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#77065 The Max Wheel 1500?

Posted by Pres on 10 March 2015 - 01:31 PM

You may get in touch with John Hesselberth. He states in a link (2005),




That he has a Max and loves it. He may give you some tips on where or how to fix it.




#76799 Advice For Doing A Demo, Please.

Posted by Pres on 04 March 2015 - 11:18 PM

I usually never took much home from a demo, unless it was a special piece like a demo. The shock value of throwing a nice sized nice pot, and then cutting it in half with a cutting wire is too delicious to give up.To let them see what the inside and outside, and thickness of the pot looks like is very educational for them.

#76408 Nceca 2015 Providence, Ri?

Posted by Pres on 28 February 2015 - 11:34 AM

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)




#76288 What Causes Glaze/clay 'tide Mark'?

Posted by Pres on 27 February 2015 - 09:47 AM

Almost looks like wet partly settled glaze dipped and then the second glaze dip went up to it, and because of the wet area resisted partly.

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#76286 Living The Dream

Posted by Pres on 27 February 2015 - 09:42 AM

TJR, Moments like having a student go on in the field are to be truly savored, as are those where they have their own aha moments, or create that piece they know is really good. I loved it.


My aspiration at this time is to get more of a year round shop, my old bones need some heat in the Winter. At the same time, I want to make more pots, many more, but seems like life gets in the way. I am hoping this Spring and Summer allows me the time to produce some of the things I have really been thinking about.

#76095 Finding Your Own Style...easy To Say

Posted by Pres on 24 February 2015 - 04:58 PM

Style comes from a lot of places, images, likes and dislikes, research, and knowledge of the craft. However, for me, style comes from making, lots and lots of making. It is a growth from the first pot you have made, and the pots that you admire, to the pots you want to make, and your journey to find the way to make them. I don't throw loosely, but wish that I could, and I recognize the things that are strong about my own throwing and my forms with the type of control I have over the clay. Slowly I am finding ways of "deconstructing" my symmetry to make the forms more of what I have come to admire. Thing is, I really did not admire loosely thrown pieces back in the day, but rather the tightly controlled throwing that seemed to exhibit a great bit of skill. Nowadays, I know better, and can tell when a piece is asymmetric and well controlled, or when it is asymmetric, and a flop.

#76022 *gasp* Handle Sacrilege!

Posted by Pres on 23 February 2015 - 10:03 PM

Over the years, I have made pulled handles, tool cut handles, extruded handles, and carved handles ala John Glick. To me, a handle is a handle, no matter how you make it. If is has the strength to hold up to use, and is comfortable in the curve fit and way it fits the hand. . . does it matter how it was made. I think not.

#75949 Weight/size Charts?

Posted by Pres on 22 February 2015 - 04:00 PM

Plates are hard.  Some of the best I've seen are jiggered.  The form is so simple that variations inherent in throwing don't add a lot to the basic plate shape, in my opinion.  Plates should probably be the favorite form of surface-oriented potters.


I do weigh clay, but I've found that for small weights, after all these years, I can grab a handful, plop it on the scale, and be within a few tenths of an ounce most times.

Yes, being able to judge weight/size is a learned skill. It can really come in handy at other times when picking something up and having to judge how heavy it is. -_-

#75908 Weight/size Charts?

Posted by Pres on 21 February 2015 - 07:47 PM

As I often throw off the hump, I have come to think of size balls instead of weights. Golf ball gets me a decent: small cup, salt bowl, lid for teapot or other container, chalice bowl. A tennis ball yields a good sized coffee mug, a salad bowl, a larger lid, closed box form for lid separation later, or even a short chalice stem. Hard ball sized ball will be a larger mug, a small teapot, a larger chalice stem, a larger salad or soup bowl or ramekin, larger closed box form, or quite large mug. Softball size will do well for teapots, batter bowls, serving bowls, some larger lids, and small pitcher forms. Then we get to sized we don't have balls to relate too, but then you might get the picture. It is not rocket science, but it works. You will notice that I do not have anything in the way of plates here, I still have not mastered throwing them, even small ones off the hump.

#75692 What's The Most Risque Out There Thing You've Done In Clay.....

Posted by Pres on 18 February 2015 - 01:58 PM

I would never do something like that ;), especially since at the time I was still untenured. Any type of scandal in my predominantly conservative area would have been cause for termination especially before tenure.

#75686 What's The Most Risque Out There Thing You've Done In Clay.....

Posted by Pres on 18 February 2015 - 12:08 PM

A well known artist/professor decided we needed to experiment with seeing how everyday items would look if made of clay. For the exercise, he had two 50 gallon barrels full of silky smooth gray slip. He also had a couple of large boxes of toys, household items etc. We started out dipping these in the slip, letting them dry, redipping etc. So an hour into the class, he conveniently/inconveniently got called away to a departmental meeting. An hour later and there were at least 1/2 dozen folks running around campus au natural covered in slip, head to toe. This was photographed by a few folks that had cameras and there was an incident where a family leaving the famous creamery lost their cones out of shock! Ended up with pictures in the slop bathtub, one large kiln had a table and chairs loaded into it as a tea party setting. In the end, quite a rise on campus. Remember at the same time that this was in the pre-cell, pre-digital era of the 70's. Maybe one last hang over from those wild 60's that I really didn't ever see.

#75619 Throwing Off The Hump?

Posted by Pres on 17 February 2015 - 02:44 PM

I usually throw off a 15# to 20# hump when doing chalice bowls and stems. I have also used it to throw mugs and bowls of late. It is a bit of a control issue where I had to make a little alteration in the way you throw. If you open up straight down and pull the walls up you will probably have 20-30% S cracking. It is difficult to compress the base working this way. However, flattening out a pancake with the thumb, then curling this upward to form the walls will cause the clay particles to round around the corner at the base, and not put as much pressure on the center when drying. Then you can throw the walls a little more, and shape the piece. I usually leave a little more in the base, and trim carefully. Removal for me is done with putty knife dampened and sliding through the clay lifting at the end to place on a ware board. I have also used a wooden rib with string attached where you let the string naturally rap itself around the base(mark base groove where the cut should go always) then pull through to separate.


I once took a job to teach myself how to throw off the hump, didn't make a lot of money at it, but did learn how. Threw 2000 small cup like vessels for a religious conference-Filling your Vessel. My actual total was more like 2300, but after learning how no cracks.





You may understand more of what I mean watching this video.




#75549 How Is Your Local Pottery Community For Social And Professional Interaction?

Posted by Pres on 16 February 2015 - 10:24 AM

Central PA is like most other rural areas. Few potters per se, but a few organizations exist. Of these probably the best is the Central PA Potters group. Alas they hold most of their meeting in Harrisburg, 2hrs away from me. I may end up getting to some of their meeting come better weather. All in all this area is pretty isolated.


Years ago, I had been one of the founding members of the local Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, but as time went on the interest in juried shows, and membership became unpopular and the group became more of a "knitting circle". I don't have a problem with that, but it was not the type of venue that I wanted to devote my time to. Probably some would call it snobbish on my part, but the original concept and involvement at the state level dwindled and I wasn't going to continue beating myself up over a cause that had moved on.

#75309 How To Make Size Apparent In Photos

Posted by Pres on 12 February 2015 - 11:25 AM

If I want to show size, I take the image into  Photoshop  or Gimp and  enlarge the canvas with a little at the bottom, then add the size and if needed the volume. Then whenever the picture is posted the size shows up. In my blog, description properties are built in so I don't have to do this for it.

#75264 Anybody Else Get Pouty?

Posted by Pres on 11 February 2015 - 07:40 PM

I started working out with a 15lb kettle bell, same weight as my bowling ball. Mostly this was for the wrist and the arms, but I have noticed that it helps finger cramps and stiffness. Something about the swinging while gripping stretches the fingers. On another side, my wife has arthritic hands also, and finds that when she crochets regularly her hands hurt less. I guess that old adage use it or lose it is true.