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GiselleNo5 last won the day on October 10 2016

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  1. Wildflower Cream pitcher

    Thank you darlin'!
  2. Wildflower Bowl in Red

    It is two juicy layers of Amaco Deep Firebrick with one thin runny layer of Laguna Dynasty Red over the top. It's very pretty in person with lots of surface interest and the speckles in the Deep Firebrick come through.
  3. Now that you mention this, Joseph, I have found that when I am doing very wide round forms of any kind, I leave quite a bit of extra clay at the base to trim off so it's better supported. That really helps.
  4. You just described 95% of what comes up on Etsy when you search "handmade mug". It is SO upsetting especially since there are so many absolutely drop dead gorgeous TRULY HANDMADE mugs on that site.
  5. Handle and carving detail of wildflower mug

  6. Wildflower Bowl in Teal

    Thank you!
  7. I want to be clear that in my dislike of "ugly work" I refer to deliberately ugly or damaged work, or work that is made by someone with years of experience and yet it is still not properly made or attractive in any way. Beginner work I find endearing especially as often you can see a little spark of potential that is exciting. I have plenty of my own beginner work surrounding me to help me remember where I was in the beginning and how far I still have to go. I have found items online, some made by an art teacher, that were literally so hideous, so poorly made, that I had a physical reaction to them of pain and revulsion. They were not beginner ceramics. It especially bothered me that the art teacher was actually spreading their "wisdom" to others.
  8. I share your opinion of gold lustre. I have seen people who cover large portions of their work with gold lustre and I feel it is ostentatious. This particularly grates on me when the work is not even well made, and they're adding gold to it. I won't name names, but I can think of a few. I am so curious, what do you consider to be excessive use of overglaze enamels? No need to give specific examples, I'm just curious what kind of work you are discussing. Majolica, for example, or highly pigmented Japanese painted ceramics?
  9. Several times in the past few years I have decided I "hated" a certain category of ceramics only to discover that I felt differently when I learned more about it or when I saw some better-made examples of it. My first "hate" was wood-fired pottery because all I had ever seen was heavy clunky pieces made with little or no finesse and glazed in shades of orange and brown .... not my favorite color combination unless it has some other more vibrant color paired with it to lift it up. But now I have seen many examples of wood firing and some I have absolutely loved, so that opinion has completely changed as I learned more. The one thing I really, really, truly hate, and I don't see this changing, is when people make UGLY THINGS. Now I understand when something is deliberately broken or ripped or made on a subject like death or decay that a person feels very strongly about and wishes to express in their art. I don't personally express myself in that way, and that kind of art is not my favorite, but there are some artists that do it very well, for example Beth Cavener. Her work is breathtakingly beautiful and meticulously made, even if the theme is often a bit dark for my taste. However it seems that some artists make ugly work in a push to be "edgy" and "unique" but it isn't even properly executed. I have no patience for that. I also very much dislike trendy ceramics based on pop culture and other trends. How hard is it to base something on an incredibly popular and well-liked TV show, video game, song, or movie, and create an item that proves to be a popular seller? Yeah, I could do that anytime I wanted, too. It really frustrates me and I won't have anything to do with it, not just because of licensing issues but because I want to express myself, not some graphic artist or screenwriter in Hollywood.
  10. I did the math once and figured out that a kiln which holds 12 utensil holders is worth exactly the same amount as a kiln holding 30 mugs. And the utensil holders are easier to make of course because they don't have handles. However. The utensil holders sell much more slowly than the mugs, so just focusing on them would be a huge mistake from a business standpoint. So I fit a few larger pots in the bottom shelf and then I can get about 20 mugs into each load. It has been working pretty well for me. It's such a balancing act, and we as small business owners don't have huge million dollar marketing research departments to tell us which products will be best to focus on. It's all on us!
  11. I have a glaze (it's commercial of course since that's all I use) that is a lovely smoky purple with a light float ... unless it's put on the top shelf. In which case it's a dark wine purple/burgundy color. I have another glaze that is an absolutely drop dead beautiful shade of blue unless it's put on the top shelf, in which case it turns this really ugly weird shade of blue that is similar and yet totally different. This process and all its' little quirks and details never ever ceases to fascinate me.
  12. I used to pack my glaze kilns as full as possible but I learned the hard way with items ruined by fuming and dripping to leave enough space that my hand can pass between. I do a lot of work that I leave portions unglazed to show the clay but if it's going to be used for food I always glaze any portion that people will have to touch a lot. My mugs, I glaze the handle as well as the rim (a little over 1/4" on the rim). I have some that I've applied the glaze to the interior and left the exterior including the rim and handle bare and those mugs just never sell. Fortunately I figured it out after only doing that with a couple so I don't have too many items that are just sitting here. In the photo I don't know if you can tell (I applied the clear a tad too thickly to this one) but I carve a little well around the base of the handle and also around the portion at the top. This makes glazing it much easier as the glaze has somewhere to stop even when applied too thickly. The glaze tends to fill the little wells and render them invisible. I realize this is NOT the question you were asking Joseph but I always think information is useful and who knows, this may give some ideas as to how to handle your kiln. A side note: When I'm firing a kiln load of these pieces I actually put them real close to each other to encourage the clear gloss coat of the glaze to fume onto the other pieces. It gives it a really interesting look, I think just a little reminiscent of wood fired pieces I've seen. Gives the decoration more depth and interest in my opinion.
  13. From the album California Wildflowers

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