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  1. 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.
  2. Gosh, your post brought tears. Thank you so much for your sharing of support and understanding!!!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. I am a handbuilder. Instead of the wheel, I purchased a large slab roller....so we are about equal as costs go.
  6. 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!
  7. 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!!!
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. 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!!
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. An artist friend of mine tells me that I must do instagram. I understand how your friend can feel a little depressed. I get a little out of sorts when I contemplate how much time I waste trying to figure out the social media thing. Sorry if I sound like a dinosaur....I do plan on taking up my artist friend's offer to explain it all for me.
  14. No dentures for us. So you clean your dentures with acetone ?
  15. This is what we do for a living....people glue things in the wrong place and bring it to us to make it better. We always start with soaking the item in very hot tap water, if that does not work, then bring the item in a pan of hot water to a boil and let it soak...sometimes it takes awhile. If boiling does not work, then pull out the paint stripper... Before you reglue, make sure all traces of the previous glue is gone.
  16. Being compassionate is paying it forward....it may be one of us down the road that attends a class because we have some fuzzy connection to it. Sure hope someone treats us kindly.
  17. I plan on it! Won't be for a while...but when I do I'll let you know.
  18. This is quite interesting. Wonder if powdered pigment mixed in slip would work? Some have the same names as what you can buy for glaze additives, but there are a lot more pigments.
  19. Lots of great ideas here. For transporting, get free boxes at the liquor store. Like the birch stump idea for individual pedestals for your bird houses. A solid dark color cloth works well as a table cover...check your local thrift stores or Mom's linen closet. Best of luck with your shows!!!!
  20. 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.
  21. Very good point about removing the tops. I would still contact the promoter for clarification of their rules.
  22. 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

  23. 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.
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