Archive | December, 2011

Do you like cats? I don’t like writing checks

30 Dec

Merry Christmas and Happy Festivus!

25 Dec

Thought that i would put a few recipes that we came across in the last few days…Anne’s bread is incredible and be carful with the glogg it’s much stronger then it tastes… i hear.  I have not had a chance to try it but maybe when you all come back from break we can come up with a reason to get together and try some…see you soon

Ten Years of Hanging on as an Afghan Potter

23 Dec

http://www.npr.org/v2/?i=144031066&m=144173294&t=audio

It’s fun to do bad things

12 Dec

thought we might need a laugh the day before finals

It’s fun to do bad things

–deckals–

12 Dec

Hey, so there has been a lot of shop talk about deckals and I figured I put up a few links, particularly regarding the sepia tone print at home laser water slide decals.  A good easy way to work with image on clay, not always the ideal solution, but a good tool to have in your tool box.  Anyways Att here is a great PDF that Linda Arbuckle has on her website(laserprinted_decals).  The only part of it that is not spot-on is in regards to the specific type of printer you need.  This does require a laser printer but you can purchase an MICR cartridge for most laser printers previously sold or currently sold, contrary to what the PDF suggests.  I got mine for my printer at (Be sure to select MICR on the nav bar)

http://www.tonerstore.com/?gclid=CI6h5Jnn_KwCFUXf4Aod13dITQ

So what is MICR and why does it work…this is Wiki’s definition the rest of info you will find in Linda’s PDF…happy printing

“Magnetic Ink Character Recognition, or MICR, is a character recognition technology used primarily by the banking industry to facilitate the processing of cheques and makes up the routing number and account number at the bottom of a check. The technology allows computers to read information (such as account numbers) off printed documents. Unlike barcodes or similar technologies, however, MICR codes can be easily read by humans.

MICR characters are printed in special typefaces with a magnetic ink or toner, usually containing iron oxide. As a machine decodes the MICR text, it first magnetizes the characters in the plane of the paper. Then the characters are passed over a MICR read head, a device similar to the playback head of a tape recorder. As each character passes over the head it produces a unique waveform that can be easily identified by the system”

Theromfax!

7 Dec

Amy last week did a demo for linda’s class where she illustrated a handful of techniques for transferring image or patterns on to clay.  One of the tactics was essentially screen printing but it used a machine called a thermofax which almost instantaneously created a silkscreen. The video below illustrates the process… although I’m not sure that we should all be printing dinosaurs on our work. We don’t have one of these machines now, but it would be a great addition to the grad lab I’ll bug my advisor if you bought yours.

Library schedule

5 Dec

Thought i would pin this up for those of us who are going to be here over the break.  Below is the Library schedule