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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. Yappy, while I agree that those who are poor do not have an equal opportunity for higher education today, I think that not all folks that had the good fortune to earn a degree are bad because of their good fortune. Rather it is the artists, gallery owners, sometimes collectors who only value the piece of paper and do not accept those who learn their craft through different channels . This type of condescension reflects on their personal issues and their insecurities and not education. I was fortunate to attend college in the mid 70's with scholarships and grants (that would not begin to cover the costs these days). To please my family, I took art classes but did not major. My experience was a series of very condescending art teachers that belittled whatever we did. I was never able to afford to go back to college again....needed to keep the roof over head and eat. But I still had the fire....even without the degree...worked with textiles. Never gave up thinking about art as a career. Fast forward to 2001...I moved to Winston-Salem, NC....they have a community art school, Sawtooth...they teach ceramics. I was able to take some classes to learn basic techniques, asks questions, pursue some of my own ideas...and ask more questions. Everyone I worked with was willing to help anyone move along on their artistic journey. So I would call this art education invaluable. Informal only if that means no degrees offered but the education is key to my basic understanding of the craft. Now it is up to me the learn the nuances...find my voice....listen to other potters ...and not worry about the piece of paper.
  2. lgusten

    Non EZ-Up Tents??

    Very good point about removing the tops. I would still contact the promoter for clarification of their rules.
  3. Finally was able to fire the new kiln yesterday.   Would not fire...just gave  a strange error message.  The problem was the  Genesis controller was wired incorrectly.  With help from Steve at Bartlett...changed 2 wires and it fired right up.  

    1. Min


      Glad you got it working! I love my Genesis controller. With my last glaze firing I had a "Fail" warning come up when one of the thermocouples went. Knew straight away that there was a problem.

    2. lgusten


      Thanks, Min.   I feel much more comfortable.  It was actually good to experience this issue and have to fix it.  Felt more in control of the controller:D

  4. lgusten

    Non EZ-Up Tents??

    I would also assume that they mean no tents or canopies. If you have ever been at windy event site...when your tent or someone else's becomes airborne it can destroy your work or whoever else's booth it hits. When in doubt always call the show promoter. They might not realize that the language in their packet is a little confusing.
  5. lgusten

    Home Insurance and potters

    Checked with my insurance agent....State Farm in NC does not care about an electric kiln. It is covered under my personal property.
  6. lgusten

    Home Insurance and potters

    Thank you. We are OK. We got about an 1" of water in total.....small amount compared to what others are dealing with. The water coming in showed us where the problem with the foundation was. We sucked up the water and patched a couple of holes and it held. For a short time, though, I was a little panicked. It did make me think about if the house were to burn (which the insurance should cover), would the fact that I had a kiln and had not told the insurance company about it invalidate any claim I made.
  7. Wow!! Thought a guild that you are a member of would be more accommodating. I don't think you should withdraw, but you may consider making a formal request for them to explain what in their rules prohibit them from accommodating your needs. I don't think that they would want to be linked with a discriminatory process.
  8. lgusten

    Home Insurance and potters

    As I saw the water coming in the other night and under the kiln, I thought about my insurance. Guess I need to talk to my State Farm agent. (BTW, they would not have covered any water damage because I do not have flood insurance). Glad I saw this topic today.
  9. lgusten

    Turquoise Planter_small.jpg

    That is beautiful!!!!....Love the form and the glaze!
  10. lgusten

    Sea Pottery

    You may want to check with museums that have collections of Mediterranean pottery. Their curators would have the most expertise. Good luck on your search.
  11. New kiln arrived and is in place.  Got the kiln vent installed too.  If the pending hurricane doesn't drop too much water on us...should  be able to test fire soon.


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    2. Benzine


      Best of Luck to you, with the weather.

      I have good friends, who live in Western N.C. .  They didn't sound terribly worried, the last time I talked to him, a few days ago.

    3. lgusten


      Thank you.  So far, so good. Just really wet.

    4. lgusten


      Update to the update.  Yesterday relentless rain resulted in water in the basement  and under the kiln.....not too much though.  We caught it just in time.  Best news is we found the source of the leak.  Patched a little after we sucked up the water...  Looks dry this morning.    I am relieved!!!!

  12. Thanks for the great topic. Since I will be getting started firing by myself. Got a Genesis controller....so I will be interesting as to what it actually will report. I think that all of this will start to make sense when I actually fire for the first couple of times. I have fired electric kilns under someone else's direction....but not as education, but as a production thing that I did. (I should have asked questions).
  13. I would also look for any colleges or schools that teach pottery making and see where they supplies come from. I travel about 2 1/2 hours to Asheville, NC for my supplies. My last trip, I did stock up on a lot of materials to get the studio going. It's a great destination...so not such a bad trip to take.
  14. Have you done a google search for the bulk item you are looking for and your state? That usually provides a good starting point.
  15. Love the pic. Maybe your cat wants you to make a cat bowl.....he/she has already stamped it.

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