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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. The State College that I went to, became a University, and then dropped the Art Ed department in the early 2000's. Now is rebuilding it. Other schools are re enforcing their Art Ed and Fine arts programs. I believe that there will always be a need for the expression that art and yes craft allows society. Hope it never changes. best, Pres
  2. I notice that the rail rust indicator on the bottom is off center, if this is so, it also created more stress on the floor. I would certainly make sure that the base is centered up next time on the metal stand. I have also seen a firebrick base built using firebrick, and angled steel bolted together to hold it in place. This was a square base used on an octagonal kiln, but did not have any movement or anything so it did not matter the shape, as long as it is larger than the smallest outside diameter of the kiln wall. best, Pres
  3. Hi folks, seems like you have covered most of the firing information for a setter kiln, and it is true that firing without a controller is different. Firing without either is much the same. When I taught at the HS, I found a couple of work arounds with the orton setter on the L&L. I did not know Min's trick with pushing the button and being careful with the drop bar, but worked around it with a loop over clothes hanger wire placed over the cone bar and drop bar to allow me to fire down. Color chart is really helpful, as a reminder of what you are seeing through the peep or otherwise.
  4. HI folks, little late for a new question, but call this next weeks. I have been thinking about much of the chatter on the forum, and it seems like people are doing things this year to improve their ceramics journey. Much of this may be direct, but some indirect. We have members getting surgery to improve their health or relieve pain. I am buying my first major investment in many years. . a new kiln. Others are starting up buying a new or used wheel. Others have taken the time off from the pandemic to clean and organize studios. This brings to mind a question for all of you: QotW: What in
  5. This book, The Potter's Dictionary of Materials and Techniques, should be in any potters library. I just purchased the 5th edition last year, and gave the 1st edition to a potter friend teaching at the HS I used to teach at. best, Pres
  6. Once again no new questions in the pool. .. . . So I' start off with something simple. Keeping this related to ceramics. . . . QotW: What ceramics related reading are you into presently if any? I have been reading a few books of late, and also using a few as reference for some issues I have been having. My reads of late is Mastering the Potter's Wheel by Ben Carter and The Workshop Guide to Ceramics by Duncan Hooson and Anthony Quinn. I would recommend the Ben Carter book to anyone who has experience, but would like to hone their skills. He has some of the best illustrations and ex
  7. I never use popcorn when sending to another country, using Styrofoam peanuts. Have only used popcorn when sending to an immediate US recipient, and have never had any problems with my USPS service about shipping in popcorn, other than them complaining about getting hungry. best, Pres
  8. @muddkat, I would not have worried about it, just put the lid down and set my firing to regular time considering it was starting at 435F. I also wonder why you are doing a candling on a glaze load that has had plenty of time to dry. I usually only vent or candle on a glaze that I have waxed bottoms or on one where the glaze has been applied in the same day. You should be fine, just do your firing as normal. best, Pres
  9. I have an unheated shop in PA, and over the years have not noticed many problems with glazed pottery freezing, but am careful of dust getting on the pots. I did notice a few years back that a few pieces that did not get into a load had some strange crystal break up of the unfired glaze surface. I assumed it had been some frost that had gotten onto the glaze surface disrupting my sprayed on decoration. Certainly glad I am not living as far north as some of you! best, Pres
  10. I'm a little outside the usual packing materials here, as I use popcorn. I usually mail out 20 chalice sets in two months to colleges all around the country. These are packed in 14/14/14 boxes with two layers of bubble wrap, and regular popcorn popped in a dry popper. Takes one bulk bag to do the job, and there is no biohazard. I rattle free with lots of compression and tape on all edges and across the centers. I put a memo in that they can just pour the popcorn out on the yard and let the birds eat it. best, Pres
  11. I ordered two CI wheels a few years after they came out. Price was good and we purchased the HP and the MP. I never got into the MP so much, but it was a good wheel for the students or for folks working on smaller pieces. The HP at the time was a beast to me, handling anything that I threw at it. I could never torque stop it, unlike the MP. It was always my go to wheel when demonstrating. Both of the wheels are still running today, and I still like working on the HP as compared to the great Bailey wheels in the room. I would believe that the belts may be replacing, and that some lubrication wi
  12. Sabrina, do you have access to on base fam services? Is there a pottery station on base, I had access to some over the years when my dad was enlisted. They (Mom & Dad ) did poured ceramics in Hawaii. I don't remember any fam services at Warner Robbins, but then we were stationed there in the early 60's. You may also get some help from the local girl scouts or boy scouts. . I was in a troop back then, and they had a good merit badge program including ceramics. best, Pres best, Pres
  13. Lara, I did not see a reference to your bisque fire temp/cone? Many times the adhesion of the glaze in application depends on your bisque temp, and your pre-glazing preparation. Many have had to adjust their bisque temp to balance the absorption of the glaze in application. At the same time washing a pot in different ways affects the way the glaze is applied. Could you describe your glazing prep for glazing? Washing the pot with a damp sponge, dipping in water, rinsing under running faucet, no washing? best, Pres
  14. Order did not go through, will reorder in new year. I have also changed the kiln I am going for as the one mentioned is only 22" deep. best, Pres
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