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About LeeU

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  • Birthday 07/14/1947

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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

    Not Simon Leach

    LOL---I SO agree w/you Sputty. Cannot even watch him--once and done. And just for fun, here's a yarn bowl that makes some sense (maker unknown).
  2. A triple or double zero "spotting brush" for photography retouching (used for manual prints, to fill-in minute voids left by dust on a lens.) This for fine line work or narrow letters-not wide areas.
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    ^5 clay

    Depending on the quantity of the clay, a great method is to put the dried clay in double plastic bags-absolutely no holes- and add about a 1/2 c or a bit more of water before sealing the top firmly with rubber bands or twist ties. Place the bag in a 5 gal. painters bucket and then fill the bucket with water just about to the top of the bag where it is sealed. Let it sit. In a few days or so, you will have moist clay, ready to wedge! The pressure of the water outside the bag forces the water inside the bag into the clay to rehydrate it. Simple. I don't have exact ratio's, this was for the equivalent of maybe 2/3 of a standard block of concrete-hard clay. After one time you'll see roughly about how much inner water you'll need.
  4. LeeU

    Submit Your Community Challenge Ideas

    This activity ran its course quite a while ago. Bottom line, only a small number of people participated over time and each round garned less attention. It was fun, a great idea, but like most things, had to be maintained, with people responsible for keeping it current and ongoing--a bit of a burden with the low particpation a factor, so I think it just died a natural death.
  5. Mine-- Kiln Fire Dragon. Can't capture the coloration of the resin and this was shot at night, but the fire color, so to speak, is gorgeous.
  6. LeeU

    "dangerous" glaze ingredients

    I hate to be the voice of doom, but I've read enough valid research to state emphatically that we are already so poisoned, the whole species is morphing into fodder for the health care industry. At this point, I worry less about silica (good mask/practices) and more about what is in my food, the hyper-flammable materials in our furnishings...you get the picture. @Old Lady--Another reference book is Artist Beware, by Michael McCann...I got it from a library rather than pay for the latest revised version, since most of it does not apply to ceramists. Easy to take-I didn't need a degree in chemistry/science to grasp what I needed to know.
  7. LeeU

    Choosing clay types

    The notion of going to just one body is so, so, sensible and tempting. But.....no. I'm still in clay-crush mode and suspect it will take something dramatic for me to stop checking out a bunch of bodies, pennies permitting. I'd rather have 20+ (oh---I do!) scrap containers for reclaim of diff. bodies than miss any part of that journey. Maybe next year...'cuz I know it is in my best interest to simplify and concentrate. Next years mantra will be "simplify, simplify, mix-it up, simplify". I like black, white , and gray, and have discovered wonderful bodies for each of those.
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    Bisque temp for raku

    Steven Branfman's Mastering Raku is a comprehensive wealth of information if you really want to get into it. He generally bisques at ^08 (explains in the book) and uses a commercial raku body...Sheffield has a nice one.
  9. LeeU

    Porcelain Clay Bodies

    I get cone 4-5 Cool Ice from Seattle Pottery (it's actually from Australia) and it is the most lucious white. I beleive they make a cone 10 as well. I also use Troy's cone 10 porcelain, also a lovely true white. What I make is usually hand-built, rough rather than refined, thick and opaque, often unglazed or just clear, so I can't speak to either body as far as wheel work goes. The first pic is the troy ^10 porcelain, fired to about ^11; the incense holder is the Cool ice, fired to ^6
  10. LeeU

    No Swiping

    And yet, I have folks online who insist on sending me a paper check and many vendors at farmers markets who will take cash only. Maybe it's a NH thing...we're a bit slow on the techno-uptake.
  11. A guy I dated in Brooklyn once told me that "Y is a crooked letter." He meant, "don't ask." In my existential phase at the time, that made sense. Later, "Why not?" became the rallying cry. The malleable, tactile aspects of hand-to-clay, tools to clay, and even wheel rotation are singularly inviting and pleasing to me in a way that paint/pencils/pastels/oil crayons etc. just are not. Never took to wood or stone or metal or glass with the same sense of enthusiasm and satisfaction with the outcome. I was early on drawn to the most primitive of applications--digging clay, pit firing, burnishing. At the university, the wonders of a great gas kiln, making our own bodies and glazes, and the quality ceramic science & history courses, sealed the deal for me. However, I went off on a different 30 year career tangent, and now via some cognitive difficulties, cannot retreive, remember, retain, or hardly even relearn most of what is needed to do it well, to a knowledgible and high standard. Which is OK. I still love it and knew that as soon as I retired I would return to working in clay no matter how modest the effort or scale. Callie hit it, with the "can't not".
  12. Ah ha...yep, that worked. I clicked on it and got them from April and back. Would never have figured that out...thanks.
  13. I have lost track & gotten confused. I know this thread is just for possible future questions-various suggestions, not to be answered here. But where are the actual QotW/answers located? I never can find them again after the first appearance. Are they in a specific forum or do they float around? I used the Search feature but it did not come up. Thx.
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    lovely lovely
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    Wow!! That bee a honey of a job.

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