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#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.


#77798 Creamation Urns, Firing And Sealing...

Posted by TJR on 21 March 2015 - 04:45 PM

I think this the third time for this topic.A five pound stoneware jar with domed lid and flange will do the trick. The ashes come in a plastic bag with a lead seal. Put the ashes in the urn and then use two part epoxy to seal the lid.


#77609 Covering Greenware After Attachments

Posted by TJR on 18 March 2015 - 04:46 PM

So, yesterday I felt like a kid who was told that Santa doesn't exist.

I was taught that if I make any attachments such as a handle, I need to cover the piece for a while...like overnight...for the moisture levels to equilibrate.  I thought this was one of those absolutes in clay.

Turns out it's not so, as long as the piece doesn't dry too fast and attachments are made at the right stage of dryness.


Who out there covers and who doesn't?  Have any of you had experiences where you didn't cover and it didn't work out well?

You mean Santa doesn't exit? Who brought my train set?!!!? :o :wacko:

#77519 Authenticity, My Own Personal Struggle With What It Means

Posted by TJR on 17 March 2015 - 12:59 PM


That was a great essay. Well thought out. As artists we grapple with these universal problems all the time.I watched a youtube video on the British potter Phil Rogers. I really like his work. He has visited Japan many times. There is a video of him at Mashiko. It is still possible to buy Hamada pots there if you have the dosh[English slang for money].

I noticed on youtube that a lot of British potters try to emulate Japanese pots. I guess because Hamada worked at the Leach pottery. The Hamada pots in the video were head and shoulders above any there that is being created in Mashiko today. He was a true genius.

There are two roads that you can choose here. Copy the greats in order to be great youself.

Or, reject your teachers and create your own vision. I choose the latter.

I am a bit more ham strung than you as I come from a cultural back water. But I have a computer.

What is the Canadian pottery tradition? Should we be searching for it? It is not painting polar bears on plates.


#77517 If You Want Perfect...

Posted by TJR on 17 March 2015 - 12:35 PM

I told this story once before, but it's worth repeating because it's a good one.

A full time potter friend of mine sold a large bowl as a second as it had a tiny crack in the bottom. The purchaser knew that she was buying a second. We usually put the price tags in red for seconds.

A few weeks later a different woman came in with said bowl."I received this bowl as a wedding gift from my best friend. I don't think she realized that there was a crack in the bottom.Can you replace it please?"

My potter friend said nothing and got down another large bowl. Price $36.00.

To me she said;[as we were firing together], "The best friend went to the wedding and ate and drank and had a great evening for the price of the seconds bowl-$8.00.

Nothing was ever said to either party.

We just thought it.

Get out the hammer.


#77416 What Do You Get Out Of This Forum Interaction?

Posted by TJR on 15 March 2015 - 02:30 PM

I had to lurk for two weeks as a ghost,as my computer is in the shop. Could not comment, could not look at visuals.

I don't like brown pottery, as I like to decorate. i do have a brown glaze that I use sometimes. The stuff always sells.

Mark Cortnoy said; "you have to cover your bases."Which means that it's OK to have a variety of colours even though you aren't particularly invested in them.Now I am starting to like brown..just a bit. ..a tiny bit.

That was good advice from Mark.

#77399 Who Of You Is Making Funeral Urns?

Posted by TJR on 15 March 2015 - 09:31 AM

I struggle a bit with the whole death thing.  I still have the ashes of one of my favorite dogs and just can't part with them; however, my dad was tossed from a plane asap, and my in laws were distributed at sea.  Go figure right?  So here is my present feelings on urns etc.  I'm all about the urns as a temporary holding cell (?) until loved ones can let go, but I find adding ashes to glaze horrifying!  I can't think of anything worse than having my ashes fused with glass for time eternal.  And what if the piece of pottery my ashes were affixed to should break?  Nope, I find the whole ashes/glazing creepy.  BUT this idea I think is way cool! http://www.luciapott...degradable.php¬†

You mean that your dad's ashes were tossed from a plane, not your dad! Scared me there!


#76424 Nceca 2015 Providence, Ri?

Posted by TJR on 28 February 2015 - 01:18 PM

I have a tendency to dress when it is something of a dance, or special reception. Lots of my peers never wear dress clothes after retirement. I find a little bit of refinement is nice on special occasions, which includes at least a sport coat and tie. My wife and I have never believed in constant jeans and t-shirt thing after retirement. All of that aside, I love a good dance even though I have two left feet.


Oh yeah, most of you see me with a hat, I do remove it indoors, when I meet a female, or when sitting at a table eating whether inside or out. B)




Good man. In Canada the law states that you cannot be served a beer if you are wearing a cowboy hat.


#76284 Living The Dream

Posted by TJR on 27 February 2015 - 09:28 AM


this would have been a great question of the week. I am inching into the half century mark of working in clay. I began raku firing in the 60s. I have always been draw to the firing aspect in clay as well as searching for colors and surfaces that express an idea no matter how abstract.  I have taught for most of my career in clay. I have been fortunate to have had 2 Fulbright awards and traveled and met potters from many other countries. We all share that clay bug! I am satisfied with what I have contributed to my students. I still hear from many of them. I am still intrigued and seduced by clay. I have the best studio I have ever had and good kilns. 

I am still exploring texture and firing processes. Obvara is one of those seductive elements that keep me investigating possibilities.


As my friend Marge Levy pronounced at the NCECA conference, "Keep n, Keeping' on" and we all danced to it. -a Happy Potters Dance!



Made me smile. One of my Gr.12 students came to me yesterday and told me that she is planning on going to art school. What a great feeling for me! My little darlings are carrying on the torch.


#76279 What Causes Glaze/clay 'tide Mark'?

Posted by TJR on 27 February 2015 - 09:16 AM

I am looking at Barium Carb as the culprit. You can switch your barium to strontium carb by multiplying the barium by 0.75. You will have less stront. in the glaze than barium.


#76253 Living The Dream

Posted by TJR on 26 February 2015 - 11:12 PM

I have always been amazed at the the properties of clays and ceramic materials. I make my own glazes. I am always searching for the elusive colour or effect. I am always amazed that handles stick and pots retain their shape.I always am amazed that you can reconstitute your scraps and bring back workable clay. I have been doing it now for 40 years. I have the dream studio with heat in the floor and my own glaze lab. I can now make and sell anything I want.What is your dream? What do you want to get out of Ceramics? What is your ambition? What do you strive to attain?


#76168 Mouse Stains In Ceramic Molds

Posted by TJR on 25 February 2015 - 02:21 PM

Beware of Hanta virus from mouse droppings. Where a dust mask, use rubber gloves, and wash with bleach.


If you find a pair of yellow shorts[tiny], return them to;

Care of M. Mouse, Anaheim, California.


#75922 Nceca 2015 Providence, Ri?

Posted by TJR on 22 February 2015 - 11:05 AM

I will be going. Haven't been in 17 years, so I am pretty excited. I know Pres and Marcia are going as well. John Baymore is presenting and I will be going to his session as I am a neophyte when it comes to Japanese tea bowls.

I am hoping to see some of my homies from grad school. I want to attend Linda Christian's throwing demo. I will check out some commercial displays and the galleries. Should be a great time.