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    terrim8 reacted to Min in HTTPS missing on this site   
    Update re https, it is now up and running on this site. 
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    terrim8 reacted to Hulk in Tom Coleman's Decorating Colors   
    might be molded, note the edge detail, looks like a gingerbread cookie that's been pushed into a mold and... uh-oh, now me hungry, bye
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    terrim8 reacted to CactusPots in Tom Coleman's Decorating Colors   
    Coleman has 2 separate glaze books out.  I did a workshop from him a few years ago.  I seriously doubt he uses any commercial glazes at all.
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    terrim8 reacted to LeeU in Plaster Bats? Need Advice.   
    Gotta steal this one! 
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    terrim8 reacted to Mark C. in Plaster Bats? Need Advice.   
    Heres my advice
    Throw a 1# ball of clay on wheel head. Center and lay this down as a flat slab on head as your are at high speed-now you have a flat slab of clay on top of wheel head. Use a fork or wood tool to put some groves into this clay pad as it spins (I'll call it a clay pad from now on)
    slightly wet this pad and stick the plaster bat on top of this pad (forget the pins and remove them from wheel head before any of this)Pins and plaster are no good but the clay pad solves all this.
    I throw on the clay pads for 40 Plus years with all sizes of plaster bats.No pins
    when done for the day use a piece of plastic to cover the wet clay pad for the next time you need it-keep it wet or throw another if it dries out.
    Learn to throw on any level-this is another skill but its not as hard as the others like centering. Use a wide screwdriver or knife to remove bats after throwing the pot.
    You should be able to throw a pot on a any level on wheel head.Do not drag your hands or fingers on bats.
    The grog is the issue it sounds -use a sponge under your fingers or use another smoother clay
    Once you have master the clay pad and plaster combo you will never need a versa bat or any bought system.
    You may wonder how to master throwing on unloved surfaces-well try to make your pad crooked(unloved) and then master throwing on uneven (unlevel surfaces. Its really not hard to center on any thing no matter the height or levelness.
    You do not need to be pro to master any of this-just takes a bit of practice .
    as to some of your issues softer clay will help you and it sounds like you are using to much water
    (Finally, the fact that the bat is 3/4 of an inch higher than the wheel head sort of messes with this hobbyist.)
    This should not matter-just practice
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    terrim8 reacted to LeeU in Qotw: Participants Question Pool For Future Qotw's   
    What is your most unapologetic, shamelessly proud, pat-yourself-on-the-back accomplishment of any type in your ceramics life (a terrific piece, a  great sale, a sharp business strategy, a fine friend made, a good deed done, a land traveled, a discovery---etc. etc.)?  
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    terrim8 reacted to Chilly in Qotw: Participants Question Pool For Future Qotw's   
    Which "newbie question" has most confused/confounded you?  For example, today, I was asked:  Why do you always tell me to do a glaze test before I use it on something real?
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    terrim8 reacted to LeeU in Qotw: Participants Question Pool For Future Qotw's   
    I'd vote for this query to be a new Qotw -it has a beat, you can dance to it. 
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    terrim8 reacted to LeeU in Ceramic Artist Slang   
    Slop & Mop -- for a casual, non-precise approach to applying glaze.
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    terrim8 reacted to Callie Beller Diesel in Ceramic Artist Slang   
    Weird local idiom that I've had to explain to a couple of people: dofer. Pronounced doo-fur. As in "it'll do fer the job."
    It's a word for wood or soda kiln wadding. The story that was told to me was the word started in Nova Scotia and moved to western Canada with various students who spread out and became teachers.
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    terrim8 got a reaction from Hulk in QotW: What is your studio companion lately?   
    podcasts : Marketplace, Planet Money, Freakanomics - its all so interesting & entertaining
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    terrim8 reacted to LeeU in QotW: What is your studio companion lately?   
    A rat took up residence in my studio (a converted bedroom in my old-ish mobil home)  while I was out of town for a couple of weeks.  He ate--completely destroyed--the good welder's gloves with the extended cuffs for stoking the big anagama kiln.  He ate my leather studeo shoes. He ate all things cardboard. He ate my foam core and one dry wall shelf board. He ate a plasaic  texture roller. He ate through the old semi-crumbling cement foundation (!) to get in and out. He did not eat any food. I did not have a cat. I highly recommend that you add a second cat. 
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    terrim8 reacted to Denice in QotW: What is your studio companion lately?   
    I use to have a television on or a radio and my dog sleeping next to me.   Now that my husband has retired  he is in and out of my studio hanging around,  borrowing a tool or just cooling down.  I have to really concentrate on what I am working on because of all of the new distractions.    I don't mind him getting out of the heat,  the garage isn't air conditioned,   I will get use to our new life eventually.  Denice
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    terrim8 reacted to Hulk in QotW: What is your studio companion lately?   
    … reflections on 61+ years in this life, local Public Radio, KPIG (also radio), mp3 library - all through 6.1 surround sound, the local birds (when door is open), passing neighbors, an' good ol' Jack the Nanday conure.

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    terrim8 reacted to Min in Defloculated slip   
    Epsom salts work as a flocculant so what’s happening is it’s making the slip look thicker but it’s not changing the ratio of solids to water in the slip. To make a thickened slip for trailing or raised slip decoration you need a slip that is low in water content so it doesn't crack or flatten out while drying.
    Darvan is a deflocculant, as is sodium silicate (which is usually used in combination with soda ash). Adding a deflocculant will make the slip “thinner” and more watery looking so you then can add dry claybody to thicken it up. 
    Add some Darvan to the slip so you can increase the clay content in the slip without increasing the water content. You just need a tiny bit of Darvan, depending on the amount of slip you have, for a cup of slip a few drops up to 1/4 teaspoon of Darvan should be enough. Give the slip a stir after adding the Darvan and the slip will go "thin" and watery looking. Now add as much powdered dry claybody as you need to get it to the thickness you want.
    Darvan causes the clay particles to repel each other so even though you haven’t added any more water the slip will be “thinner”. With epsom salts the opposite happens, the clay particles are attracted to each other therefore the slip will thicken. You can use sodium silicate plus soda ash in place of Darvan. (same principle for using a flocculant or deflocculant in glazes)
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    terrim8 reacted to Callie Beller Diesel in QotW: What would your tool kit for doing shows include?   
    Hmmm. I have a simplified kit for outdoor shows, and a few more added items for indoor ones. (You'd think it'd be the other way around!) Mostly my outdoor work is a weekly farmer's markets, and the odd night market. Indoor shows here are more the norm. The outdoor stuff is mostly street festivals here.
    The simplified kit has:
    business cards, an assortment of writing implements including chalk for some display signs, price stickers (mugs mostly), Square chip reader, backup swiper, credit card payment signs, note paper, email sign up forms, duct tape, packing tape, dressmaker's T pins for tablecloths, scissors, utility knife, multi tool, string, wire, sandpaper and a Kemper stone, business card holder, tissues, lip balm, gum, pocket container of Advil, 2-3 band aids, hand warmers and 2 vitamin c powder envelopes, 3-4 cough candies and a cash apron with float. All this fits in a train case that I found at a thrift store. I have another box for table risers and sandbags to prop bowls on so people can see inside, 2 sizes of paper bags and tissue, my main table cloth and a sign.
    For indoor shows, there's more boxes of booth accoutrements, like my lighting setup including extension cords, power bars and Velcro ties (moving away from zip ties because I only need them for cord control), additional risers and sandbags, additional table cloths, curtains, s hooks to hang curtains from pipe and drape....
    I think that's it.
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    terrim8 reacted to Benzine in Very paranoid about Silicosis   
    Speak for yourself!  I'll have you know, that I've seen every episode of House, most of them several times...
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    terrim8 reacted to Min in Self-reliant alternative to buying kiln shelves? Historical approaches?   
    I think it's really laudable to think outside the box and try to figure out a way to fire without shelves but there are times when you just need to spend the money and buy the necessary gear. Cost of shelves versus a firing of subpar work? The only alternative to shelves or stacking pots with wadding between them I can think of is to use saggers but given the description of your work that doesn't sound like an option. 

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    terrim8 reacted to LeeU in QotW: Qotw : What name would you ascribe to the current period of art history that began in 2000?   
    I'm not sure that a contemporaneous period, or movement, is possible to be named and categorized while still unfolding and in motion.  History, to me, is an amalgam of hindsight with a mix of alleged and actual facts shoring it up. It is always a bit twisted---sometimes very, very twisted.  I don't see art history as being exempt from the ways in which history (formed from records, opinions & observations, critiques, all kinds of analysis, supposition,  explanations, and relational interpretations) may be, and has been,  "used" as a political, cultural,  socioeconomic, even religious, dynamic that affects entire populations and subgroups, sometimes quite negatively (think post-Soviet actionist art). There are deep roots and reasons why the general U.S. population was initially disgusted with and fearful of the emergence of "abstract" art.  People had to be taught how to be "the viewer", how to enter a new visual reality, how to participate in the dialogue, how to "appreciate" what made no sense to them.  Once history has blessed an art movement/period with the names of the identified heroes and generated enough money to give it credence, even the most impenetrable or nonsensical works, the most blatantly naked emperors, get to assertively confound us with challenges to our discernment of what is art and what is artifice.  Most of us can't tell 'em apart, but once we slap a label on the period or movement in question, it's pretty well settled. One hopes that there is a strong core of intelligence and benign creativity when articulating an art movement or period and that art historians may bless us with insights and context, and not leave us in the dark (think of Ai Weiwei and the urn--you have to understand it to understand it). 
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    terrim8 reacted to Bill Kielb in kiln building   
    Only thing I see is in agreement that Catenary are self supporting and yours appears to be hemispherical which generally requires buttressing.
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    terrim8 reacted to Mark C. in QotW: What skill outside of pottery making has helped you most in your pursuit of making pottery?   
    Yes its skills for me to
    Building kilns, plumbing skills(gas pipe) ,electrical skills, mechanical skills,problem solving as well.
    Along came business skills as well they where learned over time. Also saving and buying in bulk. Whether its 5 gallons of honey or 5 gallons of pottery wax -same deal really.
    also living within your means was major.
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    terrim8 reacted to Hulk in opinions about BIGCERAMICSTORE   
    Good experiences so farrr with Aardvark (Santa Ana, CA) via email, telephone, an' in person; also US Pigment (Midwest somewhar - save many bucks on cobalt carbonate).
    Not much available near our home; could be takes a metro area to support a ceramic store, and/or lower rents... The CSU (in SLO) has a ceramic lab anyone can walk into and buy Laguna clay ~$14/bag (a year ago); an art store has a few bags of cone 10 Laguna clay at you kiddin'me prices; basic tools can are available at several places.
    izzat Bracker's CP? 30% off Kemper tools this month, 20% offa wheels an' such, hmm, thanks!
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    terrim8 reacted to liambesaw in non-yellowing wax or polish for smoked pottery   
    Time Traveller I see
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