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In Topic: Any Experince Teaching Those With Special Needs ?

23 March 2015 - 03:52 PM

As others have said, things can get ifffy quickly. Special needs students, are just that, and as such need lots of understanding supervision. I taught HS for 36 yrs. and almost always would have one or two students with special needs. I was a little bit of an SOB in that when I had this type of student in with my regular classes, I required an aide. This was to handle those times when I would be working with others students far from the special needs student.  Every special needs student that came into the ceramics room had individual needs that required a bit of adjustment on my part for them to have a successful experience.I had many times when tools would have to be adapted for handicapped students, or times when other procedures had to be worked out for these students. I nearly always got one other student to help out by helping with joins, wedging clay, etc.


This sort of endeavor can be very enriching and gratifying. However, it is not to be considered a lark, as you will definitely work harder than you thought possible, have more fun than you thought possible, and cry a lot of tears.


Good luck. . .

In Topic: Drying Slab Built, Lidded Boxes

23 March 2015 - 08:37 AM

A few questions about your box. When you cut the lid, did you use an angle on your knife to create a gallery like effect that allows the two pieces to fit together and not slid too much? If not did you use a curved line all the way around? If no that did you add an extra narrow slab inside of the lid or the pot to fit into the other piece to make the two hold together? Some form of gallery/galley such as these will help to make your piece much more useful, and less chance of having the lid damaged. As to drying, if inside with forced air heat, I would cover the pot with a plastic trash bag to help it dry slower. If in indirect electric heat, uncovered is probably OK. 

In Topic: Photography Backgrounds

22 March 2015 - 08:54 AM

I have photographed work in the past on an off white paper sheet, with a propped set up outside on a cloudy morning. diffuse light, and the plain background are pretty easy for a good pic without a lot of reflections.


However, I have recently purchased a vari tone back ground for photos. I am also looking at a larger sensor camera than the ones that I use now.


I am pretty good at making adjustments in Photoshop or Gimp . . . when I take the time.

In Topic: Covering Greenware After Attachments

20 March 2015 - 08:53 AM

As so many folks have said here. . . knowing your clay and circumstances makes a difference. I was taught in a previous century, that when adding handles you needed to cover them with plastic so that they would not dry faster than the pot. Others told me that recently additions to pieces needed to be covered to allow slow drying.


Over the years though, I have found that PA has a variety of weather that has to be watched closely. If I am trimming pieces and it is raining out, I make a point to join the handles and leave everything uncovered. If it has been dry, and warm weather, I cover.  I really prefer to add handles when it is raining, than dry.

In Topic: How Do You Deal With Injuries?

16 March 2015 - 10:34 AM

This is notably off subject, but related. Last year, I had surgery on my rt thumb. The surgeon removed a cyst on the thumb, along with a bone spur that had occurred. This problem had been literally growing for over a decade, until I finally decided to have something done. Now a little side on this is that I am a bowler, that went from one night a week in 2009 to three nights a week since 2009. After the surgery, re-drilling the balls, and trying to get the right fit has brought up interesting understanding on my part as to how stresses from holding the ball, the angle and pitch of the thumb hole, and even the shape of the thumb hole, effects the joints. If I had known now, what I know back then, I would have made certain to have the ball re-drilled for the stress factor to be alleviated.


Point being, be careful with any sort of brace, make certain fitted properly  by a pro. If having problems, maybe video yourself or have someone watch you. A video can be taken to a sports therapist and analyzed for improper joint stresses.


Proactive preventive measures could end up saving you a whole lot of pain and stress in the future!