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  1. I agree 100% Chris and John. Display lighting typically comes in flood and spot types (there are also other specialty lights). A flood covers a large area with even lighting, a spot on the other hand pinpoints a specific area. You might consider using floods to illuminate the display area and then pick a few pieces you'd like to showcase to set spots on. Halogens are excellent but check to make sure that they have the correct color temperature so that your colors are true, all colors are reflected light with certain parts of the the spectra absorbed. Halogen and now LED lights usually have the color temperature (in degrees Kelvin) marked on the boxes. Also make sure to position the lights so that they do not shine in the eyes of the viewer or set so that the viewer sees the light in its location which sometimes may be difficult in flat displays. Also watch out for "hot spots" which may cause unpleasant reflections and are due to the distance of the lit item from the lamp caused by focus due to the curve of the reflector. Best regards, Charles
  2. www.searchtempest.com is an easy way to search many craigslist.org lists and I do not believe it has the limitations of some of the other search engines.
  3. Hi Phil: I agree one hundred percent with John on selling seconds. My seconds become grog. Discounting and selling seconds is a slippery slope and tends to cause people to discount your work mentally. I usually start with a price point in mind and then test at different price points both above and below my idea of price. I have found it absolutely amazing when an item I had trouble selling a one price sold like hot-cakes at twice the price. There is an ostensible value buyers place on things they want and tend to believe that an item priced lower then their mental price is not a good value. Good luck! Regards, Charles
  4. Thanks Marcia. Yes the EPDM is just a gasket at the base of the tower to take up some slight irregularities in the mating surfaces as well as preventing air exchange with the chilled air used to cool the supply lines. Thanks Up in Smoke, good thoughts. I had planned the tower in three parts. The tower base, a heavy polished brass collar in which the shanks for the faucets are mounted and a ceramic finial. A design similar to those used in Germany and Austria. Best regards, Charles
  5. Back in the day as a poor but ambitious college student I found that an old bedsheet makes a great diffuser as well as a pretty good light box even when supported on re-bent metal coathangers Best regards, Charles
  6. I have a Brent and an older Lockerbie, my favorite is the Lockerbie. I converted the power feature on my older Lockerbie to a variable frequency drive and a three phase motor which maintains even torque throughout its entire speed range. I like the Lockerbie because it can also be used as a kiickwheel and I like a kickwheel sometimes. I also like that I sit more upright at the Lockerbie, for some reason I tend to slump to one side at the Brent and I find it hard on my back. I have a jiggering arm on my Brent and torque does not seem to be a problem. Best regards, Charles
  7. I have a curious application question. I have a commission for a custom beer dispensing tower (sometimes called a tapper) and while the tower itself is pretty much standard pottery I was wondering if anyone here has used mechanical fasteners with ceramics. The tower has openings for the faucets which use a shank and I can get pretty close dimensionally to the final opening so that the shank the faucet fits into will fit tightly. The question I have is that I was supplied with a template for a standard mounting flange. I was planning on making an oversize socket and then using a threaded insert which would be epoxied into the socket of the finished tower. The inserts would be positioned using a template to maintain the position of the inserts accurately. I was thinking that the socket should be ribbed to prevent pull-outs although the epoxy I use is rated at 2000 pounds and I suspect exceeds the tensile strength of the ceramic The porosity of the ceramic should bond well with the epoxy so perhaps ribs are superfluous. I plan on using an elastomeric sheet material (EPDM) to absorb any irregularities between the tower and the mounting flange. The design requires a blind thread instead of a through thread and that is why I was thinking of using inserts. The inserts I was planning on using have a diamond knurl on the outside and I was thinking it would interlock well with ribs in the socket. Any thoughts??? Bests regards, Charles
  8. Hmmm, food for thought. Eve certainly took the lead when it came to fruit!
  9. Yes, it's available so why not??? Checking past posts is a good way to get a feel of where a person is coming from and I see no restrictions on that. I believe that one shojld stand behind what one says: I do! As far as you having made your point I do not see that you offered any point to be made in your post. Your post appeared to me to be strictly an imprecation of my value as a poster because of my obvious ignorance of the English language. As I mentioned I did nto start this spelling contest and my only response to this thread was in regards to the study of pedagogics. Perhaps you should check out the "New Journalism" as taught by Tom Wolfe and others, you might enjoy the plasticity of English. There is even a difference in the spellings between American English and British English; which is correct? I am perfectly happy to ignore typos and move on, as I was from the beginning. I do however enjoy a spirited discussion, especially if there is a certain amount of verbal jousting involved. Bests regards, Charles
  10. Went checking on my posts eh? That proves my point. Seems like a vicious cycle. One corrects another, another corrects another, and on and on we go where it stops no body knows. We all make mistakes. And sometimes spell check makes errors. You should see what it does with the verb ‘to be’. I didn’t mean to offend and you don’t have to defend. I am aware that we all make typos. Let’s just try to ignore them and move on. There are no teachers who will samck out handes. Oops, smack our hands. By the way, thanks for the correction. I made the adjustment.
  11. Lucille, you posted the following a while back: "Your welcome. The idea of the catalog I got from readings about Thomas Chippendale (1718-1780) the furniture maker and Andrea Palladio (1508-1580),..." while I ascribe my poor spelling to my bad typing there is an obscure saying about people in glass houses and all that.... Not being a native English speaker I have sometimes misspelled items and I probably have other bad habits also but I try to consider the content rather than the trappings, we all make mistakes: some of us even admit them. I am sure that your education included the difference between "your" and "you're" and so I would not diminish the value of your posts because of a minor typographical or grammatical error. Please note that I did not start this spelling bee, I was not the one who commented on the spelling of ceramics in the original poster's comment, I was merely pointing out in the post that yes mistakes in spelling and sometimes grammar are made but they are less important than the information contained in the comment. I hope you can find in your heart the kindness to forgive a poor speller like myself but I may be mistaken. I promise I will try harder to be a better speller. Best regards, Charles
  12. Whenever I see a mistake in spelling or some such thing it does bother me a little also, but I suppose it is all those stern teachers I had in elementary school that whacked you on the hands if you made a mistake in spelling. I am trying to get over it slowly but surely. I try to ignore the mistakes and keep on reading but because this is a running critique here goes- usage. Wow!
  13. Well Pres I don't presume to be the world's greatest typist but if we are going to get into a discussion of English useage I'd like to see you diagram your sentence which includes the following "... I some cases I have seen Art teachers graduate from reputable..." Best regards, Charles
  14. I actually prefer a shooting table such as these from B&H in New York ( http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=shooting+tables&N=0&InitialSearch=yes ) and then going with a softbox on the lighting unless I'm using strobes which I actually prefer for their saturation. The reason that I like a shooting table is that there are rails for additional lights and you can use a variety of seamless backgrounds also it gives you better access to the object than a cube does. regards, Charles
  15. Home Depot has a couple of very very reasonably priced wet diamond saws for sawing ceramic tile and other ceramic materials. Regards, Charles
  16. I just got a flyer for a table-top photography kit that includes a photo cube for diffusing lighting and 2 color corrected lights with stands and reflectors. The kit folds down into a carrying case. It has been my experience that this company sells affordable equipment that with some care can provide an entry-level platform for porfesional photography at a most reasonable cost. The kit is currently on sale for $105. While the equipment is not as robust as most professional photographic equipment is is perectly adequate and quite inexpensive. http://www.cowboystudio.com/product/c10/p10-20.php Regards, Charles
  17. There are those here who I am sure make a living at pottery but I believe you need to define it a little better. There are those who make pottery and then supplement it with other sources of revenue such as those who make videos or write. Just pottery, I am sure that there are few who do but I suspect that all rhetoric aside if you look at it carefully they have other areas that help pay the bills. I believe that you need to develop multiple streams of income to have a comfortable lifestyle in the arts. I don't believe that I could live in the style I like from just making and selling pottery and I haven't met many who can. regards, Charles
  18. Being the dinosaur that I am I use an engineering field book (engineering supply) , sewn in, hardbound, with waterproof paper ruled on one page and graph paper on the opposite page. Moleskine makes a very similar book and available in most stationery stores. I keep the books in chronological order and save them forever. It works for me YMMV! Regards, Charles
  19. Like Marcia I prefer to spray because, for me, I find it gives a much more even coating. I use a Paasche 64 spray gun at 60psig .The Paasche is a siphon type gun and accepts a wide range of viscosity. You may have to play with your air pressure to get the desired spray density. Regards, Charles
  20. I am in the process of building a wood-fired oven and pizza is of particular interest. I spent quite a bit of time traipsing through the Yucatan. In the Yucatan I visited a while with a baker's family and witnessed the construction of a commercial wood-fired oven which was very interesting. They are so efficient that a hand full of sticks can actually keep the oven hot for hours and then they plan their baking based on the heat need as the heat decays through the day. The one thing I am going to use in my oven based on that visit however is rock salt for the floor. That is the same thing they use in the Yucatan. The salt floors are glass smooth and retain heat for an exceptionally long time. Regards, Charles
  21. Preheat adds little wear to the elements, because the temperature is so low. You can tell by the humming sound and the click of the relays that the elements are off much of the time during preheat. The least expensive way to dry greenware is to place it near the kiln as you fire another load. The ambient heat then becomes useful. Sincerely, Arnold Howard Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA ahoward@paragonweb.com / www.paragonweb.com Residual heat, in engineering terms, Arnold. Perhaps Paragon could include a heat exchanger and a blower with a cabinet as an option to the exhaust sytem to capture that residual heat. Certainly would be a greener system and would reuse some of the calories lost. Regards, Charles
  22. From the album: Just Stuff

    This tile is part of a set for an iron patio table. The tile is a highly grogged clay body fired to ^10. The image is an actual hop leaf from my farm and is in chromium oxide glazed with a celadon glaze. This is part of a comission for a set of hand wrought iron patio tables for a local craft brewery. The tiles make up the table top of the wrought iron tables.

    © All rights reserved, Copyright 2011

  23. From the album: Just Stuff

    Porcelain, Aoki Blue @ ^10

    © All rights Reserved, Copyright 2011

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