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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. The day, through my own negligence, I dropped and watched all of a box of truly wonderful pieces smash to bits. Each piece unique, no repeated forms, glazes really sweet, forms useful and great looking, many made with a specific person in mind, some Palladium finish probably never to be seen again...oh I could go on and on. My style is generally organic, rough, handbuilt, often based on serendipity, and as such, most pieces are not easy to replicate, nor do I want to. So transporting/carrying the load the way I did was a grievous error of judgement which I shall not repeat! On the plus side, it did force me to take a look at not trying so hard to make each piece so different from the next. I am now making some forms-like a particular type of tea light holder-pretty similar in size, shape, glaze, and texture/stamp, and I am getting feedback that people like "them"-meaning the core design. And if I drop and break one, I really can "just" make another.
  2. Added Hidden Mask No. 6 "Looking Out" to my gallery.  

  3. LeeU Hidden Mask Series

    Ongoing expression of "selfies" and other Selves.
  4. @Rex-nice site. Love the Lava Bowl. Curious--"why" is the Studio page the same as the Shop page-or am I missing something. Entirely possible, since I was sure it said rabid dog until maybe the third time it crossed my eyes/brain. I also like the shipping included strategy-I think I want to go that route when I do launch my store. ..seems like it would keep life simple and save money to boot.
  5. Well, I've mulled this over for 4 days now. Nothing popped immediately into my head when I first mulled it over. The more I thought about my tools, the more I realized how many I have that cost so very little. Most are not studio tools, having come from thrift ships, hardware stores, antique/collectable shops, the dentist's office, dollar stores, kitchen stores, and side-of-the-road discards. I especially appreciate my Dremel set and my wooden Indian stamps. I also have made-for-clay studio work tools, but nothing that excites me to no end and is an under-$100 purchase. The way I work is very loosey-goosey. I like organically cutting, folding, leaving maker's marks, stamping clay, pinching, incising, and hand-forming, and upon reflection realized I actually don't use many clay tools at all.
  6. I'm chuckling at how many ruling pens Amazon is suddenly shipping this week---including my order. I used to do commercial graphic art and used them all the time, but got rid of most of my art supplies from that time and so have none. It never crossed my mind to use it with clay work---great tip!!
  7. Decision made: I am putting my online shop on deferred status until early next year. I finally got it through my head that---for very good reasons I shall not go into---I was not going to be able to launch a completed web site in time for "the holidays", which was my goal. I am building it myself (WIX-love it), and that is fine---that is what I want---but I don't have the capacity right now to do as it needs to be done and I don't want it to be half-baked. In the interim I am getting better at getting decent images of my pieces, the inventory sheet (now with little pics) is totally functional, and I am focussing on making better pieces, being more critical of style/pallete/forms etc., which is good.
  8. 1000 C is only ^05 (low fire) so that is not going to vitrify a stoneware body (mid or high fire body). Don't know what is meant by using "normal glazes". The glaze has to fit the clay---essentially means meant for the same cone. You wouldn't expect great results from putting a ^04 glaze on a ^6 body and firing it to ^6, or putting a ^5 glaze on a ^05 body. I single fire (^5) almost all the time and with my programmable kiln usually just do a slow glaze/slow cool program. As a planter, it needs to be vitrified or it may crack --here's a link to some basic info. http://cubits.org/mudders/articles/view/449/
  9. John's link travels to Percy's Principles of Art and Composition (Percy is the middle name of Melvin Bartel, the author) and he wrote these joyous principles. Well worth reading. I have always approached my artwork from the points of view/beliefs he has written about so cleanly. The ever-evolving culture shifts (rabbit holes?) throughout history fairly radically affect how "we" (in any given century) view art and its related elements such as composition and balance. I think it is safe to say that in today's culture we accept and understand that asymmetry in art may be as beautifully balanced as the Golden Ratio or the rule of thirds-whatever-when approached with intent. Seeking & possessing foundational knowledge about the perceived aesthetics of artwork (whether clay or other materials) is a valuable tool. Once I know "where I stand" so to speak, I am in a better position to use the clay the service of a desired outcome. For me, to some degree, I say balance-schmalance; though if it wobbles, it better have a darn good reason for doing so.
  10. PQotW: Week 33

    1 and 2, I got nuthin'. 3=4 and 4=3.
  11. Added two detail pics of the facial aspect of "Emerging" Hidden Mask. This piece was fired in the anagama kiln that was built by John Baymore's New Hampshire Institute of Art BFA students in 2014. The kiln, and the firing process, is a wonder to behold, and "wonder" is part of it's Japanese name, Fushigigama. 

  12. I put a pic of my most recent "hidden mask" in the gallery.  It was fired in an anagama kiln, and I am thrilled with how it came out. Coincidently--serendipity--it was titled "Emerging" before I submitted it to the fire.   

    1. Pres


      Nice! Must be a good experience to do a wood fire. Hope I get too some day.




  13. My biz card says "Handmade in New Hampshire" and I am quite proud to be able to say that. It does seem to appeal to folks wanting to support the local economy, the state-wide community of makers/small business, and the tourists who see something that is -more or less- uniquely "locally made" during their NH visit to take away with them. As a point of note, I learned that "handcrafted' is not the same as "handmade". I make my clay pieces, let's say pendants, by hand, and may call them handmade. Then my daughter (a jeweler's apprentice and very creative) does all the completion work, by her hand (hand crafting the necklace), adding the bails, the cord, the beads (some commercial, some made by me) or whatever to make the necklace. The pendant is handmade and the necklace is handcrafted. So when I do keywords specifically for marketing text, I say it is handmade (by leeuceramics) and handcrafted (by Stella Jewelry), when describing those pieces. Don't know who may really care, but it was interesting to learn the differences in the descriptors, and I feel better knowing I am not misrepresenting anything about the product.
  14. What's your Mug?

    This most perfect of mugs, in every possible aspect, by Steven Zoldak . https://sliptrail.com/steven-zoldak/