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  1. Thank you, Pres and Min. I am going to try the Min strategy, as I am not any good yet at throwing.
  2. Thanks. I agree with everything you have suggested for the image you are visualizing. What I am asking about is a lot simpler. I am asking about how it was built prior to any application of texture. On this image the texture was applied either with a roller or with slip, I think. I am not having trouble with that. I think "basket" might have been the wrong word for me to use here. I called it a basket because it is about 6" by 9" oblong with handles but it has a more rounded appearance than would be conveyed by "deep handled tray." If Minnie Mouse were to carry a handled tray into the sitting room, it might be shaped like this.
  3. In this month's Ceramics Monthly on page 13, #4 is a sort of long "basket" in a blue-green. How was this probably made? Did it start as if one were making a long box, with carving to make it appear to be made of more pieces? Was one original piece the four walls, another the bottom, and then the handles applied after? I want to try to hand-build something like it and would love advice. I have never tried to make anything that isn't basically round.
  4. Dick, or dh, how many pounds of clay do you think the guy in the video started with?
  5. Here is the opinion of one source of rankings for the United States: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-fine-arts-schools/ceramics-rankings This source uses points in areas that are not always relevant to people considering schools. You may not care about the publication records of faculty, for example. These rankings do not include the cost of living nearby. These are MFA programs, so people attending these would already have a first degree, not necessarily in art.
  6. Gabby

    Flat Brushable ^6 + glaze

    I use the Amaco underglazes all the time. For a surface that doesn't need to be food safe, one coat of my clear looks fairly matte still. The more coats of clear, the glossier. The Amaco underglazes can be purchased in "classroom sets" through Amazon or Blick's.
  7. In many courses of creative study, an early step in learning is to copy the work of others. In training in painting, for example, a traditional way of learning has long been, with a few periods of exception, copying masterworks. Have you ever, in order to develop your own skills or style in ceramics, tried to copy another's piece? (I don't mean for sale, of course. I mean for practice). Two things gave me the idea to ask this question. Yappy, also a painter, mentioned having tried to paint in a style reflecting Van Gogh and Redon. Second, when my copy of Ceramics Monthly arrived yesterday (saw your Tip, Pres!) in the part that I have read I saw a couple of things that made me think, I wonder how he/she did that- whether I could do something like that (Both hand-built. I couldn't copy anything on a wheel yet, still being at the point of my stumpy shapes).
  8. I like them both also. I once tried a Redon-like style in pastels. This brings to mind a separate question for the forum...
  9. Similar here. Three large-ish hand-built pieces are kiln bound. I would like to do some hand-building today, but my studio adjoins my husband's wood shop, sharing the air, and he is staining and using his table saw today. So no clay for me until he is out of there. I can plan, though.
  10. This is great. Which part of the country are you in, if you don't mind my asking?
  11. Someone expert will surely reply, but if color came off on your hands, maybe you should first try to go at it with a wet sponge!
  12. Gabby

    Brand new to pottery

    Having a potter friend help will be invaluable. He has shown you the basics, you write. What will be wonderful as well is for him to watch you as you throw to tell you what your body is doing that you might not be aware it is doing. In terms of safety, do some research to protect your health. Dust and fumes are not your friends. Unlike, say, the things you use in oil painting, there aren't big smells to tell you are inhaling things that are bad for you.
  13. Gabby

    Brand new to pottery

    Will you at least look at youtube or something? Read up on safety issues surrounding, say, clay or glaze dust that you are unlikely just to guess? You have only one set of lungs. Why the aversion to learning anything from others?
  14. I fear the original questioner drifted away. He or she was hoping being a potter and making a modest living at it would be simple. I think the replies here showed pretty quickly that gratifying as the work is, simple would not be the word for making it work as a livelihood. I doubt that "if you spend a lot of time on your craft and you excel, selling comes naturally." I think there are many fantastically talented and diligent people for whom selling is anything but natural, as well as people who are naturals at selling and sell things that are not of high quality.

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