Friday, December 21, 2012

More experimentation ...

My students are crying "Sir, our clay is drying out before we can finish!". I told them they take several class periods to do something which should take one. "You need to work faster!"
They bet me I couldn't work faster than them...

Wedged, cut, and assembled in about 25 minutes...teaching as I worked. Nice sized slab bottle sitting on a nine inch square plate. Next class period I'll smooth it out and decorate.

Location:Sumay Memorial St,Santa Rita,Guam

Thursday, December 20, 2012


Just did a demo for my students on how slabs could be used to make a variety of things... like this condiment tray with salt and pepper shakers!

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Thursday, December 13, 2012


The PO for my kiln is in the hands of the vendor!! He says my new Skutt 1227-3 kiln should be in my possession in the next 4-6 weeks!! The half ton of clay, 15 gallons of glazes, and various gloves, tongs, and tools should arrive within 2 weeks as well! Is this a GREAT Christmas or what?!?! Woooo Hooooo!!!

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Current work...

Haven't posted in a while, been busy with keeping the students busy and on track. Here are a few pieces I have managed to finish up during lunch and after school.

And a wall piece that I am still working on.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Something a little different...

Tried something adventurous with the feet on this bowl.

Not sure how I feel about it though.... May grow on me.
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Location:1,Santa Rita,Guam

Sunday, September 23, 2012

A few more pieces...

Well, I haven't been able to keep up with five pieces a day, but have managed to get a few pieces done in the last week. I just can't wait for the kiln so I can get them fired!

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Flu.... Ungh...

Saturday morning I feel a soreness at the back of my throat. By six pm it's a full blown flu, fever, aches, cough, head feels like a bowling ball, the whole shebang. Trying to stay in bed with a sweat suit, hooded jacket, and four blankets. Feel a little better after NyQuilling the heck out of it, and sweating it out. Just hope I feel much better for the first day of classes tomorrow morning. Stay healthy, and
Happy Mudding!

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Four days left...

Finally finished painting the classroom, at least the part I want painted. Let's see the students fall asleep with all the light coming of these white walls!

I did manage to get the lockers up off the floor and fastened to the wall so they won't move. All I have left is to adjust a couple of table legs, and all the cleaning. This will include scrubbing the remaining black walls with a scrub brush to get them clean, sweep, mop, clean all the rags and tools, and put up all the posters, rules, and various artwork examples.
Had a great find today. In one of the wings that has been used as storage for years, I came across these aluminum racks!

Now to get some plywood shelves cut to slide in these free ware racks. The only problem is that there is one wheel missing on each rack! Good thing there are a couple more to pull wheels off of!
Tomorrow I'll get the wheels and finish everything else so I can concentrate on my lesson plans. Have a great week, and...
Happy Mudding!

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Friday, August 10, 2012

10 days... and counting

Spent the day moving things around the campus, and my rooms. I went through a building they are getting ready to renovate, and found two units of lockers that took me two hours to move - but it was worth it!

Now to build something to get them off the floor. I also was able to save this nice wooden desk

It looks so much nicer than the metal one I had, and the drawers actually work on this one.
I did manage to get my last summer school class to help me recycle and weigh out scrap clay from the last two school years

I ended up with 15 bags of 2 lb lumps, and 6 bags of 4 lb lumps.
Now all I have to do is finish straightening out my classroom and storage room -

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Thursday, August 09, 2012

Almost time!

The countdown has started! 11 days till school starts!
Meh... No rest for the weary, as the saying goes.
I have been busy since summer school ended, trying to overhaul my classroom. I have found some small lockers, enough for two classes, I just have to haul them across campus myself (about 200 yds). I did find about 2.5 gals. of off-white paint to try and cover the flat black walls. So far it's taken about 1.5 gal to do this much:

The bookshelf only took one light coat, but those walls! I think there are 4 or 5 THICK coats and as it dries I see grey areas here and there.
This year I have a couple of different lesson plans in the works. The one I think will be the biggest hit is making a 6" square tile. I have already cleared it with the principal to start cementing their tiles to the school walls when they are finished.
Oh! Before I forget, I wanted to know how many of you would be interested in the research paper project this year. I will be giving out the assignment in August - due in September, and again in January - due in February. I will be sending out an email to every artist on my blog reading list (145 at last count) as well. Just drop me an email at if you would be interested. Thanks (in advance)!
Happy Mudding!
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Sunday, August 05, 2012

Taking a break...

With most of my summer gone to summer school, I decided the wife and I needed a weekend away from it all. Checked in Friday night, and out at noon today. It was relaxing to be sure.

Tomorrow ... back to getting ready for school on the 20th.
Happy Mudding!
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Monday, July 30, 2012

I REALLY need a kiln!

A lot of greenware .....

Happy Mudding!
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Final piece for summer school...

Cleaning and organizing everything today - the last class day of the summer session. While moving all the greenware to the kiln room, I found a slab plate waiting for decoration. So I broke out my shells and finished it off.

Can't wait to glaze it!
Happy Mudding!
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Friday, July 27, 2012

Productive day ...

Yesterday I started several items, so today being Friday, I figured I had better finish them. I trimmed, added bottoms, and lug handles to three different sized baking dishes, finished the small box, and trimmed and handled a pitcher. I think I did ok for 3 hours (with student interruptions).

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