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  1. C.Banks

    Why make functional ware?

    I especially like her lack of pretense. I wanted to answer the original question but all I've know is functional ware so it's a bit like asking a bee why all the buzz. When I listened to her talk about St. Ives and the Leachs and Warren Mackenzie I remembered this question and thought her interview worked well as an broad answer to a fundamental question.
  2. C.Banks

    Why make functional ware?

    Clary Illian answers this question and a few others.
  3. Some 'cultural' artifacts should be considered 'sacred'. If they represent an ethnicity's identity/theology I completely understand why people want to restrict their use - even more so for first nations trying to preserve/protect what is left of their cultural heritage. I can only imagine what it mean to identify with symbols that go back for millenia. I was spared the whole church thing but there is a part of me that sometimes wishes for something more meaningful to hold on to. That thing would certainly become precious to me.
  4. C.Banks

    New Potter

    for potters young and old: Clary Illian - The Potters Workbook
  5. two words come to mind immediately: irresponsible and uninformed They need to read a workplace hazardous report on silicosis. Your workers protection agency will certainly have something to say as well. Loading/unloading those shelves will become very problematic. Pottery studio air quality: Jeff Zamek and Anthony Volpe discuss respiratory safety in the ceramics studio. Glass and Ceramic Manufacturers Need to Get Ready for New Silica Standards from april, 2018 OSHA - Protect Yourself Silicosis They really shouldn't be putting people at risk this way.
  6. C.Banks

    CMC versus V Gum T

    decompose would have been a better, less dramatic, term to use :) I'm a fan of Veegum T as a nice addition to certain stoneware clay bodies even at 1%. I'm no clay tech but the difference is obvious.
  7. C.Banks

    Electric Reduction Firing

    My also relatively thin understanding can elaborate a bit to specify excessive, unburnt, oxygen starved hydrocarbons. In carbon based fuel kilns anyway.
  8. C.Banks

    CMC versus V Gum T

    The biggest one for me is CMC is an organic material and will rot.
  9. Matte glazes work for me. Maybe not underfired, saturated/over-supplied glazes but proper magnesia satin-mattes get me touching and feeling.
  10. Try a line blend with a clear or tenmoku or what-have-you.
  11. C.Banks

    Copper spot effect

    Some copper glazes work very well under magnesia mattes with zircopax. The spotting is similar to the 2nd photo but more distinguished. I'm only a bumbling neophyte but as a side note - strontium carbonate will inhibit copper reds in reduction. If I remember correctly 6-7% works to create some interesting green effects in reduction and soda.
  12. I like the idea that art is a communication of sorts. When a nice matte glaze whispers 'touch me' and the simple form asks to be held this communication seperates the average from the exceptional. Maybe in this way functional ware can be seen as art
  13. C.Banks

    Finding stoneware or mid/highfire clay

    Proper plastic clay is sometimes asscoiated with coal seams. Kentucky Geological Services - Clay Veins
  14. Glue chicken-wire to the outside and smash it? Maybe different types of wire?

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