Ken Horstman Studios

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This a rerun of a Blog I have done in the past .  At the end of the blog there is exciting news and a discount code for new Websites.  Thanks for being here.  Ken

In today’s post I would like to talk a little bit about the website host that I use.  With all the choices for a website hosting the reason I decided to go  with Format is a variety of reasons.  

1. I feel its speciality is portfolios and as an artist that’s a big plus.  You can still have a top notch store and a blog but you can set it up as you see fit and what’s important to you and how it’s laid out.

2.  The number of templates and ease of use is tremendous You should be able to see exactly what you’re looking for.

3. Availability of support.  I haven’t had to use them, but when creating your site you can do a checklist to help you create a practice site.  One of items is too click on support and they are right there to help.  You also get some emails just to check in or make you aware of some other services.  

4  Looks great on either on the computer or mobile.

5 Depending which plan you sign up for, Format will create your site for you.

6  Free trial to start  see if you like them.  

7 They have an online magazine that may showcase your site.

8 Links to the major social media sites.

I’m sure I forgot some reasons but I really have enjoyed using Format and creating a professional website with Format.   To let you know I am an affiliate with Format I would appreciate you using the link below to explore Format and what they have to offer.  Also for the month of June you add the discount code JUNE50.  You will get 50% off a new website. Don’t forgret to use my affiliate code above it really helps me out   Thanks again Ken Enjoy your new website

Reconstituting Clay Once More

As regular followers may know is I’ve addressed the reconstitution of clay several times in this blog.   So why revisit this subject again and why so soon?  One reason is I also use my blog as a self reference for me so I can have a way to keep track of best studio practices.  The other reason to address it so soon was a wonderful video on You Tube being released in the past week or so,  It was released by ONDO STUDIO .  It is an ASMR video of how they use clay trimmings and recycle their clay.  I highly recommend you subscribe to their channel for some great content.   

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Reconstituting Scraps Of Clay

Since getting a pug mill I think my studio practices will be undergoing a great del of changes.   I found that saving throwing scraps in a bucket of water and the removing the excess water and putting the clay on canvas or a plaster bat and let it dry and then knead the clay was not very practical for me.  I would always find various lumps of clay that was not of a very smooth consistence and could be difficult to throw.  Really for me this process works best when to use the clay slurry to mix with your dry clay and use a clay mixer or a mixing pug mill to mix the clay.   

The method I prefers based on a method that John Britt has used in a you tube video.  (I’ll link to his video below)    My method is basically to methods to accomplish the same result.  I take clay that that has gotten pretty stiff (beyond leather hard) and I take a cheese grater and grate the clay. (I usually take the next to the smallest size.  But any size will work) I wait till the clay is completely dried and add to a couple of gallons of water that has a teaspoon of darvan 7 in it (sodium Silicate will work as well) .  Then mix with a jiffy mixer until smooth and the consistency you want.  I go for a thickness that will pour with some assistance (If that Makes sense).  My other method is to take completely dry clay and break into fairly small pieces then I take a big rolling pin and crush it even finer into dust or very fine pieces.  Then I follow the procedure above.   The liquid clay is then poured in a ReCycle  Slab from The Ceramic Shop

I let the clay dry and flip over as needed.  The results you get will depend on your studio and conditions inside or outside where you recycle your clay.  

I will explain in a future blog how I use this recycle clay with my pugmill and how I may use this in practice in the future.

John Britt Recycling Clay on You Tube

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