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About yappystudent

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    Coos Bay, OR
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    Ceramics: Sculpture, hand-building vessels, Jewelry.
    Oil painting: Landscapes, Seascapes, Urban PNW Scenes, Botanicals, Still Life.
    New Age music.
    The Pacific Northwest.
    Wild foraging.

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  1. Handy Techniques

    BTW I buy these at building supply thrift stores, but you can get them new for about $1-$3 for 12" squares. They vary in size from 4" square to I think about 20". I like the narrow trimmings shown below because they do double duty lining my windowsills as houseplant protection. Sorry about the small pictures, I was having some trouble uploading and had to shrink them really small for some reason before they would stick.
  2. I invested in a lot of those little squeeze bottles with and without underglazes in them and can't do a thing with them either. The auto-body brushes and the pen are genius, genius.
  3. Me - Teach a Class??!

    More great advice, fabulous, thank you. Will be using it all.
  4. Cold on it's way out but not gone. Once better I have some work to pick up and will be bartering work time for kiln firings at a local shop. 

  5. Teaching Ceramics to Adults

    I'm glad this thread is here, thanks to those who contributed to it.
  6. None of my tools cost over $100...grrr. Although I've sung it's praises before here's the link again: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Signature-Development-72-in-Fold-Out-Wood-Workbench-WKBNCH72X22/203083493 Note the 400+ reviews on this thing also at the website. Up sides: cheap and durable, looks fancier than it is even as raw wood, clay doesn't stick to the thick masonite top. For hand building it's a good height and has lots of room to work on (the photo makes it look small but note the measurements) also it doesn't look bad sitting in my dining area, just like a countertop extension when it's not covered with art materials. I put whatever project I have going on there. It was fairly cheap for what it is, and was indeed easy to put together and fold up again when I moved (I designed an entire trip in the hatchback around it from Idaho to the coast). I love it enough I'd like to get another one or two/three even and make an L-shape or put one out in my sun room for a potting bench, living room for my aquariums with books under, etc. Drawbacks: wobbles a fair amount unless it's braced against a wall. Only a minor annoyance for me when wedging large amounts of clay. Otherwise it doesn't wobble unless you really push on it. Storing something heavy (clay blocks) on the shelf underneath almost solves the issue entirely.
  7. Me - Teach a Class??!

    *Ctl+Paste-ing all this...* Thanks, so far I've thought of none of this sound advice and it all sounds great.
  8. You know how you always wonder if you could surf or skydive without ruining your life or the lives of others, but you just assume you'll never get the chance? Well a local slipware ceramic shop owner suggested maybe I could teach a class out of her place, and I must want to because I've been thinking it over and it seems like an awesome thing to do. On the up side, my artist's resume is pretty blank despite having been a (painter/2D medium) artist for decades, this would make it just a tiny bit longer. I've taught myself hand building with the help of A. This site, B. Youtube, C. Pestering other students in a college hand building class because the teacher was a (expletive deleted), so surely I know a thing or two, but do I know enough to give folks their money's worth? It seems to me, even if I just answer all their beginner's questions about how to handle clay it will be a huge step up on the class I took back when that got me interested. Perhaps comparing adequate (teaching skills) with abysmal is not a good place to start from thinking I can do something. My verbal skills are OK and I'm usually fine with a wide range of ppl for limited periods of time. Also right now it sounds exciting, fun, and an excuse to network and make some friends. So far this is just a suggestion by a store owner who fires my work and seems quite sincere, before I commit, what am I missing here that should be obvious? If anyone cares to advise me I could really use it. Don't hold back, I'll probably do what I want in the end regardless but I hate walking into a situation blindly and really don't want to disappoint a bunch of potential customers for this shop either.
  9. Side View - Mask No. 5 "Emerging"

    Nice earthy work LeeU. I like your sculptress side.
  10. IMG_1211.JPG

    Your work is gorgeous, balanced, easy on the eyes. Way thumbs up. True art in vessel form.
  11. Have a cold. Think I re-caught something we used to call the Humboldt Crud, there must be a southern Oregon version. Not getting a lot of anything done. 

  12. For translating a 2D image onto a 3D surface like this I use a projector. Super simple ones can be had for about $50, you can also make one yourself using a bright lamp/flashlight with tracing paper over it. Read reviews on brands before you do, some are worthless. By turning the clay piece, or projector, as you work, you can get a pretty good design laid bit by bit over the surface. The reviews worth reading, they also explain how to use the things and which ones not to consider: https://www.dickblick.com/opaque/projectors/
  13. Table top fountain design

    Adding my two cents: Once tried to plug the hole in some (brand new unused) houseplant pots with aquarium silicone and once dried I barely poked the seal with my finger and they popped out like rubber corks. From being an aquarist: if the fountain is kept on a surface (tabletop, etc) higher than the electric outlet, make sure the electrical cord is long enough that it can hang forming a loop below wherever it is plugged in, a simple precaution for when water ends up dripping down it. Water tends to get around while refilling, leaking, dogs drinking, children messing with it.
  14. hiding the joints in slab built vase

    There are some good handbuilding videos on Youtube that show folks doing what Babs described above with the thin coil. I found it helpful to watch it done. Usually I just save bits and pieces of the clay I'm using in a plastic bag for the same purpose. I cut a thin strip or custom shaped piece instead of a coil. The less I handle the clay the less fussy it becomes, especially porcelain, and I can't roll an even coil anyway.
  15. Handy Techniques

    I've also used flooring tiles, and I like travertine like the ones shown in the bottom left. I'd like to add if you flip the flooring tiles over not only do they often have very unique geometric patterns for making impressions that don't stick to the clay, but they create a raised grid to help things dry a little faster underneath if that's what you want, or slowly if the glazed side is turned up. I had to leave all my nice 12" flooring tiles behind when I moved recently, but I have a large wire shelf unit and kept two of it's shelves covered with the tiles. Handy and you can rearrange them as desired. For work boards I'm slowly building a collection of, not sure what their official name is, things that go under houseplants sold at Walmart. They cost about $4.99 for big ones here, and $1-2 for the medium and small ones. They are the exact same masonite used in most bats I see except they don't have a rounded edge and there is a thin layer of cork on one side -so they don't slip. Since I hand build and don't throw I haven't drilled holes in them but I think they'd probably make pretty good bats for throwing that way. They don't slide around on my work table and make it easy to carry projects around. Below are all houseplant 'bats' with the exception of the largest on the bottom which is a regular standard bat for comparison. The smallest ones on top are pressed cork coasters, also from walmart. I use a flat stiff little plastic brush for...hair dye I think... to score and slip larger areas, it's angled and flat and easy to control, and it doesn't tear up really wet clay. I use a simple wooden handled wire brush (middle) used for soldering? welding? not sure exactly, for leather hard slip scoring. The tool on the right I found with the toothbrushes at the Dollar store. I find a lot of weird stuff at the Dollar store, things that I'm sure just don't make the cut at regular stores. The mirrored end lets me look inside and under touchy projects with the help of a flashlight.