I came across the little anonymous blurb below on Bailey's facebook page...
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Posted by Min on 08 October 2014 - 11:39 AM
I came across the little anonymous blurb below on Bailey's facebook page...
Posted by JBaymore on 11 August 2014 - 10:28 PM
Posted by Steve Lampron on 22 October 2010 - 03:17 PM
Posted by Rakuken on 21 July 2014 - 12:35 AM
Posted by ChenowethArts on 14 April 2014 - 03:03 PM
There is an African proverb that applies to taking/giving advice: "Never test the depth of a river with both feet."
Posted by Isculpt on 17 March 2014 - 03:28 AM
My husband Bill and I are very private, low-profile people, but when Piedmont Crafts Guild, the oldest crafts guild in NC, asked us to participate in a series of short videos about guild members, we couldn't say 'no' to a guild that has done so much for so many. Consequently, we spent a day last summer with a mini film crew at our rural South Carolina home near the Catawba Indian Nation, whose thousands of years of pottery tradition my husband carries on. In contrast, as some of you know from the outpouring of help that I've received from this forum, I am a self-taught sculptor. What I really like about the video is how it shows that, like everyone who chooses to work in clay, our love for the medium enriches and defines our life. (What I don't love, having just seen the film, is that it now occurs to me that taking a few minutes to apply cosmetics (on me, not Bill) might have been a good investment of my time before the crew arrived to make a high def video! ) Oh well....
Thanks, all of you for your kind words and warm response to the video. I have to say that the decision to focus the video on our relationship along with our work was the choice of the makers, and it struck us as slightly ironic. After the intensity and intimacy of a shared life in craft, we were adjusting to a new reality that took Bill away from home and studio for all but a few hours a day. After 25 years of working side by side, our new reality is that his days as Chief of the Catawba Indian Nation are filled with administrative duties for a tribe of 3,000, lobbying Congress on Native issues, and handling intense political pressure as he works to regain some of the sovereign rights lost to his tribe. Meanwhile I keep the homefires burning and look forward to the day when his crucial work on behalf of his tribe is done and I regain my studio partner.
The video shows us working on several pieces that are pictured in their completed states below.
Posted by neilestrick on 19 November 2013 - 10:03 PM
Membership has it's rewards.....I'm not sure what they are, but I'm sure they'll be awesome.
Posted by metal and mud on 02 July 2012 - 01:55 PM
Posted by Tyler Miller on 06 August 2014 - 12:16 PM
I thought a little humour might light the mood a bit. "Johnny Vegas" is/was a potter under his real name of Michael Pennington. Extremely talented fellow, but got bad marks due to his choice of subject matter. He then got into comedy.
I hope you guys enjoy. HIs 60 second teapot.
A version of this pot is in the Victoria and Albert: http://collections.v...t-vegas-johnny/
There's another video of him "potting" on stage, but it's perhaps a little too graphic (he does something colourful with a tall centred lump of clay and some beer) for sharing on a public forum.
Posted by Min on 04 August 2014 - 06:38 PM
After kiln washing do you bisque fire before use?
As a first timer .....grind and coat...... I do not like...... (Them.....Sam I am)
Would you like them wet or dry?
I would not, could not fire them wet.
Would you, could you dry them in the kiln?
From here to 200F for an hour or three.
If you feel them you will see
Cool means they're too wet to fire
I do so like dry shelves for me
Bisquing is not necessary
(deepest apologies all around, it's been a long day)
Posted by Min on 25 June 2014 - 11:38 AM
It's been a while since we have had a tips and tricks posting and it's seems to be a bit quiet on the forums so anybody have anything new to share?
I've got this one: for pots that have gotten to dry to cut the rims of or attach handles to, wet cheesecloth works really well. I dip the cheesecloth in water then squeeze out the excess and drape 2 or 3 pieces on the area of the pot that needs to be softer. For fairly thin pieces it takes about 15 minutes and the clay is soft enough to work again. For thicker pieces I re-wet the cheesecloth and reapply. This works much better for me than misting or dipping the pot in water.
Posted by trina on 26 June 2013 - 07:18 AM
Posted by CarlCravens on 21 September 2014 - 10:33 PM
Where I live, the police have a homeless engagement team that works very hard to ensure the well-being of our homeless population. They know them all by name, know their habits, their reasons for being homeless, when they're supposed to be at rehab, etc. They have been making efforts to have people aid the homeless through them or an established organization already working with the homeless. One of the big things I've learned is that what looks like help to us actually gets in the way of actually helping the homeless, and people who work with them on a daily basis see a much larger portion of the big picture. They would have a much better understanding of whether or not such an employment arrangement would be good for both sides.
Engage your community police officer and find out what resources they can point you to. You can make a difference, but you don't have to make a difference all on your own.
Posted by neilestrick on 09 August 2014 - 01:59 PM
If it's a soft brick kiln, it must be under a shelter. If it's hard brick, a shelter is still recommended since you live in a cold, icy part of the country. You'll also have to consider the cost of plumbing it up with either natural gas or propane, and the cost of gas in your area.
The big question here is do you need a gas kiln to make the work you want to make? Or do you just need to gain more experience in glaze formulation? I used to think I needed a gas kiln to be happy, but now I realize that I have gone further with cone 6 electric than I would have had I stayed with cone 10 reduction. One is not better than the other, just different, and for me cone 6 electric is perfect for the work I want to make. So dig deep and figure out what you want to do. It's a hard thing to decide, and maybe you need to gain more experience with different firing techniques before making that decision.
$300 is a steal, but don't buy it just because it's cheap and different and new and exciting. Save that $300 and put it toward a wood kiln if that's what you really want to do. Or put the $300 toward spending some time learning to wood fire with some of your local potters. Michael Schael or Mark Skudlarek (both in Cambridge, WI) would probably be happy to have some help firing their wood kilns.
Posted by Isculpt on 24 July 2014 - 10:10 PM
This has gotten way off point, but out of curiosity I just Googled 'echidna' and found a bizarre you tube video entitled True Facts About baby Echidnas" that starts "The echidna was created 54 seconds after God created marijuana..."
Oh my, the things I have learned reading the ceramic Arts Daily Forum!!!!
Posted by JBaymore on 17 July 2014 - 12:19 PM
So when does copying happen between professionals?
It doesn't happen. Because if one is copying in that fashion....... there is only one professional present.
Posted by drmyrtle on 14 July 2014 - 05:31 PM
I think it might be helpful to realize that this topic is difficult to manage, but not unique. "Takers" are everywhere, whether that's in your family, your work place, your neighborhood, or your studio. This is a pretty well documented phenomena in psychology literature (see a simpler discussion at :http://www.govexec.c...h-people/82192/ and you can follow the topic from there). Basically, most people fall somewhere on this bell curve:
from Mark Goulston MD, 2011
People are not very good always at self-identifying how they act either. (It doesn't help that individuals are generally situation-specific, so there might be times/situations where you find yourself responding in ways not consistent with your "usual" habits.)
Anyhoo, I take the situation outlined at face value: you have a studio work space with two different kinds of collaborators. Mudslinger is either a giver or reciprocater, while the interior designer/potter is a taker/grabber. Some of the features of a taker are exactly that they look to others to serve their personal goals, while guarding their time and expertise themselves. It's all about them, and not about you. Although I understand that all situations have many perspectives, I think it's valuable for you to think this through from your perspective, MS.
Some key things to consider:
1. Givers get ahead most of the time: although there is a risk of becoming demoralized and running out of energy, givers powerfully move the world forward because they are the best kind of collaborators. Setting boundaries (as you have), and deciding carefully if there is any kind of win/win exchange (as others have suggested) are strong positions for you personally.
2. If you are feeling drained dry by the negative pressure and energy of being around a taker (and no surprise, either), that's when you need to make a decision about your studio space. Part of this psychological profile is that takers make other people feel drained, angry, depressed and violated. Same with shoplifters, liars, and that a**hole who keeps on stealing your studio tools. Protect your stuff, don't feel bad about holding on to precious recipes that you've worked hard at, and give when giving doesn't kick you in the teeth. You are in the studio to work, not to deal with someone else's blob of personal gunk. Music, smells, walls, and locks are your friend: use them when you need to. If you truly can't escape, then you need another space.
3. Although some are joking about revenge, your karma thanks you for resisting. Don't become more of the person you don't want to be. Shake yourself like a dog leaving cold water, and do what you need to do. Protect yourself, give what is consistent with you as a person, find a peaceful place, and get to work. Life is too short for this s*it.
There isn't a business situation that I have ever been exposed to that hasn't had to deal with this. In the community studio I work in, one taker can really profoundly change the environment. (I've only lost $250... in tools so far because I didn't take this issue seriously. Yikes.) I use it as an excuse to buy more stuff when I can, and hope, respectfully, that it all catches up to them, somehow. If I spend any more time thinking about it, then I'm just doing what they want me to do: think about them.
Posted by oldlady on 09 July 2014 - 12:53 PM
you have used the propaganda yourself, pug, your special minority group does not need special "rights", you need special "LEFTS".
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