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Judith B

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  1. Hello everyone, So I was reading The Ceramics Reader (Livingstone & Petrie) and I stumbled across a very thought-provoking essay, I thought I'd like to hear what you all think about this In the essay, Ceramics and Art Criticism, Janet Koplos makes a few very interesting points 1. The debate about whether ceramics is art is futile since: clay is already present in many museums and galleries, and art is defined by a material, format and treatment of subject so ceramics is not, by its nature, excluded. 2. Ceramics is a very diverse art since it can take any form, and the community needs to learn how to embrace this plurality. Ceramists looking up to other art such as painting or sculpture tend to lose touch with this multiplicity whereas this is a key component of its identity. She writes: "Ceramics is a visual art, although it's not painting, and it's not sculpture. It has its own identity. The position of ceramics today is not a problem. If there's a dilemma, it's that ceramists (...) lust after the perceived status of painting and sculpture." It's hard to summarise it, the essay is captivating. Unfortunately I couldn't find it online. I'd love to hear your thought on this
  2. 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
  3. 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!
  4. 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!
  5. Sad to hear that the world of ceramics is not exempt from it predators :(. Have a look at @softearth.ceramics on instagram to read about her tragic experience being a potter's apprentice in Copenhagen

    1. Benzine

      Benzine

      The world has its share of bad, or even terrible people and events.  It can be overwhelming,  and discouraging, when we are hearing stories about nothing but.

      However, I believe that there is just as much good, if not more so.  The reason, we don't hear about these kinds of (good) people or events as much, is because they are the norm.  It is expected that people will do the right thing.  It is expected that things will work out for the best.  These things are not news, because they are the everyday. 

      Stories about terrible people and events become news, because they are so different and shocking.  But we need not dwell on them any longer than necessary.  Otherwise we can lose hope, and start to see those terrible things as the new norm, and that is a path we don't want to go down, as a society.

    2. Judith B

      Judith B

      That is very true. I think it is important to be aware those people exist though. But yes, there are thankfully a lot of other awesome people in the community!

  6. Updated my website, and will try to take photos of my new pieces soon :) 

    1. Tam U.

      Tam U.

      What a lovely site!

    2. Judith B

      Judith B

      thank you! :)

  7. 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.
  8. Judith B

    single firing, cone 6 stoneware

    Do you think so? A potter I was assisting was spraying her glazes on greenware it was pretty thing but we never had any issues. Did you run into any troubles?
  9. Judith B

    PQotW: Week 33

    Yes, it was a collaboration between Chojiro and Sen No Rikyu
  10. Judith B

    single firing, cone 6 stoneware

    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
  11. Judith B

    PQotW: Week 33

    1 - 2 2 - 2 3 - 4 4 - 3 (In Tokyo this year, we had an exhibition on the Tea Ceremony and another one on the Raku family, it was so inspiring and beautiful!)
  12. Hello everyone, The other day at a stunning exhibition in Tokyo I came across the technique of washizome and nunozome, which is painting ceramics using paper or fabric as a medium to transfer the colour onto clay. You can see the process in this video: [Edit, wrong video, see Hantremmer's post below] I have been trying to find the name of this technique in English to no avail. Would any one know how this transfer technique is called?
  13. @Achilles, thank you for sharing your knowledge. What is the difference between Ru ware and Ju ware?
  14. wow that's pretty cool! may I ask how you did that double wall? Did you make the inner and outer pieces separately?
  15. Judith B

    PQotW: Week 31

    1 - 3 2 - ? 3 - 4 (If I may say, the spell in french is Ramequin) 4 - 2
  16. AH sorry I had no idea about this rule but it makes sense reading all your comments. I thought it was interesting how the world of the handmade interacts with other spheres of our lives, especially through events and charities or donations that carry some special meaning. Marcia, your sculpture is very powerful!
  17. are we? I didn't know. Too bad it would have been an interesting topic
  18. 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?
  19. I'm not sure it'd fly so well ^^ event though I imagine it is quite light
  20. aaw, the chicken cup is really cute!
  21. Judith B

    PQotW: Week 28

    Wow, I have no clue! I'll pass this week and will wait for the answers to educate myself
  22. Need to check it out on my computer. On my phone, the front page is a bit strange, lots of empty space and misalignments. Looks really nice though, good job!
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