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Judith B

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  1. 10 hours ago, neilestrick said:

    If I went to a different studio I would want to know how things worked.

    Agreed, I feel at loss when joining a new studio trying to figure out how things work and where things go without disrupting anything! Of the studio I have been so far, only the privately owned would take me through a thorough tour. Community centres and associations have let me use facilities with a very brief welcome session only. I find it quite interesting knowing how much safety hazards there are in pottery studios!

  2. thank you so much for your contribution! I didn't think about having people sign a document but it seems to be a great way to officially acknowledge they have been talked through the rules. 

    There has been some debate amongst our circle of volunteers to recognise prior experience and not put those experienced member through the induction session but I feel like everyone should know how our studio functions. 

    Our studio is pretty much the only one in the city and is really cheap so I think we get lots of people who are "curious" and have no clue you can't just do whatever with clay and glazes. There is definitely a need for an education process!

  3. Hi everyone,


    I recently joined the volunteer circle at my pottery club and there is a need to put in place an "induction" process for new members. The idea is to run them through the safety rules and basic Do's and Don'ts. At the moment, it's pretty crazy what people do, like glazing a bowl and dumping the excess glaze in the sink, pouring wax in the sink, etc.


    So I was wondering, if you have been member at a pottery club and used their facilities, did you get any kind of crash course when you joined? If not, how did you navigate the different spaces and rules?

    Thanks for your input :) 

  4. Moving from a country to another quite often, I never really considered starting a collection. When I was in Japan and visited some pottery centres there, I found 2 pieces that I decided I would keep with me. If they ever break I will replace them with some other handmade pieces. It makes me incredibly happy to use unique and beautiful pieces but I don't feel the need to have more than what I have now. 

  5. I don't know much about the details but when you single fire, you need to fire up to your clay's vitrification temperature. 

    If you throw porcelain, your firing will need to be around 1250°C (or whatever you usually fire at). So earthenware glazes would finitely not withstand such temperature. If you underfire, I guess your glazes might vitrify but the clay won't mature leaving you with a very fragile pieces (especially if the bottom is unglazed and water gets in there as you use your pot)

    I also wonder if there would me some mismatch in terms of shrinkage rate between your clay and your glazes...

    But basically single-firing is skipping the bisque firing. So the firing you do should be your regular firing 

  6. I was curious to see if the topic would veer into more political commitment but I guess that was not the the point with this question.

    Personally, since I don't sell my work as I am still in the process of learning, I can't say I resist in any way, politically & socially speaking but it has always been in te back of my mind. As a maker, how can I make meaningful work? The work of Ayumi Horie is quite inspiring in that regards.

    Is anyone here trying to have a social or political stance through their work? Or is it something that is not part of the picture?

  7. I think whether you want to repair them, or sell them as seconds depends on what image and reputation you want to build.

    Every piece you sell will be out there, contributing to your public image. If you're not 100percent satisfied with it, I'd hammer it down. I personally think in the long run, it might work out better to have very high standards, but that's only my opinion.


    I can't answer on the technical aspect of the refiring, sorry

  8. This is a great question, looking forward to the answers!

    I love reading but when it comes to pottery, I like following potters online or looking through magazine to be exposed to new content as much as possible. Especially to read about exhibition and what is happening in the contemporary world of ceramics

    As for techniques, I prefer to learn them first hand from someone as a book with pictures can't always convey all the subtleties. 

    I have tried several times to read books on the history of ceramics but often found the writing style to be very academic and somewhat heavy. 

    So I guess I can't really answer this one ^^


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