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  1. Edith Marie

    Does your wheel face the wall?

    My studio in currently in the basement of our house and my wheel is set up facing a corner, with a tarp on the floor and up both walls. I have tools and other misc. items around, think I will add a mirror, great idea....there is a small window at the top of one wall so natural light can come in.....come into my house with a gun and intention to do harm, leave in a body bag...intruder beware.... Edie
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    Ideas for ugly pots?

    Three of my early pots are used for my kitty, Roscoe, one dried food, one for water, one for wet food other early pots are still around to show me where I started and where I am now. The really ugly ones are part of my flower beds, others my friend has to make a totem pole with for her garden, others are at work holding various office items. Thanks everyone for inspiration for ugly pots…. Edie
  3. Something about my studio.......took over two rooms in our basement. Small room has a wheel, wedging table, drying shelves, storage for molds, boxes of clay, computer for playing teaching DVD’s and other misc. items. Larger room has TV, stereo/CD/DVD/VCR equipment all in a cabinet, glazes, hand building table/chair/tool storage area, exercise equipment, and other misc. items. Basically I took over these rooms including furniture which I adapted into storage except for the electronics cabinet and exercise equipment (yes we use the exercise equipment). This is not my idea of the perfect studio, but for now it is a place to play in the mud from home! Kiln is located in our garage; the area has work table, shelves, chair, area for spraying glazes, and other misc. items. Future plans are to have my studio on ground level either connected or not to our house with everything including kiln. What is holding me back, full time job and money. Edie
  4. I am fortunate to live in Helena Montana home of Archie Bray Foundation where potters from around the world come to learn and teach. The Bray helped locals start Clay Arts Guild of Helena which I was a member of for six years, now I have a kiln and studio at home. Sometimes I miss the interaction with other artist but I don't miss the politics/rules/stress that comes with keeping the doors open and keeping everyone happy. I purchase my supplies from Archie Bray Clay Biz, my videos and books from Ceramic Arts Daily, some day in the future will have a mentor from the Potters Council..... Edie
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    temp for opening kiln?

    Because I work at another job during the daytime, I will look in at the top shelf, be amazed, then close the lid with all peeps still in and wait a day, so everything inside is compeltely cooled down. It is hard to wait but just like Christmas or Birthdays the wait is so worth it.....
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    Success - what is it?

    Success for me is when I open the kiln, remove a piece and it is beautiful, to all my senses and my soul. I feel inspired to begin again creating another piece on the wheel or hand built. Success continues when a piece is beautiful to the receiver of my piece. I like my day job, low key most of the time, great benefits helps the process of working....I look forward to retirement (five years) and where my love for clay will take me. Edie
  7. One level over a basement which will be used storage, cool for clay, yet warm enough for glazes, ¾ bath with kitchenette and separate sitting area/library. Main level will have separate entrance opening into a gallery with half bath, half wall for separate refreshment/snack area, includes stove, fridge, counter area, pantry, microwave, table/chairs. Glazing room with spray booth and door to outside, public throwing room for demonstrations, small classes, this room connects with a wide open archway to a room used for hand building. All rooms have windows and easy access to outside (without going through the gallery) and separate location from the main/gallery entrance so visitors are not confused by multiple doors. This part of my “dream studio†also has special clay sinks; floors in clay area are concrete with floor drains and faucet for attaching a hose. Sitting/library room with access to clay area and refreshment/snack area with closed off room with couch, chairs, sleeping area. Money is no object, screens mounted on walls around working studios for visual teaching/learning demonstrations and speakers for music to all rooms. All this will be located on two acres, with outside picnic area, gazebo, sitting benches in gardens and insulated garden shed with work area and sink. Parking area will be made with previous concrete for maximum drainage when it rains. Come down from your dream cloud Edie and get back to work, the mail has arrived.
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    Using wads in an electric kiln?

    Wading will work, I have not tried using just clay, suppose if you bisque the clay then set the glazed pot on if might work, experiment first…Wading is my first and only choice. Edie.
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    What is your favorite time of the process?

    Hey! I resemble that remark...(sitting at a desk answering the phone and working on the computer all day, eight hours, five days a week! Only five years left until retirement, unless I win the lottery)..... I am a recreational potter for the past six years, five years belonging to a community (Helena Clay Arts Guild, http://helenaclayartsguild.blogspot.com/ and the past year in my home studio. My favorite time of the process EVERYTHING, throwing, trimming, glazing, opening the kiln after cooling time is up and peering inside… Edie.
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    The Guilty Pleasure

    Summer Guilty Pleasure is sun tea made in a solar jar, on ice in a hard plastic cup w/lid & straw helps lower the guilt factor. Other guilty pleasure beverages: wine/margarita’s in a glass not plastic. My studio does not have a TV, just speakers in the wall for listening to music while I work…. I clean with water no sweeping (tarps on top of ugly carpet), cleaning is done when mess gets to me (twice a month). Edie
  11. Nancy, Yes, the discount on books & cd’s is worth belonging...but wait there is more…Chris listed benefits some of which I have not tapped into yet, but will…The Potters Council is an amazing group of artist and the forums have been educational just reading everyone’s comments on every imaginable topic. Right now I have great health insurance so haven’t looked into that benefit…
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    Calling all Northwest Potters

    Brian, I am very interested, even if the workshop is during the week, I will take time off.......about a 8/10 hr drive (time change) from Helena Montana to Seattle, but well worth having the experience with hands on very important.....where do I sign up....I know jumping the gun, cart before the horse, etc.....pencil me in for sure. Edie
  13. Environment vs. ceramics should have its own category. The subject matter gets off track for ceramic education. Consider starting another category to educate potters on environmental impacts.....think about it. Edie
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    What is Your Time Worth

    What is my time worth? Priceless......What is my pottery worth including time spent through the entire process, not really sure, I struggle with putting a price tag on my work. Partly because I see improvement and know I can do better and my better pieces leave home as gifts. I am fairly new at selling my work. I want to thank everyone who contributes to these forums, I appreciate reading the threads from you all, informative and helpful…..It is snowing again today the temps are in the twenty’s warming to forty by Saturday….giving myself a long weekend and spending it with clay, in between life. Edie
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    The Useful Critique

    Option #1 is something I'm looking into. As for the mentoring option... I did sign up... but no match. I do understand your point about trust, though. Personally, I think that online critique could be useful, even if levels of candor and balance were inconsistent... but I've got a pretty thick skin... Hello everyone, My head hurts from reading everyone’s opinion and rebuttals. First I would like to add, the Mentor/Mentee program is an excellent idea, there are Mentees waiting for Mentors, where are all the Mentors? Second, who on this forum is a Mentor, if you aren’t a Mentor, why not? Being a Mentor is a place to critique, encourage, enjoy, and share some of your knowledge with a Mentee. Think about this, once a Mentee now a Mentor, is an excellent outlet for new Mentors, but first advance members should step up to the plate and be a Mentor…..I am also waiting for a Mentor, let’s see it has been six months now…..still waiting…..and lastly, something my mom would say to us girls growing up….â€It is not what you say, it is how you say itâ€. By the way, "Duckie" is my nickname not a "handle"......just saying..... Edie.
  16. Top picture looks elegant while the bottom picture not so much.....do not notice the pottery through the trees....more inclined to stop for more than a minute at the top display with black back drop, bottom display back ground is a distraction. Edie
  17. Right on Denice, whatever we call our "ta da moment" it is inspiration that gets us there. My friend Webster tells me: Deceptive adj. Having the tendency or power to deceive; Inspiration noun, The stimulation within the mind of some idea, feeling, or impulse which leads to creative action; a divine or holy presence which inspires; the act of inhaling air. To deceive is a negative; To inspire is a positive. Edie
  18. I would say the best bet, is to slowly work water back into both the pitcher and handle, by wrapping them with a wet paper towel, then covering them with plastic. I've had similar issues, and this solution always works well. Hello Ginny, Benzine is correct, I have used some slip as well, and there is magic water CAD on Magic Water that helps stick clay together. Edie
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    vases leaking water!

    Good Morning Ginny, Drinking out of glassware water seems to appear at the bottom. Try using coasters or dolies add a nice touch under a vase...... Edie.
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    Email Invites to Events

    Facebook is working for me, I am able to share photos, when a new photo is posted all my friends are notified, I also included a short invite to a Art & Craft Show, October 6. Another medium for posting events is through Constant Contact with a trial period before you pay for the service..... Edie.
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    Hair Brained idea!

    Check out this web site http://www.theclaystudio.org/claymobile/gallery.php and in Springfield http://www.springfieldpottery.com/n_control/claymobile/ Hope these help ya. Edie
  22. So you want some quotes eh.........In the bathroom at the Helena Clay Arts Guild with pictures cut out of pottery magazines there are also quotes written on the wall, here are some of my favorites: "The most important aspect of any pottery is the spirit behind it, each kiln must have something in it of you, pottery cannot be a means of something else, I think it is itself. If you’re enthused about what you’re doing, it’s going to show.†David Shaner “Art does not have the letter should in it.†JD St. Clair “Art like life should be gulp not sip. " Anon “It doesn’t mean a thing, if it an’ t got that swing.†Duke Ellington “If you want to be an artist you most go within and work every day†unknown Edie
  23. Good Morning from Montana. Thanks Chris for your insight, I am a newbie with my own kiln and bisque to cone 04; low fire to cone 04 sometimes to cone 05; mid range fire to cone 5 because I really like the colors. Reading your post has really jazzed me up..........can hardly wait until the weekend to start potting.....
  24. For me, it was "when given lemons make lemonade.' The point of this comment was when something you make does not turn out as expected, look for something new in it and consider other possibilities. Doing this has kept me fresh in my approach. Another one was "if you don't know what to do copy the next guy." This advice has also helped me to learn that my creation will never be the exact same as "the other guy" as I will put a new spin on it and it will definitely be different. Nelly Best Advice....hard to pin point just one....from a friend who also introduced me to pottery, "set aside an evening during the week after work and a morning during the weekend to play with clay".
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