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  1. Finally playing in the mud today with no adverse side effects...hands felt good on the clay...centering seemed easier:)

    1. oldlady

      oldlady

      good news!  

      just do not overdo it.

    2. dhPotter

      dhPotter

      Very Good JohnnyK.

    3. Min

      Min

      Excellent!

  2. Got the stitches out of my hand today and will be able to get my hands on the clay in about a week. The orthopedist said that throwing would be excellent exercise...

  3. Hi All y’All…Just wanted to let you know that I’m going in for hand surgery in a couple of hours to fix a trigger finger and maybe another potential problem call Dupuytrens Contracture…I’m expecting all to go well, but may not be at the keyboard for a couple of days and the clay for about a month...we’ll see…

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    2. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      All went well with the surgery now that all my fingers have gotten normal sensation. Up until about 10PM last night I was concerned because the ring finger was still numb and I thought there might have been some nerve damage, but sensation started to return before I went to bed. This morning, everything is about as normal as can be expected after a surgery. It will be about a month before I can resume normal everyday activities.

       

       

    3. liambesaw

      liambesaw

      That's great news!  

    4. Pres

      Pres

      Usual after surgery, good to hear things are going well,

      BEST,

      Pres

  4. What's the title of the piece?

    1. Callie Beller Diesel

      Callie Beller Diesel

      I went with the clever moniker of "Photo tutorial for the forum."

  5. Going to have the 2 trigger fingers on my left hand repaired in two weeks. I'll try to get some pots thrown before since I'll be away from the wheel for a few weeks after the surgery...

    1. Denice

      Denice

      I had my middle  trigger finger on my right hand and carpal tunnel release 4 weeks ago.  Both incisions are still healing,  my trigger finger is still very painful and hasn't straightened yet.  The therapist said it was too early for that,  I go back in two weeks to check it.  I do my therapy exercises three times a day, yesterday was the first day I didn't have to ice it for swelling.  I am still on lifting restrictions my hand doctor says I should be able to do anything I want by the middle of January.  I was suppose to have it done last spring but I had to many other sick relatives to help.  It will be nice to be able to open a jar,  cut my own steak and not drop half of the things I pick up.    I hope your doctor is as good as my doctor thinks he is.    Denice

    2. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      Actually, my surgeon has repaired both my thumbs which had bone to bone contact at the base of each thumb due to arthritis. Those repairs totally recovered in about 6 months each, and he took care of my trigger ring finger last year with total recovery in less than a month, so I'm not anticipating any problems with the upcoming surgery and should be back at the wheel by mid-February. It could be sooner, but I've tried the latex glove route before and it didn't work for me. There's just something about the wet clay on bare skin...:)

    3. oldlady

      oldlady

      hope all will be well again this time.  do not forget to get to the public library to stock up on thrillers before the big slow down.

      potato chip bag clips hold open the pages so your hand can rest.

  6. Pulled 25 pieces (all whole, not broken) out of the kiln this morning and was happy to see that they all fired pretty much as expected with some great runs and coloring!

  7. Another successful bisque firing of about 20 yunomi, bowls, and vases...now on to the glazing of a $300 order...

  8. Just found a dynamite use for trimming tools...cleaning the inside and carving the outside of Jack-O-Lanterns...

  9. Another successful PBS art auction this year with another 3 horsehair Raku pots selling for over $300...

    1. oldlady

      oldlady

      good for you!!   isn't it satisfying to have someone REALLY like your work?

    2. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      What's really nice is when I get commissions as a result of these displays...1485711716_AnotherHorsehairRakuTrio1sm.jpg.e275e69ca5725a4f274ef0fce634ef31.jpg

    3. oldlady

      oldlady

      they are gorgeous!   love the feathers.

  10. A milestone for me today as I threw my first 5 pound pot and it didn't collapse on me. It will be a horsehair Raku pot purchased by my wife's uncle as a gift for his son and daughter-in-law who are horse people...

    1. Denice

      Denice

      Congratulations,  upwards and on-wards.   Denice

    2. dhPotter

      dhPotter

      Go Ahead On JohnnyK

  11. Will be making a couple of funerary containers this week in a much larger form of my tri-tube bud vases...

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    2. Min

      Min

      It's like you need a miterbox with a fine wire instead of a saw. Would need the clay to be fairly stiff though so it doesn't just squash down. Maybe supporting the tubes with thick foam underneath so the wire could make a clean cut right the way through? (just thinking outloud)

    3. LeeU

      LeeU

      Just curious---are you working creamains into the clay body and/or the glazes or are these containers soley to put the ashes in?

    4. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      I just extruded the tubes last night and I could still work them into the surface, but before I attach the tubes, I'll talk with my friend to find out if he wants the ashes worked into the surface. He was happy with the first jar that I made with the ashes embedded into the surface but changed his mind when he saw the bud vase design and color...so at this point the answer is up in the air...

  12. Just got notification that "Another Horsehair Raku Trio" was accepted for this year's PBS station art auction. They were happy to get the new contribution since last year's went over so well.

    1. oldlady

      oldlady

      GOOD FOR YOU!  :D

    2. Pres

      Pres

      EXCELLENT! Great to know others recognize your talents and hard work!

       

      best,

      Pres

  13. Out of the studio and into the field for awhile to plant my hobby farm...

  14. Just shipped my first commissioned Horsehair Raku jar with very positive review...

  15. Just got the Call for Artists for the local PBS art auction in October...I think more Horsehair Raku and maybe regular Raku will be in the offing this year since the Horsehair went over so well last year...

    1. dhPotter

      dhPotter

      Sounds like a tradition is setting up. Congrats, JohnnyK

  16. I was just reminded how fragile bone-dry greenware is when I was transporting a stack of berry bowls from my studio to my garage to load into the kiln...broke 2. Will open the kiln this afternoon to unload 40 pieces and get ready for glazing and horsehair Raku...

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    2. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      One loss in the firing...a lid came apart on the jar it was made for...might have been a tad tight. I'll just have to make another lid. Otherwise, all went well...glazing to follow.

    3. Pres

      Pres

      Do you standardize lids and rims? Used to not do so, but now try to with everything.

       

    4. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      Not yet...maybe down the line when I do more with lids. This was a one-off.

  17. "Happy Cat Pottery" is the new name for my fledgling pottery business...

    1. oldlady

      oldlady

      are you going to ask for a cat drawing to use as a logo?    that might be fun, even if the suggestions are ridiculous and you never use one of them.   i can see an oblivious cat slinking along with paw prints behind her in freshly made plates.

    2. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      Interesting thought, but I do have a happy cat with a smiley face on the first rendering of the business card...1296151250_CerBizCard5sm.jpg.5522119970a12f8bfaab86bd06e6b4b0.jpg

  18. Hey, Pres, How 'bout this for QOTW: How do you see yourself in clay?

    One of the things about taking college level Ceramics courses it the challenges you are presented with. In the last course I took on Raku the professor had a thing for Xian warriors...the terracotta army unearthed in China. One of our assignments was to sculpt a version of one of these figures...with a twist. We had to incorporate some aspect of our current life situation into the sculpture. I don't consider myself a sculptor, but I wanted to give it my best shot. Since my primary interests at this point in my life are ceramics, farming, and photography but none of the statues were suitable for the pottery or photography aspects, I chose the farmer idea. It was a real challenge, but a productive one. Here is a photo of my Raku "John Warrior" self-portrait. , and the challenge..."How do you see yourself in Clay".1299123587_JohnWarriorsm.jpg.30ea4bb345e990b1968990a252eab7b1.jpg

     

  19. Finished the tri-tube bud vases and will be gifting them this week...

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    1. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      Gave on to a potter friend and she thinks I ought to sell them...Hmmm...

  20. Started to glaze the bowls but got an order for a dozen medium, tri-tube bud vases too...the first job for the extruder...

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    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Pics please when you finish. 

    3. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      Pix of the latest glaze run...the customer bought 13 instead of 10 bowls. 18-54,55 2nd is the same glaze pattern after removal of a defect in each bowl and firing again. All are Amaco PC glazes layered for effects. In some cases Duncan's RG704 Shino Cream was banded to create the white edge runs...

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    4. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Clever use of glaze: creates visual interest. Well done!

  21. Will be bisque firing all those bowls along with a bunch of other stuff today...glazing will start this weekend...pix to follow...

  22. Got an order for 10 medium bowls for Christmas gifts...when asked about color, the customer said "Just work your glaze magic!", sooo...pix in about a week or so.

    1. Benzine

      Benzine

      Apparently word of your "Glaze Magic" has spread far and wide...

    2. shawnhar

      shawnhar

      Congrats on the order, and the magic!

  23. Daylight savings time is going away this weekend which means less time in the yard and on the farm and more time in the studio,,,YAAYYY!

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    2. Benzine

      Benzine

      I like having light, when I wake up in the morning, and get ready for work.  But I DO NOT like it, when the sun, seemingly, goes down at 4 in the afternoon!...

    3. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      It ends my drying time outside as the sun has lost its power to dry my pots outside . That means I have the heater going in studio and its hot in there and you learn to work in the heat.T -shirt weather always until x-mas production is done.Shop was over 80 yesterday to dry pots before todays bisque load.

       

    4. Benzine

      Benzine

      Mark, how long does it, to dry pots, this time of year, in your toasty studio?

  24. A great auction! KVIE sold the trio of pots for $350...way more than the retail of $120!

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    2. LeeU
    3. oldlady

      oldlady

      wonderful!   (do you know that this forum says you do not accept personal messages?  if that is your choice, i respect that but i wonder if you know about it)

    4. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      I did not know that...how do I change that? Thanks !

  25. Big weekend coming up as my trio of Horsehair Raku jars goes on the auction block at the local PBS KVIE station's annual Art Auction. At the preview Gala on Monday it already had an early bid of $150 against an asking price of $120. My segment of the auction will air in the 1PM hour on Saturday...

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    2. Gabby

      Gabby

      When my work is good enough, I hope to contribute it to auctions, not at the level of a PBS station but more of a local non-profit.  I am so glad when I hear that people whose work can really make a difference choose to donate it in this way.

    3. Benzine

      Benzine

      Wait, if it's made out of horse hair, wouldn't that be considered weaving?!...  I kid.

      Great work, for a great cause.

    4. yappystudent

      yappystudent

      Citrus Heights is one of my old home towns, nice to see a CAD person doing the neighborhood some good. I lived in one of the apt blocks on the east side of sunrise mall when Alexander Calder stabiles and sunlight sculptures were still part of the mall's architecture, before it's makeover anyway, many hours spent at the movies and hanging out.  

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