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Posted 25 May 2013That is one sanitized area .I knew teaching was a clean but I never thought is was that clean.
Keep in mind, I haven't use it much yet. You should see the Ceramics area in my classroom. Much more "broke in".
I'm honestly not that clean of a potter. Now my college instructor, he wore nice khakis and a button up/ Polo shirt everyday, and got nothing on him. Of course that's easy to do, when he only needed a thimble of water to throw something.
Famous potters from a bygone era, Nan and Jim McKinnel were the neatest potters I ever met (in both senses of word "neat"). I can still see Nan daintily wiping clay off her fingers with a handkerchief and Jim throwing with a bow tie on. I did a demo for one of their classes one time and when I walked in in cut-offs and t-shirt (that probably said something like "Legalize Marijuana Now!"), the class gasped.
My district had a dress code for men-button shirts with ties, no jeans-pressed slacks. I usually tucked my tie, and often wore and apron-which they frowned on. One day I forgot the tuck, and it stuck on the clay, yanking my head to the wheel-thunk! I was lucky that I didn't pass out, just wiped my brow, took a few seconds of deep breath in front of 20 kids, tucked the tie and continued on. Lesson learned! After that the tie always got tucked! Wen through a lot of clothes that way!
Posted 24 May 2013
Cut some 4" plastic pipe, add ends, fill the pipe with gravel to the height you want, you have booties.
Posted 24 May 2013I started College when I was 49, and will soon be turning 51. I took ceramics the first year, and enjoyed it, but didn't like the wheel much. I took Ceramics II and we had the choice to either hand build or use the wheel. I challenged myself to the wheel, and regretted it right off as I spent hours just trying to figure out the centering. I have progressed nicely and threw around 50 pots in class. I enjoyed it so much I bought an old kick wheel, which I have used for one pot so far. It sits in my yard and I love love love sitting there.
I'm going for my AFA in Fine Arts and Ceramics was not really on my radar as a direction until this semester. I have fallen in love with the wheel. My Ceramics Professor has mentioned this site many times in class and encouraged me to sign up. I'm finally getting that done! I look forward to learning more about the glazes and other techniques. I'm proof positive that you can teach an old dog new tricks!
My current worry is how to fire my pots. I have throwing clay left over from class to use on my wheel, but no kiln. I've been looking at pit firing techniques, since I do have the ability to have a little pit fire. Any suggestions would be very welcome.
All of these ideas about pit firing, and alternative firings are fine, except for one thing; your last sentence about using up clay scraps from the classes. Do you know the firing temperature of that clay? Is it an earthenware clay, a mid range stoneware, or a high fire stoneware or porcelain body. If it is any but the earthenware, I would not pit fire it as it would not get anywhere near vitrification. If it is any of the others you should definetly seek out a business, or a non profit that would fire your work for you, at least until you get your own clay specifically for the pit type firing you are thinking of doing. The other thing you need to think about is what direction you want your pots to go-functional or decorative. Pit firing does not lend itself well to food safe functional pottery, as I am sure you well know.
Posted 24 May 2013I leaned long ago that dinnerware takes some time to process so now I keep a pile og bisque plates handy for orders
I shot them today for you-these are Daves porcelain from Laguna-I always stock a shiny glaze and a simi matt in each at my booth .
I flipped them so you can see my feet and my nubbin in center that I leave to catch the slump if it happens-I also sign the nubbin
Marcia yours look great I love that matt finish
Great looking plates, I like the nubbin idea. I usually have a double foo ring on mine, but those can get time intensive. I'll have to try the nubbin trick-thanks for posting.
Posted 24 May 2013How do you put lettering on a cup when your hand lettering skills are not that great? I'm trying to letter a cup for my aunt who will be 90 years old.
Pick up an underglaze stamp pad from Minnesota Clay-mailing is quick. Get a rubber stamp lettering kit, stamp the name on the bisquefired clay and then glaze over top-spray glaze works well to protect the stamped area. Other techniques is to glaze the pot, fire, stamp over glaze, refire.
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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.