Tuesday, December 9, 2008

pottery pick up!

Hi All,
Everything will be ready for pickup this Sunday, December 14th. If the studio is not open then all will be placed under cover on a table next to the studio. Bring your own packing up materials.

Some great pieces and I'm hoping to get photographs before you whisk them away. Thanks for a wonderful session everybody!

Anything not picked up this weekend goes down in the old kiln shed. Please pick up within two weeks. After that it goes up-for-grabs or donated. Bring a flashlight if you come after dark.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Final Final Final Glazing

Last chance to glaze any straggler pieces:

Sat, Dec 6th, 2008
9:30am-11:00am (Barbara, studio monitor)

Sun, Dec 6th, 2008
11:00am-12pm (Barbara, studio monitor)

Monday, October 27, 2008

Practice Time for Current Students, week of Oct 27, 2008

To my students:
Sign up for your 2 hours via "Post A Comment". (You may need to register if you are not already registered.)
In your comment, include:
First name, Last initial, day, which 2 hours.
You may also change your times or opt out using the same method.

8 people including studio monitor is max for all to get a wheel.

Oct 27th, Monday
2-4pm Jan W. (Studio Monitor)

Nov 1st, Saturday
10am-12pm Jan W. (Studio Monitor)

Nov 2nd, Sunday
10am-1pm Erin S. (Studio Monitor)

Monday, October 20, 2008

Clay Recycling

When we make things out of clay we get slop, dry trimmings, and more than needs a little processing before being used again. If I didn't recycle it I'd have to pay to get rid of it. I'm limited on space and don't want to spend a lot of time recycling as that would make the clay more expensive than it's worth. So I've developed a system that works for me and my 20+ students. We save all slop, and all dry trimmings. Slops goes in 5 gal buckets. Trimming are left fluffy and allowed to get bone dry in bisqued pots.

Then they are combined, left to sit a few hours, then stirred with a paddle, left to sit a little longer and water is decanted off the top, using a 24 oz ladel. Then about 10 ladles full are scooped into a trug (a flexible bucket with handles). I add an 1/8 cup of bleach, stir again. Because the trug is flexible it's squashed into a giant pouring spout and poured into a waiting canvas bag, suspended open by its handles from big hooks.


These are on a makeshift sawhorse. The canvas bag are closed tightly by bungy cords. They bags are moved down the line to smaller "s" hooks.

They will remain hanging like this until they feel firm enough to open up and pull the clay from the bag without it sticking to the sides. It is an art knowing just the right time.