Jim Cullen on wed 14 jul 99
Just returned from a week with that grand Canadian National Treasure, RON ROY.
Laugh a little, compute a little, mix a little, discover a lot.
Bunches of fun and oodles of information.
Thanks to Ron for being such a great dispenser of good, solid facts and
insights (pun intended). Insight works. The best program on the market for
comparing and analysing glazes. This program and Ron's experience makes for
new understanding of this mystery of glaze technology.
Thanks also to an excellent class of sharing and interested new found friends.
As I write this I looked at my watch and it was 3:50pm. At Canadore that was
time for the afternoon rain storm. Nice, quite campus. Rustic accommdations
(if you go, bring your own pillow). Like most college living conditions.
Decent eating (cafeteria food). But the 2nd best part was the local campus
staff...everyone was very friendly and caring.
If you're considering taking the class... take it.
If you're considering buying the program...buy it.
Whether at Canadore or in your local area RON ROY/INSIGHT is the way to go.
usual disclaimer...I do not work for Canadore College nor Ron Roy, but I am a
Ron Roy on sun 18 jul 99
Thanks Jim - I would just like to make a comment on the statement below.
There are many glaze calculation programs on the market - and many are
excellent tools for dealing with glazes of all types. I happen to use
Insight for several reasons - It is really the only program I have used in
my day to day work and so it is easy for me to continue using it. It is
important - when teaching this kind of technique to anyone - not to be
confusing - keep things simple and logical so the material can be absorbed.
Any glaze program - if constructed in a way that takes into account all the
important factors involved - will be useful to any potter in many ways.
It is not uncommon - in fact - it is usual for potters to be making and
fixing glazes in only a couple of days - even those who have hardly any
computer skills. What I am trying to say here? - it's not that complicated
- and yes - everyone can do it. There are other skills that need to be
developed and there is no end to what can be learned and accomplished. But
learning how to use a computer and a calculation program is not rocket
The best program on the market for comparing and analysing glazes. This
program and Ron's experience makes for new understanding of this mystery of
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