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Posted 18 Jun 2013So with the end of the school year, I've got more time to get my studio set up.
I bought some lumber today, to create a work bench/ wedging table top. Luckily, one of the homes previous owners, was into woodworking. So he had a nice wood shop set up in the basement. He had a workbench there, but REALLY like the top, so he took it with him, for the wood shop in his new house. So I've got the frame, but no top. I have several 5X1.5" pieces. I plan to laminate them together, than anchor them to the frame. As the lumber has rounded edges, I plan to square them off with a planer, so the edges match up better (time to call in a favor to the school industrial tech teacher).
My question is, should I use any type of treatment on the surface of the wood? My guess is no, as I'm sure I'll want the wood to absorb some of the moisture out of my clay, but maybe there's something I'm not thinking about.
Also, I eventually want to use an epoxy coating on the floor, the type you use in garages and such. The floor is already concrete, but it's pretty rough and somewhat pitted, because it is nearly one hundred years old. It actually used to be the coal storage room, for the house's furnace. In fact, the coal chute door is still there, on the exterior of the house. So, like I said, it's a little beat, and has a lot of spots that would hold onto clay dust.
Once again, is there any reason, I wouldn't want to use said product?
Posted 18 Jun 2013Thanks for posting the pictures. That inner blue color, compliments the outer colors nicely.
Posted 18 Jun 2013Have them wedge for the first 12 years, then send them off to college.
So it's like an apprenticeship, that never evolves.
Anyway, last summer, when I was working in the studio, I did so when my daughter was napping, or once my wife was home to watch her. I did however have my niece, who is older, come over, and was interested in the clay sculpture I was working on. So I let her make a small one as well. I went over scoring and slipping, which she basically disregarded, but the piece stayed together regardless, because the clay was wet enough.
Now however, my daughter is a year older, and more into art. She likes drawing, and she has an easel, in my studio, where she can do so. I've only fired up my wheel once, thus far, but she was interested in it, and successfully flopped the cylinder I started. Once I get my studio set up better, I'll let her "play with clay" a bit more.....My wife probably won't be happy with all the "clayed up" clothes, that are to come.
Posted 17 Jun 2013Benzine;
Do you keep track of the hours or does admin.
Our 200 days include 10 inservice days.[exams and grad are in there too.
The administration will be required to. There is no point in individual teachers doing it, as we will all have the same contact hours with students.....unless someone isn't doing there job....
Coincidentally, they were just talking about the start of the school year again on the news. They are really pushing to start school later again. What I forgot about, is that right now, schools are supposed to wait until the week of September 1st, to start. However, school districts can apply for waivers, and start sooner. Only eight districts, in my state, do not apply for waivers.
Posted 17 Jun 2013I've never tried this, but my high school art teacher told me a story about how he, or those he knew used urine on their ceramic items. I don't recall the specifics, but I want to say, that they urinated directly on the hot wares, which makes me think, it was part of a "Raku-Like" process, as I imagine that urinating into a hot kiln, is both difficult and ill-advised. I don't know how factual the story is, as my high school teacher had many a story. They were very entertaining anyway.
Maybe this is what he meant?
The old story when i was a kid
was that the japanese master potters would pee
in their clay...to fertilize it before storage. it would make
the clay grow during ageing.
kids loved that story...and would talk about doing it
in the old clay buckets at school...so i mixed a big jug
of a mixture of ammonia and vinegar/ sorta a pee
substitute....and you know.........i think it works...i still
use it all the time....35 years and i still fertilize my
stored, recycled clay...
Well, have to realize that the ammonia and vinegar do not substitute the urine. Urine does have some ammonia, though. I can imagine the smell of his studio, too.
Hmmm, he may have meant that, but I swear he said "Pots", not just "clay".
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