1. Tuesday Tip: How to Reglaze Ceramicsby JJ Peet, 92Y Ceramics Center instructor Ceramic pieces often come out of the kiln with glazing that is less than desirable. Re-glazing already fired work is difficult, at best, as the glaze cannot be absorbed by the non-porous clay.  A solution to this problem is to add one drop of liquid soap to 6oz of glaze that has been warmed under a heat lamp or in a kiln at a temperature of approximately 115F. The soap thickens the glaze and the warm surface allows it to adhere. The glaze or slip can then be applied by brush or poured.  While not like a bisque surface, the combination creates a workable solution to an often difficult problem.  Master the art of the glaze yourself and join JJ Peet for a class in Handbuilidng and Wheel this fall!

    Tuesday Tip: How to Reglaze Ceramics
    by JJ Peet, 92Y Ceramics Center instructor

    Ceramic pieces often come out of the kiln with glazing that is less than desirable. Re-glazing already fired work is difficult, at best, as the glaze cannot be absorbed by the non-porous clay.

    A solution to this problem is to add one drop of liquid soap to 6oz of glaze that has been warmed under a heat lamp or in a kiln at a temperature of approximately 115F. The soap thickens the glaze and the warm surface allows it to adhere. The glaze or slip can then be applied by brush or poured.

    While not like a bisque surface, the combination creates a workable solution to an often difficult problem.

    Master the art of the glaze yourself and join JJ Peet for a class in Handbuilidng and Wheel this fall!

  2. May we present… the stars and creative team of Outlander! The new Starz series, based on the beloved books by Diana Gabaldon, took over 92Y tonight for an advanced screening of the show and a panel discussion with the cast. You can watch the livestream of the panel NOW, here!

  3. #MusicMonday The “Long, Long Way” from WWI

    Today is the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, and the unofficial start of the 20th Century. The Great War had a profound influence on music, as it did on every aspect of life, but for today’s #MusicMonday, we’re keeping it simple and asking…

    Just where is Tipperary and why is it such a long way?

    “It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary” was one of the most popular songs among WWI British soldiers. Yet it was actually written in 1912 for the British music halls.

    The opening verse tells of an immigrant from the southern Irish town of Tipperary who has come to the northern English coal town of Manchester. There, all the miners talk about the revelry to be found in London’s Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square. But our Irish lad will have none of that; he will stay true to his sweetheart, far away.

    Just switch Manchester coal mines to French trenches, and “Tipperary” became a huge hit among British soldiers, filled with nostalgia for the music halls—and sweethearts—back home.

    All together now!

  4. Wishing a very happy birthday to legendary TV producer Norman Lear, who turns 92 today! (One of our favorite numbers.) The creator of All In The Family, The Jeffersons, Sanford and Son, Maude and more will be here on October 14. Come hear from the man who created pop culture history!

    Wishing a very happy birthday to legendary TV producer Norman Lear, who turns 92 today! (One of our favorite numbers.) The creator of All In The Family, The Jeffersons, Sanford and Son, Maude and more will be here on October 14. Come hear from the man who created pop culture history!

  5. Workout like a superhero! Have you ever seen gym rats who do bench presses and curls all day, but can’t do something as simple as this?  What’s the use of having a superhero’s body if you can’t do super stuff?  92Y May Center personal trainer Cliff Turner wants to help men and women use their muscles for good with his new Superhero Fit series on the May Center’s Facebook page. Catch a new post every Thursday; the first entry’s already live! You feel us, bro?

    Workout like a superhero!

    Have you ever seen gym rats who do bench presses and curls all day, but can’t do something as simple as this?

    What’s the use of having a superhero’s body if you can’t do super stuff?

    92Y May Center personal trainer Cliff Turner wants to help men and women use their muscles for good with his new Superhero Fit series on the May Center’s Facebook page. Catch a new post every Thursday; the first entry’s already live! You feel us, bro?

  6. We Pick Pop Culture’s 5 Best Time Travelers We’ve all wished we had the power to time travel. Whether it was to correct a mistake (“Why did I say that?!”) or simply to experience another era (“Poodle skirts are so fetch!”), the mystical ability has eluded us. Luckily, we’ve been able to live vicariously through some of our favorite fictional characters. As we gear up for our advanced screening of Starz’ new series Outlander and talk with the series cast and author on July 28, we got to thinking of some of pop culture’s greatest time travelers. Read on to see who we picked, and if you disagree with us, beam yourself back to before you read this post. [[MORE]] Marty McFly, Back to the FutureSure, it’s a little creepy to become the object of your teenage mom’s affection. But when he’s transported back to 1955, Marty gets to introduce Hill Valley High School to the rock ‘n’ roll licks of “Johnny B. Goode,” as well as ensure that his parents meet and fall in love. That’s a pretty awesome gig for a teenager. The Doctor, Doctor WhoThe intergalactic hero has been righting wrongs and saving innocent people since 1963. True, there have been a few gaps in between, but doesn’t that indicate more time travel? Smartphones may have knocked phone booths off the map, but when it comes to the Doctor and his TARDIS, we’ll always answer the call.  Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanSo you’re given the power to time travel and you use it to take more classes? Hermione, what are we going to do with you! Luckily, the beloved Gryffindor uses the time-turner when it really counts and retraces her steps with Harry to save Sirius Black from the Dementors in the third book of J. K. Rowling’s magical series. Claire Randall, OutlanderIt’s 1945, the war is over and you’re on your second honeymoon with your husband in Scotland. What a buzz kill that you touch some mysterious rocks and get transported back to the 18th century! At least there’s a hunky Scotsman there ready to sweep you off your feet. Such is the story of Claire Randall in Diana Gabaldon’s romantic adventure series, which has been adapted by Starz into a TV series, debuting August 9. Claire, we’re sorry that your honeymoon got ruined, but we can’t wait to see how your love triangle between Jamie and Frank plays out! Phil Connors, Groundhog DayArrogant meteorologist Phil Connors is forced to relive the same day over and over until he starts becoming a better man. As a result, witnessing someone’s personal growth has never been more entertaining. Repeatedly watching a cranky Bill Murray fail miserably, only to eventually befriend all the townspeople and woo the ravishing Andie MacDowell? We got you babe. Our Outlander panel with author Diana Gabaldon and stars Caitroina Balfe, Sam Heughan and Tobias Menzies is sold out, but you can watch the Livecast of the event on July 28 at 8PM EDT here.  Who do you think is pop culture’s greatest time traveler?

    We Pick Pop Culture’s 5 Best Time Travelers

    We’ve all wished we had the power to time travel. Whether it was to correct a mistake (“Why did I say that?!”) or simply to experience another era (“Poodle skirts are so fetch!”), the mystical ability has eluded us. Luckily, we’ve been able to live vicariously through some of our favorite fictional characters. As we gear up for our advanced screening of Starz’ new series Outlander and talk with the series cast and author on July 28, we got to thinking of some of pop culture’s greatest time travelers. Read on to see who we picked, and if you disagree with us, beam yourself back to before you read this post.

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  7. #TuesdayTip 5 Amazing Facts About Pearlsby 92Y Jewelry Center staff
The most valuable pearls occur spontaneously in the wild and are extremely rare. These wild pearls are referred to as natural pearls.
Cultured or farmed pearls come from pearl oysters, and freshwater mussels make up the majority of those that are currently sold.
Imitation pearls are also widely sold in inexpensive jewelry, but the quality of their iridescence is usually very poor. Artificial pearls are easily distinguished from genuine pearls.
Almost all species of shelled mollusks are capable of producing pearls (formally referred to as “calcareous concretions” by some sources) of lesser shine or less spherical shape.
Whether wild or cultured, gem quality pearls are almost always nacreous and iridescent, as is the interior of the shell that produces them—and that’s what makes them so darn popular!
Want to work with your own pearls to create something special? Join us for a stone setting class this fall!

    #TuesdayTip 5 Amazing Facts About Pearls
    by 92Y Jewelry Center staff

    1. The most valuable pearls occur spontaneously in the wild and are extremely rare. These wild pearls are referred to as natural pearls.
    2. Cultured or farmed pearls come from pearl oysters, and freshwater mussels make up the majority of those that are currently sold.
    3. Imitation pearls are also widely sold in inexpensive jewelry, but the quality of their iridescence is usually very poor. Artificial pearls are easily distinguished from genuine pearls.
    4. Almost all species of shelled mollusks are capable of producing pearls (formally referred to as “calcareous concretions” by some sources) of lesser shine or less spherical shape.
    5. Whether wild or cultured, gem quality pearls are almost always nacreous and iridescent, as is the interior of the shell that produces them—and that’s what makes them so darn popular!

    Want to work with your own pearls to create something special? Join us for a stone setting class this fall!

  8. We announced our new fall season yesterday, and tickets to Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers SOLD OUT pretty quickly. But not all hope is lost! We’ll be giving away two tickets in an upcoming sweepstakes on our Facebook page. Make sure you LIKE our Facebook page to get the updates!

    We announced our new fall season yesterday, and tickets to Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers SOLD OUT pretty quickly. But not all hope is lost! We’ll be giving away two tickets in an upcoming sweepstakes on our Facebook page. Make sure you LIKE our Facebook page to get the updates!

  9. In addition to our readings, we also announced our fall Talks today. Perhaps you’re interested in Amy Poehler being interviewed by Seth Meyers about her new book, Yes Please, on its release date in October?
If you remember the last time she was at 92Y in 2012, she answered questions from Tumblr. Tickets will go fast!

    In addition to our readings, we also announced our fall Talks today. Perhaps you’re interested in Amy Poehler being interviewed by Seth Meyers about her new book, Yes Please, on its release date in October?

    If you remember the last time she was at 92Y in 2012, she answered questions from Tumblr. Tickets will go fast!

  10. lucybiederman:

1951

That April 3 event, “Poetry Center Introductions” featured a 24-year-old John Ashbery and you can listen to the recording here.
On the heels of the 92Y Poetry Center’s 75th Anniversary year-long celebration, we’re ready for the 2014-15 season, just announced today by the New York Times.

    lucybiederman:

    1951

    That April 3 event, “Poetry Center Introductions” featured a 24-year-old John Ashbery and you can listen to the recording here.

    On the heels of the 92Y Poetry Center’s 75th Anniversary year-long celebration, we’re ready for the 2014-15 season, just announced today by the New York Times.