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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 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".
Posted by Benzine on 27 May 2014 - 03:54 PM
Posted by Tyler Miller on 14 April 2014 - 11:03 AM
This is a bit of an angry rant. I apologize for that. If you don't want to read on, here's the gist--if you haven't done it or haven't seen it done first hand, don't be giving advice! Something I've come to hate are armchair craftsmen and google/wiki scholars.
I'll confess I've been guilty of it. It was even encouraged at a hardware store I worked at. I didn't know anything about woodworking at 17, but people asked me for advice like I should know. We were supposed to know. My bad advice was responsible for more than a few returns. Thankfully no injuries.
But I think I know better now at 30.
For the purposes of this post, I'm only going to use metalworking examples.
I want to bring up some advice a former member gave here once. Now, I like this member, he's a good guy. If he's reading this, I hope he doesn't mind that i'm using him as an example. I think he would approve.
Someone once asked if titanium would survive a cone 6 kiln firing. It won't. It will probably burn. This member didn't believe that since he observed that it didn't melt until much hotter, but I've seen it happen. Google "LA Titanium fire" if you've got a strong constitution. Titanium burns before it melts.
I was 16 or 17 and was very generously given a titanium bar by someone who wanted to encourage my metalwork. I tried to forge it. Didn't really move well and cooled off almost immediately (no thermal mass). So I cranked up the blower and tried to get it to bright yellow heat. I pulled out a sparkler that wouldn't stop burning! I tried to put it out in water and that made it WORSE! I panicked, plunged the rod into my mother's garden, and ran into the house to hide. If a metalworker asks, I'll say I've never worked with titanium because I'm too embarrassed by that incident.
I know a few smiths who started up not too too long ago--about the same time I got back into the craft. They had the same typical learning curve of any ambitious young metalworkers. Learning that cutting corners doesn't make a good knife. Learning that you've got to use a centre punch if you want your drill bit to sit still. Learning about basic hammer control and technique. There's only a handful of ways to swing a hammer so that you don't ruin your arm swinging it for 8-12 hours a day, 5-7 days a week.
But at some point they started bypassing that. One started teaching classes. This put a knot in my gut. He knew the stuff in theory, but he didn't have the shop experience or self-evaluative tools to back it up. Shop practice is a big deal, for metalwork and ceramics. Things like not grinding aluminum and iron in the same go ('cause that's a recipe for thermite!). Proper ventilation (no grinders in the basement!). Proper casting safety (molten metal doesn't behave like water!). Proper chemical and scrap storage (that's how the LA titanium fire got started). This stuff doesn't come from books, it comes from knowing your materials and work environment.
Here's an example from a different person. A beginner wanted to learn to forge brass. That's fine, people do that. However, forgeable brass is hard to find, and brass has a bad tendency to off-gas zinc vapour. No good. I know people who have died from zinc poisoning. I advised that cold forging bronze would be better--heat the bronze to red heat, cool, and hammer till it gets stiff, then reheat, cool, etc. I didn't say "cold forging" though, I just thought it was clear from the context. Someone said "wait, you can't hot forge bronze, he should hot forge brass, it's easy, forges like butter. Just heat to 600C, to avoid zinc fumes, and hammer away."
This would have been good advice except for one thing--no beginner in the history of ever has a way to determine 600C. It's the same colour as room temp brass. And there are no fixed temp electric kilns or pyrometers available at the local hardware store. Tin bronze, on the other hand, doesn't have the off-gassing problems of zinc in brass, since tin doesn't boil until much much hotter. It's a very easy thing for a beginner to heat bronze to red heat, quench, and forge.
So there's my rant. I hope you see the point of it. Books and Google will only get you so far, and then they get you into trouble--or other people into trouble, if you're only using Google and books to give advice. Don't get other people into trouble, please?
Posted by GEP on 20 February 2014 - 01:22 PM
We likely all need to put a bit more effort in looking out for the good of the FIELD as we approach what we do. Like in most everything, our actions have impacts that go far beyond only ourselves.
The further I get in my pottery business, the less I am convinced this is true. Pottery customers are not one collective entity, operating under the same influences. And they do not view potters as one collective and comparable entity. Each customer views each potter as an individual, and are perfectly capable of judging us as individuals.
These days at most of my shows, my functional pottery is the most expensive. I used to get queasy when I saw beautifully-made mugs being sold for $18, wondering if this would affect the sale of my $35 mugs. Over time, I've realized it does not. Pottery buyers do not want the "cheapest" mug, they want the mug they like the most. Now I do not worry about what others are charging, I worry about making the most appealing mugs I can make.
Just like I am not competing with the $18 mug maker, I am also not competing with the $300 yunomi maker. Or vice versa. Now that is a completely different world with a totally different population!
What really matters are your own decisions and actions, which only affect yourself.
I am ok with anyone disagreeing with this. These are my thoughts based on my experiences and observations.
Posted by Benzine on 29 September 2013 - 09:06 AM
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