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In Topic: Glaze Test City

Today, 08:53 AM

Put it in pinterest. would be posted all over! Nice pic, and a lot of work.




In Topic: I'll Never Be A Real Potter.

Yesterday, 08:37 AM

So, I worked as a teacher for many years, and thought of myself as a professional, in my manner, the respect I gave others, the time I put into preparation, planning and presenting lessons, my writing skills in creating documents for curriculum and state approvals, and the way I dressed and carried myself. I never considered myself a professional artist, potter, sculptor, printmaker, jeweler, or weaver, or even animator, as those things were what I taught. I knew back then that I was able to use the tools, design and execute an object, but only because I was teaching these things. Now I wonder, where did the change come in, where I was no longer doing as taught to teach others, but where now I explored different paths and avenues to raise the bar for my students and myself. Now that I am retired, and spending much more time analyzing what I do, how I do it, and especially why I do it a certain way, I realize how much there is yet to learn, and how little time to do it. When can anyone become a professional where they know exactly what they are doing. I think to some of the artists out there that found a niche, and stayed with it for years. Are they professional because they stay where they were 10 or 20 years ago? Is the constant search for style as illusive for others, as it is to me? I can't consider myself a professional potter, when I have so many questions!




In Topic: Qotw: How About Learn From Each Other’S Mistakes?

07 October 2015 - 08:12 AM

Over the years, I probably have made every mistake under the sun. Everything from design of pots with thin flanges that slump in firing, to not getting a kiln restacked  right after replacing elements. The bad thing about this form of arrogant competence on my part is that just as I am so well seated in my competency to do anything, I make a major flub! So I go back to humble pie for a while as the cycle starts all over again. For me, reading about others mistakes and writing about my own just confirms that there is always something to learn and all too often something to re-learn!  :(


best as ever,


In Topic: Stoneware Bottle Cork Problem

03 October 2015 - 11:34 AM

Instead of the collar mold, you could get a tapered grinding wheel that met you diameter specifications, then have the bottles thrown with a thicker neck, after bisque use a drill press and grinder to open the neck to the diameter you need with just a little extra. Then after glaze firing, the shrinkage, and the glaze thickness which should be minimal would be accounted for. Most of the shrinkage would occur during the bisque fire.

In Topic: De-Airing Pugmill Conversion

03 October 2015 - 07:52 AM

Going back to an oft covered design, the Walker had a side exit for the clay. This when I first saw it seemed counter productive as the clay had to be forced against the end wall of the tube by that giant auger until it got forced out of the side exit. In retrospect over the years I concluded that this was very purposeful as it would compress the clay somewhat and force out some air that my might be left in the clay.