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  1. @neilestrick love the piece. The multiple profile grooved rib would work while throwing as I do some pieces with texture before shaping. However, if doing anything like the pitcher form, you would find that the ribs along the curve are much less pronounced but wider because of stretching the form. Mugs may be a simple solution with the rib so long as there is not much shaping after the texture process. Either that or areas to be necked and flared as in a mug lip could be left smooth. best, Pres
  2. I have a Skutt kiln that I rescued from a JrHS being torn down in 2010. My original intention was to use it as a backup, but never got around to running electric to it. I personally know that the kiln has been fired maybe 10 times in its lifetime. The Jr. High teacher was not that ceramic savvy, and I mentored her on firing it. The kiln has damage to the lower row of bricks where the janitors damaged it when moving it to the loading dock where I picked it up. Other than that, and s slight crack in the lid it is in very good shape as you can see from the pictures. I am asking $200 for it.
  3. 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


      Assembled, now I am waiting on electrician.

    3. Min


      Do you have a bunch of pots ready to fire? So nice to have a brand new kiln!

    4. 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.

  4. When I started throwing patens 25 years ago, I did a whole lot of problem solving with bats. The best bat I found for making a wheel or slab made pot was a very low dome that I threw the ring into. The second best was a cylindrical bat with a plate impression of low dome and foot groove. Why not use the second all the time? I had to make certain to get the paten off of the form at the perfect time, too early and the form slumped, too late the ring tore slightly. You have to remember I was interested in making 20 or so at a time. Never was good at timing. best, Pres
  5. New kiln was shipped today.

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    2. 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


      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. Before I retired in 2009 the HS studio was on a schedule. Once a year the Walker pug mill had the gear oil replaced and the rubber drive grommet checked. The Bailey air filtrations system had its filters replaced and the entire studio was cleaned by cleaning staff. This included dusting pipes and other over head areas like the ceiling lights and ducts. Sink traps were cleaned out on schedule once a month, and all of the tools were hand cleaned by students and myself once a month. As to sharpening and upkeep of tools, if i noticed a dull tool, or handle loose etc, I put it in a small bin to get
  7. Hi folks, no new questions in the pool, but even though a little late. . . . QotW: Do you schedule maintenance activities in the studio or have a non structured format for maintenance? Maybe I should have asked first what you considered maintenance. My definition is any activity that helps to keep the studio moving efficiently. These activities include: inventories of both materials and finished work, monthly and yearly studio clean ups, kiln maintenance including vacuuming and shelf maintenance, ordering clay materials and packing/shipping materials, repairs of tools and equipment.
  8. Interesting discussion here, that I have been following quietly. I find that I am torn between two different views. Historically, seems that pottery made with clay by indigenous individuals often did not have a true glaze, and often were not truly vitrified but used other methods to seal the clay for holding and cooking foods as in the use of fats to seal the clay. At the same time in my own work I have never considered a piece completed unless it was fired at a higher temperature for vitrification, and had some form of oxide or other finish. Many of my more sculptural pieces have had a mixtur
  9. As all of you know, I make communion sets every year for a buyer. When doing these, I make extra chalices and extra patens without the stamp of the buyer that is required on the order patens. Then throughout the year as I come in contact with ministers in my Dad's part of the country, or in my area, I will give them to these individuals if they feel they could use them. No returns expected or asked for. However, at times I have had orders from people that have seen the work for unrelated items. I gave one minister the set at bowling, it was boxed up ready to take home, and it was meant to
  10. ??? On the two button machines, they were great for so much. However, where I worked nights as an aircraft parts fabricator in horseheads NY, the high speed cut offs were like that, but the blades were brittle. One broke once cutting up the operators arm pretty bad as it hit an artery. Luckily someone nearby was good with a tourniquet and ambulance was not far away because it was on the other side of an airport. Safety devices are great for so much, and inconvenient, but I would much rather deal with the inconvenience than the death from someone too untrained or stupid do do things s
  11. Duh. .. I remember in the day when I used a Walker pug mill where the prof had removed the kick bar, and the top grid cover. . . and the tamper to push the clay into the machine. Not good when someone slipped on the wet floor as it always was around the pug mill. Some people will dismantle anything safety device for their own convenience. best, Pres
  12. I had a Summer session, at PSU that resulted in 150 pieces at least. Many of these were raku, but there were a great many that were ^10 stoneware. I did get all of them out of my firings, and took them home to my 3 room apartment. After the first few nights of September weather my wife and I moved them on to the back porch. The pinging kept the baby up! Two seasons later over 50% of the pieces were gone. The following year, none were left. The back porch was on a highly trafficked alley. I am at time embarrassed to see a familiar piece on a mantle or other place of importance when visiting hom
  13. Hi folks, little late with this as I just didn't have an idea for a topic this week, but thought of something that is nearing for all of us, and in the north is important. .. Spring! Its on the way. So I thought that something about the season was appropriate. So, QotW: Now that Spring is on the way what will be your first task in the studio? This change in the seasons, and the warmer temperatures will bring on several days in the shop. I will not be throwing or producing anything, but unloading and unfinished glaze load, removing two kilns, and clearing the area for the new kiln. I
  14. If issues with the foam are not there, I might give another suggestion to try. As others have said, uneven drying can cause some shrinkage/shape problems. I have had this happen before to me on some of my large patens(communion plates) that I throw. My solution has been to use a pointed or small diameter trimming tool held in both hands braced on my legs. I put a series of concentric rings about 1/4 " apart. I usually trim to the same depth down. I even do this on the curved areas. Then I use a very sharp flat tool to trim the hole area to the depth of the first cuts. I then repeat until I ha
  15. Years ago, I did some tests of ladle spoons. All had a curved handle, mild "S" with the bowl at the bottom attached to the handle going down the side of the bowl. I made handles with coils, pulled, slab, and extruded with the new at the time Bailey extruder. These were all glazed with a clean spot where the handle and the bowl touched the kiln shelf. Some interesting things occurred. The coil handles slumped to the shelf, The pulled handles did not, but seemed to change some shape, the slab handles (rolled with a slab roller) did slump somewhat and changed the curve, and finally the extruded h
  16. Loved the video Liam, but whenever I work with shelves either grinding or otherwise, I wear gloves. Back about 1985 I picked up a shelf after chiseling and hand grinding. Cut myself on a piece of glaze on the edge I hadn't noticed. Took a long time to heal and as it was in the palm of my hand, it hurt quite a bit when centering. best, Pres
  17. At 72, 430-5am shut downs don't thrill me anymore! best, Pres
  18. @Joseph FirebornYeah, a little scary also. I have never fired a programmable kiln, and at home have never fired a kiln with a sitter. This will be a change. best, Pres
  19. For years, I used a chisel and hammer on hard stuff, finished with a hand grinding stone made for kiln shelves. Slow, but worked. Now, I take off the hard stuff with the grinder, smooth with careful motions and then use a hand stone to finish. It will be interesting very soon, as I will have all new shelves, and kiln. best, Pres
  20. @JohnnyK Great picture, really shows how heat causes some strange but with a little thought predictable things to happen. Back when teaching, I used the same square posts you have there. I drilled holes in the sides with a drill press, water and a diamond bit. This allowed me to insert the kanthal(I think) rods to support the christmas ornaments we made for a few years to demonstrate mastery of piercing, stamping, incising and added on clay decoration processes. Finished them with ribbons and beads in time for Christmas presents at home. best, Pres
  21. Heck, I have 20 year old shelves that look worse than that, some that look a lot better too! best, Pres
  22. Thank you for your reply @Benzine. I had thought that the option of being able to teach remotely as compared to adding on days would have favorable votes by students and staff. As much as it is looked as a vacation by many, the drudge when the weather gets nice is often something no one likes. I imagine that as you deal with this situation because of the covid that creating on line lessons becomes easier. I have sincere regards and the greatest of respect for those of you still teaching, as this has been a very trying time for teachers, students, and parents. My best, P
  23. Maybe snow days will not be treated the same from place to place, but in some circumstances the connectiveness of the area may allow for and alternative to snow days. My question is philosophical in many ways, but I do remember driving into school through snow storms, getting there, and then having the district cancel because of rural communities being unable to get students to school. The alternative to snow day problems, and possible endangerment to students and staff because administration is reluctant to cancel school in March when they have already used up their allotment of school make u
  24. There are thought in the US, that extending HS to include another or two more years may be useful. History of Education followed the need for higher and higher levels of learning as we moved out of colonization through industrialization. It may be time for some form of HS or post HS public education. best, Pres
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