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  1. Gabby

    Bright underglazes becoming dark

    Like Liam, I use the Amaco Velvet Underglazes. On Amaco's website they have photos of how each glaze looks on white stoneware fired at cone 6 and at cone 10, with and without clear glaze over them. The only color that went from pleasing to me on bisque firing to disappointing at Cone 6 was the terracotta color. This was my mistake, though. The color samples told me to expect it to go to a toasty brown.
  2. Best wishes for a solid recovery for your mother-in-law. Take good care of yourself also.
  3. Honestly, I saw the photo before reading the words and thought "Someone is making frogs!"
  4. I know most people here mix their own glazes and underglazes, but I hope someone can give me advice on how to mix a color I don't see out of commercially available underglaze colors. I do not need precision- just approximation. There is a sort of auburn color, ubiquitous in the animal kingdom. An orangutan is this color, a red panda, the red river hog, various setter dogs and other "red" dogs, fox... I want that color when I fire at cone 5 with clear over it. Thank you for your help.
  5. Gabby

    Underglaze color

    I have never used Red Art. I will try to get some today. I use red clay, which I think you do also.
  6. Gabby

    Drying porcelain

    One thing I found when I hand-built in porcelain is that drying is very tricky and that it needs to be really slow. But some porcelains are much easier to work than others. So choice of porcelain is another thing you can experiment with.
  7. I too go for the heavy look, and fact, in my work and prefer it.
  8. I don't know in which section of the forum this belongs, but I saw it in LitHub, which is a newsletter I read that flags interesting new writing. https://lithub.com/on-the-intoxicating-alchemy-of-pottery/
  9. I agree with Liam. The pricing of the booths suggests that they aren't aiming to have only elite exhibitors. What exactly are you worried about? Are you worried you won't have enough merchandise? That all the other potters will be better than you? Do you hate crowds? There are a few shows I go to regularly in my vicinity. One is a juried show in July that is not for beginners and costs something like $1800 with fewer than 10,000 expected visitors. Another that is about the size of your show, I would think, draws no elite sort of exhibitors but is a lot of fun with crafts ordinary people can afford to buy, with $15 mugs rather than $40 mugs. I assume your wife would go along to staff the booth with you? I don't think doing this alone would be good.
  10. I just opened up my new Ceramics Monthly (what a great magazine- and I see you have another article published, Pres!) and saw on page 20 a first exhibit by Anna Whitehouse called #100bottles100days. This made me wonder whether anyone here, at any time in your practice, undertook something like this, an item made in different versions over a course of a large number of days. I know people who have done a painting a day or a drawing of a nude each day... If so, what was your specific objective in the exercise?
  11. Your comment brings up an important distinction. When someone buys a painting for millions of dollars, it is normally, I think, to a large degree an investment. When you invest in something, in the sense that resale value is a huge consideration, a lot more than aesthetics enter the calculation. I would have thought that almost no sales of functional pottery are about investment. The artist may well matter in the sense that the artist's story may be part of the pleasure of using the mug, but it isn't a Jeff Koons-like situation.
  12. I am glad you wrote this. I have seen this as a purchaser. I think it is a combination of the seller's 1)not having a good eye for the difference in quality between his work and another person's, 2)wishful thinking, and 3)hoping purchasers either don't know the difference in quality or don't value the quality differential enough for that to affect their willingness to pay.
  13. I think this is exactly on point. Some people can afford to be kind of awful, but that is the exception.
  14. I don't sell art, but I have always opted to be genuine rather than strategic in professional and personal dealings and to let the quality of my work speak for me. Maybe I have missed some opportunities by not trying to figure out the rules of the game and to play them, but being myself feels better to me. In terms of the story you share, Neil. I think that learning what the appropriate price is for something doesn't really sound either like bragging or selling yourself short. For example, the going price for something in, say, Manhattan, may be higher than the price for the same thing in Des Moines. I remember a garage sale we had when I was a kid in LA. We really didn't like avocados, but we had a tree with huge avocados, about three times the size of a normal avocado. We priced them at a nickel, since we had no idea of what they cost in the store. All the avocadoes sold right away.
  15. Gabby

    Underglaze color

    Thanks. I have noticed the colors do not mix at all like acrylics and oil paints. I have tried the terracotta and know it will go straight to brown at cone 5. As I have the terracotta, I will get some orange and try different amounts of orange. Wild guessing it, how many parts orange to one part terracotta to start? Does a line blend mean I increase whatever I am adding by linear increments? So I start with, say, x of terracotta and first I add y of the orange. Then the next sample is x of terracotta plus 2y of orange and so forth?
  16. Gabby

    Underglaze color

    Thank you, Benzine and Hulk. Benzine, I meant just what you wrote, how to mix together commercial underglazes. I tried this using Amaco underglazes, starting with their terracotta and thought I had it for a sculpture of my deceased English Bulldog. It looked good in the bisque fire, and then coming out of cone 5 it was more like molasses brown. a real disappointment. Hulk, thanks for putting up the photos. I hesitate to put up photos, because I don't know how to resize things and the couple of times I have put up photos, they have been huge. Yes it is a beautiful color. The reason it is so common in the wild is that the way the tropical sun gives color to the moss and leaves on trees makes the foliage in their habitats look this color, or like a combination of this color and dark green. As striking as these animals are, so that when we look at them we ask, "How could that color provide good camouflage?" these animals, even the bulky orangutan, are invisible up in the canopy, the red panda in crooks of trees, and the red fox on the forest floor.
  17. I like Hitchmiss' take on this. If there is a show in which a person would like at some point to exhibit and he applies in a strategic rather than truly appropriate category, he might ed up in a "we rejected him last time" pile. It's a little like applying for a job. I wouldn't advise someone to apply for a job for which she is not well suited if there are actually jobs at the place for which she would be a much more suitable candidate. If you really think what you have in hand is sculpture, I wouldn't hesitate, but if it is actually an interesting vase, I would call it that.
  18. I am finally back in the studio, hand- building. It is 23 degrees and I am snowed in. I won't get back to the wheel until spring.

    1. terrim8


      same here but thinking about moving my wheel back into the basement today from its outdoor shed- not even my little gas heater can keep up to this cold!

    2. JohnnyK


      How do work with frozen clay? Do you store it in the house or do you have to thaw it out for a day or 3 before you work with it?

    3. terrim8


      I store it in the house. Using three heaters in the basement this morning. I will only run out to the shed if I forgot a tool or something. 

  19. What I notice most, shawnhar, is that you have increasing control over the shape you are producing, so that you can make many that are the same. How much time in each week are you now able to spend at your wheel?
  20. I like Callie's suggestion to keep any knock-off on your shelf- certainly not to sell it or give it away. But copying others' work for your own education is a time-honored way of increasing your skills.
  21. Lee, I hoped you would chime in with expert advice for the teacher. Thank you. There are a couple of things I would like to underline, and Lee, please tell me if I am mistaken on this. When Lee writes you may require the student to follow classroom/studio rules, this does not mean whatever rules you and even the other 35 students prefer. The rules she must follow must, under the law if you are in the US, incorporate reasonable accommodation for that student. The disabled student does not lose her rights because she will not wear earbuds. With ear buds in, she could miss vital instructions, for example. It is significant that she has told you she has a disability, unlike Hitchmiss' situation. Your legal obligations are now activated. A few years ago as I was opening a class in a large lecture hall at the university, about to give some vital instructions, in fact, a representative of a totally hearing-impaired student brought to me a device she asked me to wear and talk into in addition to the microphone. I asked whether it would be valuable instead for me to give written instruction to the student or to repeat instruction one on one. The escort informed me that the student had a right under the law to hear what I was saying, as I was saying it, alongside everyone else. So I spoke into this thing, not using it correctly, unfortunately, because I had never encountered such a device, but what mattered from the standpoint of ADA compliance is that I truly did my best and the escort and student could see that. Your due diligence also includes treating the student with the utmost respect, including respecting her privacy. While other students may guess that changes you are making are to accommodate a disability, that cannot be discussed with other students. Good luck with this. As Lee suggests, being vulnerable to a charge of not reasonably accommodating a disability puts your career at risk.
  22. Your question has multiple dimensions. If you are in the United States, the standard for service to students with disabilities is reasonable accommodation. Your first stop, I think, is the college disability office, with staff who should be able to trouble-shoot this with you. Reasonable accommodation would, I think, include not playing music in the classroom if there is a disabled student for whom that extra noise is agony. Music is not necessary for students to learn what you are teaching. If students want to bring their own music for private listening via some sort of ear bud, they could have music if it is their preference without harm to the disabled student. The sound of people's wedging clay is a different matter. Students have to be able to do that, regardless of the disabled student's preferences. But reasonable accommodation would assign her a wheel far from the wedging table. In many years of teaching I have had students who would prefer a room silent. This I cannot offer. Disability is not an excuse for harassing other students. The first thing I would do is provide reasonable accommodations and see if that solves the problem. I think it is fine for you to document incidents and issues, just as she may be documenting things she sees as failures to accommodate.
  23. Gabby

    Akron Arts Expo.jpg

    What a lot of beautiful things! I am enjoying scrolling through the many photos you have posted.
  24. You might look at the metallic glazes that are part of Amaco's Potters Choice series. I have used the Saturated Gold, but they have others as well. As they are glazes, they can go right on your porcelain or stoneware. I have used the gold on white porcelain and on red stoneware. The result, unsurprisingly, is different depending on your clay body.
  25. Gabby

    Ceramic Table Legs

    If the OP uses concrete for these rectangular legs, could he then affix glazed ceramic tile to the four faces of each leg for the look he seeks?

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