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  1. Marshall McLuhan wrote that art is what you can get away with. Picasso designed...well, just about everything. But when he designed an etching, someone else made that etching plate and printed it. That someone else was, without a doubt, practicing a craft. Same with the carvers who made marble statues from clay prototypes. No one would argue that Picasso was an artist (except those who dislike his work). I have recently made some covered urns that could be used as cookie jars, but are not intended for use at all. I am also an art college grad. So am I an artist or an artisan? I usually think of myself as a person who makes things, not an artist or a craftswoman. Cynthia
  2. Ceramic Transfers

    I think this technique has been described in a CAD video, see if you can find it on YouTube. When you've selected your design, get a negative, and mirror, image using a computer. Print this image using a laser printer or photocopy machine; an ink jet printer doesn't use toner and won't work. When you have the printout of the negative image very gently dab underglaze onto the bare white areas (Not every brand or type of underglaze will work. I've had success with Amaco velvet). The underglaze will bead up on the areas covered by toner, dab it off with a clean brush. To transfer, place the design face down on leather hard or bisque ware. Sponge the back of the paper with water, use a squeegee like tool (I've use a red rib) to smoothe the back of the paper. Turn up a corner to see how the design is doing, and continue the wetting and squeegeeing until you're satisfied or the paper starts to fall apart. You can also use an ink jet printer an print a positive, mirror, image. Put it ink side down, wet and rub and the ink will transfer. The ink will burn off in the kiln, so go over it with underglaze or glaze. Good luck, Cynthia
  3. The Price Of Art

    to JohnnyK I don't mean to be a pain, but the violinist was Joshua Bell and the city was Washington DC. You may be able to find the video on Youtube. And you're right, the experiment took place during morning rush hour and Bell had his violin case open on the floor in front of him. A few people recognized him, a few didn't but stopped to listen and put tips in the case. Context counts. Cynthia
  4. Bill van Gilder has a Youtube video where he puts clay on the wheelhead, presses it flat, then uses his finger at different distances from the center to make concentric rings. This pad is about a half inch thick. The surfaces of the raised ridges need to be scraped with a metal rib so they're not sticky. The pot to be trimmed is centered and held down with a hand on the bottom, or a poker chip or snapple cap or round piece cut from an old credit card. There are also foam bats made for trimming. Look for one on a supplier's website. Cynthia
  5. Brush-On Stoneware Glazes

    You can go to the manufacturer's websites (Amaco, Spectrum, Coyote, Mayco, etc.) and check their color charts for bright colors. I've been experimenting with Amaco's satin matte series. There are a bright red, orange and chartreuse among others. They are cone 5-6. Cynthia
  6. First Post, Seeking Feedback

    Courtney, Not sure any glaze is necessary. Could you post a photo of greenware or bisque? I do like the blue, though. The photos make me think of breaking waves. Cynthia
  7. Stilt Mark Question

    I get very fine watersand papesr at the car parts store (in my area, Pep Boys). It comes in grits up to 6000 (not a typo, six thousand). Use your machine and maybe those foam emery boards from Sally or other salon supply places. Work from rough to finer and finer. I've never used six thou, never needed to. Cynthia
  8. Pots in Movies

    I used to stare at the casserole in the middle of the kitchen table on Downton Abbey. (apologies for bringing in TV. But it is PBS) Cynthia
  9. Rubber Stamps

    Here are a couple of ways I have used rubber (or silicone, etc.) stamps that haven't been mentioned yet. I''ve used them with normal stamp pads to print designs on greenware, then go over the designs with wax and water etch the pot. I've also used them the traditional way with underglaze stamp pads like this one (http://www.theceramicshop.com/store/product/12888/Black-Potter's-Ink-Pad/). Cynthis
  10. Luster

    I can't find a 'start new topic' button on my pages, so I'm asking my slightly relevant topic here. Please accept my apology. I have some Spectrum cone 5-6 food safe gold glazes. I've used them only a very few times, but haven't got a gold result. The best I've seen is a black with a metallic sheen. I don't have a kiln, and can't control a firing. My work is fired at a community arts center. At first I thought I was brushing on the accent color too thinly, but when I put it on thickly, it ran. Didn't wreck the pot because it was only on the rim, but was a surprise. Any advice? Cynthia
  11. Qotw: Is Art Pointless?

    Here is the monologue from "The Devil Wears Prada". This stuff’? Oh, ok. I see, you think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select out, oh I don’t know, that lumpy blue sweater, for instance, because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise, it’s not lapis, it’s actually cerulean. You’re also blindly unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves St Laurent, wasn’t it, who showed cerulean military jackets? And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. Then it filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic “casual corner†where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and so it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room. From a pile of “stuff.†If I felt it necessary to even respond to the comment, I'd wish I were as articulate as Meryl Streep's character. But I might just say that any thing that didn't grow that way was designed by someone .We are all surrounded by art all the time. Even cave dwellers modified and ornamented their surroundings and themselves. And if art is pointless, why even comb your hair? Isn't that rearranging something so it is better looking, or provocative, or just more interesting? Cynthia
  12. I've been able to get very fine lines with underglazes applied with some things like this: http://www.theceramicshop.com/store/product/18669/Applicator-Set/ These applicators and tips are like those that Lana Heckendorn uses http://lanaheckendorn.com/section/164467_Current_work.htmls The tips are available in teeny tiny sizes. They're used industrially to oil small parts. Good luck Cynthia
  13. Ok I Can't Resist, New Box Turned Out Great!

    What a success! A beautiful box. Where can we find more info about laser transfers? Cynthia
  14. Making Pottery Or Metalsmithing

    Nancy, I think the ceramist you're thinking of is Dorothy Feibleman. She was a pottery major at RIT when I was a metals major. Dorothy was very interested in coloring clay even then. I remember her mentioning how the different coloring agents change the clay and and shrinkage rates which have to be taken into account, especially when using more than one color. Now I'm making pottery, and while I use what I learned making jewelry and holloware every day, I like the immediacy of clay and, aside from centering, it's easier on my hands. I find your post interesting. It seems a lot of the shows and fairs I go to are full of potters and not so full of jewelers. I live in South Jersey in a suburb of Philadelphia. Cynthia
  15. Wedging Table Surface Options

    I wet my canvas, stretched it over a piece of plywood, and stapled. It's nice and tight when dry, but when I wedge clay, it absorbs some moisture and stretches and buckles. Any suggestions? Cynthia
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