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  1. Pleased with myself--had a good time peddling my wares at the First Friday Art Walk, Portland, Maine, a sidewalk event held on the main drag near the fine art museum.   No registration fee, no tent required, close-in parking, & I had a helper!  

    1. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      Way to go, Lee! Any day you can sell a piece of  your work is a good day, especially when there's no overhead and a lot of exposure :)

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  2. Glaze day again-two kiln loads to glaze and load today-spring is here as well

    1. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      Good to hear...hang in there and before you know it, you'll wonder why you didn't do it sooner!

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  3. Glaze day again-two kiln loads to glaze and load today-spring is here as well

    1. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      Good to see you're keeping busy. How is the hand rehab going?

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  4. This production before surgery is kicking my butt-unloaded two galze fires today-reloaded the big kiln and got it going for 3rd glaze fire.I'm starting to feel tired.

    1. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      After your surgery you'll have plenty of time to rest unless you can throw one handed...

      Good luck with your surgery. When is it going to happen and which procedure are you going with?

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  5. ok, all you computer literates and gurus.  i have been "paused".  i do not know why or what it means but i cannot even access my other email account.  any ideas?  my daughter was going to help me set up an etsy shop and then this happened.

    1. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      Sorry, I can't help you there, @oldlady. I don't do Facebook...

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  6. ok, all you computer literates and gurus.  i have been "paused".  i do not know why or what it means but i cannot even access my other email account.  any ideas?  my daughter was going to help me set up an etsy shop and then this happened.

    1. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      If you are using Windows10, Msft just did an update and it slowed down my computer phenomenally. It seemed like it took forever to do anything, even shutting it down. What I did was go to the restore point (which took just short of forever) just before the update which happened Tuesday morning. Then what happened was the computer was still "restoring the registry 12 hours later. I did a hard shutdown by pressing the on/off or I/O button and held it down for at least 5 seconds which shut the computer down completely. I waited for a couple of minutes and turned it back on and all was well with the universe. It seems like a scary thing to do, but it happened to me about a year ago with the same update situation and I spoke with my nephew who's an I guy and he told me what to do then and it worked just like it did this time around...

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  7. Now it's cool enough to work in the studio (greenhouse).  I can't get to the clay as it's hiding behind garden trellis/obelisks/mini greenhouse that is drying out, waiting for painting/water repellent stuff.  I'll be back soon clay, promise.

    1. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      I love this time of the year...Daylight Savings Time goes away. It gets dark early. It cools significantly and I can't spend as much time outdoors with the farm and the garden soooo...more time in the STUDIO,,,yaaay!

  8. Been really heavy smoke in our area-but the tuna fishing offshore has been excellent

  9. 92 degrees in the studio yesterday evening (no A/C), 112F outside as we battle triple digit heat for the next week in Northern CA. Managed to use a piece of 5" crown molding for an interesting  pot profile...

    1. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      Great for some, not for others. I have to keep the mugs under cover...otherwise they dry too fast for the handle installation.

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  10. Does anyone else not like their handles during the making and attachment process, but then really like how they look once they've set up a bit?

    1. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      I find doing handles a real pain so I only do them occasionally and even then, most of the time, they are just OK...

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  11. Many Years Ago Back In High School In the Art  room was a Potters wheel sitting in the corner collecting dust.

    The Art teacher was ant artist and not a Potter, so the wheel was  not being used. One day I asked the teacher if I could use the wheel. I had never done pottery before    So I got some clay and started. I went to the library and took out books on ceramics and throwing on the wheel. When   I started throwing on the wheel a lot of the other Art students   became interested and wanted to    learn how to throw.   The Art teacher saw how good I was at it She asked me to teach others how to throw on the wheel and work with clay.

    I was hooked  .When I graduated I went to  an art college to study ceramics . Lot of things happened in the family and I had to leave  college  and take care of the bumps in life.

    I finally got  back into ceramics a few years later  bought a Kiln and a Randell wheel and  started making pottery for art shows and flee markets.

    Life chained again had to put pottery in the corned again  . I kept my wheel and kiln that  I set up in my home today . I'm slowly digging it out  of the corner   because my son is learning pottery  and im re-hydrating some 50 year old clay for him to use

  12. 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…

    1. 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.

       

       

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  13. :ph34r: -28C, colder tonight

    thanks Siberia

  14. What I am looking to do is find a material/method to fill in the concave space under existing, completed, fired and glazed coffee mugs to get a higher percentage of contact with my mug-warmers.

     

    1. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      It would be a serious fix. Try it on one mug...I would take a grinder to the existing glaze to rough it up...you don't have to remove it all. The resin smell should go away after it is completely dry. Then,after it is completely dry, sand the bottom smooth. Try it out at home before you bring it into the office just to make sure all goes well.

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  15. What I am looking to do is find a material/method to fill in the concave space under existing, completed, fired and glazed coffee mugs to get a higher percentage of contact with my mug-warmers.

     

    1. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      you might try posting this query in the Studio Operations category for a wider response...but since we're here, you might try Bondo...

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  16. 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. 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...:)

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  17. Currently Working at Seattle Pottery Supply. But, I am about to move to Southern Oregon and start my own endeavors. I can't wait to contribute here with my experiments and Home Brew Glazes!

  18. Very jazzed!! I just received  an invitation to participate in a raku firing this spring. I am going to focus  on  vase-like forms (not for water-dry only).   :)

    1. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      Way to go Lee! By then I should have my testing done on sealants for the interior of raku pots and vases. I'm going to be trying rubber based materials like clear FlexSeal to see if I can waterproof my horsehair and other raku pieces...

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

    1. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

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

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  20. drying a large slip cast item - still in the plaster form- is it better to leave it upside down to drop out or will it dry faster right side up?

  21. drying a large slip cast item - still in the plaster form- is it better to leave it upside down to drop out or will it dry faster right side up?

    1. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      You're not dealing with "drying" as much as absorption...once you've poured out the excess slip, depending on the wall thickness of your piece, it should release in about 30-45 minutes...leaving it right side up will help with drying the inside of the piece.

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  22. Got an invite to have a booth at a "handmade only" craft fair--may do it, since it is small and local.

    1. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      Way to go, Lee...I am guessing that the invite is recognition of your skills and quality of your products!

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  23. Cleaned my studio/ workshop Sunday.  My workbench was overflowing with materials from numerous projects, not just clay work, but home improvement projects, my daughter's school project, etc.

    Oddly enough, there wasn't a lot of clay scraps and residue, but a ridiculous amount of cat hair, from a certain feline, who thinks she owns the place...

    1. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      So it would seem that you have the answers to both QOTWs on the board today...:D

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

    1. 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...

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

    1. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      Since they are going to be about twice the diameter, I'll be joining the extrusions like the original smaller vases. I have come up with a die design for the small bud vases that will let me extrude all three tubes as one piece, thus making the fabrication process much faster and more stable. I'll just have to come up with an easy way to cut the angle on the tops of the tubes...

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