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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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    Adding granite dust (crushed stone/powder) to the surface is fun also. The "specks" are gritty and light colored, and you can get different sized granules from a stone cutting place. It can be worked into the body also and can make for a pitted look-have to experiment.
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    Submit Your Community Challenge Ideas

    Good---been there, done that, never ever want to do it ever never again.
  3. My alma mater is Virginia Commonwealth Universty's School of the Arts: Dept. of Crafts and Materials No. 9, No. 9, no. 9. I've gotten so much mileage out of my degree (the training embodied within) that even though it was a hard row to hoe (personal circumstances), I am forever blessed by the quality and dedication of the instructors, as well as the exposure to the state-of-the-art of the arts, at the time. Like when Christo came, and the hand building workshop with Steve Reynolds, an evening with Twyla Thwarp, another with Phillip Glass, and that fool Andy W. Just FYI, Richmond (and the greater area) is quite affordable if you know where to look. It's a great easy-to-take city, and offers easy access to all sorts of cool places. The University delivers high-quality bang-for-the buck re: tuition cost, and a degree from VCU readily translates to decent job opportunities. The art community is deeply rooted and many local artists in all disciplines (traditional, historic, contemporary, experimental-you name it) are known internationally.
  4. NICE!!!!!!!!!!!! Looks pretty darn good. I do think your mugs are underpriced. It may sound weird, but you may actually sell more if the price is raised a bit---somewhere between 18-25?
  5. For myself, I abhor both his life and his art. Just another yukky ######## with just enough talent, connections and marketing skills to make it into the history books, as the patrons, critics, and groupies are drawn to the drug-like fumes of fame and obscene amounts of money, like moths to a flame. Yappy's comments made me think about my Pinterest "Clay" boards. While I was building them I noticed that every time I came across a ceramic piece "by" Pablo P. I would shut down and stop pinning. I just could not (& won't) include his clay art. Wish Vincent van Gogh had gotten his head & hands into clay and glazes---can you imagine?!!
  6. Only because I can't use the type of language or degree of toxic discourse I would have to use to even mention the dirty dog (not meaning to insult dogs). You go girl! Join the club.
  7. My glazing table is down to a few pieces of bisqued mid-fire items. I need to fill one more shelf with new greenware (they'll go in as a single fire) and then I am ready to fill my kiln again.
  8. As you get more into the process of working with various materials, you'll find that firing programs can also be selected based on the composition of the clay bodies and glazes, and the effects you may wish to avoid, or desire to produce. I almost always use a slow glaze and a controlled cooling (^5-6 stoneware and porcelain), often with a preheat (though my last one went wonky because I programmed something wrong and missed it in the review!)
  9. I am not looking for a career or a steady income, even a meager one. I don't want to (really can't) do what has to be done in order to do shows/fairs, nor do I care for galleries with their outrageous cuts. I'd probably change my tune if I made pieces of a quality truly worthy of the gallery world, which could be priced so as not to lose money on the deal, but I don't reach that standard (and at over 70 I am not looking to travel the road to get there). I also have a deep-seated aversion to the high-end business/social "art world" , having been exposed to it in the past. Consigment feels like thrift-store-level thinking and I wouldn't even consider it. I like selling directly from my own website, and via word-of-mouth, but am finding that the current need for what is called "fusion marketing" , to generate substantial and steady traffic/interest, is way above my pay grade (translation: exceeds my energy level and I can't afford to purchase integrated services). I am blessed to be happy and motivated to hold my own, for my own satisfaction, and still make a dent in the cost of output.
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    Table Top Wheels

    Yeah--for 100 lbs of clay, to make 4 foot tall vases, you'll need to hang it from the ceiling and throw upside down like what-his-name did LOL
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    Golly dang that is gorgeous!
  12. If it's on the underside maybe it could be buzzed off with a Dremel.
  13. In the future you might consider staining the wood display shelving all the same color, or painting them so the booth looks more cohesive (either for structures to receed more in the background, or maybe a nice black to stand out--either way, uniformity helps accentuate your wares and looks more professional. I agree about the bedspread/tablecloth etc--go to a neutral light bone/white and use a product that doesn't scream that it came from your house. Also agree-no "seconds". Myself, I don't care for shows/events and try to avoid them, but I have found--even with yard sale experience--that it is really important not to look bored, even if there are dead spells. Don't bury your head in a tablet or magazine--keep looking alert and alive (but not too eager). Hope you have business cards--if not, get some nice ones for the next time. Best wishes!!
  14. I'm someone who won't let three dirty dishes/pans pile up in the sink, but will build a high tower and low foothills all over the counter out of clean and dry dishes/pans. Studio is the same. I clean fastideously after most elements of doing anything...but dry tools will be piled up and falling off the drying shelf before I put them back where they belong. My latest cleaning tool is one of those "spin" mops. I really like it--mops up great and is so easy to rinse & put away. I use lots of water, the bucket system for pre-wash, plenty of towles, and I TRY to never let it go onto another day. I find if I leave a mess with the intention of getting to it "tomorrow", I have a 50-50 chance of ending up avoiding the studio all together. That is a pit I work to not fall into. It should be noted that I have low production and can spend the time doing it so often-----if it were a true working studio, I'd probably tend to it every few days or a week or so at the most.
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    Mr. Turtle and the Red Rattle. Some pieces I'm showing at the Gallery at Well Sweep, Hillsboro, NH. It's a small exhubit featuring clay toys and musical instruments. I have a few rattles, my Mr. Turtle pull toy, and 2 little spinning tops.

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