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Posted 12 May 2013Did your pots melt away to nothing?
Well, I exaggerated a little. It was gust a drizzle, so they are all dry again. It is Nevada, you know.
It rains 4-5 times a year, and when it rains, it is just a joke most of the time. It does snow in winter, but that's a different story.
We have had an exceptionally nice weather this year! It is 80-90 F for the last 3-4 weeks. I already have small pears, apricots and peaches on my trees. Peonies started to bloom.
TJR, good luck with your sale!
While you may have rain and hot weather, where I am in Ontario/Canada, we had hail and snow today. Very messy weather. Just last week all the tulips and daffodils were out but right now there is snow. Not much but enough to make me worry about some plants I just put in a little ahead of schedule. It can make for a bit of a slow dry of my pots in my studio if I leave the heat off.
Posted 12 May 2013so much out there is beautiful, whose work would you like to claim as your own? not their lifestyle just the pot or pots. anything goes.
mine would, hands down, be tom coleman.
Probably myself 20 years younger, and a little more motivated!:Psrc="http://ceramicartsdaily.org/community/public/style_emoticons/default/tongue.gif"> However, I have always admired the work of John Glick.
If I could be any potter I would be Lucie Rie, Hans Coper (for their stylized simplicity and strength of design) or Walter Ostrum (for his highly knowledgeable ceramic brain and talent).
Posted 12 May 2013...or something unusual for your garden?
A stone cocoon with flower tentacles, surfacing through the soil in our tiny garden... Scary but beautiful
Hand build, stone-ware clay, glazed and fired.
That is very, very cool. I will try that. Right now, I have some of my old platters around my backyard fence to prevent the squirrels from coming underneath. These would be a really great alternative or addition to my garden. Love this idea.
Posted 9 May 2013A shot glass or guinomi or a yunomi.
I have been to workshops on two occasions where we made silk screen t-shirts. The design was usually a theme of the pottery teachers work (i.e., an image of some type of work they were known for making). A second take-away I received were some great wooden ribs that were cut out and sanded by the instructor. Both were great reminders of the workshops I attended. I wear my t-shirt proudly and use the ribs in my studio all the time.
Posted 5 May 2013Dear RDWolf,
Mine is a vent master. I just checked. Interesting that they don't have fan?? I didn't know that. This is what I was told at my old community studio. What I thought was interesting about your post was...use the heat from the kiln in the winter and turn it off. In the summer, let it run.
That is good advice.
So, they are made cheaply ah?? Not good. Another expense down the road I imagine.
BTW-your work is just incredible. Seeing those last pictures and the progression of your thinking and production was very, very exciting. Thank you.
After I saw you use the term "direct drive," I went to google to find out what it meant. What I could ascertain is that this type of mechanism comes directly from the motor. No fan. The results are a quieter motor, increased "torc" and output but can breakdown faster according to the use of the mechanism. Note these were just a few of the things mentioned. It provided me enough information to get me started in my thinking about the my vent.
Perhaps whoever told me this (stop due to overworking the fan belt) was someone, like myself, who didn't know. We likely had to replace the vents frequently given the number of firings we did, so I can imagine that explanation seemed plausible. It did get me to remember to always ensure I paid attention the running of the fan. Last night was no exception.
Interesting how they can build these vents and make such a huge mark-up?? Should be a law against??
Thanks again and for the pictures that you sent.
I think you meant belt, they all have a fan in them. It could be what you were told concerned some very old model.
They are all basically the same design, a motor with a fan and a housing, they probably have a squirrel cage type fan ( I havent looked) but some could have a bladed fan, either way does not require a belt- the fan blade or cage simply rides on the motor shaft itself, basically a modified version of this which shows the squirrel cage fan:
Oh yes, all of these types of vents are just cheaply made, mine came with the kiln, I looked up what the Orton vent kit costs to buy separately and laughed, it was close to $400 as I rememebr, for a cheap plastic housing with a little fan motor in it, some rubber hose and clamps. Anywhere else a fan like that couldn't be more than $49, I see STEEL fan units, on Amazon.com :
4" Squirrel Cage Blower Exhaust Fan 160CF'
- includes adjustable damper.
- 7.5" tall, 10" wide, and 7" deep.
Squirrel Cage Fans (180 CFM)
Anyway, thank you for the comments on my work.
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