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  1. My wife's fracture is a spiral involving the prothesis. Present treatment is continue to wear brace/sling and see if arm will heal on its own. If not, future surgery will require plate and bone graft.

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    2. LeeU

      LeeU

      sounds absolutely awful--best wishes

    3. Pres

      Pres

      Last of heavy meds only at night now. Nothing during the day. She is doing pretty well.

    4. Roberta12

      Roberta12

      That sounds brutal Pres!  Send her my best thoughts for healing!

      Roberta

  2. Putting my bisque firing off until at least the weekend. Started firing yesterday, but gas explosion caused loss of electric. Area soil is full of nat gas. . . one of reasons electric was off for 24 hrs.

    1. Min

      Min

      Have a safe weekend. Don't need something like that happening twice in a lifetime. My husband worked in a mill years ago where a lot of fine sawdust was generated. There was a fire by one of the machines and the operator shut the big fans off. This caused the fuel to oxygen ratio to increase which resulted in an explosion. Running a fan while firing the kiln might be an idea so any remaining gas doesn't accumulate. 

    2. Pres

      Pres

      As my thinking follows never assume, I went to mayor's office on Wednesday, asking about firing the kiln. Mayor told me to go down to the guys working on the street from the gas company, and ask. Top guy there told me that there was no problem with the gas now at my side of the block evidenced by the road being opened and that their testing showed that the soil was no longer saturated. I explained that I was in a garage in back of the house with the firing and the garage was over the river tunnel. He said all of that had been cleared. Fired the kiln that day. The cone adjustment of -35 is not quite right. Next firing will be with cone adjustment of -30. Getting there.

  3. Kiln wiring is in, will set up wifi, and update software and then run an empty test firing.

  4. Kiln arrived yesterday, and is now in the shop. I am in the process of reassembling, and have an electrician coming to do whatever needs done with the wiring into service. I am also getting ready to set the vent into the chimney at back corner.

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    2. Pres

      Pres

      Assembled, now I am waiting on electrician.

       

      When the old J236 broke down, it was in the middle of a firing. The cones had turned white, and the pots were all glaze fired, but lacked depth and appropriate hardness. I believe the kiln reached about 2150F. Therefore, I have enough of a load to fire in the new kiln. The old kiln would hold 2 patens(plates) at a layer with overlap of rims at different heights. The new kiln will handle 3 to a layer, and will handle quite a load of chalices at the top levels.  The first firing will not be packed, but will get me used to what is going on.

    3. GEP

      GEP

      Congrats, Pres! 

    4. dondon

      dondon

      great news! hee hee exciting....x

  5. New kiln was shipped today.

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    2. oldlady

      oldlady

      congrats on entering the 20th century!

    3. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      Congrats-I still am in the Stone Age with a Manuel kiln. Enjoy all the time off after the learning curve.

    4. Pres

      Pres

      Received a call today from shipper.  Kiln will be delivered tomorrow morning. Asked for it early as I have appointments (bowling) in the afternoon.

      Have to have it dropped at the driveway. Luckily tomorrow is a no rain day.

  6. Snowing hard here since yesterday. Looks like about 6" so far. supposed to stop about 5 am!

     

    1. Denice

      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

      Pres

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

       

  7. Working on regular butter dishes. I made one for Christmas last year for a niece, now all of the aunts want one this year. Trying to be more efficient than on off.

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    2. Pres

      Pres

      Hope that gave you some ideas Min. The grooves in the molding actually help me get pretty straight cuts as one groove is wide and I use the outside edge for cutting the end, and the inside edge for cutting the sides.

       

       

    3. Min

      Min

      I like your molding idea to create the step in the base. In Canada butter mostly comes in 1 lb blocks so I'm thinking more of a box shape rather than a rectangle to fit part of a block of butter.

    4. Pres

      Pres

      Sounds like it would work, pick your molding carefully. Mine was a window/doorway molding.

       

      best,

      Pres

  8. Bisque load is off. Glazing tomorrow and Monday.

     

  9. Popping popcorn and mailing out communion sets.

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    2. Denice

      Denice

      I have never heard of using popcorn for packing material.   We just save the packing material we receive in the mail.   We just ran out of boxes and my husband needed to send a car part he had sold on E-bay.   To solve our problem decided to order some groceries from Walmart,  if you spend over $35 you get free freight.   So far we have received only a fourth of our order but it was in a nice sturdy box.   As  our order trickles in we will be getting more boxes,  I got a e-mail notifying me of a back order.  I am glad I didn't order anything I was in desperate need of.   Denice

    3. Pres

      Pres

      We go out once in a while, I had to go to State College on Monday afternoon as I was running out of popcorn and bubble wrap. Groceries once every 10 days or so, masks, etc. Staying in otherwise.

      I have been using popcorn for years. Haven't lost a pot as long as I compress the box and wrap pieces individually in bubble wrap. 

    4. Denice

      Denice

      I was wondering if you also wrapped them in bubble wrap.

  10. Finished a bisque of patens, firing was weird. So checked out the elements with the ohm meter. Top element is dead. Have backups, will put in before glaze load.

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    2. Pres

      Pres

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      I would think they can be shipped up there. However, with you being on the West coast, it really isn't a good idea with the shipping.

      I could have fired it without, but it will reach temp quicker this way. Gotta love L&L for the element holders.

    3. Min

      Min

      I think I'm just going to have to covet your L&L from afar, can't really justify buying another kiln. ^_^

    4. Pres

      Pres

      I understand that, have been considering a new kiln, but the old on is 30 and doing well. I keep replacing whatever needs replacing.

       

  11. Amazing how much a changed fuse set in level 3 of my manual L&L has messed up my timing. Over fired a glaze and a bisque!!@#@#$!!

  12. Started a firing last night, something told me no right. I turned it off and waited til it cooled but, not before I noticed top coil was not firing. Later found that the SC-20 fuse on the right side on top layer was blown! No replacements until this morning with a walk to Ace Hardware. Firing now

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    2. Denice

      Denice

      I am  glad you listen to your gut,  I get  gut feeling also.   I almost lost a lot of money not listening to my gut.   It was a big decorating job  of a well know local celebrity.   They had fired the decorator and wanted me to take over the job.  I didn't want to do it  but friends and relatives talked me into it.  Before I had any time or money invested in it they decided to give the last decorator another chance.  I was so relieved,  later in the year I found out that they didn't pay any of their subcontractors.  I could have lost $50,000 on a job like that.   I don't let anyone talk me in to something I have a bad gut feeling about anymore.    Happy birthday,  I will be 67 October 15.   Denice

    3. Pres

      Pres

      70 here folks, thanks for the best wishes!

       

      best,

      Pres

    4. Pres

      Pres

      8 pm, Kiln dropping ^5 right now, 

       

      best,

      Pres

  13. Kiln was sold probably before posted here. So I didn't get it! Dang!

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    2. oldlady

      oldlady

      there are 2 kilns advertised on craigslist for long island.  one has only one sentence about a paragon Dragon.  no phone number, posted awhile ago.   the other is for a paragon Viking and is current per a phone call this morning.   PRESTON, PLEASE CONTACT THEM.   SEE MY PM TO YOU.

    3. Pres

      Pres

      Really will hold out for an L&L, mine is nearly 30 now and still runs great.. . . not sure of others out there. Thanks for thinking of me.

      Pres

    4. oldlady

      oldlady

      OK, i will stop looking.   it is just that kilns with controllers and all the shelves and other goodies do not come up very often so i jumped on it.   hope something L&L comes up soon.

  14. First glaze load of the year, pitchers and bowls, patens for chalice sets, orders start out this week.

  15. In Honolulu this week. We get on cruise ship on Saturday. 

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    2. Min

      Min

      Have a wonderful trip!

    3. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      One other off then radar thing is the early morning fish wholesale market-its opens at dark 30 and is worth going to to see them auction off all the days giant tuna and all restaurant fish for all of the islands-I did it 20 years ago and it was a highlite.Check it out

    4. Pres

      Pres

      Bishop Museum today was great. New building, and some additions I had hot seen. In ten years this town has really built up. We are at the Ohana about one block from the International Market place. Nice room. I could only do a few days at Aulani, price and boredom.

  16. Rain once more here, pots are taking a long time to dry, but makes it easier to assemble after throwing lots of pieces.

     

    1. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      Rain...? What's that? We haven't seen rain here in the Sacramento, CA area since early May and probably won't be seeing it for another 2 months. Something to look forward to along with the shorter days...more time to spend in the studio when the sun goes down :)

  17. Took an afternoon off after grinding bottoms of latest glaze load. Went Kayaking with my grand daughter.

    1. Benzine

      Benzine

      Living the dream Pres... Minus the grinding I would imagine.

    2. Pres

      Pres

      Oh yeah, but grinding is even easier now. Got a diamond disc a few conferences ago, glued it onto a bat, attached to wheel with sponge of water, grinding is actually fine!

    3. Benzine

      Benzine

      Then indeed, living the dream.

  18. Crazy things happen. . . another tip to be published in Ceramics Monthly this next month.

    1. GEP

      GEP

      Congrats, and I’m looking forward to reading it! I’m working on one too, to be published in a few months. 

    2. Pres

      Pres

      Mine is really so simple, posted it here a while back.

    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Congrats to both of you.

  19. Working on a wedding jar for a nephew in June.

     

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    2. Pres

      Pres

      Saw the first one in the first Penland Craft Book of Ceramics. 

    3. Sputty
    4. Benzine

      Benzine

      " Years ago I saw a jar made bey the Larson's, I believe. remembered it over the years and stole the idea. "

      And then more recently, I stole the idea from Pres...

  20. Honey jars and mugs dleivered to Savannah Bee. Whew!

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    2. Gabby

      Gabby

      I always love those honey pots, quite the prettiest I have seen anywhere.

    3. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      sounds fair for both parties price wise 

    4. Pres

      Pres

      Hope so, as this is my first time with wholesale.

      best,

      Pres

  21. 87F. Yesterday.. .  . weather is nice, and presently I do not need it! Next week when I get back from GA I have more chalices and patens to do, and some funerary urns to do. Working on cleanup and try working with the white clay.

    1. Denice

      Denice

      I heard your area was having some high heat,  we have had stormy weather for several days.  It is moving out and it is going to get hot.  What white clay are you working with?  I am always looking for a clay that fires white at C6, strong but doesn't feel like cream cheese like B-mix.    Denice

  22. First of Communion presentation sets went out. 13 more to go out. Honey jars and mugs are moving along. Whew.

    1. Gabby

      Gabby

      Do you have photos on your blog? I don't know what a Communion Presentation set is.

    2. Pres

      Pres

      They are the chalice and paten sets. They are used as a presentation to ordinands into the ministry with high community service, academic achievement and religious commitment. It is called the Hickman award. I have them posted in last years blog postings. My sets are completed with the Order of St. Luke logo, stamped on the plates which are actually larger than the standard paten that was used with the wafers for communion, but of late the churches are going to the broken bread communion and intinction. Intinction requires a wider bowl on the chalice to allow for dipping of the wafer or bread. Almost too wide to be drinkable, but not quite.

       

      best,

      Pres

  23. Bisque of chalice and patens, including first of new honey jars. Glaze Monday and Tuesday

     

  24. Snow, Snow, Snow, Oh NO!

    1. Denice

      Denice

      Hopefully your last storm,  it suppose to be 77 today.  We have gotten a total of 1 inch of snow this year, still in a drought.    Denice

    2. Pres

      Pres

      11 inches yesterday, will probably all be melted off by the end of the week. I would not want to be in a drought, but at the same time, some warmer weather will allow me to get into the frozen shop!

  25. I have posted PKQotW #42 and added the Answer key to #41.

    Sorry to be so far behind. . .

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