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Sammule

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  1. Drifting back on the forums. I miss this place.

    1. Evelyne Schoenmann

      Evelyne Schoenmann

      welcome back Sammule. What is holding you back?

  2. One of my constant battles is reclaiming the vast amount of dried clay I inherited when I started teaching here (four 55 gallon drums, plus countless bags hidden here and there). My workstudy helper also has a sensitivity to mold, and she breaks out with little red splotches when moving the slaked slop to the plaster bats. She tried gloves but they didn't last, so the method that worked best for her was applying hand lotion up to her elbows. It seemed to lessen the reaction. Now her stern, strict, no nonsense faculty supervisor, who is really a big softy, makes sure the slop is drying on the bats before her working hours begin.
  3. Is this to be used on the keyboard as a replacement? Or for something else, like jewelry? If it's to fit the keyboard, don't forget the shrinkage rate, so if you used the "+" stem pushed into clay, and then fired it would very likely be too small.
  4. Being of the "do it my own self" mindset, one of my favorite books that is a treasure trove of information is: The Potter's Alternative, by Harry Davis. It covers in depth processing local clay, making wheels, pugmills, ball mills, pyrometric cones, just to name a few. If you enjoy making your own way, this is a must read.
  5. I still give a select few some work. One of which is my father who is a rough and tumble mechanic who lives a very simple meager life, BUT has always had a fascination with fruit juicers. This one nicety juxtaposed against the grease stained knuckles has always intrigued me. I make him one every year. His matter of factness about my first attempt years ago was refreshing. My journey of clay has weirdly allowed us to get closer. (He made me my first wheel, without ever seeing one before. His way of saying "I approve son".)
  6. Pres, I have been told by some co-workers that they would go the MA route, They stress online, and quickness and ease... I don't care about quickness or how easy this thing is. I really want to immerse myself in the program (the inner struggle I am having, will I get the chance to immerse myself with a low residency?), besides if in the future if I get the opportunity to advance or want to apply to a four year school, a terminal degree is almost mandatory, and at this point the MFA is it. Thanks Marcia, I have a couple of programs in mind. Do you have an opinion on traditional MFA vs Low Residency? Pros? Cons? What did you get out of grad school? Will a low residency format allow those same experiences?
  7. I am toying with the idea of pursuing my MFA. I do have an interesting situation, in that I am a full time tenured instructor at a local college. (FYI: all faculty here have the job title of instructor, even the 30 year veterans with PhD's.) Herein lies the problem, I can't or actually don't dare leave my position to attain the degree, which leaves me with the option of a "low residency" type MFA. First the facts, then my questions: 1.) Dual BFA grad, (graphic design & ceramics) 2.) Employer will pay up to $200 a credit hour for professional development. 3.) Current salary based on two criteria, experience and degree. 4.) While I feel this opportunity is a no brainer, I honestly don't care about degrees, or pay scales, I do however want the experience for nothing else than furthering my skill/knowledge/body of work. 5.) I am not being pressured by the powers to be at all. Now for the questions: 1.) Do any of you have experience with a low residency program? 2.) I feel like I will "miss out" and not really get the grad school experience, I'm thinking about the relationships (impromptu critiques, influence, etc.) of fellow grad students. I feel as though I will be at my home studio doing my thing like a recluse, which is ok, but I'm already doing that. Thoughts? 3.) Do you think a low residency program can compete with a traditional MFA? 4.) Would you bite the bullet and go for it? Thank you for your time. -Sam
  8. I save everything on the desktop, everything. Once my desktop is piled full, I make a new folder, label the date and drag everything into it! However, I very rarely if ever dip into the "clean up" folders. So horrible.
  9. Marvin, unicorns do exist! I saw an ad on Craigslist for not one but THREE new computer controlled Skutt kilns. And THREE Pacifica GT800 wheels. They were all located at a USAF base and (sadly) due to budget cuts they were offered to the public. They took bids and as luck would have it, I was offered a chance at all three kilns, and two wheels. I could only afford one kiln, but bought both wheels. When I went to pick them up, (after getting finger printed and escorted to the right building) I was amazed at the pristine condition of the items. I asked about all the bats, they informed me they were "lids", I showed the guys how they went on the wheelhead. They said "I guess they go with the wheels after all, take 'em." So I acquired 50+ new bats! I then was asked if I knew what all the other stuff was, like a brand new never used (or so it looks) Northstar Super Series slab roller. I explained how it works, how to adjust, etc. The guys who were in charge of liquidating the equipment then offered the slab roller to me for $50! Our little truck looked like the Joad's in the Grapes of Wrath. All told I got all this for the price of one new wheel. Good deals do exist, but they are few and far between. (Much like unicorns) Happy Hunting!
  10. My guess is cut from a slab and soften edges with a sponge?
  11. +1 on government surplus. I hit a veritable gold mine when I purchased mine. HOWEVER, some deals are too good to be true, watch the volt requirements. I had a 3 phase given to me, but I couldn't use it.
  12. I agree with Judith B, I love to trim. Something about trying to catch the clay right at that perfect dryness where the clay flies from the tool in long ribbons. Trance-like, at least that's my excuse when I trim through the bottom. I was hypnotized. Honest! Chattering? Not my fave. It's a cool technique, better but similar to the "Steve Tool" which the novelty passed quickly.
  13. Bittersweet. One of the last glaze loads for the semester is around 2200°, patiently waiting, reflecting. Hope some students keep exploring.

    1. Benzine

      Benzine

      Must be nice. For my class, we are done building this Friday, then glazing all of next week. The kiln will be going nonstop.

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