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#101692 Cones Do You Bisque The Packs

Posted by Pres on 09 February 2016 - 09:11 AM

I never bisque them, but have had a few blow over the years, not so much anymore. When I make mine, I usually make about 3-4 at once with a long coil. I place the cones in the coil leaning perpendicular to the length of the coil, that way I can see each one as it drops through my little peephole(L&L with no controller). After setting the cones, I use a pencil or a sharpened round rib to perforate the clay multiple times. Then I cut the lengths with a metal rib, and perforate the ends also. I let them dry til firing time and then do a light (1 hr) water smoking to drive out atmospheric moisture. I also do this in the glaze load to dry the pots if freshly glazed, relieves shivering and other defects. I do use the 5,6,7 line up, and it has been very consistent for me over the years. I have also gotten pretty good at color temp recognition for my kiln and use that to help me judge how long before cones will begin to drop, experience will often make up for lack of intelligence. :rolleyes:

 

best,

pres




#101594 What To Do With All My Early Pieces?

Posted by Pres on 07 February 2016 - 10:31 AM

As a reminder to the other end of this story, maybe some of you would benefit from an older post about mugs.

 

http://community.cer...-your-mugs-for/

 

I think this strand hit a lot of the entire aesthetic gambit. In some ways it even answers the question of what to do with bad or poorly done work. Read what is not there as well as what is there.

 

 

best,

Pres




#101527 Annoyed At Postal Service

Posted by Pres on 06 February 2016 - 06:32 AM

Everything I ship is bubble wrapped and packed in a box with very high compression. If there is any rattle to the box, it will arrive with broken items.  I usually ship chalice and patens in a single 14X14X14 box, and yes, I still use popcorn!

 

 

 

best,

pres




#101444 Community Challenge #5

Posted by Pres on 05 February 2016 - 09:48 AM

Slab roller on the cheap-

 

https://video.search...rt=mozilla&tt=b

 

Nerd

Used these sorts of sticks often at HS, but had a groove routed on the side to allow the wire cutter handles to sit in. Easier to hold, and helped to hold things in place.

 

 

best,

PRes




#101322 To Me

Posted by Pres on 03 February 2016 - 10:51 AM

Maybe a blue mug exists out there without a soul, sold at some xmart or other large outlet, but even some mass produced designer blue mugs can be quite interesting. Myself, I have found that the color is there for an accent to the texture and pattern in the clay, so what if it is blue, brown, yellow, burnt orange, or green, but heaven forbid not fire engine red! :rolleyes:

 

 

best,

PRes




#101261 What Happened To The Guy Who Wanted................

Posted by Pres on 02 February 2016 - 05:37 PM

Here again, I don't wear my name on my tag, but anyone that checks finds that Pres is short for Preston, or E. Preston Rice, Art teacher retired, potter, artist,  kayaker, bowler.




#101145 What Happened To The Guy Who Wanted................

Posted by Pres on 01 February 2016 - 02:54 PM

As a moderator here, knowing much of the behind the scenes things we do as moderators besides just Spam shooting, I'm really upset hearing that someone had a bad experience here. I know that a lot of effort has been taken over the years by many of us to work behind the scenes to kill a hurtful out of hand thread. To think that we overlooked something bothers me.

 

best,

Pres




#100979 Who Is Attending Nceca This Year? (Spring 2016)

Posted by Pres on 30 January 2016 - 11:36 AM

Last year was my first time, it is run run run, hustle hustle, but take a few minutes to just sit and mentally digest, it will make things easier.

 

best,

Pres




#100978 Hi Roller Vertical Slab Roller

Posted by Pres on 30 January 2016 - 11:34 AM

Saw it demonstrated at NCECA last year, looks to be pretty interesting, slabs were nice and even, effort looked to be pretty easy.

 

You may even find this strand of interest:

 

http://community.cer...l +slab +roller

 

best,

Pres




#100801 Vector Images

Posted by Pres on 27 January 2016 - 04:04 PM

I use Corel Draw for my vector images, have taught illustrator at the adult level and Corel Draw. However, finding a free or open source program is difficult and especially so since most vector graphic programs can have a steep learning curve. I would suggest you look at this list

 

http://www.junauza.c...cs-editors.html

 

it may give you some options. As far as low cost, I can say that most of the xara programs I have worked with have been worth the price, and they do have some lower line vector programs.

 

 

best,

Pres


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#100356 Help With Designing A Simple Handle For Mugs For A Class

Posted by Pres on 21 January 2016 - 05:01 PM

Light sponging will also remove most of the sharp edges in a press molded piece also Lee-no dust.

 

 

best,

PRes




#100321 Help With Designing A Simple Handle For Mugs For A Class

Posted by Pres on 21 January 2016 - 10:24 AM

I taught an adult class during the "Cabin Fever" months of Jan-February. I charged $60 for the class tuition+material costs of so much per fired pound. I did not take any money out of tuition for my time, put all of it into a district account that would roll over from fiscal to fiscal. In this way I was able to buy wheels, extruders, tables, and chairs that I believed I needed without having to worry about budgetary constraints. I realize you are in a different situation, I was freeing myself from monetary problems as I basically owned where I taught the classes and any money I could scrape up just made my life easier.

 

 

best,

Pres




#100301 Help With Designing A Simple Handle For Mugs For A Class

Posted by Pres on 20 January 2016 - 10:32 PM

you could do a press mold of a handle shape, have them stuff it in and remove. This would give the basic blank and then joining and shaping. You could make several shaped handle press molds that could be decorative or plain to give them some choices.

 

 

best,

Pres




#100032 Say Hello To Everybody! New Ceramic-Junky Arrived

Posted by Pres on 18 January 2016 - 07:32 AM

Welcome to the forums, Andrea. I hope you have many years of creative effort with the clay. 

 

 

best,

Pres




#99354 It's Too Big..she Said

Posted by Pres on 12 January 2016 - 09:55 AM

We have had a strand lately discussing the size of mugs, and the particulars of folks that use them. I have found that a variety of sizes preferences exist among coffee and tea drinkers. Seems that this also happens when it comes to those that serve coffee in restaurants. Some using the generic white mugs, and others using something similar a little larger. I have seen that "mom & pops" usually have a hodgepodge of mugs, and often these are of a larger size with preferences from wait staff talking about need to refill less, sometimes holding heat better, and less work all in all. So where does this rudeness of the "too big line come from"? I believe it is basically from those who are so naive about pottery when looking at it in a booth where they come to deal one on one with the artist that they don't know how to just quietly walk away without making comment. So they look around, with the artist there, knowing he is hoping for a sale, knowing that they don't want something or need anything he has, but not knowing how to say something positive like "nice work" or "beautiful colors" thinking he will expect them to buy having said something positive. So what do they do. . . they pick a negative, and one that is really so irrelevant or uninformed that it is disdainfully rude.

 

I think much of this comes from folks that buy in stores like Walmart or Target, or higher up Macy's etc. They pick what works for them, but don't deal directly with the artist only the bored retailer that is all too ready to help them make a decision or to push for a sale. Then they go to a craft show/sale and expect the same overly ambitious obnoxiously helpful sales person to be the same. The last thought is of those that have been jaded by festivals where art work supposedly made by the artist turns out to be hacked from somewhere like China or Mexico.  Oh well, such is commerce.

 

 

best,

Pres