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    Benzine got a reaction from keith barber in 12 Inch Club   
    Neil, you have a small splotch of clay, on the upper left side of your wheel front.
     
    Also, nice video, and a great job with the challenge.
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    Benzine got a reaction from keith barber in 12 Inch Club   
    I suggest anyone, who accomplishes this feat, takes the cylinder, attaches a handle and uses it to drink in their awesomeness with their beverage of choice.
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    Benzine got a reaction from Michele Morehouse in Is Any Idea Original?   
    I've seen you tell this story before John.  I think it's awesome.
    My students complain, when I don't let them "copy" anything.  How dare I ask for creativity in an Art class!!!!
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    Benzine got a reaction from nancylee in Another Pricing Topic   
    I don't know about that.  Just think about it.  Each customer, who buys one of your early works, gets to be a part of your growth.
    Just look how valuable an early Van Gogh, or Pollock painting is now.  What I'm saying is, why take the risk, that you didn't buy a potentially valuable item, just because it might be worth absolutely nothing?
     
    That leads me to my sales pitch, who wants to invest  in some potential valuable work/ worthless crap?
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    Benzine got a reaction from TJR in Failure Is Fine   
    John, how complicated can it be? You load the kiln, seal it up, start some wood on fire, and keep adding more wood until it gets hot......Simple.....
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    Benzine got a reaction from Rebekah Krieger in So, She Came Into My Booth, And That's When The Trouble Started   
    Mike you get some coffee, because coffe is for closers!
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    Benzine got a reaction from Marc McMillan in Firing Greenware In A Glaze Firing?   
    Firing both together should not be an issue.
    To avoid any potential issues from the bisqued items off gasing, just don't pack them very close, to the other glaze items.
     
    Just make sure that the greenware bowls are completely dry. There's nothing worse than fining glazed pieces with chunks of bisqueware fused into them, from exploded wares. It's the main reason I don't fire both together in my classroom kiln. Everytime I decide to try, something that I thought was dry, had a thick spot I didn't know about and....disaster.
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    Benzine got a reaction from Pres in Freezing!   
    Bowmanid,
     
    How about just setting the kiln up to preheat over night?  Normally this would be something you'd do for a bisque firing to dry wares.  In this case, it would just be to prevent the load from freezing.
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    Benzine got a reaction from Pres in Failure Is Fine   
    You give "Crazy, Old Art Teachers" a good name Pres.
     
    I used to do pinch pots, with my high school students at a previous school.  But that's when I had a Ceramics I and II.  Now, I just have the one class, so I've dropped the project, for the sake of time, and doing more in-depth projects.  I still go over the "pinch" process, there just isn't a project that focuses on it specifically.
     
    You can't beat glaze test tiles.  I had never made a tile board, when I started my first teaching job.  The previous instructor had some tiles, but just in a small container, and they were pretty beat up.  So I remade all new tiles, with some student help, and had a nice little board.  My second job the instructor had the tiles, well taken care of.
    At my current job, there were NO tiles at all.  I once again made all of them, and created the board.
     
    The boards that I made, are a little different than yours Pres.  I don't screw my tiles down.  They just slide on a nail, so they can be removed, and held near projects, to figure out schemes.  I also, etch a number that corresponds to the glaze onto the tile.  This also serves as an area, where the glaze collects, to show what happens, in that instance. 
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    Benzine got a reaction from Babs in What Is Fettling?   
    Good information Norm.
     
    If I'm not mistaken, one theory is that the word "throw" came from an Old English word, meaning "To turn", that looks/ sounds a lot like "throw".
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    Benzine got a reaction from Mart in Made In China: Takeshi Yasuda   
    Also, that Michael Jackson sculpture above, is really creeping me out...
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    Benzine got a reaction from Babs in Whose Cup Or Mug Did You Choose Today? | August 29, 2013   
    Thanks for the well wishes Marcia.
     
    And to all the educators, current, or otherwise, I think you'll enjoy this:
     

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    Benzine got a reaction from Diane Puckett in Made In China: Takeshi Yasuda   
    Also, that Michael Jackson sculpture above, is really creeping me out...
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    Benzine got a reaction from mregecko in Learning How To Throw   
    The Quick Center System...............
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    Benzine got a reaction from Babs in Burping Raku Pots   
    You burn a Raku-er at the stake, another one will show up to throw some pots in the fire, to see what kind of reduction effects it will create.
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    Benzine got a reaction from Marcia Selsor in Burping Raku Pots   
    I would guess that is allowing just enough oxygen in, as to cause further smoldering in the combustibles, without affecting the glaze.
     
    "Burping" too early is not advised however. During on of my first Raku firings with students, after we had sealed up the bins, I noticed some of our crumpled paper didn't make it in. So I popped the lid to throw it in and....Well, have you seen the movie "Backdraft"?
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    Benzine got a reaction from Vessels Vessels in Shimpo Pugmill Question   
    One of my previous classrooms had a Bluebird pugmill, that had a clear section, where the de-airing was done.  I never had an issue with it filling with clay.  I had easy access though, as the clear cover could be picked right up, when the pump wasn't running.  It was just held on with suction, during operation. 
     
    In terms of oil, I won't say for absolute certainty, because I'm no pugmill expert, but most basic machines like a pugmill just require some machine oil, that any hardware store, and some convenience stores, carry.
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    Benzine got a reaction from Marcia Selsor in Famous Potters And Their Lure   
    Marcia,
     
    You work harder than most unretired people I know, including myself.
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    Benzine got a reaction from Nancy S. in Something Really Weird Happened ?   
    It's only pronounced "Sham-Wow" if you are using it to soak up two liters of cola from a carpet.
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    Benzine got a reaction from bciskepottery in Dulling Glaze   
    Couldn't be "Jim" -- he left the self-centering gizmo and giffin grip behind. Were there any traces of Lizzella in the footprints by the bushes?
     
    The Giffin Grip was left behind.  But upon closer examination, I realized there is a small explosive device on it, that causes it to self-destruct, when the wheel reached a certain RPM.
     
    Also, I do believe there was Lizzella in the footprints, mixed with, what I believe, is "sour mash".
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    Benzine got a reaction from PotterGrl in The Need For It To Be Understood   
    I know I put a piece of myself, in all of my work. Technically speaking, they are considered "Horcruxes", but we're not going to get into that.......
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    Benzine got a reaction from ChenowethArts in 12 Inch Club   
    I suggest anyone, who accomplishes this feat, takes the cylinder, attaches a handle and uses it to drink in their awesomeness with their beverage of choice.
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    Benzine got a reaction from Patsu in Example Of Short Writing Assgiment In Japanese Ceramic Art History.   
    John, the thing about generalizations is that they are generally true....
     
    I have little doubt that you are encountering worsening writing skills, at the college level. I have seen the writing skills, of high school students, decline in the relatively short time I've been teaching.
    I remember reading an article several years ago, discussing the decline in spelling and grammar, due to instant messaging and texting. Since then, Facebook has come around, then Twitter, Tumblr, and most recently Snapchat.
    With many of those applications, short messages are preferred if not required. So users have gotten accustomed to their abbreviated writing styles and continue to use them everywhere out of habit. Along with that, the aforementioned apps, are all about getting "information" passed as soon as possible. So no one tends to take the time to check spelling/ grammar, as long as they are the first to break some news, or comment on said news.
    So writing for a lot of my students, and society in general, is a combination of "Don't know how to do it right" and "Don't Care they aren't doing it right".
     
    As I said previously, I have no problem beingnpart of the solution. I require students to write via critiques/ reflections. I expect them to write in complete sentences and use correct spelling/ grammar. But just as you feel like you are teaching high school John, being required to teach basic paragraph writing makes me feel like I'm teaching elementary. I we have upper level expectations for our students, that's what we should teach. If there are some that previously slipped through the cracks and need help, we can deal with them one on one.
     
    Well, my break is over, back to glazing.......Sadly windows, not ceramics......
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    Benzine got a reaction from Arnold Howard in Repairing Glaze Fired Pieces   
    For something like that, I'd personally just make another.  Having such a defect would always be on my mind.
     
    With that said, depending on the crack, you could potentially fill it with glaze.
     
    It's hard to say without specifics. 
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    Benzine got a reaction from nancylee in 12 Inch Club   
    I suggest anyone, who accomplishes this feat, takes the cylinder, attaches a handle and uses it to drink in their awesomeness with their beverage of choice.
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