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  1. Thanks for sharing! It is a well written MFA Thesis. I have had little luck with cone 6 oil spots, after reading this I'm inspired to try again.
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    How envy killed the crafts

    When I am asked what I do I say I am a ceramic artist, some of my work is functional some is not You almost sound as if the functional pottery cannot be an art and vice versa. I know this is not what you were trying to say. ... It is just there are so many both ugly and useless vessels (mugs, bowls) in all these tutorials (books, open studios), that I am sometimes wondering if people are making them because they have an urge to make something but they do not have any good ideas in mind. Of course functional pottery can be art. What I was trying to say is that physical function alone does not designate something as art or craft.
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    Garden Art

    Architectural Ceramics for the Studio Potter by Peter King has some good clay and glaze formulations for outdoor ceramics.
  4. Postmodern Ceramics by Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio Ceramics millennium by Garth Clark Color and Fire, defining moments in studio ceramics 1950-2000 Jo Lauria
  5. A stoneware tea mug I made as an undergraduate student. It's one of the first things I made when I started throwing. I have others that are more "refined" but they are not the same, my tea just tastes better in that old mug!
  6. I've tried a few of the AMACO LUG underglazes as well and I didn't have any problem with flaking no matter when I applied them.
  7. Go with the DVD. Call me old fashioned but I like to have the physical object.
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    Artwork is Work

    Reminds me of one I saw that said ART=LIFE
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    Chinese ceramic

    Alice, Lovely classical forms and brushwork. I have a fondness for Sung dynasty inspired work!
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    How envy killed the crafts

    " Ahhhh... this is exactly what I am dealing with. I am currently writing my MFA thesis which deals with many of the issues raised in Garth Clark's article and mentioned here on this forum. In a "A Theory of Craft" Howard Risatti discusses the issue of craft vs art, I highly suggest anyone working in a craft based medium read this book for a greater understanding of contemporary craft/art. There are so many factors that go into determining craft/art; the makers intent, the function of the piece, the social content/message in the work just to name a few. It comes down to what your work is about and where you situate yourself in the contemporary discourse. Artists working in ceramics or another medium must be able to back up their work with theory and content, this is a key difference between craft and art. Also those working in a craft-based medium need the technical skills and knowledge necessary for good craftsmanship even if they go by the title "artist". When I am asked what I do I say I am a ceramic artist, some of my work is functional some is not and I do not mind if someone refers to me as potter, titles after all are subjective.
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    Is it me or the wheel?

    To level my wheel head I use shims under the legs, if your wheel has adjustable legs then you could lengthen/shorten then as needed. As for the pot twisting and breaking off, make sure you are using even constant pressure as you pull up and practice, practice, practice never hurt!
  12. I use the AMACO velvet underglazes and have applied them at all stages from wet to bone dry and on bisque ware. I have not had any trouble with them flaking off but I suppose if you really glop it on they might. You may want to make a few test tiles with the underglazes you use just to be sure how they will react.

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