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  1. You might enjoy this anecdote on alternative firing. Years ago when I was a young nuclear engineering graduate I worked on a nuclear propelled space rocket and was involved in test firing the engine at Jackass Flat at the Nevada test site. You probably know that glass left for decades in the hot desert sun takes on a bluish cast that deepens with exposure. Antique dealers use the color to date and value old glass brought in from desert sites. The test firings would last a few seconds and were just used to determine thrust. A large number of the personnel involved in the test firings would bring in clear glass items to set in the test chamber around the engine. After the test firing the clear glass would have a beautiful blue color to it. A misconception about radioactivity is that items actually become radioactive but it is actually particles and can be washed off so the glass itself did not become radioactive. Regards, Charles
  2. Nice design! Your "pops" engineered it very well, I like the slots for the arm pivot so you can adjust. I think a lot of the commercial ones are overly expensive and klunky. I also like your kickwheel, I still have one of those, was it kit built? I prefer my Lockerbie but I've kept the old one, no one seems to like using a kickwheel anymore: the old wheel makes a nice banding wheel. Regards, Charles
  3. It's a great resource Mark but most of the posters seem to be back East. I haven't found much here on the Pacific Coast Regards, Charles
  4. I use foolscap, it is cheap, not coated so it burns easily or decomposes well and does not contaminate anything. I don't like used printed matter since sometimes the inks can offset onto you product. I like net bags like they use for produce. regards, Charles
  5. Hi Beth, I live in Michigan outside of Detroit. I use the Standard white 105 for my low-fire but it's been the Laguna/Miller clay for mid-range. I will research what you are suggesting since I have a supplier for that brand. Thank you for your suggestions! This may not help much but I like sculpture mix which is quite groggy and I bisque at ^6 and fire at ^10. It has been my experience that lower fired tile is softer and does not make a good tile for floor tile. There a number of manufacturers who make sculpture mix. Another benefit of highly grogged clay is its stability in firing and in weathering. If you are in an area with numerous freezing and thawing cycles grogged clay ods up much better. Angelica Pozo has an excellent section in her book on the types of clays that are good for tile. Angelica also works and teaches in your neck of the woods I believe and she is very approachable: nice lady! Regards, Charles
  6. Rock salt is the same stuff that they use for water softeners and you can get it in hardware or building supply places. You should have no problems with the temperatures and rock salt (sodium chloride) has a melting point of 808 degrees Centigrade (1486 deg F). I think it would stand up to most baked goods Regards, Charles
  7. Charles, your post was not the problem, I had simply replied to it and this portion in particular; I had said "WD" stood for Water Displacement, and that it was their 40th formula try- all taken from their website which I read years ago. I had simply said oil is oil, it's all petroleum, and that one can use a light machine oil or "3-in-one" oil and soak the bearings which appeared from the description to have seized up from rust. That's about all I said, and I came back a little while later and find my post "rating" voted DOWN into the negative numbers anonymously so I thought what the hell? and then I thought well the heck with this I don't need to spend my time finding, writing out information, posting, and having people hit the negative rating buttons as some kind of "protest slam" joke, or whatever. That's the problem with those ratings features or "karma" on another one- on some of these board software packages, posting on an art site shouldn't become a built-in competition to gain the most "like" points, highest score, highest post count, "most karma" or most pats on the back, unfortunately the software here has this function built-in and I haven't seen this function in years, SMF and vBulletin do not have it. In any case I'm going back to maintaining the other art site as the owners fixed the robo-spam problem and intend to keep it up instead of abandoning as they appeared to be going towards. Take care. I certainly hope you do not decide to leave this discussion group because it has been my experience that many of the posters here are not only professionals but some of the best educators in the business. People like John Baymore, Marcia Selsor, Chris Campbell and Stephen Robison are an incredible resource to find anywhere let alone in one area. Many of the other posters are professionals who have been actually creating in ceramics for many years and also have a wealth of information to share and they all share it selflessly. Unfortunately in an community there are a certain number of people who are petty, picayune and just generally un-nice people. Many years ago I had a co-worker who had a motto: "Illigitimi non carborundum" don't let the bastards wear you down. Now I know that there are some who will jump on this as lousy Latin and there are those who can only pick on one's spelling (or typing. or grammar) and this applies to them too! But don't give up a valuable resource. Like any other community one has to spend a little time to determine whose posts are treasure and whose posts a garbage. I believe that you will find more value here than angst. I hope to see you around. Best regards, Charles
  8. As one of those people living within the Swedish culture.... I'm starting to think... why are we now getting drug into this issue and 'put down' on this board ... it wasn't enough that the Republican party had to continually slam this country as being Socialist (aka Communist in their eyes), though it is actually a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary democracy that maintains some social programs just like the U.S. (i.e., Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Unemployment, etc). It no longer supports that earlier 'Cradle to Grave Welfare system' that so many of those talking heads keep trying to frighten the American populace with... though in retrospect it is nice to know that the lack of homeless and starving people in the country is because of a more compassionate state of awareness. HA HA! .... Just kidding, Chris! I take no offense to your remark or anybody else's as far as that goes! And having grown up in the desert area of Eastern Oregon where fish was not a staple of the diet, I have also learned to eat and LOVE herring (we call 'sill'). Not with sour cream...(as Charles said, 'yechhhh!')... but with a wonderful mustard sauce or tomato sauce and not with Vodka but with a good shot of Schnapps. But we all have different tastes, because we ARE human! On topic, I understand how some could be offended with the 'sophomoric' point rating system attached to this website. Too bad the programmers of this system won't remove it. For the most, I think those that are actually using this site are beyond the infantile thinking that desires to have a 'likability' factor association. I too, feel it has no place here, as this forum has proven itself to me to be more helpful than any other that I've ever been linked with. The amount of wisdom, sharing, professionalism, and consideration of other members rates the highest I've personally witnessed. With 6,950 registered members (at present and growing), there will always be some that, through a measured level of anonymity that these forums and the internet maintains, feel that apparently they are a part of 'the group' by voting on comments, without having to make comments. I've seen the diversity of answers/responses on this forum as being a great boon and enjoy the fact that people don't mind posting alternative answers, that they've gleaned from their experiences. Like others, I was unfamiliar with this 'voting' thing until it was pointed out earlier ... along with the 'stars' (whatever they're supposed to symbolize). The communal sharing of advise/experiences has nothing to do with these type functions. However.... we should Bless people (I won't mention any names, Marcia--) who 'in consideration of total fairness' elect to give themselves negative points. What a kind soul! I'm sure we can continue on this website with the same level of professionalism and considerate sharing of advise and experience that has made this site such a treat. And I do hope and know that we will continue to attract other serious and professional ceramic minded folks as the one that we just sadly lost with this issue. Meanwhile, maybe Sherman, Jennifer and/or Bill could press upon the programmers to eliminate this annoying little feature. As artists, don't we get enough criticism from the public and art world through our sales and exhibitions? Should we really feel content with the anonymous unsolicited/unwarranted criticism from our supposed ceramic peers? Great post AmeriSwede! I'm glad that you have pleasant memories of childhood delicacies. My maternal grandparents were Russian and most often when we visited my grandparents my grandmother would deploy her latest gourmet acquisition. These acquisitions usually consisted of smoked herring, pickled pigs knuckles and various other items I am hard pressed to identify and translate. My Grandmother would unwrap the smoked herring, tear of a piece and stuff it in my face with the imprecation "Eat" so I have developed a bit of a reluctance to consume these things based on childhood trauma. I have since had smoked herring and while I still don't put it on my grocery list I can at least tolerate it unlike some of the other items. I have since embraced other cuisines (Chinese and Mexican in particular) but the mention of Russian food generally causes me to head rapidly in the opposite direction. regards, Charles
  9. Thanks Chris! Herring with sour cream, yechhhh! Rollmops is another disservice to that poor fish, although I understand that the Swedes consider it a great delicacy. I did make a post in the Stuck Banding Wheel thread where it now appears my original post caused a stir. I went and did a bit of research. I hope that my post helps to ameliorate the discord although I am unsure of what followed my post since I hadn't returned to the thread until this evening. Best regards, Charles
  10. Well, considering the apparent fall out over the WD40 comments I think I should post why I said what I said. I checked to see what the official WD40 site had to say about it's product and the site does say that WD stands for Water Displacement and that it is a lubricant. That is their official statement. Anyway going back in time many years I was the Chief Operating Officer of Action Hydraulics, Inc., located at 800 51st Ave in Oakland, CA. We held several classificatino numbers and some of our information is still on the web. Action Hydraulics was a military aerospace contractor and we used to manufacture parts for installation on the Atlas-Centaur Launch Vehicle. the pictures of the launches where one could see the hoses cables that drop off the launch vehicle, well those hoses and cable swere one of our products. We also manufactured a number of other items including the hydraulics for the APECS ship-board protection system. one of the products we had to use on all our equippment was a product that was supplied to us by the Boeing Corporation and it was designated WD40 and was a washdown prior to packaging and shipping various components. In discussions with Boeing engineers it was said that the washdown was the same as the WD40 sold over the counter. Reading the website of WD40 they make a lot of statements but they give little in the way of hard facts. They claim that WD40 is a penetrant and a lubricant but they have no lubricity data and certainly no data to indicate it use a s penetrant. They state their formula is secret. I still believe the advice I gave regarding the use of kerosene or diesel as being a better penetrant is sound and I would not recommend something as volatile as WD40 as a lubricant for rotating machinery and that is based on sound and experienced engineering. I have no idea what happened subsequent to my post. Best regards, Charles
  11. Hi Neighbor: I like your sink! Nice installation. Do you know Bob Zvolensky from Comptche? Bob used to do sinks commercially also. Throwing a sink is hard work. regards, Charles in Mendo,
  12. I was not sure if that was what the buttons stood for and I am not sure what it means to have a number as a reputation. No shy violet here, I tell people what I think, I do it directly and be done with it! if you disagree with it I may agree with you or stand obdurate. Regardless I never devolve into obscenities, name-calling or dragging red herring! Never cared much for herring anyway! regards, Charles
  13. I like plaster myself and I had several bags of plaster that were aging so rather thhan have them sit there and hydrate I made a wedging table. My wedging table is 2' by 4' and 4" deep. I happened to have some Monterey Pine I cut up into timbers to frame with and so my legs are the tail ends of 18" by 6" beams at about the right height cut with a chain saw. I also attached a piece of stainless steel 0.030" welding wire and a turnbuckle to use to cut the clay if I wish. It works well for me and I have it separated one side I use for white clay and the other for colored clays. I use other white clays sometimes besides porcelain and I like Black Mountain, some Red clays and I use a lot of sculpture mix so I like to keep them separate. Regards, Charles
  14. WD40 is an aerospace wash-down formula whence the WD in the WD40. It's not a particularly good penetrant and it is even worse as a lubricant. I would recommend soaking it in diesel fuel unless you can get a specific penetrating oil such as "Bolt-off" or "Liquid Wrench" followed up with a nice lubricating oil after it is loosened up. The best place to find a penetrating oil wold be your local friendly auto parts store or you local mechanic. Good luck. Best regards, Charles
  15. Probably more than just a few, I'm a NAUI certified Master Scuba Diver, formerly volunteered with Scripps Institute as a research diver, dove with Sylvia Earle and also Mel Fisher, taught SCUBA diving at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. I've been diving regularly since 1956. Regards, Charles
  16. Wow, Chris that is tantamount to asking which of my children do I love the most. I put a part of me into every piece I make and while some may be more beautiful, or more desirable to some I have a warm spot in my heart for each and every one. I guess if I were to make production pottery I may feel differently but each of my pieces has a history and a reason for being. I was intimately involved in their creation and I like them all, even some that didn't survive. Regards, Charles
  17. Seasoned Warrior

    Just Stuff

    A pot pourri of test items, some successful and smoe not so much.
  18. From the album: Just Stuff

    This is a sample of a point twill using 8 shafts on a non-computerized Dobby loom. I studied different weave structures to use in my pottery and metals work: it was fascinating!

    © Charles A Peavey 2012

  19. I like talking to people in general. There is a concept called building rapport which has been distilled over the years and you can run a search on google on building rapport. There are many excellent resources. I just comment obliquely on non-inflammatory topics such as the weather, the crowd, the heat, the cold the rain, the great time everyone seems to be having, there always seems to be some thing to say that carries no baggage but breaks the ice and gets the ball rolling. I don't know I guess you just have to practice, the more people you talk to the better you get. I talk to the people at the grocery store, the bus stop, the car park the pharmacy where ever I happen to be where there are other people. Sometimes people don't want to talk and that's ok, I let them be. A smile and a pleasant demeanor actually go a long way to opening the door and you'd be amazing at the interesting people you find out there. Regards, Charles
  20. I use submeters from Davidge Controls for my studio, farm and my apartments. They are very easy to install and can be found here:http://www.ezmeter.com/
  21. You got that right Herb! Regaards, Charles
  22. From the album: Just Stuff

    Deep drawing is an indstrial technique used to make many hollow shapes out of sheet metal. Marcia Selsor did a post a while back on the technique using clay where she draped the clay slab over a sheet with a hole in it and combed the material down into the hole. I wanted to try her technique and it works very well. It is much faster than making a mold and there can be many variations using the same form. I had a commission for a wall nook and this was a proof of concept piece for that nook. As it was I used a more traditional method of fully supporting the bowl because of the size of the piece and its form. I never fired this test piece but I think the technique has a lot of promise and the cross section of the bowl came out very thin which I personally like. I never post pictures of commissioned work because I believe that I do not own the rights to the piece when the sale has been consummated contrary to what courts have recently said.

    © Charles A Peavey, 2010, all rights reserved

  23. A couple of thoughts. The other vendor IS liable for your loss. You do have the small-claims court option to recover damages (that's why they call them damages) and another thing don't forget to take a casualty loss on your income taxes this year. Saying one is sorry does not absolve them of responsibility for damage they cause as a result of their poorly designed display. Best regards, Charles PS: I am a licensee of the California Department of Insurance: a licensed insurance broker (another stream of income)
  24. Great post Wendy. I find that most artists have multiple streams of income even those who sometimes insist they don' t: I certainly do I don't think I'd like the lifestyle otherwise. I have recently been looking into starting a co-op gallery because due to the economic environment I have a storefront in a tourist area that is unused and it has proven that co-operative galleries are not the panacea they seem to be on the surface and are probably worse than individual studios. Aside from wholesale being good there is an other area that may be overlooked in some locales. One of the cities I own commercial property in requires that a certain percentage of the construction costs over a certain base amount go to art works and I don't see a lot of ceramic artists taking advantage of this. Civic arts pays well if you can stand the paperwork the reviews and the oversight that goes with it. Best regards, Charles
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