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About Pres

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    Retired Art Teacher
  • Birthday 08/20/1949

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    Central, PA
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    Camping, kayaking, family, travel, Art in general. I have a small studio in my garage. Two electric kilns, two wheels, wedging table etc. I am primarily interested in cone 6 Ox. but like to see what is going on at all ranges. Read about ceramics voraciously and love the feel of the clay and throwing. Have to admit that my greatest joy is in the making, not the glazing. That said I do mix my own glazes, some of my own formulas, some borrowed. Retired from teaching art, in 2009 after 36 years, taught ceramics 34 of those years.

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  1. On the other side of the discussion is the fact that things can be learned from using "failures". I have often used a mug, bowl or teapot that I did not like to see how it worked. Often you learn that a quirk in a handle even though visibly does not look good actually feels good. So, if it does not leak, if it holds up, if it is not going to endanger your health. . . try it for a while, learn about it, and then discard it. best, Pres
  2. Christina, alas, I think you have to make a judgement call on this. Even though these menders will work part of the time, it is not assured. Most of us that have worked over the years have found it best just to redo the original work. Hard for those starting out, but most times the best answer. This question has been brought up many times, and a query on the main page will search all forum strands. Here is one strand that covers the topic similar to yours. best, Pres
  3. I have been using bowls fired at ^6 with different ^6 bodies, and all of them are holding up very well. Some of these bowls are over 20 years old, and my wife uses a mixer in them for whipping cream, mixing and baking buffalo chicken dip, and many other things that need to be mixed such as cookie dough. best, Pres
  4. To all of you out there in the west coast zones, STAY SAFE! best, Pres
  5. @Callie Beller Dieselrecently queried in the QotW pool: I think we need a thread on all the intrepid studio pets out there! How many dogs out there are eating dried trimmings? Any cats insisting on “collaborating” while the clay is wet, or on photo day? I really haven't had any pets in the shop, so I can't attest to the animals getting into the shop. Ohh wait, there was one incident several years ago. We have a garage that I have claimed as my shop. It is brick, and had an old door, that sometimes in the weather would blow open. I had it happen one winter, and did not notice it, probably for a
  6. Years ago, I had some pieces that blew out in the bottom. I ground out the base area and created cup forms for the bases. These did fit together well, and the join area tapered as it was did not look like anything more than an undercut line on the foot ring. It worked, but with all the effort it took, I decided that future problems like that were best solved by throwing a new one. However, the effort taught me a few things about precision, wet/dry shrinkage and joining. best, Pres
  7. Of course if it is battery votive, no problem. best, Pres
  8. I position my gauge on the left side of the wheel in the front. This is out of the way for most things. At the same time, when throwing plates I really don't use a gauge instead I use the bat edges and then pull my rim up appropriately. Alternatively, you could rig a tray to slide your gauge into. Anchor the tray some way, and slide the gauge in and out when needed. best, Pres
  9. @Callie Beller Diesel, Years ago, probably in the early 80's, I bought a set of cookie cutters themed on the 12 days of Christmas. They were high quality vinyl/plastic and had ribbed decoration to decorate details in the cookies. A little alteration in them made them perfect for slab Christmas ornaments. We only stained them, and added a nice red or green bow to them and gave them to the support staff at the HS for all their service as Christmas gifts. Much appreciated, and I still hang some on our tree. Wish I could find the set, as it got lost in moving years back. best, Pr
  10. I have been throwing casseroles, bowls and other items for use in the oven and microwave for years. Most of these are with ^6 stoneware from SC. I have made some mistakes mostly by using large range firing stoneware bodies that did not fully vitrify at ^6. The 112, and the 620 or even the Hazelnut brown seemed to work well in the oven. We use bowls to bake in, and make buffalo chicken dip, apple bakers for the oven or microwave, teapots that I heat water in the microwave, and some fish platters and other low wall pieces. I think in the long run with a good liner glaze, a sturdy piece wi
  11. Most of the powered kick wheels that I have used, have had AC motors for cheaper solution. The thought of a DC, moves this into a more full time sort of operation, and would mean more in the way of working the foot pedal even if you would have one. It certainly does not seem like it would have to be operated the same as the traditionalonal motorized kick wheel. best, Pres
  12. Hi folks, no new questions in the question pool, so I will pose one for you hand builders. QotW: When slab building, do you use a form , work from a template, or from scratch? I used to teach all ages of children during my career, either HS when in the regular year, or middle school and elementary in Summers and after regular school hours. During this time I taught using slump molds, hump molds, rock forms, and other ways of creating pottery over a form with a slab. I also taught my HS students to do front, side and top projections to base measurements on to create geometric forms like
  13. The amount of alterations needed to the electric putty gun are very minimal, just a matter of sanding down the inside pieces on the plunger and getting a piece of tubing and end piece from the hardware store. best, Pres
  14. Yup, Dr.s involved with all of my decisions, but I am proactive about my health going in with questions for answers. Have had to since there have been some mistakes in the past. Just had xrays for hands, and will see what is recommended, and what I will be willing to risk. No one told us that the Golden Years were tarnished! best, Pres
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