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About Kellykopp

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    SE Indiana
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    clay, cows, and country living

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  1. Research and study before diving into a new technique you want to try. Work at your own pace. Take good notes of everything. Label tubs/buckets promptly and correctly when putting things in them. LeeU, the cat on the wheel made me laugh out loud!! Always remember nobody is perfect; take the "failures" and learn from them. Remember why you started on your clay journey, and hold that love in your heart while you work.
  2. After graduating college I worked construction on a pipe laying crew for a few years. Loved the job, was outside and though the work was hard I was in good shape and earned the respect of the other guys on the crew. In 1990 I was asked to work for the family business (poultry processing) and for the past 8 years (from mid January through mid May), I get up at 130 am and check 4 barns of pregnant cows for calves/problems before going to work in the family business. So you could say I "moooonlight" for half of the year. Though I wish I had more time in the studio, I have never gained the courage to take the leap of faith in myself to do clay as my business/lifestyle. I am thankful that I have returned to my clay and have had the financial security to start/maintain my studio. It is my escape, my love, my sanity, my sanctuary.
  3. Besides the rolling pins, knives, forks, spoons, blender, mixing bowels, and all sorts of plastic plates, containers, etc. I love my cheese cutters and graters and pizza cutter. Also the rubber jar opener....is great for opening stubborn lids. Amazing how many things one can put to an "alternative" use. By the way, wishing all of you a Happy Thanksgiving.
  4. Every day I walk into the studio is a good day....but opening a kiln and finding out/discovering everything turned out even better than you expected is a double blessing. Some "good days" are measured in having a good production day, other "good days" happen when inspiration hits me hard and I do sculptural things. The smile on someone's face when you gift them a piece is a good day. Even when I destroyed a kiln full of work because it didn't turn out the way I hoped was a good day, it taught me to "let go" and that I can better myself. Every day I walk my clay journey is a good day.
  5. The only regret I have is not continuing on in clay after I graduated college....but now that clay and I have been re-united it's a love affair for the rest of my life.
  6. Time on a beach for me is a rare treat, it doesn't happen too often and I love to walk for hours looking for shells and "treasures" the tide leaves for one to find. The little birds that chase the waves hunting for food are fun to watch. I have never been to a pottery camp so I don't have a basis for comparison, but I do historic re-enactments for a hobby (pre-1840 fur trade era) and camping in the rain has it's own nice moments, but too much rain and you are in muck, muddy, and cold; not to mention the campfire you rely on to cook your food is hard to start and keep going. I never used to mind the rain at my events when I was younger, but I am not a spring chicken anymore. I know if I want to fire my barrels I can't do it in the rain. If you are exposed to the rain and don't have shelter to get out of the elements I can't see how it would be any fun or see how any kind of work could be accomplished. I guess it boils down to how the question is worded, "in the sunshine or in the rain". I would have to take the beach in this case. Four days "in the rain" at a potter's camp doesn't sound fun or productive.
  7. Most favorite: walking into my studio to work with clay Least favorite: walking out of my studio when I'm done
  8. Best advice...."Kelly, do you want this kiln back? I don't need it anymore and you REALLY SHOULD get back into your clay"...... Worst advice...can't remember getting any "advice" that hasn't panned out. My resumed clay journey has fulfilled my heart and soul. Happiness is mine when I am in my studio, even if the project I'm working on doesn't come out the way I planned or wanted, it is easy to "try, try, again" when I am working with my heart's desire.
  9. What Min said, it is exactly what I do and I have never had any problems. I make ooodles up at a time and let them dry really well.
  10. In the BBRRRR! of a winter afternoon, sweatpants and maybe a couple of layers on top with the ever-present thermal underwear under it all.....summertime I wear a one piece bathing suit and maybe a calico skirt....when I get all "muddy" it is easy to take the garden hose to myself to clean up...and an apron on both summer and winter to catch most of the mess. Dedicated "studio" sandals in the summer, and dedicated tennis shoes in the winter with thick socks. Any clay covered clothing items are rinsed out in a sink outside before being brought inside to be washed, both summer and winter.
  11. The throwing then altering part of my process. Sketching ideas falls into the category as well, but most of my work is inspired as I go...spur of the moment, from the heart.
  12. Since I have my own studio and don't have to worry about annoying others, I listen to anything from Metal to Mozart. All depending on my mood, though, sometimes I prefer to open the garage doors and listen to the birds, humming of the bees, and occasionally the buzzing of the mosquitoes...then I have to listen to the sound of my slapping them as they try for a free lunch!!
  13. Barrel firing which I already do, no problem. Sawdust, cow pies, straw, and wood.
  14. 1983, Herron School of Art. Totally smitten. Graduated, then life and family obligation grabbed me. Fast forward to 2013, I figured if I didn't get back into it that I never would. Despite having to re-learn almost everything technical (the love for it in my heart didn't have to be re-learned) I am moving forward and have a completeness in my life now. Each time in the studio is an adventure and a learning experience, and you guys here are so kind any time I reach out for advice and help, I thank you all.
  15. I love jewelry and wear it when I go out and about, but never in the studio. Keep my nails trimmed, and my long hair is always braided and tied together behind my back or worn in some other "out of my way" fashion. When I was married I still didn't wear my wedding ring in the studio. Too dangerous while using equipment. By the end of a throwing session I am always decorated with clay anyhow, with a dab behind each ear lol and splatters, swipes, and various areas of interest all over my body. In the summertime when I have my studio's windows and doors open for air circulation, last year mosquitoes and the subsequent slapping of them was an added bonus. Clay pig I am and proud of it!!!! Nothing a garden hose won't take care of.

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