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#68140 Every Once In A While,

Posted by Pres on 19 October 2014 - 12:11 AM

Not very often in life do you come across a steal like that, treasure it!

#68046 Pictures Of Your Studio

Posted by Pres on 18 October 2014 - 12:42 AM

Pics of my humble single car garage studio are at my blog. Right now things are in disarray as much of renovation material is stored there. I have gotten rid of an old workbench to make more floor space which has been helpful.

#67862 L&l J230 Maual Kiln

Posted by Pres on 15 October 2014 - 06:37 PM

I really don't know, but figure that each of my sections weighs in at maybe 40#, 4 sections, gives me 160, then top and bottom another 35. Give or take 200.

#67786 L&l J230 Maual Kiln

Posted by Pres on 14 October 2014 - 11:17 AM

Been firing mine for many years-no setter, just cones and switches. At $300 you have made a steal, watch for the redlights behind the truck that drops it off! :D

#67529 Fall To Winter Projects

Posted by Pres on 09 October 2014 - 06:12 PM

A picture of some of the chalice pieces before assembly is here, also at the blog is video and explanation of how I assemble them using the griffin grip-for those big fans of that device.



#67396 What Is The Best Book In Your Pottery Library?

Posted by Pres on 07 October 2014 - 11:42 AM

Best book, out of my library? That I suppose would be the day of the week, or the week of the month or so forth. I seem to go through a book for a long time thinking about all I have read and seen to the point I can't put it away for a long time. Then it is another book, and another, always for days or week at a time. So I really don't have a favorite, but today I am reading through the Advanced Ceramic Manual Technical Data for the Studio Potter, John W. Conrad. Last week it was The Potter's Manual, Kenneth Clark. I still have enough pottery books it will take me a long time to get through them all like this, and by the time I do it will be time to start all over again, because I will have forgotten what I read this week. :wacko:

#67377 Do You Have Any Good Tips For Curbing Your Overhead?

Posted by Pres on 07 October 2014 - 07:40 AM

When doing shows carry lunch and beverages. Buy/modify used kitchen tools for nearly everything with clay. Save used clay bags to recycle back into. Throw out anything plastic that is aged as it just crumbles if kept too long.


Eat chicken instead of beef, especially if you are diabetic and can't eat starch like rice! :unsure:

#67029 Who Is Your Favorite Potter Or What Inspires You Most In Your Pottery?

Posted by Pres on 01 October 2014 - 02:54 PM

I have followed John Glick's career for years, interesting, innovative, prolific. However, I draw inspiration from everything I see, including pinterest searches, and constant browsing of books and magazines. I usually find myself looking to see if I am doing anything different, rather than to follow someone else's footsteps.

#66818 Brushing Glaze: How Long Between Coats?

Posted by Pres on 28 September 2014 - 10:28 PM

As Ben, I really don't wait long at all. I do this with either commercial glazes or my own. The secret to good brush coats is to flow the glaze on, not to brush, as brushing tends to give an uneven coat. Flowing the glaze on where you use the brush wetly to apply a small area, then resoak and continue. Don't let the brush dry too much.

#65781 Container For Dip Glazing Plates

Posted by Pres on 07 September 2014 - 09:58 PM

Nice dip tong tip. . . . NOw try saying that 10 times fast!

#65740 Container For Dip Glazing Plates

Posted by Pres on 07 September 2014 - 09:47 AM

Build a Plywood box to the dimensions that will work, something maybe 14X7X16 deep. Seal it with some spray sealer that is so popular in the home improvement area.  You can dip easily, and consistently. Much better than a large plastic bin. It works well for me. If I want an uneven surface with glazes that change as thicker/thinner, I pour the plate in the box.

#65451 What Is Your Favorite Source Of Information? You Tubes, Magazines, Internet,...

Posted by Pres on 01 September 2014 - 02:56 PM

All of the above. I peruse the internet on all sorts of sites including blogs, pinterest, You tube, forums, and ceramics specific sites. I also get subscriptions to Ceramics Monthly, Pottery Making and Clay Times. I buy books that I am able to peruse, or find multiple positive reviews about. I have bought, and been given DVD of ceramic specific information. I use the local library, and if really in need go to the college library. I am trying to get to more workshops for broader exposure, I love museums, and anything I can find about clay, but everything in general. I sponge it all up, hoping to retain as much as I can. However, I do have specific memory problems, even though I recognize when I have seen something before, or relate the work to a style, or some more historic precedent, for the life of my I can't really remember names of artists, or most people in general. Especially when stressed, or queried about them.


If I am stumped, usually I go into "cocoon mode" protecting myself from outside distractions, and feeding on information specific to the problem. After a lot of time of thinking and mentally solving the problem in multiple ways, I experiment with the best options until one works. Many times this gestation process involves sketches or flow charts, outlines or other organizational devices to help me visualize the situation.

#65131 How Would You Describe Your Current Studio Location. Suburban Garage, Urban B...

Posted by Pres on 26 August 2014 - 01:56 PM

Urban one car garage, not attached to the house. Electric heat, brick uninsulated walls. Garage is built over underground river. Previous owners put drain in floor-dumps to river. I don't use it. Space is cramped, and I have two kilns, one CXC Brent wheel, a wedging table, long rolling cabinet form Sams club with a butcher block top, and 3 shelving units. One of the shelving units is industrial and keeps powders up off of the floor in bags or bins. I also have a workbench for house tools in the area, so there is just too much.

#64769 Dripping Kyusu

Posted by Pres on 20 August 2014 - 08:03 AM

In the design of pitcher pouring spouts, a curve in the spout causes a withdrawal of liquid from the pouring edge. This is evident in the Hagi Kyusu example. You will also see that even though the glaze is thickening the edge a bit, did have a thinner edge not as rounded as yours. The design of a pitcher type spout is based on a lot of factors, and has been approached in several different ways.

Lots of variation occurs in the shape of the pouring edge, with some people using a sharp edge to cut the flow, some using a squared edge with sharp upper to cut the flow, and others using a double edge where one cuts the flow and the bottom catches any drip. However, most successful pitchers have a breaking curve in the spout to retrieve the flow when the pitcher is moved back to vertical.

#64666 New Hampshire Institute Of Art Anagama Build - Images

Posted by Pres on 18 August 2014 - 10:04 AM

Yeah, took some judo/karate when I was living at Hikam AFB in the late 50's. Best I came out with was how to fall.


Sorry about the high jack here, John. Point being it is great to see the harnesses in use there.