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  1. You should have worn that helmet. Was there a question in here somewhere? TJR.
  2. I mentioned my plan B a while back on another thread. I am going to fake my own death and then go to the Coromandel peninsula in New Zealand and live in a shack that I build out of driftwood. Trouble is.. I told too many people about the faking my own death part. Anonymous.
  3. I think you just took your old furnace and strapped it on. I don't think you are really making a suit. T.
  4. I've got a crap load of old earthenware clay, bagged up, rock hard dry that I am going to reconstitute and then fire Majolica. But then those stoneware and porcelain glazes keep sucking me back in. So beautiful...so little time.. so beautiful...[sound fades out]. TJR.
  5. Mark; you have to shorten the neck, or you will cut your nose off. TJR.
  6. We called them boat anchors in art school. We had the older male student who was doing his degree one evening course at a time. Ceramics was his last course. He had a really thick bowl, stoneware, that was about a foot across. He asked our prof what he should do with it. Prof says;" Fill it with concrete, attach a chain to it and use it as a boat anchor." Next week;"Remember that big heavy bowl I had? I took your advice, and filled it with concrete. Works great as a boat anchor." Hence the name. That was the class of 1975. It's been forty years since art school for me. TJR.
  7. Great looking shelves,Mark. You must feel very satisfied, as winter is coming. I am pulling all my tomatoes today, as Jack Frost is coming soon. Question; What do you do with those buckets of old glaze that never worked out? Can you dump them down the drain? TJR.
  8. I think you could just stick it in your next load of bisque. Should burn right off. TJR.
  9. The funny part of that story is that somebody actually sold this person a green,unfired pot and got away with it. It wasn't me!
  10. Mark, you animal, you. Hate to break it to you, but not all animals have beards. What about lizards? TJR.
  11. I used to used coarse black cotton thread. Now I use dental floss. I have had the same piece for probably 10 years. Works great for cutting lids off the hump. I don't throw much else off the hump as the bottoms crack. Must be a flaw with my clay. i suggest that you give the floss another go. TJR.
  12. I guess teaching would be my plan B. I have always taught art, so would not want to teach English or something else. Maybe I would retire. TJR.
  13. Pres; In Canada, we have 5 pin bowling. No holes in the bowling balls, which are smaller. you could always move up here. TJR.
  14. You mean Clint Eastwood divorced her? Ha,ha! Still don't like her acting ability. T.
  15. Well, I kind of went through this myself. Three years ago I got my right hip replaced. could not stand, so could not teach high school. Could not walk without a cane. Could not sit at my Brent wheel. I did a bunch of stuff-press molded planters, some slab trays, some collages. The time went, but it was not the same.Got my new hip that November. I was off work for a year and 3 months. Luckily, I was able to collect long-term dissability insurance. Unfortunately, with 3 teenagers at home, the 80% salary did not make ends meet. One positive benefit of the surgery, is that I am not allowed to va
  16. When we came back from a techer exchange to Australia, my wife said;"Time to get a dog."Our three kids were old enough that they could take care of a pet. We have a standard poodle named Kalista after a town in Australia that we liked. NOT named after Kalista Flockart, Clint Eastwood's no talent wife. I am allergic to cats and dogs, so it had to be a poodle. TJR.
  17. Yoy need flexible metal piping. Do not use the plastic pipe traditionally used for dryers. Your kiln will be too hot for this. TJR.
  18. I live here. Ha,ha. Why don't you come out from Calgary? Tom. I was looking at how I could get off work to go. I will at least take in the slide lectures and the pot luck.
  19. Mitch Lyons is the man. He uses a huge slab of clay. Paints slips and oxides on. Uses lots of texture. He prints on Tyvek. You can get Tyvek without the big "Tyvek" word across it. That would kind of ruin your print. TJR.
  20. My handles don't get hot and they are clay. You pull them from the back end opposite the spout. See gallery. TJR.
  21. Chilly; This is why I went into pottery instead of painting at Art School. The rest is history. TJR.
  22. I agree that it's easier to dponge off from bisgue. You could probably go 1 spoon Ger Bor 2 spoons RIO. I would try black stain instead if you are going under a clear glaze. TJR.
  23. I agree with Ben. Purchase your glazes for cone 06. You can bisque in the bottom of the kiln while firing glaze in the top. I teach high school as well. I use Duncan commercial glazes. TJR.
  24. Carolyn; I did not think that this was a silly question. I also knew the answer, so jumped in. Welcome to the forum. Please ask as many questions as you wish. Someone here will know the answer. TJR.
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