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  1. Confession Of An Amateur

    I think you are right! It seems like an inverse concept-the more time and love I put into a piece, the less chance of its survival. Last few years of teaching, when I made a demo that whowed the kids, lots of times it would break accidentaly-they were heartbroken, I just told them I would make another one. These days a pot is a pot if I get too enamored with it, it really won't meet my expectations after final firing so I try to stay uncommitted.
  2. Confession Of An Amateur

    Up front with the students is the only way to go.
  3. So Terry, how did the firing go?
  4. Teaching Creativity?

    Agreed, but at the higher levels. The base rules of Primary education are still the same.
  5. Confession Of An Amateur

    Yeah, once years ago, I had a glass shelf in a large library showcase collapse while loading it with student pottery. Didn't break the shelf, but 5 large sculptural pieces were broken up. I cried. However, the next month I spent an hour every day reassembling the pieces with epoxy and epoxy putty. I sanded every glued/puttied joint smooth and at the end matched each color with acrylic paint carefully until the breaks were invisible(except to very close inspection). I had told the students what had happened, and they had seen the pieces. They also knew how upset I was, but when it was finished, they were amazed, and grateful. After that I was reallly careful with that suspened shelf set up.
  6. Teaching Creativity?

    I think this is one of the reasons why Arts education is importatnt at an early age. We teach our children with right and wrong when it comes to answers. Simple math is finite, one answer. Memory of dates etc only one answer. Laws of Physics, bio, earth sciences-mostly one answer. The children come to learn not to fail, but to geve the answer. In the Arts, there are no real right or wrongs. Analyzing a poem, many answers, writing a story the same. In the visual arts, there are rules-1/3-2/3 etc, but in the end it is about beating, breaking and rediscovering the rules. Students often reach HS without the opportunity to understand this concept, and it needs to be taught to them, but often it is too late.
  7. Confession Of An Amateur

    Heck, just 2 months ago I was completing an order of plates. Ready for glaze firing, 5 waiting for wax botttoms, stumbled and knocked all five off. Order was for 20, I had made 30. As Forest Gump said: It happens! Now if I could just get rid of this vertigo I have been having. . . .
  8. I have used a lot of different cutters, both purchased and handmade with local material. When I taught HS I bought brass pipe in the hobby stores. You can find this item in different profiles, and lengths of about a foot. I used square or rectangle ones for individual window panes, round ones for teapot strainers, and oval ones for decoration. Cut them with a hack saw at least a 45 degree angle or more., then remove the burr with a sharp knife(wear gloves). Push iinto cheese to leather hard clay carefully, remove the plug from the pipe with a smaller piece of pipe. Out of one pipe you can get at least 3 tools. I also like a curved knife that is very sharp and has a wide tang. These are by Van Gilder, and you turn the knife as you go in getting the hole the size you want. For tapering the edge and clean up of round holes, I use wooden dowels of different diameters sharpened in a pencil sharpener. These smooth and compress the rim of the hole. Square holes I just rub over inside with a scungy pad when leather hard.
  9. My first teapot

    Nice body form, kind of floats off the table. I would work on spouts a bit for more of a funnel like taper. As Off Center says, the spout is too high, and the angle too steep. For a first attempt at a complicated form-fantastic.
  10. Kiln wash

    I don't flip shelves, unless they become warped. 1/2 shelves with proper 3 point support should not warp, hoewever, accidents happen. I a shelf needs to be flipped, scrape/grind/chip off the old kiln wash before doing so.
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