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About LeeU

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  • Birthday 07/14/1947

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    New Hampshire
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    In addition to clay, I'm interested in painting, photography, and writing. Recently retired from 30 years in behavioral health services, just getting back to enjoying and making art. I have a BFA in ceramics from VCU's School of the Arts (Virginia Commonwealth University). I recently completed setting up a small in-home studio.

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  1. LeeU

    Spooze Question

    Spooze can work well with hairlines in non-critical positions, and depending on the final use intended for the ware---but generally speaking-if it cracks, ditch it. There is no easier, softer way, as they say. Porcelain is prone to cracking-I've found one just has to accept a certain degree of "loss" due to fissures and fractures. (I actually exploit it to work with my style, but that is not an approach suitable for most functional pieces.) Re: the piece you put back together-it may very well spontaneously shatter in the future, and personally I would not sell or give it to anyone.
  2. Below where it says "choose files", you can upload photos from your computer--they must be small in size. If they are too big, you'll get a msg. and can adjust the sizing in Paint or some other photo editor. If you look at some other topics you'll see people posting pics, plus photos are put in the Gallery. Welcome to the club.
  3. LeeU

    slab mat

    I've "only" had mine for four years, but they are as tight, clean, flat, and functional as when they arrived. I clean them immediately after use.
  4. Started in on my first clay toy for a small event later this summer. Not so easy, but feels great to be back in the studio.

    1. Show previous comments  2 more
    2. Roberta12


      Lee, I think that carving must be your super power!  Great shape!


    3. Gabby


      Beautiful turtle. Every Wednesday morning I start my day by greeting two very slow and peaceful Asian Brown Tortoises. Isn't the tortoise a good luck symbol?

    4. Denice


      Great turtle, if you decide you want to sell it in your on-line store you could make a press mold.   Use some paper clay to keep the weight down.    Denice

  5. LeeU

    Firing with glass

    You could also skip the bisque and insert the glass wherever, and single fire to ^5.
  6. Interesting--so far, none are clay-covered. What's up with that? (Guilty...too busy showing off my octopus ring.)
  7. Not so easy to take pics of your own hands! My 4th of July glitter polish looks OK tho.
  8. LeeU

    What's your Mug?

    I posted a mug before-my favorite for the monrning java was made by some one else. Here are my own that I use. These were gas-fired, ^10 a long time ago. The handles are largish, to fit my hand. I don't make mugs anymore. Got bored with cylinders, got bored with handles, and gave 'em all away. So these 2 are all that are left. I made the glazes myself, and made the clay body myself.
  9. Wax on, wax off. And again....
  10. LeeU

    First Kiln Opening_Smoking Wares, Mug.png

    I do tiny little herb/spice spoons-don't have any pics but they are sweet and functional.
  11. @yappystudent....would be nice to see some pics of pipes.
  12. 15 weeks and lids that fit!! You have nothing to complain about! The B & W bowls toward the left are lovely.
  13. I've been largly out of commission due to having my work table break and having to save up and wait for a new one to arrive. I got it today and it is great--5' instead of 4, and much stronger.  Yee haw! 

  14. I have to organize my organizers, making sure they match: a studio calendar for clay stuff, an electronic calendar that includes the studio stuff plus the rest of daily living events, a studio white board with certain contents that "should" (never do) match the wall calendar, a set of electronic folders and files, and the inevitable bright sticky notes scattered throughout, directing me to do my thing before I forget. The first screen shot is a folder with web-ready pics of my catchalls, ready for online insertion. All my photos are in folders by type, with subfiles for web-ready; the second screen shot is my file system. Too bad the file lists can't be read-I was hoping the titles would be helpful. The folders listed far left are my Art Biz, and the subfolder shown is Office and Operations; then the Master Inventory tracker on the right is a file within that. Works for me! The photo file name is also the inventory code which is also the website product or item number, and is written on a piece of tape on the back of the piece. The drawers or bins the pieces are stored in are labled as well. And, I also save certain CAD pdfs and "how to and tips" from this forum. It's not OCD, it is organizational survival!! The only way I can function is by having "A place for everything and everything in it's place", as my dad taught me. That, and the Blessing of the Day that I write on my whiteboard (from various sources). If anyone is interesested in the folder names--the categories of information and resource materials for Art Biz-- that I am using to develop my hobby biz, just msg. me. my
  15. In addition to this wonderful forum, there are groups on FB that may be useful to the beginner/hobbyist potter, such as Clay Buddies, and such as Amaco and Coyote glaze groups. A word of caution-if all you do is check out YouTube or take classes at a level that does never includes any of the foundational chemistry/science of the materials used for clay work, you will short-change yourself. This is not an inexpensive field (or hobby) to get into--on any level--and you will get more bang for your buck by doing it "right" in the first place, rather than hoping to get a lot of information quickly, that actually takes years to learn. Any craft --or small business--requires much investment of time, money, inner drive, and willingness to learn regardless of the difficulties/frustrations/disappointments along the way. As does the making of any art. Good books also have a place in the education of the craft, as does making visits to studios or observing some firings, for example if you are looking to do wood or raku.

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