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  1. Still time to get in on the QOTW. Are you an artist because of your family environment[genetics], or because of your surroundings? I want to thank everyone who contributed their personal stories. I always like a good story. Thanks to Evelyn for letting me but in with a great idea for the week. Tom.
  2. Long story. My great grandmother was an Austin-as in Austin cars-Austin -Healy, Austin Cambridge. She was a millionare-her family was that is. She fell in love with the gardener and was disowned. So we didn't inherit the money, we inherited the green thumb. My sisters both garden as well. TJR.
  3. Well, the studio feeds my spirit. Even just knowing that I have a place to work is energizing. Of course most of the creativity happens in my head. You want a place where you are not always moving tools or other junk to get to a flat surface. Having to always put stuff away can be draining as well. I go out there, the heat is on[in winter], I hop on my wheel and start making. TJR.
  4. Hi TJR, is that by weight or by volume? Sorry; didn't see this question. It's by volume to get a thick paste like cement. Once you make the repair, I toss the spooze as the sugar will make it stink. Tom.
  5. Mark is right. You are asking the material to do something that it is not meant to do. Look into slip casting from a mold. TJR.
  6. Dh; That's a tough story. I have taught many a student in my high school art classes who may not persue a career in art because of their culture or parents. They are forced to do statistics, or accounting. Nothing wrong with those directions, but if you have an artistic bone in your body, this is where unhappiness starts. TJR.
  7. Vinks; Great quote. I often find myself standing and staring. Looking at sun flowers at the moment. Some in my yard. Some in my garden.They are beautiful, and none the same. TJR.
  8. I'm getting better at mine. It is 40 feet by 35. I have to step up and keep up with the weeds as the president of the garden society has the plot next to me. Every year gets better, and I think about it all winter long. I am currently picking cucumbers, bush beans, peas and tomatoes. TJR.
  9. There is some funny stuff on here. Don't be embarassed. Keep them coming. TJR.
  10. Evelyne; I also look at gardening as being creative. I have a large garden by the river and am out there every morning. I can hear the bush beans rumbling from here. T.
  11. Grype; I think you hit the nail on the head here. I think almost everyone is visual or relates in a visual way some how. Picture the lecture where the guy gets up and reads the text from his Power Point. Way more interesting a talk if you include pictures of what you are talking about.Art is still not that valued in school for some reason, but in industry people are crying out for creative people. TJR.
  12. For green try your 100 grams of white slip as a powder in a paper coffee cup 1. For green add 2% copper carb. and 2% chrome. 2.For blue add 1/2 a percent cobalt carb . to another cup of your dry white slip. You will not be able to see the colour change. You may want to add a blue mason stain,to see the blue, but I don't. I just remember. TJR. Don't forget to test, test, test. I am sure there are many books with slip recipes in them.
  13. So screening is not necessary if you mix well, say with a stationary blender or stick blender? Are there other mixing alternatives that would be satisfactory for larger volumes? What is the largest batch you would use a stick blender on? I would always screen through a sieve. If you ball mill your glaze, you can make large amounts depending on the size of the ball mill.The glaze comes out at 200 mesh after ball milling. TJR.
  14. So was the issues that the smoke was coming from the Kiln that set off the fire alarm? You do not want to be pouring water on a hot kiln. you could scald yourself as the water will instantly turn to steam. TJR. far better to be electrocuted Min; I would rather die of old age, thank-you. T.
  15. ShellS; Welcome to the forum. Everyone feels isolated at some point. I live in a mid-size Canadian city, in the very middle of Canada. I work alone in my cadillac of a studio. The closest big city to us is Minneapolis which is 500miles south. I gotta say that I have really enjoyed this forum. You will see that I am on it all the time. I have made some great friends here. So, Welcome. TJR.
  16. I agree. Especially if she does not return the purchase, Tom.
  17. GEP; I do make pie dishes and I use a coarser clay than my regular white Laguna. There is some grog in the body. Good for casseroles and pie dishes. I always state to the buyer not to put the piece on direct heat and heat up slowly in the oven. I do not have any sand or coarse material coming off my pieces. I say return it for your money back or exchange for something different. TJR.
  18. You do want coarser clay for oven ware to handle the heat shock. She has added sand into her clay. It should not be coming off the bottom. I am assuming that the inside is glazed so not a problem there. If this sand issue bothers you, contact her and ask for your money back. TJR.
  19. So was the issues that the smoke was coming from the Kiln that set off the fire alarm? You do not want to be pouring water on a hot kiln. you could scald yourself as the water will instantly turn to steam. TJR.
  20. Good to know. Slate worked great for me, as it is semi porous. T
  21. Three nations. We don't have Karo syrup in Canada either. T.
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