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  1. What's on my workbench? Nothing...becasue it's all in the kiln!! (Finally). Yee Haw. 

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Is that a N.H. Yeehaw or a Texas Yeehaw? Trying to gauge your enthusiasm.

    2. LeeU

      LeeU

      Pilfered from my sister.  She says it all the time. We are fom New Jersey -both of us lived for years in NYC--both moved to Virginia at different times (survival-long story) and while she is still there, I am in NH. So, long story long, I have no clue where she got it from. If you catch me saying Howdy, I pilfered that one from my daughter. No connections to Texas. High enthusiam--breaking out of a bad spell...and...just cracked the lid and all is right with the world (tho it's mostly  only a bisque). :P

  2. Man in checkered shirt looking at one of MY bowls (shelf right) at the reception for the NHPG Once Upon the Earth exhibit. The photo is manipulated for a retro look. I was glad I went-I usually don't...just not my thing, but it was fun to watch people cruising my stuff.  

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    1. Gabby

      Gabby

      I think it is great that you went.

      This way you can see very concretely whose day you made richer because you shared your work. 

  3. I posted an announcement for the NH Potters Guild exhibition for March in the Events of Interest forum.  I have two pieces on display.  Both bowls are pushing 2 lbs and are roughly in the 7" x 2" range.  Stoneware (stamped) and porcelain (incised). 

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  4. The challenge to Self these days is my old nemesis--lack of patience. So, to push myself into either a state of growing frustration or a state of growing acceptance, I am making myself replay old scenes in the hidden objects game June's Journey. That is a game that requires mega patience, on steroids. Why? you ask. Because I let myself actually run out of clay--all three of my main types. I ordered some, and they are out of the one I need the most and need the fastest! Go figure.   Another lesson in patience, coming right up. (Yeah, they are getting in it and shipping it soon.):rolleyes:

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    2. Denice

      Denice

      I bought clay a couple of days ago,  I thought I was out.  I looked at the companies web site and it wasn't listed,  freaked me out.   I had tried several clays  for throwing and this one worked the best for me. Turned out they had a new website and the web designer didn't include it.    When I was making space for the clay I found two bags that were covered with mold,  I bought it around Christmas.  Never had clay mold this fast,  using it first.   Denice

    3. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      I heard from a pro potter that, like bleu cheese, mold in clay is good...

    4. Denice

      Denice

      That is what it looks like, it is suppose to throw better.   I remember potters putting beer in when they were mixing clay they thought it would mold faster.   Denice

  5. Happy with my shift in direction-or attitude- take your pick. I'm  becoming more process oriented (re:  formation of clay objects) in a primal kind of way.

    1. Gabby

      Gabby

      Wonderful. I enjoy looking at your one-of-a-kind pieces.

  6. Oh well...I submitted two of my "Hidden Masks" (that reference domestic violence and suicide)  for a juried exhibit,  but got notice I was not accepted. Phooey. ..maybe shoulda gone with the bowls! 

     

    1. Roberta12

      Roberta12

      Getting ready to submit to a small show as well.  A person just never knows.

    2. Gabby

      Gabby

      I think an artist needs sometimes to do this, make the courageous submission rather than playing it safe. A different venue might have taken them.

    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Your mask series is important: do not let it take a back seat to popularity.

  7. Finished my 2019 detail budget and I can retain my helper who keeps me current with inventory/spreadsheets/photos. Yay me! (Of course I haven't been to a movie in 2 years, don't have TV and almost never buy clothes, but, hey, well worth it! ) Now I'm setting up my 'to do' calendar-hope I can stick to it this year.

    1. Gabby

      Gabby

      Congratulations!

    2. oldlady

      oldlady

      good for you!   if you really need some clothes, the thrift shops around here put everything in the store on sale for 50 percent off each monday.   when the original price for jeans is $5.99, you can see why i have a pile of them.   got a cashmere sweater for $5.00 last week.

  8. Happy happy. Got the last of my backlogged stock inventoried and properly stored (means I can find it easily).  Only 6 months past my intended time frame-oh well, forward movement is forward movement and I'm not in a race, so I'll take it and just say thank you. :lol:  

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  9. Got half a kiln load. "Time to make the  donuts!" (I wonder how many members are too young to remember that fun commercial?)

    1. Min

      Min

      Never heard of it... I do remember "where's the beef" though.

      edit: I looked up the donuts commercial, don't think it aired in Canada because I'm definitely old enough to remember it if it did.

    2. GEP

      GEP

      I say “time to make the donuts” to myself almost every day!

    3. Min

      Min

      Time to get back to glazing donuts :)

  10. Hi-I can't lift & carry much over 20 lbs. myself. When 50 lbs+ of clay shows up at my front door, I have to get it from the ground up the steps, up over a deep door lip, into the house, through the house, down steps, down another door drop of 3-4", and onto a back porch.  I bought a wheeled dolly-type gizmo called an UpCart---it smoothly goes up and down STAIRS! Rolls on specially configured  wheels--worth every penny, and it folds down flat and short.

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Seems to be going around. Had a little accident earlier this year: can't lift more than 20-25lbs with my left arm without it going numb. Have not thrown anything since March. Hopefully it will heal up soon...by you have my empathy.

  11. Aarrgghhh...we only got a few weeks notice that the guild I belong to is doing a raku demo 10/28.  I just emptied my kiln and I do not have anything low fire to fill it with,  so I could bisque (required) a few raku pieces for the event.  I'm going to try to crank out a lot of ^5 and bisque that along with the raku clay. I don't want to pass up the opportunity.  

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    2. Benzine

      Benzine

      Careful, Raku is addictive...

      It's the gateway to other alternative firing methods.

    3. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      One of the great things about building your own Raku kiln is that you con make pots whenever you want and fire them whenever you want. As you have suggested, I have both ^5 building sessions and Raku building sessions, bisque firing them at the same time, and having the pots available to glaze and fire at any time. Hope you get your pieces made in time for the demo!

    4. LeeU

      LeeU

      My landlord has been wonderful about allowing me to install the electric kiln (closed in back porch) & a studio (was the bedroom) in my trailer, but there is not an inch of space to spare & I'm not permitted to do anything out in the yard.  I did get my pieces done though, & will bisque this week. 

       

  12. I am thrilled that I will have a worker bee coming next week to assist me with bringing my backlogged inventory current. I have forced myself stop making anything more until I get this done and all my remaining smalls are coded  for the web & stored in labeled drawers for easy access. Then I can get on with making some samples for a local shop keeper who is interested in a particular line.  

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Good news indeed.

    2. lgusten

      lgusten

      How wonderful is this!!!!!!!  It will be great to be organized!!!

  13. Phooey...I went to pay for my shelf area for the anagama firing in October and it's full!! Next is spring or summer, but I'll probably cave and do the pieces in my L&L. 

    1. Gabby

      Gabby

      Sorry you missed this opportunity, but as you write, there are other firing options now, and you can be first in line for Spring.

  14. I'm into the last round of making pieces for the anagama firing in the fall. (I get in through public access to the Community Education Program, providing space available. This is the gorgeous large kiln that John Baymore built w/ NHIA students..it is such a rush to see it in action! )

  15. I put a few items from my recent fire in the Gallery. Happy happy. 

  16. Kiln is cooling under 300, but I'm going to bed now....so "Christmas " will come tomorrow morning

    1. Gabby

      Gabby

      So, where are the Christmas photos of the pots family?

    2. LeeU

      LeeU

      I took pics and lost the whole bunch. But the presents were pleasing. I'll get a few into the Gallery next week--I hate how long it takes to resize them just for this site so I don't post much there anymore. 

       

    3. Gabby

      Gabby

      I understand, Lee. I am actually completely inept at something like managing photos and admire those who can. I am so happy your load was pleasing.

  17. Well, it's got nuthin to do with ceramics, but  a big black bear just helped himself to the suet cakes hanging from my car port roof. He made a crushed wire mess of my pricey squirrel proof double cake suet hanger. I've been hanging suet for 8 years w/o being visited by a big fuzzy thief.  Guess I won't be putting that out anymore. Did I mention he was big? (And beautiful-a treat to see, truth be told).

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    2. lgusten

      lgusten

      Up on the porch is too close!!!  We occasionally have bears wander down....but it makes the news.  And the wildlife people are very good about getting the word out to not disturb the bears as they will wander back home.   Hopefully, your bear will wander back on the ridge.  You could put the feed on the ground....most of our birds will eat the seed the deer have spilled from the feeders.  

    3. LeeU

      LeeU

      I'll have to put my bear claws clay stamps to good use so I'm not clogging up the board with off-topic stuff! I'll make more biz card holders. There were 3  last nite--very unusual--mom  & 2 cubs--got in all the trash ready for pick up.  We're a single little street at the base of a small mountain, and near a big lake. The landlord called the fish & game guys--I think they encouraged them to go back home using the scent of dogs.  

       

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    4. lgusten

      lgusten

      The bear stories are artistic inspiration.  We now have some fodder for our creative sides.  I have been working on a bear shape for my animal figures. 

  18. Yee haw----1843 and climbing--never gets old.

  19. I did get some help w/prep for this weekend's firing, which is about to be programmed. But I am still absolutely sold on getting lighter shelves!! 

    1. Gabby

      Gabby

      So glad you got some help while you save for those light shelves.

    2. Denice

      Denice

      My husband helped me unload a glaze firing Sunday.   He said you need help with those heavy shelves.  I had loaded and unloaded a bisque and loaded the glaze firing this weekend by myself.  He just won't admit that it is exciting to unload a glaze firing.     Denice

  20. 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.

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    2. Roberta12

      Roberta12

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

       

    3. Gabby

      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

      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

  21. 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! 

  22. Psyched...the NH Potters Guild (of which I am a member) is invited to participate in an August event at the Gallery at Well Sweep. They  want clay art specifically in the form of toys and musical instruments. I'm planning on 2 toys and a rattle. 

  23. I have made a section on my Pinterest Clay board on Kilns & Firing, specific to the anagama kiln that John Baymore "made happen" for the New Hampshire Intute of Art. Check it out https://www.pinterest.com/LeeUstinich/clay-kilns-and-firing/fushigigama-nhia-wonder-kiln-at-sharon-art-center-/

    1. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Thanks for the link.

  24. P.S. You can link to my Pinterest from my website and I have many nice Clay boards. 

  25. Phooey--table top slab roller is "stuttering"--all bodies, all thicknesses.  Might be a broken sprocket. I hate having to take things apart and not being able to use something until I figure out what is wrong, how to fix it, and then do it, if I can.  

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    2. LeeU

      LeeU

      It's a Bailey...if I can't locate the problem I'll give them a call! 

    3. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      I have had 2 Baileys, dual rollers. Is yours dual rollers?

       

    4. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      they have good tech support.

       

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