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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. @akilspots, I wonder if the better question is how many pots before you become a potter. To me casual is a matter of choice, especially if you have job that provides all that you need. Then again, as a retired teacher, part time production potter, and now casual potter now it is a matter of need. It is the need of any other addict, you just can't walk away especially if the feel of the clay in your fingers precedes the feeling of pride from a fine well thrown, aesthetically pleasing, well glaze piece of pottery. best, Pres
  2. There exist many different variations of skill here, and at the same time experience differs immensely. I once took a job to create 2K small cup like pots for a conference. I am not a production potter, but took the job as a problem to solve in my benefit. It took learning to throw well off the hump with a different form of opening up and throwing. I have not done such since as I am not that guy that can sit at the wheel and throw hundreds of the same pot. Many here have taken one or two classes in college or at high school and want to do more. They don't speak up, same as when the
  3. Hi folks, as I have not noticed a new question in the QotW pool, I will pose one. I have been thinking of the question last week involving studio habits that folks adhere to, and wonder about those studio habits that have been warned against. What you say?? The idea started the other day when I carried in a box of clay to the house. Clearly printed on the box of clay is "Don not freeze" This admonition is from the manufacturer and I assume that it means that frozen clay will be no good to use. Clearly as I store all of my clay outside under my kayaks all of it freezes. I just make certai
  4. @Hulk posed a question yesterday in the question pool that I think would be a QotW that has already had comments from @oldlady. He asks "What studio habits/practices do you remain committed to that most other potters do not practice?" He also follows up his question by stating. . . For example, I wipe out the wheel's pan after each session, and start each session with fresh water in the bucket (freshish - I pour off the mostly clear, wash the sludge out to reclaim, pour back the mostly clear, then top it up). It is really nice to have a statement that helps to explain wh
  5. You could always make a hump mold with the scallops in that, may take some carving. Then throw the bowl on the hump mold thus giving you a smooth outside with the scallops inside. All IMHO best, Pres
  6. Hi folks, little late, but I will ask a QotW, once again there is nothing new in the pool. I have been thinking a lot lately about my career. . . teaching HS Art. I particularly worry over what I would be feeling in this time of lockdowns, school closings, and social distancing. I always believed that in education, social interaction is important. I also believe that this fact is especially true in art. So many times in the classroom you will see students feeding off of each others ideas, growing in their understanding of technique, and at the same time advancing in their understanding o
  7. I have been firing my L&L for years with slow cooling all manually with the help of a color heat chart. I have also found that I can slow the natural cooling of the kiln by replacing my lid with a much thicker lid that will keep heat from escaping out the top as much. I start my slow cool by turning down my switches to 80% after reaching cone 6, I leave it there until the kiln heat color is yellow, then turn down to 50% until the kiln color is red orange, then I turn off. This is my cooling set up, you may be more accurate with a pyrometer, but between the two color of heat and the pyromet
  8. I have a standing situation with chalices and patens. . . . If they break from accident, I replace with some money off especially if "no fault/act of God" kind If broke in shipping, new one rushed on my dime completely. If however, the piece shows a defect of some sort, I replace completely free of charge. Keeps everyone happy, and I don't get many replacement requests . . . maybe 4-5 in last 20 years. best, Pres
  9. I have found that wedging the clay helps my hands, so do some every time before throwing sessions. I have cysts on a few of the hand knuckles, and several bent fingers. Thankfully all but the rt thumb still have most of their movement. Most of the bent fingers seem to be tendon tightening that is from years of tucking the end of the lt hand fingers for pulls on the inside of the form. In the end, consider myself to be quite lucky to be able to throw reasonable well. best, Pres
  10. I find the shipping discussion here highly interesting. I have always put the shipping cost on the customer, including shipping in the billing as a receipt from USPS. I also add 15% of the item cost for handling/packing. I had not figured on a tier level breakdown, but then most of my shipping is 14" boxes packed tightly with a chalice and paten. However I have used the same technique for shipping sets of mixing bowls or pitchers and bowls. This definitely gives me something to think about. best, Pres
  11. @Hulk, I too would like to see a Van Gilder workshop. I would recommend if you haven't seen, Martha Glover. . . amazing demo, and excellent distortion of thrown pieces for organic original forms. best, Pres
  12. Snowing hard here since yesterday. Looks like about 6" so far. supposed to stop about 5 am!


    1. Denice


      It is going to be in the mid 50's this week but cold is moving our way this weekend.   The weatherman said it could get down to 10 degrees,   my husband will have to finish my Century plant cover before that happens.   I would rather have snow  and not so cold.    Denice

    2. Pres


      temps are running mid 20's during the day. Snow was about 10" still lightly snowing, but am dug out.


  13. Hi folks, I have not seen any new topics in the QotW pool, but did receive an anonymous PM asking. . . . . If a workshop were offered at a reasonable distance from you (after we are loose, of course), who would you want as the presenter? Maybe one question to ask would be do you go to workshops or demonstrations? Years ago I went to a John Glick workshop/demo at ART in Chicago. Terrible trip, wonderful demo! I was sick at the time with the flu, and broken a lens in my glasses. I rode the train to Chicago, got into the hotel late at night, and collapsed on the bed before dinner. Nex
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