Archive for February, 2012

The junk shed

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

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I get the fuel to fire my pots at a saw mill in the southern part of our county. Every Friday I drive to the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison. On the way back I often stop at Satterwhite log homes and go through their waste wood pile for wood that will work well for burning my potsI get the wood at a fire wood price. Often there are boards, beams and the like that would actually make good lumber. So I bring thosth home and set them aside. Recently I realized I had enough to start a building project so I began putting up a storage shed out behind the pottery made of junk wood. It e=will be a place where I can store my junk.
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Here is the shed so far. I have hired a friend to work with me so the shed will go up quickly. I will get he whole shed built with waste wood costing under $60. The cement for the footers was more than that.

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Meanwhile back at the ranch I was finishing yesterday’s butter pots and mugs.

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Lee and I are slowly making our way through the orchard while it is still winter and the trees are dormant.

Tomorrow’s Work

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Yesterday’s clay balls became today’s bread and butter plates, mugs and assorted ice cream bowls.
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In the middle of all that Craig and lloyd showed up. Old Orem boys.

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Richard Charles Edward Gate in the flesh. Only a few people get to wear the Kingfisher hat.

Making dishes.

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

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When not reorganizing my studio I have been making dinnerware.

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These are soup bowls I made yesterday.
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Tomorrow’s work is all laid out and ready to go.

Studio Improvements

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

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Overt the winter I have been rearranging things and improving my workspace. The slab roller is new as mentioned in an earlier post. The shelves ware racks on the left and the right were built in January. I’ll have more room now for storing finished pots waiting for firing.

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This rack was completed last week and as you can see will house dry materials such as fire clay, minerals and plaster.

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Last fall I hired a friend to build this closet. Last month I painted it.

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Inside is a much awaited improvement, a waterless composting toilet from Canada.

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Earlier today my hired man poured cement into these forms to make footers for a storage shed that will take shape over the next little while. It will house display equipment for sales, signs and other assorted junk that needs to get out of my workspace. More to come on this project.

Nice House For Sale in Spring City.

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

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Ball Mill For Sale

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

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I bought this Blue Bird ball mill kit a lot of years ago….like 32 years. I threw a jar for it and got these porcelain balls made. W hen I fired the jar it didn’t shrink as much as I had calculated. It sat out by my kiln for a winter or two before I tried firing it again a little hotter to see if it would shrink the little bit needed to make it fit the carriage. I assumed that the dense vitreous nature of the porcelain would have prevented the clay from absorbing any water…..WRONG. It sounded like a rifle shot inside the kiln. I had to shut it off and unload the kiln so I could remove all of the little bits of porcelain that were distributed in and around all of the pots inside. After that I had a hard time working up the energy to retry the jar. This much later I find I have not so much use for a large ball mill so I am offering it for sale. I paid $600 for this ball mill kit in 1980 or thereabouts. I’m not looking to make money off this deal but would like a fair price in 2012 dollars. The consumer price index would indicate a price of about $ 1590. I’d take $1550 FOB Spring City, Utah.

A very lovely film about Mike Dodd

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

Toys: New and Old.

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

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I went to Coleville last week with Lee and got three tons of clay and dry materials. I also picked up this used slab roller. Actually it had not been used but had been previously owned by a fellow who fancied the idea of being a potter and got a whole studio full of new gear and then never did much with it. The canvas sheets that are used to roll the clay are completely clean and new. It will ge tused a lot here.
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I have been making a few slab pots using an old baker’s rolling pin that Karma Distefano gave me thirty five years ago. I’ve had it in my head for a while to get a slab roller and make some new molds. With that order of dry materials is 200 lbs of potter’s plaster.
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A few of my past slab pieces.

Pete talks about cups.

Friday, February 3rd, 2012


Pete and I taught at Anderson Ranch at the same time and spent some nice time eating and talking there. This discussion is so typically Pete.