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  1. 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

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

     

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

       

  5. 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!!@#@#$!!

  6. 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

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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 :)

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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...

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

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

     

  18. 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!

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

    Sorry to be so far behind. . .

  20. Back from NCECA yesterday. All unpacked, and doing laundry. Exhausting week, but well worth the time and effort. Lots of demos, lectures and other to visit.

  21. PQotW #41 is posted for your perusal. Kiln builders should have an easy time of it!

  22. Tower computer is up and running with all software installed. Now maybe I can catch up on things, nice to be back to a large screen for using word processor,OCR, and browser all at once.

     

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      Tower of Power

    2. Pres

      Pres

      Yeah it is i7 8700K processor 16gig of RAM and a new Mobo to handle it all.

       

       

  23. Answer Key to PQotW 40 is up for your perusal and education.

     

    best,

    Pres

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    2. Pres

      Pres

      I always post the keys in the first post with the questions. If anyone has a better suggestion of where to put the answer key, I will be happy to make the adjustment.

    3. S. Dean
    4. Marcia Selsor
  24. In the midst of rebuilding my tower. CPU was 6yrs old, went dead. Requires a new Mobo, CPU and RAM as everything was out of date. . .no longer manufactured, and none out there. Oh well, should be up and running tomorrow.

     

    best,

    Pres

     

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    2. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      yes. Hope it all works out.

       

       

    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Pres:

      My Windows 98 (remember that version) is still purring like a kitten downstairs.

    4. Pres

      Pres

      Yeah this machine of mine had a 6 core processor, and a 2 tb drive with a 120gb SSD drive. I had built it myself 5 years ago for 3D design and animation, along with running various other machines like a stencil cutter. It has run well,  but many times they do go POOF! Still trying to get the  new board up and running, but have help from the Mobo manufacturer.

       

      best,

      Pres

  25. 1F. this morning! Kids in school for make up day for sub freezing temps a few days ago. Today no wind.

     

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