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    Joy pots got a reaction from Stephen in sealing wood press molds   
    Hi,  I use corn starch on both the clay or a stamp or a press mold.  I apply it using a very soft fluffy brush.  I’ve also found the left over pieces of clay wedge back to reuse.
    Joy
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    Joy pots got a reaction from Hulk in What’s on your workbench?   
    Got a huge order of honey pots & mugs, just hope my back holds out as this may be the last large order I’m capable to make.
    Joy
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    Joy pots got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in What’s on your workbench?   
    Got a huge order of honey pots & mugs, just hope my back holds out as this may be the last large order I’m capable to make.
    Joy
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    Joy pots got a reaction from liambesaw in What’s on your workbench?   
    Got a huge order of honey pots & mugs, just hope my back holds out as this may be the last large order I’m capable to make.
    Joy
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    Joy pots got a reaction from Up in Smoke Pottery in What’s on your workbench?   
    Plastic from flower shops works the same as dry cleaner bags.
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    Joy pots got a reaction from Rae Reich in What’s on your workbench?   
    Plastic from flower shops works the same as dry cleaner bags.
    joy
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    Joy pots got a reaction from Magnolia Mud Research in removing large platter from the wheel   
    I’ve used wallpaper on my bats for years.  You cut out circles the size you wish attach them to bats with water or slip.  To remove you run your wire between bat & wallpaper to remove once the piece is firm enough you peel off the wallpaper.  I pick up wallpaper ends from garage sales or wherever you can get it cheap.  It can also be reused. 
    Joy
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    Joy pots got a reaction from Benzine in removing large platter from the wheel   
    I’ve used wallpaper on my bats for years.  You cut out circles the size you wish attach them to bats with water or slip.  To remove you run your wire between bat & wallpaper to remove once the piece is firm enough you peel off the wallpaper.  I pick up wallpaper ends from garage sales or wherever you can get it cheap.  It can also be reused. 
    Joy
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    Joy pots got a reaction from Rae Reich in using a new digital scale for the first time   
    Hi, I just bought a digital scale after 40+ yrs. with a balance beam.  I just add my ingredients till the readout is at my goal.
    joy
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    Joy pots got a reaction from Chilly in using a new digital scale for the first time   
    Hi, I just bought a digital scale after 40+ yrs. with a balance beam.  I just add my ingredients till the readout is at my goal.
    joy
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    Joy pots got a reaction from dnarthun in Low Hand Strength?   
    Hi, I have rheumatoid arthritis & use neoprene wristbands while throwing & wedging actually I use them for all the fun in the pottery. I use very soft clay as well. I have wrist/hand braces with a rigid part on the palm that rests my hands at night & keep the inflammation down. This really helps as at one time I thought my life as a potter was over but joy I'm still going strong. There are days when I need to take time off & I can tell when I've over done it.
    Hope this helps you.
    Joy
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    Joy pots got a reaction from Pres in QotW: Are your handles the ear type, the D, droopy D or other shape?   
    I had a good look after they came out of the kiln, I previously said they were a D but on inspection they’re really ears
    joy
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    Joy pots got a reaction from Rae Reich in QotW: Are your handles the ear type, the D, droopy D or other shape?   
    I had a good look after they came out of the kiln, I previously said they were a D but on inspection they’re really ears
    joy
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    Joy pots got a reaction from yappystudent in Studio Tips: glazing, underglaze, and in-glaze   
    I cut out stencils from thick tablecloth vinyl & use iron oxide to stamp.  I use a tub with folded jersey cloth for a pad to keep the amounts of oxide  just right for a stamping  foam brush the pad allows the oxide to fill the stamping tool but not too much.  I stamp on top of a glazes  as control of the oxide is essential,  too little & the stamp fires faded too much & it is dark & messy.  I periodically add water with a small squirt bottle for moisture.
    joy
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    Joy pots reacted to Pres in QotW:Where do you obtain ceramics related information for insights   
    Magnolia Mud posted a question very recently, actually quite a few questions, but this one seemed to be one not asked yet: Where do you go to obtain more information (and/or background) on ceramic related topics, ideas, suggestions, insights, or questions you pick up from colleagues, general reading, online forums, in casual discussion, or your own pondering? 
     
    This strikes at the heart of why I am involved as a moderator and a contributor on the forum here. For years, there was no internet. . . yeah I'm that old.  Local libraries put their budget into things that would get the biggest audience. . . usually fiction. Magazine subscriptions were available, but in specialty mags you know that they can be expensive. Books were the biggest source of my information in the 70's to the late 80's. I searched local bookstores, went to Penn State for the textbooks used in the art department at the student bookstore, checked with professors about what books to read, and get and then ordered them in. Over the years, I developed a pretty nice library of which you have seen many in the Potters Quiz of the Week. Then came the internet, and the world changed. It was a safe place in the early years, kind of elitist to be on it, and yet so much specialty information existed and forums popped up with discussions on all sorts of things several devoted to Ceramics. They came and went, and evolved. Some became fractured by argumentation, others died from lack of interest of lack of participation.  Happy to say that our has not gone and seems relatively healthy.
    For me though, obtaining more information often calls for specialization, as in glazes chemistry, or firing techniques or some other area. Often this leads me to a thinking period (gestation) where the material is sifted and rethought to come to my own conclusions. Forms are usually that way, techniques with texture and decoration in the bare clay, and on the glazed surface. Much of it is a reformulation of old stuff, and new stuff, and Preston stuff.
     
    best,
    Pres 
     
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    Joy pots reacted to GEP in What’s on your workbench?   
    Elephants!

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    Joy pots reacted to Pres in How do you feel about being called talented?   
    Yes, Preeta, we are all on this search, and one of the reasons we are artists is that there is no end to the journey. Isn't that a good thing? (lately I have been getting fearful of using expletives)
     
     
    best,
    Pres
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    Joy pots reacted to Chris Campbell in How do you feel about being called talented?   
    Personally, I have no problem with being called talented. Smile and say thank you to the gene pool.
    I know lots of people more creative than I am ... more talented than I am ... more original than I am ... more educated than I am ... more experienced than I am ... smarter than I am ... better connected than I am ... just all around more artistic than I am .
    I also know many will not take that next step ... the one that promises total success or abject failure. F A I L U R E on a visible stage.
    So ... take a deep bow if a hideous kiln load did not stop you ...  if a bad glaze just challenged you ... if an ancient technique intrigued you ... if a hideous craft show did not end you .., if a horrible day of throwing did not make you quit ... if a customers whining did not defeat you ... if your student's entitlement did not get the best of you.
    Our talent might just be brutish persistence.
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    Joy pots reacted to Callie Beller Diesel in QothW: What are your most favorite and least favorite things to do in ceramics. Cleaning up doesn't count.   
    Pres, I'm with you on the glazing. Least favourite job of all. 
    I also dislike doing anything with plaster moulds. The nature of of that sort of work tends to be too precise from start to finish, and I don't have the patience for it. It's too much work for not enough payoff. 
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    Joy pots got a reaction from Rae Reich in Managing Turning/trimming Mess In The Studio   
    I use a rectangular plastic container cut in half with cut outs to fit around the wheel head push them in overlapping each otherI still get some on the floor but not much.
    Joy
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    Joy pots reacted to Callie Beller Diesel in Qotw: Is There A Genre Of Ceramics That You Hate?   
    I don't think there's a style of pottery that I don't think has a place in the world somewhere. That place may or may not be in MY house, however. I've been sifting through my brain, trying to think of an overall style I don't like as a whole category, and I can't, particularly. There always seems to be someone's work who is an exception. I even have some good friends that own a paint-your-own place, and I went with some family one afternoon, and decorated a travel mug. It felt weird to only be working on one piece, but it was good for entertainment, which I think is mostly the purpose of those places.
     
    I find overall, I dislike bad proportions, uncomfortable handles and a lack of attention to detail in finishing. If something is left crude or unfinished, I think it needs to be done as a conscious decision, not just as an accident or because the artist was careless or lazy. (Edit: think slab plates with rough edges and the canvas texture still left on.)
     
    And I think as a cousin to those face jugs, if one more person asks me if I can make them one of those yarn bowls where it's a face, and the yarn gets threaded out the nostril, I'm gonna scream! Grossgrossgrossgrossgross!!
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    Joy pots reacted to Mark C. in Totality=One Lucky Guy   
    I was lucky enough to have 4 days to travel and find the perfect spot to shoot the eclipse.
    We had booked our hot springs hotel 2 April's ago and had 2 full days to scout out the perfect spot.
    one that was free of obstructions and crowds preferably out of the smoke f the three forest fires burning around us in the cascades.
    Since the smoke was a wait and see that early am we picked our three spots a-b-and c
    A was 5,000 feet and off the road on an unmarked road about a 30 minute drive from the hot springs-totality-1.5 minutes
    B was 45 minutes away on a off road theta was super narrow on the way to a boy scout solar camp on top of a hill-1.3/4 minute totality
    C was 45 minutes away on the side of the road on a wide pull out-2 minutes of totality
     
    We got rolling at 6 am and choose the A spot as it was deserted and smoke free with about 200 degree view-as we where hoping to see the shadow race by.Later another truck showed up to watch from this point as well
    3 years ago I bought a 300mm to shoot bears (take photos) in Alaska on a friend's invite who used to guide and lives in Homer.
    I have about 5 tripods and 3 camera bodies so I set up a few cameras and shot mainly with my 300mm matched with a teleconverter 1.x4 so my lens was about 672mm long.
    I used a shutter release and programed the camera to bracket 9 shots in a quick succession that takes about 3 seconds. I set the aperture at f16 and the bracketing changed the shutter speeds with 9 speeds in rapid succession .
    I bought a 77mm firelight solar filter that steps the light down 16 stops and is a 100% must for shooting any sun photos with any lens . This filter you remove during totality and put back on when the diamond start (sun appears again)Without the sun in lens you cannot see anything thru the filter-its completely dark like your solar glasses where.
    I spent 1/2 a day practicing on Sunday and reading my manuals and the articles on how to I printed and brought with me as we where out of internet range-cell phone range or any other range.
    I have shot moon eclipses and played with some solar annular s about 5 years ago thru my wielding glass with lesser cameras with some luck.
    Of course I made a shadow box to view during the sunny phase as I always have since a kid.
    With this deal you never know what or how it will turn out-luck may or may not be your friend-you practice as the seconds count  by and you also really need to enjoy it yourself so you need a few seconds without camera stuff to bog down the moment.
     
    As it turns out I shot 488 photos of the event and most came out great
    I captured all the 4 phases got shots of Baily's beads and the diamond ring along with the solar corona around the sun and light rays galore.
    I'm feeling like one lucky guy really as his could just as easily been a bust
    here are 4 of the 488 shots
    Phase one
    then Baily's beads
    Totality -corona
    and the diamond ring effect
    Now it back to clay production and more grounded activities.
     




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    Joy pots reacted to Callie Beller Diesel in Please Help: Porcelain Dries Unevenly Before I Can Trim   
    Flip the pots to dry upside down as soon as they're able to bear weight. It slows the drying down somewhat, and definitely evens things out.
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    Joy pots reacted to Marcia Selsor in Qotw: I Have Questions About Resiliency. . . .   
    There will always be setbacks..some worse than others: serious illness, flood, tornadoes,carpal tunnel, divorce, death of loved one, 
    ###### happens. But resiliency is probably measured individually as we all have to figure out how to deal with it. Some need support more than others. 
    Good communities help. Good friends and family help. But it is the individual strength that is the final measure. Each setback makes us stronger. IMHO. I had a medical doctor taking classes from me and he said "if he makes a mistake here, nobody dies".
    Nobody said it was going to be an easy ride.
    I think I've had too many setbacks to count over the decades, just move on to the next thing.
     
    Marcia
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    Joy pots reacted to Chris Campbell in Qotw: Maybe We Identify Just One Predictable Crisis And Then Have The Forum Describe The Symptoms And How They Moved Forward?   
    When people ask me how I handle breakage I usually say ( with a smile ) that if a person cannot handle broken pots they should take up another hobby. I cannot come close to being able to count the number of times important pieces broke.
     
    Three quickly come to mind . .
    Someone accidentally backing their car over multiple ware-boards filled with almost finished work.
    Having a triptich ready to go out the door to the Gallery for a show and someone knocking one piece to the floor. Yes, the middle piece so I could not hope to fake it. Re-made the whole thing in three days as matching would have been impossible.
    Opening a needed kiln load to find all twenty pieces glazed firmly to the top shelf.
     
    Moving forward ...
    well, after a few moments of ?@!#Â¥*~@!!? .... and a deep breath ... you just clean up the mess and start over.
     
    I truly believe the ability to adapt and move forward is the main determining factor for a long life in the arts ... the ability to pick yourself up and try again is much more important than talent. One of the more talented artists I have met was totally unable to recover from a set back and has not worked since ... such a waste as he truly had a magical gift.
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