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  • 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. Took Me a while to figure that out, @oldlady! Duh! Got me, but I understand now best, Pres
  2. I haven't done an actual show in years, but I have had some sales from various outlets. If I were guessing. . . Fillers: thrown boxes, small dishes, spoon rests, scramble egg bowls, and mugs; Mids: berry bowls with drain dish, honey jars (my way), small pitchers, serving bowls, batter bowls, Communion sets, and larger thrown boxes; Top: Larger pitchers, teapots, vases, casseroles/dutch oven style and large bowls; High end: Floor vases, and finally experiments. best, Pres
  3. The thicker coil that @Minmentioned will also protect the rim from cracking or chipping if it were used for any functional purpose. best, Pres
  4. Hi folks, this last week @JohnnyK sent me a message with a request for a QotW. At first I was inclined to water the request a bit, so as to try and illicit more responses. However, the more I thought about it, the more I came to be interested in showing the full intent behind the request as stated by JohnnyK. Here is the original message sent to me: Many, if not most, of the participants in this forum have been selling their pottery for years and I would guess that you have best selling items whether they be spoon rests, sponge holders, mugs bowls, or whatever. As an inspiration for those of us who are just getting started in marketing our materials. I would like to suggest that you pros show us photos of what you sell so that we may emulate you and your success assuming that we are not selling in your market and not competing. QotW: What are your best sellers? Please include photos. best. {res
  5. @ladyinblack1964Part of any involvement in a studio situation depends greatly on patience. I used to teach HS ceramics, and did have two kilns in the classroom. We fired bisque to cone 06 and glaze to cone 6. Often during in the end of the semester and especially around the holiday season I would be running one kiln with a bisque, and one with a glaze, then towards the end of the time both kilns would be running glaze constantly. However, if things are fired too quickly or cooled too quickly more pieces can be lost than survived. Cracks or blow ups from too fast a firing or too fast cooling can occur, ware can get crazing that makes it less serviceable especially with functional ware. Here is where patience on the part of the kiln operator and the students or the participants is important. Everyone is under pressure at the holidays, and ceramics takes time, while good ceramics takes more time. best, Pres
  6. I agree with @oldlady, as the form is intriguing and natural. Don't get rid of it. best, Pres
  7. I would not brush through the holes. Flaking kiln wash could fall down on ware below the shelf. best, Pres
  8. Actually, used much the same trick for years, but of late when opening up domed lids I still do the pancake, pull up to form walls and finish the gallery. Honey pot lids I put the dipper on so there is no area showing a crack, only the hole to the hollow handle. best, Pres
  9. I guess I should mention that many of the techniques I listed are alternative to western throwers, as I learned of them by reading books and other information describing potters working in the Asian part of the world. best, Pres
  10. Hi folks, no new questions in the QotW pool so once again I will pose one for the group. Over the years I have been interested in the whole throwing process. In the beginning it was just to be able to accomplish a presentable form, whether a bowl, plate or cylinder. Then it was about making that form aesthetically pleasing, then about making that form truly functional in my eye. Along this journey a few things tripped me up. One of these was throwing off the hump and having to mitigate S shaped cracks. The solution for me was a pancake opening up, then drawing the sides up from the flat to the vertical and finish the throwing and shaping. I have used this technique ever since with great success. Another problem I encountered was opening up large 20#+ pieces clay after centering. I had several large pieces that again got cracks in the base, or the opening up was not completely centered before throwing. Solution came from a book somewhere about opening up with a rhythmic pounding fist. The fist is held sideways and pounded onto the centered hump in a light regular motion while the clay is turning slowly. This technique compresses the bottom of the pot, and with practice will give an inside surface of regular small bumps that can be easily smoothed out with the first couple of pulls. While I was at PSU in the 70's there was a guy there that was using strapped tools on his hand with braces up his arm to throw large pieces as it gave him extra reach and braced strength. I also adopted a couple of bat boards and a hinge system to make a slab roller for a student with wheel chair handicap. . worked well. These are considered to alternative techniques, and are not mainstream, but relevant. Out of curiosity: QotW: Have you ever used alternative techniques in your throwing or handbuilding? best, Pres
  11. Big changes post covid, bigger changes from the 90's when I had a manual card swiper with printed receipts for master/visa card. Progress to be sure, and makes it easier to do income taxes and other bookkeeping processes. Does it make it easier to inventory? best. Pres
  12. Thank you Min for correcting me. In the day, it was something we did not often check as the information was not readily available as it is today. That said, I would not endorse the grinding of the underglazes, unless one can confirm that there is no cadmium or other harmful materials bound in the substrate. Thanks again for pointing these facts out @Min best, Pres
  13. Used the speedball's years ago. Some of them did seem quite gritty, so I tried a mortar/pestle solution. I ground them while wet, and the sieved them. Much smoother. Another thing you have to be careful with after mixing them is not to allow them to freeze, that causes some changes in consistency and adds to the grittiness. best, Pres
  14. I forgot to re-mention one of my other ways of learning: Teaching others! Over the years my own skills have been honed so much by the observation and correction of bad habits with others. It has made me aware of my bad habits and correct them, and able to analyze what I am doing wrong when having a bad day. best. Pres
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