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  1. Thanks, all of you.


    Dirt Poor: I was pretty impressed at how high a temperature the Galeton gloves can handle - 2,000 briefly, 1500 continuously.   Jawpot's comments about considering how long before flexibility and heat protection start to degrade makes me wonder how those Galetons are holding up for you?


    Mark, do I understand correctly that the Kevlar Cono-Guard gloves that you use the most are less protection against heat than the leather welding gloves?  My leather welding gloves are like these at Axner ( http://www.axner.com/leather-welders-gloves-set-of-2.aspx), and in the 60 or so seconds that it takes to rearrange a pot or sculpture in the fire or to lift it out, my hands get REAL uncomfortable!!



  2. Thanks, Bruce and Marcia.  I have Googled everything that could be remotely related to the subject, but no luck.  And Bruce, how clever of you to have found that.  I tried, but failed.  Jean, who was nice enough to share the clip the first time, messaged me that she'd tried to open the link today with no luck.  I got the same results.


    As it turned out, a day with zero chance of precipitation turned into a rainy day.  Gotta build a shed for these "Best laid plans" outdoor firing days....

  3. Hi, all.  It's been awhile since I posted on the forum, but I'm back and as always I need help.  I am certain that I remember a member sharing a short (5 minutes?) video of Summi either pit firing or using a trash can to fire.  I'm going to try one or the other today and although I have her book, I surely could use some visuals.  Anybody able to steer me toward the video?


    Big Lou,


    1) what does "hand hammered" tile mean?

    2) those nice cracks in the lower center of the Starry Night piece - how did you create them?



    i used a rubber mallet , then a home made clay mallet,  (from scrap lumber) i didnt have a roller to make slab,  i used second mallet to shape and square off piece and wven out thickness.  cracks are product of uneven firing and large grog which were unfortunately not planned,  PS  my first name is not big


    Thanks for the info and the big laugh, Little Lou.

  5. After the notification I ran out and made and wood fired this WIP. (Joking)




    I'll try and re shoot but this piece it is quite blue. I thought it had a some subtle starry night undertones. Both sides of this piece are very atmospheric . I think it has the cooler color pallete like Manet's morning and winter haystacks. Un like This piece is wrought with faults, an contrary of some of its cool tonality It maintains a stormy quality.


    Technical : Self made porcelain tile with feldspathic inclusions. Hand hammered tile, wood fired in train kiln. Carbon trapping


    Ramble off.

    Big Lou,

    1) what does "hand hammered" tile mean?

    2) those nice cracks in the lower center of the Starry Night piece - how did you create them?

  6. I really like what Georgia wrote above:  "I love the idea of a quarterly challenge, with people posting pictures of their ideas throughout the quarter.  I have participated in a similar idea with photography and found I was inspired and motivated by others ideas.  It was always, "Oh, I love that.  What if I did such and such?", using it as a jumping off point... So, while I don't like the idea of competition I do like the idea of a challenge."

    I disagree about setting up two different threads, though.  UNITY should be the goal here, right?  I've exhibited at enough Florida shows where Saturday night's exhibitor party was the stage for announcing who won "Best in Show", etc. to know that competition does not bring crafts people closer.  After six or seven of those parties, I decided I'd had enough of looking at a hundred sad, injured, bitter, jealous faces alongside three or four happy ones.  The first time I boycotted one of those parties, I won "Best in Show" along with a check for $1500.  I was so glad that I found out about it the next day from friends who were genuinely happy for me instead of in a group of craftspeople with half of them resentfully suspecting I bribed the judge!  Even at those shows where skill levels were fairly consistent, competition created more negative feelings than positive ones, and I just don't think competition is appropriate in a forum like this with all skill levels represented.  Surely there must be a way to do this without judgment.  Comments, praise - yes, but judgments, ratings, rankings - I don't think they're conducive to the kind of support this forum is known for.



  7. I really like the idea of a two-month challenge.  I'm not crazy about the competition aspect, but I think that's a gender issue.  'Without a winner how would you end it' ?????  It would end on the date that was predetermined.  Ideally, everyone would post their images within a 3-4 day period on a "Let's see what you've come up with" thread. Or maybe there is even a smoother way to do that -- create a special album or something?


    Just my thoughts.... Competition isn't a deal breaker, just possibly less of a harmony-creator.



  8. It appears the technological things are fighting back. The two broken toes have been joined by a sprained ankle. Oh, and my only TV died six weeks ago, got replaced by a new smart TV which can't hold a signal despite being directly wired...and now that the 30 day return period is up, the old plasma TV has experienced a miraculous healing. We're just waiting for the face of Jesus to show up on the TV, but we'd be really grateful if the miracles would just spread to the 2 laptops, 1 desktop, 1 printer...and two toes and an ankle.



  9. Thank you all for your input. Sorry I disappeared for a day there. I'm suddenly death on all things technological...my printer went black (after I bought 2 dozen inks so I'd never be caught shorthanded), one of my two laptops started smoking and making static sounds, and the other went to an eerie white screen with a message "recovery not supported". Both laptops' images were backed up on a studio desktop that died a few weeks ago. I ordered a replacement desktop and the cpu is sitting in my floor waiting to be programmed, where I tripped over it 10 minutes ago and appear to have broken 2 toes. I'm writing on my kindle now...but that could go any minute! And Giltex, I bought the kindle for its revolutionary Mayday feature that gives you almost immediate access to a tech support person... who as often as not, talks fast.


    You've all given me lots of options and concrete help....and when I decide how to incorporate most of them, it looks like maybe I'll be starting fresh with almost no images to worry about. It's almost a relief, frankly. (Kinda hate losing the 40th birthday Ireland and the 50th birthday England shots along with the sculpture pix, though....sigh)



  10. Hi Jayne, did your camera come with it's own editing program? I recently upgraded from an old 5.0 megapixel to a newer Canon EOS, which came with an application called Digital Photo Professional. It makes life really easy, the RAW files are downloaded into a folder that you choose or by date, you can then edit the RAW files in the built in editing suite if necessary, and then you can batch process those RAW files into .jpg, .png, or whatever to a folder of your choosing. The program automatically adds an extension that you've chosen to the file (such as X after each new .jpg created in the batch process). I haven't worked in Windows for a long time, Macs aren't just a gimmick they really are much better, far less frustrating machines (mine is 7 years old now and it's crashed maybe twice in that time). They have a slight learning curve but after a month or so the time spent will be more than made up by the increased efficiency of the machine itself.


    As far as the strange 10k image 'globe' file, all that I could find for Windows was an application called Breeze Systems, which seems to work with Photo Booth and other photo software somehow. Do you have this application installed? Here is the link:  http://www.breezesys.com/products.htm


    Sorry I can't be of much more help, I just deleted about 10gb of my own backlog of photos, so I feel your pain :=0

    Nancy, I'm seeing Canon EOS from $400 to $3000.  May I ask how crazy you went with the purchase that you're happy with?  I have a dyslexia with this sort of thing, and it makes photographic (and well, computer) life very hard.  I have to be led by the hand into everything....even folders and sub folders.  I even took a brief Photoshop class from a northern transplant to the south, but I'm true-blue southern and if a teacher talks fast, I'm utterly lost (and they all talk fast!)..... Jayne

  11. I am buried alive in images on my computer.  I can't seem to figure out a decent organizing system for them.  One thing is clear: I've got to stop taking a dozen shots of every little ol' thing with the idea that "later" I'll weed out all but the best shot! (Not happening) 


    Meanwhile, I hate Photoshop, both for editing and for organizing.  I'm still grieving over my lovely Microsoft Digital Image program that worked effortlessly but ceased to be supported when Windows XP was replaced by Windows 7. 


    So.... can anyone share their favorite organizing (and even editing) program for their digital images?  And any tricks to keep the reduced-size images separate from the full-sized images? I've been adding the letters sm or sz on the end of the image title, but when you're skimming through the images, it takes time to open up their titles to find which is large and which is small...and then when you close them, you're confused again.  I'm currently trying to weed out a lot of duplicates, but sorting out the small images from the larger is a pain. 


    Further, and this one blew my mind:  Searching though several months of images, I found about 10,000 images represented by a globe on a sheet of paper with "Breeze" on it.  When clicked, they showed a mishmash of letters and numbers.  I DON'T EVEN HAVE 10,000 images, so what's up with that?  (I tried to add an image, but got the message "You aren't permitted to upload this kind of file".)


    Any answers to any of the above will help my desperately addled brain.  Jayne


    THANKS, Jayne

  12. Thanks, all.  Some of you remember the recent fiasco with the 500 lbs of hand-dug clay that looked like it was going to be great clay but had no strength whatsoever.  My husband dug it from the traditional tribal clay holes, and despite all the helpful advice offered here, and additions ranging from creek sand to crushed fired pots, nothing seems to help.  He's using it for pieces that are under 3-4", but his hands are itching to make real pots.  Until he can return to the (now off-limits) clay holes, he's looking for something that approaches it in color.  Nothing at the Highwater Clay site looks similar, but he's hoping red earthenware might give him something like the image below (after firing it with wood & bark in the traditional shallow indentation in the ground).  We'll see.....!




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