventually.


#77996 21 Century Customer... Perpetual Replacement Of Pottery

Posted by TJR on 25 March 2015 - 07:41 AM

I had a woman come in to my previous studio. We had a gallery there. She carefully took some time and picked out a mug she liked. Then she showed a mug of mine that had a broken handle. It was not broken where the handle attaches to the mug body, but in the middle of the handle. Both ends of the handle remained attached to the mug. I knew that she had broken it, just by looking at it.

I said;"So, are you going to pay for that mug that you have picked out?"

She was shocked that I expected her to pay for the new one. I told her that the handle was not faulty. She put the new mug back and stomped out after exclaiming that she thought that I would replace it. I regret not just giving her another mug. I lost a customer.It was not worth the hassle.


#77902 Any Experince Teaching Those With Special Needs ?

Posted by TJR on 23 March 2015 - 04:23 PM

I currently have a Gr. 10 class with 4 special needs students. I have one E.A[educational assistant.]

One boy has severe anxiety issues. I have him working in a corner at a table by himself on a long-term project. He arrives late everyday, if at all. I used to have to reopen the register to mark him late, but now I just get him to walk down to the attendance office himself.

I have one boy who has to dance around and draw attention to himself. He's a pretty good artist though.

Two girls just kind of passively do whatever they are assigned. All will get a modified credit. We are currently drawing realistic facial features on black paper with pastel.

I also did a unit with SLP kids for four Fridays in a row on my prep. The class came with 7 E.A's. We did under the sea with plasticine on matt board. They loved the project and I will be putting their work in the show case when I get a second.

The students were great-so happy to be in the "real" art room. They are not scheduled for art normally. I did the class to thank them for collecting 2,572 plastic water bottles consumed from Sept. to Jan. to show the shocking amount of plastic we throw away.