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  1. I couldn't have read this at a more perfect time. Thank you so much. "How luck I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard." -Harley Weigle
  2. Check out my newest post into the philosphy section of the forum. Would love to hear how clay has shaped you as an individual and your story in cermaics!

    1. glazenerd


      I read your post- glad to have new blood and new energy among us. You will go far in this biz.

    2. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      I read your post and it reminded me of many funny comments from my 50+ years in Clay. From the staff at Studio Potter decades ago, How did you get started in Clay? ANS. Jewelry class was full. Good to hear stories from others in clay. Good to ear yours. I add a link to my post with photos of the early potters wheel in action, the granite kiln the pots were fired in plus a finished pot.


  3. Hello Everyone, My senior year of high school I saw a potters wheel for the first time.I can strangely still picture it like it was yesterday. I was looking at this clay boss wheel white with a brown splash pan. Sat on cardboard to catch any mess thrown from it's surface. In that very moment and up until then I had NEVER seen anyone use one or had I ever paid any kind of attention to ceramics. But there was the strangest sensation that had rushed over my body. I NEEDED to figure out what this was and how I could use and make with it. I had the strangest connection with this machine that I had never seen before seen or used but undoubtedly there was a connection. I signed up for a class and have been with it ever since. Now I am days away from the end of my bachelor's degree in Fine Arts concentrating in Ceramics, I have demonstrated for other students at that very same high school, I have studied under a master potter, I have gotten the pleasure of meeting masters in the field, and I have even been blessed to present undergraduate research at an hour co-lecture with my professor at NCECA this past year in Portland Oregon. For the past five years I have been fortunate and naive enough to think that I have been able to shape and form clay from this earth on a potters wheel all why this same machine has been shaping and forming me into the man I have and will continue to become. With all of that said; what is your story? How has clay and the potters wheel shaped you in ways that you could never imagined? P.S. Please don't hesitate to tell us your story. I would love to read where you have been and where our journey has taken you. -Harley Weigle Shippesnburg University 2017
  4. Thank you very much D. Clay! I will certainly have to purchase the Gail Nichols book and I have pm'd you as well. Thank you very much for all of the info. My email should also be in the pm.
  5. Thank you for the suggestions! I have Ruthanne's book I will most certainly have to look into the others! Thanks again!
  6. Marcia and B.Pottery, I do understand that there are erosive qualities to soda and salt firing that could potentially ruin the kiln that I had purchased. However, I should have mentioned that I did plan to put an ITC or refractory coating on the kiln. I did look for others in and around my community that salt fire and unfortunately there is just no one within my reach to access. I do have Ruthanne's book and I believe the recipe you are talking about is from Jay Lacouture which is: 1 Part Fireclay, 1 Part Portland Cement, 1/2 Part Sand, 2 Parts Coars Sawdust and 2 Parts Vermiculite. Thank you!
  7. Hi Everyone! I recently bought a large old electric kiln for re purposing into a propane fired soda kiln. I have successfully done so (reaching cone 10) by turning it into a downdraft similar to Simon Leach's online video tutorials. BUT this is where I would love some assistance. I know nothing what so ever about soda firing. Does anyone have any tips or information on the following: -Soda Recipes For Spraying into Kiln -Glaze Recipes -Flashing Slip Recipes -Wadding -Soda Firing in General -Books -Reduction Cooled Soda? -Anything..... Thank you I am incredibly grateful for any and all responses, Harley Weigle Shippensburg University Fine Arts Undergrad
  8. Hello Everyone, I would like to develop and understanding of the whys and hows concerning gas fired kilns. I don't necessarily have questions I just want to fully understand and gather as much information as possible. If anyone could give me any insights or resources, such as books, to the following subjects I would be incredibly grateful! 1. Downdraft & Updraft Kilns 2. Forced Air Vs. Natural Draft Kilns 3. Flame Paths Inside Kilns 4. BTU Distribution Inside Kilns Thank you very much! -Harley
  9. Hello Everyone, At the campus I currently attend I work with multiple graduate students that come from different areas of the college (I, myself, am a ceramics major) . Each and everyone one of them have a thesis statement that they are currently working on for their studies whether it be to do with biology, chemistry, or etc. As someone who would like to the pursue the possibilities of continuing my education in ceramics by attending a graduate program; my question is do Ceramic graduate students also create a thesis question? If so, have any of you created a thesis when you went to obtain you MFA, and if you wouldn't mind sharing what was your thesis when you went to graduate school? Thanks, Harley
  10. Biglou, Awesome! Thank you very much it makes since that would be best. I am curious to know since I have just purchased a mixer and small bluebird pug mill and will soon start these studio practices for myself and my own business. Thanks, Harley
  11. Neil: Our pug mill has been broken for the past year so I have not been able to pug the clay after I have mixed it.I am extremely grateful for the solution that you have provided and will try both aging longer and mixing at a wetter consistency and then drying to a workable state. With that being said I have another question. Is there any benefits to one over the other. Does allowing a slurry to dry to a workable consistency yield a better clay body than mixing a workable body and then running it through a de-airing pug mill? Assuming both ways allow the same amount of time for the aging process? Harley
  12. Hey Everyone! This is the first time that I have been on here and I am extremely looking forward to being a part of this amazing online community! Buuut most importantly I have a clay question for all of our leading clay experts and home clay mixers out there. For about three years now I have been mixing a cone 10 stoneware body of clay for a college university (I am an undergraduate ceramics major and studio assistant here.) and over the three years time doing so I've notice that the clay doesn't really have any plasticity to it. When I throw with this body it seems and feels porous. It doesn't stretch well and certainly doesn't throw for good bowls. Lastly, I can not use it for handles on attachments. When I pull and then shape the handles it simply cracks where the curve of the handle begins. When I make the clay I typically allow it to sit for about two weeks before I use it but this does not seem to solve the problem either. The formula I use to make the body is as follows: Hawthorn Bonding- 5 Parts Foundry Hill- 5 Parts Red Art- 1 Part Ball Clay- 2 Parts Feldspar- 1 Part Fine Grog- 1.5 Parts If anyone could give me any tips on how I could achieve a greater plasticity like the Cone 10 Stoneware that you can buy from clay suppliers that would be extremely helpful! Thanks Again, Harley
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