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About 1515art

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  • Birthday 02/23/1953

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    Santa Clara, California
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    I began my journey in clay in 1970 and have never regretted getting my clothes dirty ever, in addition to ceramic art i enjoy prospecting in the mountains, collecting jade and fishing on my boat.

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    DS,Tom and Babs, thank you... makes me happy you like the look of the handles. Always fun putting them on and seeing a simple form changes with a few decorations. Babs, not sure exactly the weight probably 25# I bought a few bags of this to try out over a year ago and just got around to trying it out.
  2. new work at 1515art

    a few new pieces i'm working on inspired by my friends in China. These are green and bisque ware and i'm still thinking about the glaze combinations I plan to use. these will all fire to cone 10 reduction.
  3. Desert night to day

    Thank you Marcia, that means a lot. clark
  4. Desert night to day

    Hi Tom, yep, a bit of a departure... my oldest daughter is feeling stressed running her business and wants to paint on some pottery and unwind. I was doing an underglaze sample test piece and it got out of hand, the plate had a crack in the rim and I had to remove the crack after deciding it was possibly worth keeping beyond more than an underglaze test. Also I've been wanting to experiment with some of the desert and mountain color and texture I've been living.
  5. Was in S F at the Asian art museum on other business with the museum store and the store director invited me into their first annual sale for local artists at the museum. I thanked her and declined, very nice to get the offer for one of the spots, but it seems like a lot of trouble dragging a bunch of big fragile ceramics around the city to and from the car only to lug most if not all home and paying a huge commission in the process. Probably a mistake passing, but it just doesn't feel like a good fit for me at the moment. Might be something someone else local might want to investigate, there may be an opening for the sale and the director is planning to make this sale annually.

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    2. 1515art


      Hi LeeU and thanks,  truth is I really hate selling at shows and the whole pricing my work thing.  We may do some ongoing business with the museum store and if that happens I think I could do it later if I changed my mind and if not I don't really care... 

    3. yappystudent


      Here's to hoping this puts you in the sphere of  'hard to get' artists.  But anyway all you can do is follow your instincts, your explanation for why you passed it up makes perfect sense. It's obvious from the quality of your work there will be more opportunities down the road that will  fit you better. Your work is great, it's easy to see why they want it on display. 

    4. 1515art


      Yappy, thanks for the very kind words of encouragement, I guess all any of us can do is enjoy the process and see where it takes us and hard to think too far ahead...but, sure would be nice to be "hard to get."

      good luck to you as well, clark

  6. Thrown large

    Very nice form, tommokou will be beautiful!
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    Benzine, thank you very much. I think it's my ADD... seems three or four is my limit before boredom overwhelms me, honestly many times I'm initially disappointed in the results, sell or give them away and don't have that glaze any more and can't exactly repeat so on to something new.
  8. I have been waiting for six months to see these results. Well worth the wait.

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    2. glazenerd


      Getting away from clay is needful as well. The potter's passion for clay is a consuming fire at times. Gets really intense when you get on the path of a new glaze, form, or technique.

    3. glazenerd


      Keep experimenting, watching with interest.

    4. 1515art


      Thanks Tom, I've never put much effort into my glazes mostly going with what was available and trying to make it work, sometimes with success and sometimes not so much. I can do pretty much with the clay  as I wish I think, I'm a novice working with glaze chemistry and my experiments salvage jobs at best. Not that they don't work...the end result of the combination of glaze, and firings winds up being to complex to depend on. So the search for bright colors I like continues my last c6 celadon was disappointing , my own fault doing little bits here and there with ceramics I need to focus. 

      I'm in the north Nevada desert now finding everything but gold, tacks, bird shot, nails, bullets...did I say bullets lots of bullets and shells, tiny tiny bits of rust up to big old pieces of tin...spent the better part of today finding and replacing one of my tires that turned into something resembling a birds nest, the Nevada desert hates tires you see their shredded remains everywhere out here.

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    Thanks Cathie, the glaze combination I used was to dip the mugs in Malcom shino and second dip half in jeffs red fired to cone 10 reduction. Both glaze formulas can be found in john britts high fire glaze book.
  10. I began having the same issue with a new batch of laguna soldate 60, something changed in the mix. I ordered a ton because a friend needed some for his school, the texture and color of the claybody is slightly different than what they were selling and I am also having similar issues with some cone 6 glazes with pin holes and craters, I still have 1000#'s of the old clay it fires fine. The problem I'm having is only in the mid fire range. I also use several different cone 6-10 clays and the problem is isolated to the new batch of soldate 60 for me, perhaps some similar element has changed recently in your clay?
  11. Glaze experiment soldate 60

    I figure if I put every glaze I have on it and every combination something is bound to do what I'm looking for...soldate, the most wonderful clay I hate to glaze.
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    Jeez...meet, I can't spell or type or both.
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    Laguna skimping on my alumina...next thing you know they'll be sneaking 10 percent tofu into the mix like Taco Bell does with their meet just to save themselves a little EPK.
  14. Covered jar

    Marko, anytime. You are in the area you are welcome, best to give as much notice as possible in case I'm out running around in the mountains so I can be sure and be around to see you.
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    Just trying to save a buck and a few grams...

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