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Rebekah Krieger

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About Rebekah Krieger

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    The extraordinary clay bender
  • Birthday 12/26/1979

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    Crochet, reading, metaphysical studies, meditation

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  1. The 5th element... soul/spirit. I agree with form, function, etc but I have seen many soulless pots with perfect form.
  2. I love this question because I can set my own rules. I get asked this often in real estate circles. You can both have your own standard but yet say it’s objective, but still disagree with someone’s own standard. for instance I can say success is finding ones personal happiness with clay. But if one is happy making under fired functional pots and selling them to the pulic I personally would not label them as a success. There are Potter’s that I admire as successful even if they do not consider themselves to have reached their own standard of success. Daydreamimg I think of how deeply I would love to make a full time income from pottery. I also dream of making work that touches somebody’s soul and of course having my work recognized as “great” by ceramic magazines and by other successful artists. But realistically If I make that my standard I will not likely find happiness. So I choose to find happiness in the studio when creating.
  3. Working less-sort of

  4. What's your Mug?

    Here is a cup I recently made (this is green, but I glazed it and gave it to my father in law for Christmas) you can see some of Fred’s inspiration in it. I also love Simon Levin’s mug shapes, there may be some of that influence as well. In this pic the handle looks big, but my cups are in fact, smaller. I make cups that need to be re filled rather than coffee getting cold on the bottom.
  5. What's your Mug?

    Not sure if the screen auto cropped the image or not. My favorite mug is made by Fred Gregory / Bristol pottery. I love the Handle, glaze, form, etc. ♥️♥️♥️
  6. Glaze Question - Strontium Crystal Magic

    I find that scm warm tends to make my other glazed run more, so I mix mine up thin. Beautiful for layering but ugly on its own.
  7. Handy Techniques

    Using the back of a bobby pin (the loop end) is great for carving.
  8. I resist the desire to punch my work when it sucks ....
  9. Hmm - my "off the hip" reply will be soak/hold is done at the peak of firing when kiln has reached target temperature/cone level to ensure all glaze materials have had their opportunity to mature and develop. Preheat/ candle is done in a bisque firing prior to the kiln rising temps above 200 to ensure all moisture has left the pots. This is done to prevent internal moisture from boiling and exploding your pots. Candling should not be done in place of verifying a pot is bone dry. It should be used only as added insurance.
  10. I have used a paper clay mixture to repair items that have exploded during bisq fire. Here is your solution: wad up a big handful of single ply toilet paper. Tear it into small pieces and put into about 1/3 cup warm water. In about 15 minutes add 1 tablespoon peroxide, 2 tablespoons of glue , and some thick slurry from the bottom of your throwing tray or bucket. Use a hand mixer to mix up. Should be in between thickness of raw egg and pudding. This is best to use when an item is not yet fired to repair a paper clay sculpture but you can use it to repair a broken sculpture that was bisq fired. Bisq fire it again before glaze firing. Ps: this is not a good solution for repairing cracks or broken handles in functional items. Those Should be done with integrity.
  11. Community Challenge #9

    Ooh sounds like you know what your making!
  12. Kiln brick question

    Hello! Yes all do the bricks are stamped and I traced back the manufacture of one of them to a kiln brick company in the early 1900's Chicago. (Probably not a ceramics kiln, probably lime and coke kilns) they were 45 cents each and I got about 600. The rest were too dinged up. I was ready to start but due to the coyotes I need to build a better chicken coop first
  13. Kiln brick question

  14. Submit Your Community Challenge Ideas

    I was wondering where it went- so sad

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