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Posted 19 Jun 2013I guess what is confusing is ?? the water from a not dry pot is different than the water vapor coming out later when really heating up???
There is no way these pots were not dry since I candled them also.
Just trying to understand what is going on in the kiln. No steam on mirror at all on low... but literally wet at med???
Remember that there are basically three types of water occurring in your pots. Mechanical water-making the clay pliable, which evaporates as the pot dries. Atmospheric water-basically the dryness the pot will get depending on humidity or your pot will get no drier than the humidity of the day. Chemical water-part of the clay formula that breaks down during firing. In most firings you will have moisture during the water smoking(lid cracked, plugs out, switches at low)this is basically the atmospheric water leaving the pot, then up to 1100F @ you will have the chemical water changes.
Posted 19 Jun 2013So you understand my exasperation when dealing with this topic. You have more credentials than I certainly and could have made well in the "studio life". But as you say, if it fits-yeah it did for me and seems to for you. You probably also know that the extra studio areas you received to make you a "jack of all" as an art teacher did you well. That said, it is great that you have such a strong background in one medium. I wish I had had the background there, I got mine from hard knocks of solving dozens of student problems everyday for 36 years. I guess my education just took a little while longer. Point being, which you pointed out-Good teachers are great because they can. I have always said that if I had to rebuild society after an Armageddon, I would start with the staff at the HS I worked at. Simple practical knowledge used to solving problems in a practical world.
Posted 19 Jun 2013Why not pour thick slabs of plaster? I can't imagine not having a big plaster wedging table where I can condition the clay as well as wedge and no dusty canvas.
Not a bad idea, but my studio is multi-purpose, so I will be working with more than just clay on it.
I cut out two pieces of plywood to cover the plaster when I want to use the wedging table for something else. I keep one 3x3 side for dark clay and one 3x3 side for porcelain. I can cover either or both sides with plywood.
Great idea, Jim, I've got some old plywood doing nothing, will work well to cover the wedging table.
Posted 19 Jun 2013Most young children have a short attention span so you will probably won't have her for more than a hour at a time. She will probably like wearing a light weight dust mast and gloves, what projects you make depends on how old she is. My son I started him with snakes around 3 and then dinosaurs at 5, I got a 4X4 piece of plywood and made a dinosaurs island with a volcano in the middle, this took quite of while to finish. When he was eight we made rock fossils, pressed out the clay into a slab and scratched the fossil design in it and then use oxides to color and age it. A little girl might want to make pendant and charms or maybe a tea set, I was a tomboy dinosaurs would have been my choice. I taught my son some throwing when he was 14 but them he lost interest in it, he was playing in a band. Denice
My grand daughter is 11. We started with pinch pot w footring, then a box with cut lid, and the last few days we have done a serving platter, and a soap dish/tray. I think next we will do a little puzzle work with cut slabs and multi angles-sculptural. She has a good attention span, and 1 1/2 hrs is not too long for her, but about the limit.
Posted 19 Jun 2013This is the wheel I was talking about. It has a slight back that gives some support, and the seat kind of slopes down pushing you towards the wheel. Height adjustable as you see, and less than $100. I have tried all sorts of stools in the studio, including a 3 legged shower adjustable stool thinking I could do better cheaper-NO. This is what I put into the classroom 5 years before retirement, and never had a problem. Should have known better for home. These were originally by CI, but now Speedball.
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- 63 years old
- August 20, 1949
- Central, PA
- Camping, kayaking, family, travel, Art in general. I have a small studio in my garage. Two electric kilns, two wheels, wedging table etc. I am primarily interested in cone 6 Ox. but like to see what is going on at all ranges. Read about ceramics voraciously and love the feel of the clay and throwing. Have to admit that my greatest joy is in the making, not the glazing. That said I do mix my own glazes, some of my own formulas, some borrowed. Retired from teaching art, last year after 36 years, taught ceramics 34 of those years.