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  1. Colleges today loan out their video equipment, laptops, chrome books like they would in their campus libraries. Since we are staying home and learning online during this pandemic, would it be too crazy for a college ceramics studio to invest in purchasing some table top potters wheels as part of their ceramics studio equipment and loan them out to only enrolled students for the current semester. The students set up a work area at home for the table top wheel and the instructor schedules zoom meetings, teaching wheel throwing online. The studio lab techs would post and email a firing s
  2. After World War II, some American G.I.'s decided to stay and live in the countries they deployed in during the war. In Japan there were a few that were potters. Anyone know the history of these potters?
  3. Has anyone use any of the 3 types of kilns to do a green ware pit firing in their backyard at home? Anyone care to share their step-by-step loading and firing techniques.
  4. I teach senior adults under a community college which offers zero unit ceramics courses in a Health services program. With the corona virus shutdown, I've discussed with another ceramics instructor the idea of having students work outside of the studio. We discussed a major safety issue and we've decided not to encourage working outside of the studio environment. The students can no longer go to a studio that's well-equipped that has safety rules, offers buying clay, clay tools, equipment like potters wheels and a slab roller, glazes and kilns. The safety issue is wherever each student
  5. Thank you for your response. The classes are offered through a community college and all of my students rely on attending classes at a well equipped studio that has a safety rules. Because of the corona virus, many students will want to work at home, in the kitchen, garage, or patio. They may not be practicing the same studio safety rules at home, one of which is creating clay dust. I cannot encourage working at home. I could get in trouble if a student gets sick by inhaling dust. So going back to the issue of how to teach a hands-on clay class online, is it possible?
  6. I teach ceramic students at a senior citizen community where the art curriculum is division of a community college's health services program. Our art program shut down two weeks ago because of the coronavirus. The 3 courses I instruct are ceramics related. They are 0 credit courses. Our program director has asked the faculty to teach our courses online. How do you teach a beginning potters wheel class online? A basic hand building class online? All I can think of is having my students view a list of You Tube ceramics videos. Suggestions, recommendations, comments welcomed. For
  7. Years ago, I saw a mini raku kiln made from soft bricks and fired with a Mapp gas torch. A top loader, only space for loading one pot at a time, using a half brick as a damper. The raku pots were small, about 2" x 3" and would only take about 10 minutes to fire, The post reduction container was a tin coffee can. I can't remember how it was built. Anyone have an idea of how to build one? It reminds me of a small rocket stove.
  8. Gabby, thank you for your response. In your response I've highlighted a sentence in bold lettering that you have taught students with disabilities. Even though this student has told me about her disability, she chooses not to declare her disability status to the college's disabilities office, therefore no accommodations have been issued. In my many years of teaching, have not taught anyone with this student's disability, nor do I have the expertise in guiding someone with her disability.
  9. Another encounter with the same problem female student. Towards the end of last Spring semester, the female student was enrolled in my advance ceramics class. In one of my last class meetings, as the students were just finishing their glazing of their projects, some students were just sitting around because they were already finished with completing their glazing, I decided to show a CD of a famous ceramic potter. The CD included some background music that irritated this student, so she told me she would remove herself from the class until I finished showing the CD. When she came b
  10. What's the percentage of potters in the U.S. that their only income is making their living exclusively selling their pots?
  11. I've seen the beautiful results of some of Tom Coleman's pots (see attachment jpeg) that I'm assuming he has applied by trailing the decorating colors. Has anyone use these colors? I read on Aardvark Clay and Supplies website that these colors are applied on glazed bisque ware, so after the glaze(s) are applied on the bisqued pot, then the glazed pot is re-bisqued fired and then the over glaze trailing of these colors. Is this the application sequence of the colors? Can these colors be applied over a glaze? Any suggestions?
  12. Oooopppsss! Your glaze suggestions are for reduction firings. Thank you for those who replied.
  13. There's about 25 different glazes stored in 2 and 5 gallon buckets in a community center studio. They have accumulated because the advance students wanted to try them out. Some more popular than others. Some have dried out. Want to scale back and start fresh. Looking for suggestions or recommendations for 6 to 8 basic cone 10 glazes to start off for beginning students that are stable and take oxide/stain brush decoration well.
  14. The challenge for me is the problem student will immediately take action to confront what is bugging/ annoying the problem student. I'm the last one to find out after the confrontation between a student has happened. The problem student has ignored to let me know what is the issue that is bothersome. In a enrollment ratio of 35 to 1, it's tough to know what's going on in the studio with each student's focus. I'll have to be firm in the conduct consequences if the problem student disruptions persist.
  15. I forgot to mention that there are a handful of students that are friends of the problem student in class. They are not close friends, just friends in class. These students at one time or another witnessed the student disruptions and some of these students have tried to talk to the problem student, but they get nowhere and the student continues the disruptive actions. I've seen some of these students will move away from working next to the problem student, who doesn't realize being the cause of alienation. I'm talking to these students to see if they would consent to being a witness to
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