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About lgusten

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  • Birthday September 22

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    Bethania, NC
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    Slab building, tile, mixed media, antiques, patterns in nature, textiles, music, birds in the backyard (lots of them)

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  1. Congratulations!!!! Who is to say what is fine art? If it brings you joy and delight when looking at it........
  2. Great photo!! I like the booth; it is one I would have had to taken a look at. Trash can....what a plus!!! Was is really that long ago?? I was mid way through undergraduate school.
  3. Gosh, your post brought tears. Thank you so much for your sharing of support and understanding!!!
  4. You may want to check with the restorers that specialize in re-enameling old stoves. They could tell you what glazes they use and their firing process.
  5. Ethically, I would state that my inspiration was someone else's work. If it bothers you, don't sell it, put it on your shelf and use it as inspiration as you go on to create a new and unique form using what you learned from that exercise. Usually, I do not make exact copies of someone else's work, I apply the technique to my own forms and ideas. Then it is mine...no ethical debate (in my mind). The first time I saw one of my forms on a piece in a shop window for sale, I was speechless. My friends were upset, it was not almost like....it looked like I made it. At first I didn't know how to feel. But after some thought I felt flattered.... I shared a technique that I had learned and it inspired someone else.
  6. I am a handbuilder. Instead of the wheel, I purchased a large slab roller....so we are about equal as costs go.
  7. I have not made glaze in a while so as I get back into business here I will be using a combo of the mixing techniques Magnolia Mud suggested and that great new brush tool Liambesaw has found!!! Thank you both! Just order the brush thing. Thanks for the link!
  8. Interesting topic. Over the past few years I have spent at least $7000. The majority of the cost is the big slab roller, new kiln and the electrician for the kiln...about $5000. The rest is clay, glaze materials, some tools...I am a fan of the finding old stuff that can be used as tools. Got some funky storage cabinets for the glaze materials from Habitat as well as a flat file to store rolled slabs waiting to be worked. Wow!!! It rather sobering to see what I have spent on what has been mostly a hobby to this point. Guess I better get working!!!
  9. But I guess, that we are all "preaching to the choir" otherwise why would any of us be part of this great on-line group!
  10. I have a favorite mug that I bought at a pottery sale years ago. I use it alot. When I put 2 chips in the rim, I was upset...like I lost a friend. Luckily, the artist scrawled his name across the bottom of the mug with a little internet search I found him and was able to have another...not exactly the same, but it has the same feel. Also, this time, I had a great conversation and got to know more about the artist...making my mug more valuable to me. Now a tile maker that doesn't get handmade....wow....nothing feels like an handmade tile....I don't care how many tiles a factory can churn out...they still do not feel like the handmade ones.
  11. That's pretty low. Like Dirt Roads says...maybe someone thought that it was being thrown out. Like the other set up. Glad you had a good show month!!
  12. Our main studio where the restoration work is done is where I keep my slab roller and do that part of my clay work there. This building has its own heat and air...kinda like the ones hotels use. It keeps the studio comfortable. The kiln and glazing part is in the basement...which can be a little cold in the winter, but not unbearable. So no downtime. Though we do close for occasional snow days here in NC just because the rest of the town closes.
  13. That's really interesting. We repair and restore ceramics, plaster and some stone. Stuff arriving taped together is good! Seeing stuff already glued makes my eyes roll! Super Glue doesn't work well for our work except for a temporary stick while the long cure epoxy does it's job. The only thing we use acetone for is making our Paraloid glue for conservation work on museum type pottery.
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