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Lucille Oka

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  1. I love movies, black & white or color, new or old period pieces or contemporary themed. But many of my favorite movies usually have good shots of beautiful ceramic ware in them. Some movies I buy just to see the ceramics. I have a list of my favorites. I won’t tell you which scenes these pots appear, it will be more interesting when you spot them. If you ever venture to see these films I have noted the star of the film so as not to confuse it with movies of similar titles. Do you have any favorite pot films? Please let me know so I can see it too. 1. Laura (Gene Tierney) 2. Room With A View (Helena Bonham Carter) 3. Pride and Prejudice (Keira Knightley) 4. Lord of the Rings Trilogy 5. Romeo and Juliet (Leonard Whiting) 6. King's Speech (Colin Firth) 7. Remains of the Day (Anthony Hopkins) 8. Dial M for Murder (Ray Milland) 9. Sense and Sensibility (Emma Thompson) 10. All about Eve (Bette Davis) The following are honorable mentions reason being the ceramic ware was destroyed or there were only a few or they were shown very briefly- -Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (Harrison Ford) -Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown (Judi Dench) -Rebecca (Joan Fontaine) -Hope and Glory (Sebastian Rice Edwards) -Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Daniel Radcliff) -Casablanca (Humphrey Bogart) -Maltese Falcon (Humphrey Bogart) -Holiday (Katherine Hepburn) -The Godfather (Marlon Brando) -The Mummy (Brendon Frasier)
  2. Coke can't criticize Pepsi. Ralph Lauren can't criticize Betsy Johnson; Arnon Milchan can't criticize Quentin Tarantino, why? Because they are in the same businesses the critique cannot be trusted. Ergo potters can't criticize potters. Notice how it doesn't sit well with potters. We can't take it, especially from each other. Many of us get jealous and angry at other's potential successes. We are all vying for the same pottery dollar. In other venues such as movies, plays, art, books and restaurants the critics are not writing to the ‘makers’ of the ‘works’ but to the public. Not to say the maker’s will not read the reviews it affects their bottom lines; they most certainly do. But I will never ‘personally’ or ‘not personally’ accept a critique from competitors.
  3. A few months ago we saw a little ceramic bowl sell for over 20 million dollars. This one is not in that neighborhood. But it is a respectful price. It is an 18th Century Vincennes and Sevres Vase and Stand. It has the double crossed L’s. It is 75/8 inches high. Guess how much it sold for in May 12, 2010 in London? No screen shots, this is just a fun guess. It is beautiful. Sorry, the image is not bigger and a little clearer.
  4. Nothing. Just the joy of being right; if you are. No fair screen shots!! Just think about it a little.
  5. What is it?

    I just had to share this; it is an odd little thing. And as always do not use screen shots. I saw this and as always I try to figure it out before I check the captions or notes. I couldn't figure it out either. To me it looked like just a lump of glazed clay. I will give you one view now and another later. Here is the second image.
  6. http://collections.v...ichard-collins/ I have been thinking about this picture for a few days now and have come to several conclusions. Let's see if you can read this picture. What do you think of the tea drinking activity? Go get a handleless cup and hold it just like the people in the painting. Of the three which one can actually and comfortably drink the tea? Enlarge the image to get a better view.
  7. wax on kiln shelves

    Be sure to vent well.
  8. I used to make ceramic earrings years ago. At first I didn't glaze the backs but I didn't like the look of one side being unglazed so, I started putting one very thin coating of glaze on the backs as well. The stilts that I used did not get embedded into the ceramic pieces and having glaze on two sides makes the earrings easier to clean.
  9. Fast bisque using controller

    I have recently purchased a kiln with the same Bartlett model V6-CF controller. You can use the 'Vary Fire Mode' (on the left side of the panel) to write your own program for the bisque as well as the glaze firings. It is just one of the many features of the Bartlett V6-CF.
  10. Does your wheel face the wall?

    No, my wheel faces a doorway and there is a doorway behind me and a table to my right and a window beyond that for northern light but it is facing west. Shouldn't this post be in the weekly question for CAD? Have your wheel where it feels most comfortable for you. There are no set equipment placements and the layout is for your comfort.
  11. No, not location, but education. Next time say,"No I have my own studio." Then give a business card.
  12. glazing at different temps

    Why must you do this, are these the only glazes available to you?
  13. Ideas for ugly pots?

    Don't save the bad ones--I sure don't want to be represented solely by my mistakes. Study your mistakes, learn from your mistakes, and then smash them. No!! Wait! I purchased a book solely about 'wasters' and they can be wonderful and museums dedicate entire study halls to them. If you do not think the 'ugly' work is good now it will be a thousand years from now. Many of the ancient wares are wasters. There are excavations going on in many areas of the world trying to uncover wasters. Just knowing that the work I am doing now will possibly be around for someone to see thousands of years from now is thrilling. Discovering wasters will be a real treat for the anthropologists and archaeologists they will not care if the pots are 'ugly' or not they will be happy just to find it just like they are today. At least get a second or third opinion from family and friends before you get rid of anything.
  14. Ideas for ugly pots?

    I agree save some for your self and save some for future archaeologists. Bury some of the pots some where they will love you for it. You can always make pavers by embedding big chunks of fired ware into concrete (there are molds you can buy). Sorry if there are errors in this post I am doing this from my phone.
  15. Porcelain

    The most important thing is to limit the amount of dust that you will create. You have to determine the best texture for your carving. Try carving at different 'water content textures' and see what feels best to you. Get a spray bottle just incase you may need to add a little water.
  16. glaze after 1200 fire

    1200 what centigrade or Fahrenheit?
  17. Nelly, not just an 'A' an 'easy A'
  18. Success - what is it?

    Success for me is envisioning a project, sketching, planning, making the project and it comes out exactly as envisioned.
  19. Clay storage

    What I usually do after opening a bag of clay, fresh or not, I take what I need out of the bag then give the inside of the clay bag a misty spray of water from a spray bottle. The water hits the clay surface and the interior of the bag, I fold the bag and turn it to allow the remaining clay to hold down the opening.
  20. Can you read this picture?

    I think the painting is an ad like "shop Bloomingdales' it's like no other store in the world!" or 'find it at Macy's!' When I try drinking from the vessel holding it like the persons in the painting the only one that is holding the cup believably is the young girl. To imitate the others drinking tea makes maneuvering the cups with tea in it difficult. I think this artist was a painter like Toulouse-Lautrec he painted ads for businesses. I have no proof of this but he was obviously 'talking' to someone and saying, 'Look at what we have!' Also there are three persons and 4 cups of tea, maybe the tea cup of the painter?
  21. New Kiln suggestions?

    The Kiln has no model number but the name 'Olympic Doll/Test Kiln'. On the Big Ceramic Store link it just says 'DOLL' There are two controllers available and you have to decide which one you want and be sure to specify it when you order. Also something they don't tell you in the manual, I had to call Olympic to find out what it was, there is a fuse compartment on the side of the controller the fuse may burn out and need replacing. The fuses are readily available from Radio Shack, Amazon,etc. They are inexpensive. The little kiln is cooling down now from a firing this am. I started it at 5:40am it completed at 12:37pm. It was a C05-1911 degrees F programmed with a 23 degrees offset, this was a slow glaze fire (SGL) total firing time was 6 hours 53min. Total firing time reads on the display at the completion. The temperature now at 4:27pm is 550 degrees F. If you keep a log you can really get to know the little kiln well.
  22. Can you read this picture?

    Like what for instance? It looks more like an advertisement to me. The woman's pose seems to be showing off the porcelain cup not poised for drinking.
  23. Cleaning kiln shelf

    My goodness that Ancient Jasper is beautiful. One thing I learned about glazing ware using the Potter's Choice glazes is not to talk to anyone, it is too easy to lose count of the coats when applying the glaze; especially when brushing it on.
  24. New Kiln suggestions?

    There is the smaller Skutt KS 609; Kiln-Sitter model. Or the Skutt KM or KS 614-3; both fire to cone 6 (2250 degrees F). KM 614-3 is the largest of the three kilns I am mentioning in this post. Of the two KS 614-3 is the one I am the most familiar. You may have to have an outlet change and a larger breaker for the KS or KM-614-3. Go to the Skutt website they explain what you will need. I recently purchased an Olympic Doll/Test kiln it goes to cone 10. I have not gone that high yet. (I am using cone 6 porcelain just now). I have done quite a few firings but it is too soon for me to recommend it. I am just mentioning it for it does exist. I have encountered a peeling lid coating, an erratic pilot light and floor cracks. But it does fire quickly and cools quickly. The controller is fun to use and is consistent. The relays are a bit loud when they click on and off. I have had it only a few months and the first firing was November 9th 2012, I have done 35 firings including last night. I purchased it for testing but have fired ware also. The interior dimensions are 7" wide, 9" high, and 11" long; but it is not a true rectangle. It was shipped UPS. I ordered it during a special and shipping was free. I also purchased the shelf and post kit. The kiln plugs directly into the wall. Does not need any changing of outlets. It does however, need to have most, not all, but most of the available power to the circuit which needs to be 20 amps. Ventilation is a must for all of the kilns.
  25. I know what you are saying, 'big deal everyone has had a cup of tea'. But today I used a handcrafted porcelain teapot in which I steeped loose leaf Darjeeling tea. I poured milk and added a half-teaspoon of sugar and strained the tea through a tea strainer and served it in a handcrafted porcelain teacup that has no handles. The utensils I used were placed in a handcrafted porcelain tea plate. I felt the 18thcentury surrounding me. I enjoyed the experience so much that I did it twice. Would have done it a third time but that is too much caffeine in one day. The experience was a far cry from a tea bag in a mug. I feel that I am now in the historical porcelain loop.
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