Archive for the ‘Studio Maintenance’ Category

We have a new garden. Thanks to the ASB we were able to start a new garden outside the ceramics studio. Special thanks to the ASB and Marsha Linsley for providing supplies, students for your help planning and planting and to the maintenance staff at PYLUSD and EHS.

Some interesting facts about the garden:
There are colorful pieces of broken up old ceramic project that make the pathways
The old logs were used as centerpieces in my wedding
The fence was pieced together with old t-squares from the drawing class

Some of the plowers and plants in the garden:
African Marigold
Kangaroo Paws
Fortnight Lily
Marigold Dwarf
Assorted succulents


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Some upgrades to the tables. More to follow…

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I poured a plaster table about a month ago and wanted to share the internal structure and procedures. I used a 2×4 wood frame and inserted 1/2 inch steel rebar about every 8-10 inches. I placed a plastic bag under the mold and added a coil of clay around the wood frame and the plastic bag to prevent leaking during the pour. I poured the plaster table top upside down so that the plaster would be smooth and flat on the top after I flipped it over. Use a level to make sure the table is level so your plaster will flow evenly. I mixed up about 120 pds of plaster. Check the bag or manufactures website for exact measurements. Here is a link for Aardvarks instructions.  I used an electric glaze mixer to mix the plaster in a large trash can and then I poured it into the mold in two batches. Make sure to have a bucket of clean water to wash of any tools or your hands. Plaster should never be poured down the sink. It will harden in your pipes and cause a large problem.

Some tools you will need:

Dust mask for everyone helping
Scale for weighing the water and plaster
Electric mixer
Bucket of clean water
Paper towels for clean up

This table has made the studio flow smoothly and keeps our recycled clay flowing.
Mr. Kowalski

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Class Kilns

Here are the three Kilns that we use throughout the Year. We use a Geil Gas Kiln, Skutt Electric Kiln and an Olympic raku Kiln.

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I have about 165 artist in our studio each day and we are always recycling clay. I have put together a plaster wedging/recycling table that my wonderful TA’s use to recycle clay. We place any dry clay in the plastic buckets of water below the plaster wedging table for about two days. The small buckets have holes for draining the water and then the clay is placed on the table for drying and wedging.  I have also devised a way for our plastic bats to stay high and dry, using plywood and a 2×4. Enjoy

Mr. K

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