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  1. I thought that this might be a place for this. You folks know that I create chalices and patens for some church organizations. Last few weeks my contacts at colleges and organizations have been asking about pouring chalices. Seems the church organizations believe there will be a shift in communion services. They are asking for chalices with pouring spouts. Thinking about this I am going to have to make up some prototypes for this situation. I am thinking of a chalice with a shorter stem that I have and a deeper bowl with two opposite pouring spouts. . . for visual balance. I also can see one possibly with a handle, but not sure if they would go for that. Working next week on these, and will post the greenware ideas here. best, Pres
  2. Take the 5th of July next year to inventory the van, pass on the 4th show. Doesn't time fly? I started teaching in '73. best, Pres
  3. Folks, should this strand be moved to the equipment use and repair area? best, Pres
  4. Betty, Duly noted, Thank you. You don't know how much it means to the moderators to hear something as simple and pleasing as Thank You. We appreciate it. If you haven't heard it before, Welcome to the Forum. I hope you have many more years of enjoyment from it. best, Pres
  5. Used to light a fire inside at PSU, allowed it. newspaper, or sawdust keep feeding for a while. Takaezu used to do it, where I got the idea. I think it was in my first Nelson. best. Pres
  6. If the bottom section is much drier than the top section, and you pull up the two together, you end up with lamination problems as the two sections of the wall are mismatched. best, Pres
  7. When in grad school, as a non declared student, I believed my throwing skills to be sufficient enough to start throwing larger. At the time Takaezu was all the rage, and I read a lot about throwing large, and sculptural ceramic. I started by throwing pieces that were multiple cylinders, and got to about 50" in that manner. Then I tried a coil piece, starting with a 24" base on a bat, with a 20# starter. Coiled up and thrown in steps for one week, 6' in the end, dried to about 5' in Summer 2 weeks later bisque fired then glazed and fired. Sold at student show after course was done for @$200 . Paid my studio fee. I could have never done it during a semester, or at home. The kilns were big enough, the wheels were enough I could monopolize one, and there was equipment to help me load it into the kiln, hand skid loader. This class was about 1976. One thing I did learn in all the reading was to not overlap the coil layers when pulling, pull each on the other, weld together at the join, but not to try to pull layer below into the coil above when pulling the coils. Enough for me that I could do it. Now I usually only throw big with 3 sections if at that. Too much work. Still like to throw larger pieces, bowls, storage jars, lidded containers. Especially like combining slab and thrown pieces. best, Pres
  8. Said it before, and will say again, barium is too dangerous for me to have, broken bag, or container, and contamination is really difficult to clean up safely. Why have it in you studio if it can be absorbed in so many ways. . . think of a Coronavirus that attacks through skin, absorbed by mouth and breathing. . . . what a killer! I realize that there are some out there that use it, and are responsible, but I would not allow it in my HS studio, or in my own. Ben. . . .get rid of those old Yellow copper enamels! best, Pres
  9. Suspend the plexi from the ceiling, that would not take up table space. best, Pres
  10. If someone thinks you are being excessive with plexiglass dividers, just say it's to counter mud spats from wedging and other handbuilding activities. best, Pres
  11. When throwing/assembling this pot did the top stiffen up much? Did you rib the inside to expand the volume when finishing, Looking at the cracks, they really look like formation/throwing problem, INMO. What are the measurements of this 25# form? best, Pres
  12. Is there a fuse on the controller panel for the fireright? Check on its condition. best, Pres
  13. Yeah, I used the electric raku outside with and extension cord, always unplugged before opening kiln. Don't know as a problem, but read in one text where hot air is a conductor so I took precautions. Better safe.. . . . best, Pres
  14. KCamm, I was an art teacher at a central PA Hs, that started teaching Ceramics in the early 70's. We started with ^06 pottery, but I was not happy with the several attributes of the 06 clay, plasticity, absorption, and overall feel was not what I was used to coming from ^10 in college. I turned to SC in the Spring of '75, looking for a new clay body. They helped me out by supplying several ^6 bodies of which #112 was one of them. I used #112 with glazes from SC, Minnesota Clay, Amaco, and A.R.T. Most of these reacted well to the 112 with glaze fit and color. We found the best results with layering dipped glazes, or base glaze with spraying with an atomizer or a compressor and spray gun. We had over 20 glaze test tiles of various glazes from different suppliers. As far as the Velvet underglazes, you probably realize they do need a white base for best color. We would use a white slip, or and underglaze and then paint on that, covering with a sprayed transparent. We worked this way for several years, transitioning from gal. mixed wet glazes to dry glazes in 25# glazes. Things were working well until we were hit with a 20% budget cut, that meant something had to give. I moved to mixing glazes on my own with a little investment of money in a triple beam and some base materials for the next year. This happened around '85, and continued until I retired in 2009. I also had the 225, as it did not have the manganese in it, and used it at home while I was teaching. This way no one could accuse me of using school clay for my pottery. best, Pres
  15. You folks all know that I pack and send with USPS, nearly 30 years now for chalices and patens. You are talking about cost on a 6X6X6 box, try that on a 14X14X14. I have been using these for years so as not to double pack for the chalices and patens wrapped in bubble wrap. I have considered leaving for UPS or some others especially with the discounts I have available, but really like USPS, and the service I get at out local office. best, Pres
  16. I have been doing a lot of handbuilding of late, butter stick dishes and covers. Today, after posting earlier, I got to thinking about habits. When handbuilding, I keep a bag of clay, going. In other words, this bag has started as a new bag, and as I roll out a slab for a project, and trim the pieces, they go back in the bag, with a light mist of water. This bag can go on for a week, as I rewedge balls of clay, slam angle then roll, trim and continue. When throwing, I am doing much the same, one bag is used for throwing scraps, and trimmings, water added as needed, covered at night. The bag sits in a bucket, and when full gets twisted and turned upside down. A fresh bag added to the bucket. This allows me to come back a few days later and bread cut/slam a few times and possibly adding water, before wedging. I would think that with the concern of the community slop bucket with coronavirus that this technique would work if each student were to do the same process and store their clay with their other items in a locker or storage bin. I did not have lockers for every student so had them bring in their own boxes/storage containers to store pots in progress/aprons and other things. best, Pres
  17. The districts probably have an industrial cleanser for cleaning that would be disinfecting. That in a bucket with a strainer of some sort so you could lift out the tools into a rinse bucket would probably work. All3n, in my early days during student teaching my coop used buckets for every table for clean up and personal clean up. Rooms did not have sinks, Her husband mad a large cart, that she pushed down the halls with a large water set up. You could use buckets in your room to do the same for most of your clean up problems two for each table, clean and rinse. As far as the CGD courses, might be a good time to get a foot in the door. In the 80's I wrote a grant with a Music teacher to get a computer lab for the arts. Started off small, and ended up when I retired with 25 high end machines for computer animation both 2D and 3D. best, Pres
  18. I guess all too often the things that cause the most concern at the moment, in retrospect, can bring the most laughter. We realize our stupidity when it happens or just after, but learn the lesson. best, Pres
  19. Look a lot like cooling cracks, even though unglazed, have seen it happen on a top shelf. In the last few years I have been firing with a thicker lid, and it does seem to help in the cool down on the top allowing it not to cool as quickly. The one piece looks like trimming problem, but is it enough to cause a crack? best, Pres
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    Marcia, these are beautiful! Love the depth of color on the bowls and the breaking over edges. best. Pres
  21. I often fired student pots upside down when bisque firing, as some student work was HEAVY, even though I would continuously caution about excess thickness and weight. That said, one of our common workarounds was to carefully hollow out the bottom of the form leaving a foot ring edge. This got rid of the excess weight but left the form intact. Another option when planning ahead is to use sculpture clay that is heavily grogged allowing for more even drying. best, Pres
  22. Mark C. asked a question in the QotW pool this week, that is a different take: What are other activities that influence your ceramic work or keep you mentally healthy other than daly directly. For me its other passions that are just like clay. I have to do them-what are yours.? I have often mentioned my bowling, and my kayaking. This last several months has been tough on both. Bowling has been canceled until Fall, the leagues are done. Most bowling alleys are opening, every other alley. The largest population of bowlers is older, so it is doubtful if there will much in the way of tournaments or other larger bowling venues in my area. Kayaking, has been on hold, as last fall I purchased a new Mazda 3 hatchback, and will have to spend a bit to get a new rack to fit the car. strange to see a 16 ft. sea kayak on a Mazda 3, but that is what I have been carrying them on. Actually two of them when my wife or someone else is along. All in all these things are exercise, stress relief, and recreation. So once again, QothW: What are other other activities that influence your ceramic work or keep you mentally healthy other than daly directly. best, Pres
  23. Mine to, but most are looking for a 20-22 oz mug. Myself I like a 12 oz. keeps me from spilling and keeps the coffee hot longer! best, Pres
  24. I fire ^6, and have never vented the kiln, always controlling the atmosphere in the kln with peeps. That said a proper vent system does lead to a cleaner kiln environment. As far as my garage, and all, I usually end of throwing once the kiln has gone past 1000F. in the dead of Winter if needed. Otherwise I stay out of the kiln area when firing other than to check the kiln. I can monitor a lot of what is going on from kiln lid crack reflection on the white walls of the garage looking out from the kitchen to the unattached garage. . . if that makes sense. best, Pres
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