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!
Tuesday Tip: How to Reglaze Ceramics
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!
#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!
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!
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?
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.
#TuesdayTip 5 Amazing Facts About Pearls
by 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!
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?
That April 3 event, “Poetry Center Introductions” featured a 24-year-old John Ashbery and you can listen to the recording here.