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#70920 Pre-Mixed Clay Consistency?

Posted by Pres on 28 November 2014 - 08:56 PM

Another option, hit bag of clay with wire brush on all sides. Put in bucket of water. use next day.

#70852 Problem Of Bricks

Posted by Pres on 27 November 2014 - 05:42 PM

Sounds like to me your problem is solved by Tyler. Just in case you are not familiar with the terminology, grog is ground up bisquefired clay. In brick making, it was usually  coarsely ground.\.


I have taken the liberty of deleting the second post is the "In the Studio" section.


Good luck with your brick making.

#70776 Lets Do The Happy Dance

Posted by Pres on 26 November 2014 - 11:50 AM

We all have to deal with water in our firings. Bisque is where most have the most disasters. Mechanical water, Atmospheric water, and chemical water are all possible culprits to cracks, blow ups and major disasters in a bisque fire. I always go slow until after 1100 F. as you have all sorts of things going on in the kiln up until that time. First the atmospheric water has to be driven out(assuming the pieces are bone dry), secondly the chemical water is released, and then organic matter, and finally the quartz goes into inversion. Best to fire slow til then.


Many people do not pay attention to water in glaze firings though. If your pieces have not dried sufficiently after glazing, especially on soft bisqueware, you may end up with crawling, pin holing and other glaze defects you would rather not have.

#70639 Lets Do The Happy Dance

Posted by Pres on 24 November 2014 - 10:07 AM

Yeah, I can relate to the oven bit, as I sometimes will dry a cone pack in one. On the other end, don't try that in a microwave on full power! She really did not like the results of that.

#70545 Input On These Cups/handles

Posted by Pres on 23 November 2014 - 11:08 AM

After the handle is attached and blended in, I use a damp finger to shape the curve into a pleasing movement off of the mug. I DO NOT handle the handle more than that as it will become to fussy and become misshapen or unnatural.

#70465 Gave A School Demo Today

Posted by Pres on 22 November 2014 - 10:57 AM

I do demonstrations for local schools anytime I am asked. I have networked over the years with many school teachers, and had good relations there. However, most have now retired and have been replaced by newer teachers many of whom were students of mine. So they know who to tap when they need some help!


On another note, the security that schools require now after 911, along with budget restraints and other trickle down administrative impediments make it harder and harder for schools in some areas to get in a visiting artist. Sad the things we have lost.

#70198 Input On These Cups/handles

Posted by Pres on 19 November 2014 - 09:05 AM

I would say on the first handle you need to blend the top join in to the cup more. These areas pressure fingers when lifting the mug. The same goes somewhat for the 2nd and third handle. However, I would have ditched the third handle and gone again. You are doing well for first attempts keep practicing, pull handles and attache to cans, or anything that will hold the clay to get a feel for the curves you want. I used to do it to the old sink and splashboard edge in the HS studio I taught in. Practice even at a later date before actually attaching can be like a warm up exercise.

#69596 Walker Pugmill

Posted by Pres on 09 November 2014 - 09:49 AM

Even with blades missing you will get years of use out of it. You can have someone weld in some pieces if they do stainless. Don't succomb to the siren, she has more torque than needed to remove any invader!

#69269 Hw Do You Cope With Aches And Pains?

Posted by Pres on 03 November 2014 - 10:09 PM

I think most of the folks that include exercise in their routine have it on the nose. I work out with a total gym type machine, walk either outside or on a treadmill, do planks, side plank dips, and push ups nearly every other day or so. At the same time, I try to get in some pull ups and chin ups, constantly building core and upper body strength.


As we all know, we are fighting a two part battle when it comes to total body strength, our hobby/profession puts a lot of strain on specific parts of the body: back, wrists, and shoulders and arms. At the same time, once we reach a certain plateau of health and strength, old age tries to take over removing hormones that help to maintain these muscles and build new ones. At this point if we have a sedentary lifestyle that we have gotten used to then the digression in our total body strength is going to be much greater than those that are actively engaged in some form of body strength building exercise. I prefer to do most of my exercise with kayaking and bicycling, but this Summer was not a good on for the kayak and I did not have as much time for the bike. However, I did keep up with the other exercise mentioned above.

#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: