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About lgusten

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    Bethania, NC
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    Slab building, tile, mixed media, antiques, patterns in nature, textiles

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  1. Well, the kiln arrived, but it was damaged.  So after a few hours, back it went.  Guess I got more time to organize for it.:(


    1. LeeU


      Bummer-super bummer:wacko: Like your banner up top, by the way.

    2. yappystudent


      I'm angry for you. How annoying! 

    3. lgusten


      Thank you both.  Not sure when the replacement kiln will be sent....presumably after they receive the one I sent back.  This time, I will remove all of the wrap on the truck before I sign off on it.  Both UPS Freight and Clay King have been helpful. 

      Lee, thank you.  The banner is a picture of one of the last items I made before taking  a break and deciding that I needed my own space and studio.  I named it Winter Puddle.  

  2. Will have to look that up about Gauguin. Loved his colors and strong images. Never did understand Picasso and all the hoopla. Occasionally, we will have to restore one of his ceramic pieces....they are not particularly good. They look like mass produced junk....but people want to have them restored. Guess it is like if ________(fill in a name of any current celebrity) painted a pot, it would raised up as high art. It's like the story of the Emperor's New Clothes......
  3. Congratulations! Glad you had a successful first show. The encouragement from the attendees is priceless!!! Looking forward to see what you do for your next show!
  4. Like your glazes.! Square has been a great addition to my restoration business and will be great for the pottery business once I get it off the ground. It is so simple and it really has increased the amount of sales. I use good old polyester tablecloths...fairly wrinkle free. (I hate to iron). It is so hard to detach oneself when selling. I just think about how I shop. I may like a lot of what I see, but today I may not purchase your item. Doesn't reflect on your items at all. Next time, though, I may purchase your item because I remember you and seeing your booth. Don't beat yourself up if you do not make every sale. Celebrate the ones you make. Best of luck.
  5. So excited I can barely contain myself.  Kiln is ordered!!!! Space is ready for it!!!!  Been a long time coming.


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    2. Denice


      Interesting idea but my husband and I are old enough that moving a kiln out of a basement is getting too  hard.  Besides my kiln room only hold three kilns and my husband wouldn't give up any of his garage space.     Denice

    3. Roberta12


      What did you order??   You will love it whatever it is! Congrats!


    4. lgusten


      Denice -  That garage space is sacred isn't it.  That's why I am in the basement.  We shall see about getting it into the basement.  I bought the smaller one...less weight...but it is still 200 lbs.  So we will be enlisting more help and taIking it apart to get it downstairs.

      Roberta - Ordered a Olympic Medallion 1823.  It is small but large enough for my work.....When I outgrow it......I envision it being my bisque and test kiln.

      Thank you all for the support!!!!

  6. I agree that all white table coverings will show off your work and not distract your buyers with additional colors and textures. Get ready to smile....a lot! Be cheerful....get ready to bond with your fellow artists and have some fun! Most of all bust of luck for your first show. You really have an appealing array of pots to sell.
  7. This is a good topic if, as GEP expressed, both negative and positive comments are heard. Comparing notes on how folks got some results in a bad situation is most useful...if I had a problem with BCS, I would be using Facebook Messenger to connect with Angela because of the great results Sk111 told us about. I have had an OK experience with BCS. Ordered a large Bailey slab roller because it's not available locally and BCS was running a good sale. I had to track the order down after a little delay but it did arrive. Sorry to hear others have had such bad experiences. Local for me is a 2 1/2 hour drive to Asheville, NC to Highwater Clay, which I did yesterday to buy my glaze materials and more clay. They have knowledgeable technical help available that adds to the benefits to shopping in person rather than online.
  8. I have not worked with your exact clays and did fire at a higher temp. But when I used mason stains with the clay, they needed a clear glaze to make the colors come alive.
  9. lgusten

    Send me to the store

    I got the John Britt book and selected glazes similar to ones I have used before: 1 clear (Easy E Clear), 1 Manganese Bronze, 1 blue green (Arrowmont Blue Green) and 1 more matte green (Pinell Strontium Matte 1). I have made glaze before...but this is my first "glaze kitchen". Went through the list of materials on the High Water Clay site..selected them according to the recipes then after perusing a few more recipes chose some other materials to have on hand to test other glazes. The Britt book can be overwhelming....but I took a deep breath, went back to it Then to the store I went this morning....Jennifer is the technical person at Highwater Clay who helped me go through my list and come up with some realistic amounts to get started. I will have a small kiln and I like to brush on glazes, so I won't need to be making big 5 gallon buckets of glaze. She was so helpful on selecting some of the materials given the recipes have a generic name and there are a ew to choose from. So there are a few that I got 10 lbs of but mostly 1 got 1 and 5lbs. The cobalt stuff, luckily was sold at 1/2 lb. When I settle on a couple of glazes, I'll go back and stock up. This batch should help me get started. Here's what I got: Nepheline Syenite Bentonite Cobalt Carbonate Strontium Carbonate Dolomite Silica 325 OM4 (Ball Clay) Copper Carbonate Grolleg Kaolin Black Copper Oxide EPK (Kaolin) Red Art Whiting Spanish Red Iron Oxide Wollastonite Gerstley Borate Lithium Carbonate Cobalt Oxide Frit 3124 Manganese Dioxide Titanium Dioxide Custer Feldspar Now I have to organize and get these in place. Getting very excited about this. Yappy, I do not know what the glaze was that I used for the blue test tile. It was a green one that was very unappealing to me....so I rubbed some cobalt oxide on my bisque piece then added the green glaze and this was the outcome. Thinking I may test this with the Pinell Strontium Matte 1. Like you, I like the satin glazes, so that is what I will be working on. I hope one of these glazes will work...but I will enjoy the process.
  10. lgusten

    Send me to the store

    Hi Gabby, This is so timely, I am making my shopping list for my raw materials part of the studio. Monday is the day I am planning a day trip to Highwater Clay in Asheville, NC to make my purchase. They have a technician there who should be able to talk to me more in depth about the materials. Just ordered John Britt's Complete Guide to mid range Glazes. I will go through those recipes and narrow down my list of materials. I will share it when I am done. Looked at the Cone 5-6 Glazes book of the Ceramic Arts Handbook series...it is just OK.... Like Min says, apart from the materials and a couple of other things....other stores have them at cheaper prices. Don't underestimate what you may find at thrift stores like Goodwill and Habitat Restore. Found lots of items for molding, impressions, foam for not a lot of money. Our Habitat also has a senior discount day for all those over 60. I have found the most stuff at Habitat. I use different oxides and water to add color to my work...it is not a glaze but I have used it instead as a final finish to get a desired look or under a glaze to tweak the color in the glaze. I have added some pics. The one with iron oxide was fired at cone 6 with just the iron oxide rubbed on then finished with a wax to get that sheen.
  11. I love it...think I have some things to move around. I have regifted some items to a specific friend....he always lets me know what he likes...in the hopes of it being gifted to him.....easier to get him a Christmas gift that he will really like! Have never hear of Swedish Death Cleaning but I like the decluttering to make room for the next 20 years. Sorry about the 3 new items to your "collection". I have a couple of items that good friends have given me that I cannot get rid of because they look for them when they visit.
  12. I always have a bag on the table where I working to place scraps which I try to add as I go so they are not dried out. I mist inside the bag. So the clay says moist. When I have enough, I plop the contents of the bag out and smoosh (Technical term) the pieces together into a rectangular shape. Then I set the roller on high setting then roll, then set it lower and position the clay the opposite way and roll again....and do this again until I reach the thickness I want. What I found about changing the direction each time was that I reduced the amount of air pockets. I also waste very little clay and don't generate so much dust.
  13. I have a couple of friends that give me pottery items some good some not so good. Because we do restoration, we have friends and family that give us broken stuff....we do not need more broken stuff. I do not want to offend....they actually thought enough to give a gift that shows that they know we like pottery. So I hold on to stuff for an appropriate period of time then donate. Each year, we try to just get together with friends....have parties. Those times are the greatest gifts. I do collect a lot of artwork but when I notice that I am not drawn to it anymore or it does not give me the joy it once did....it is time for it to be sold, re-gifted or donated.
  14. Lee, I like the notion of knowing that we are not alone. We can still be creative and support each other's journey. Finding ways to move forward despite the odds is acting creatively. Gabby's idea is a good one. Does someone teach pottery making in your area? A interested student may want to help just to add to their education. Acceptance of the physical limitations that our bodies are putting on us is very difficult for me. I worked on the wheel for a short time several years ago but stopped because of the pain in my hands....ended up have surgery on my right hand...nothing as extensive as Mark C and Johnny K have had done...but serious enough for me to examine how I work with my hands. I still experience weeks of downtime if I overdo it. Was thinking for a while that I would not be able to make pottery. That was a depressing time. After feeling sorry for myself for a while...decided to figure out how to rearrange my life so that I can follow my dream of making pottery. Here's what I got so far: We have stopped taking large and heavy work in the restoration business ....yeah, we can do it, but the downtime needed to recover is not productive. When was doing my work at a local community art center, I started testing out using their big Bailey slab roller to help with wedging....works great....so I saved up and bought one of those. Also, I have chosen to go with a small kiln to start, it has 15" shelves (I don't always make large things...It will also challenge me to come up with creative ways to design and make something large. I have the name of a guy who can help with the big gardening things I do...like move the giant plant pots or big plants. I am even researching easier plants or shrubs to grow in the yard so that I can maintain the use of my hands. Thanks to all for sharing.

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