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About yappystudent

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    Coos Bay, OR
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    Ceramics: Sculpture and mosaic .
    Oil painting: Visionary Landscapes, Sci-fi, Botanicals.
    New Age music.
    The Pacific Northwest.
    Addictions: Science fiction, arguing to win, swaning my artistic abilities around.

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  1. Hadn't seen these Youtube videos yet, so maybe you haven't either. Enjoy this Japanese pottery and pottery-making eye candy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqE2vqAVz2c Above: (Gorgeous Iga-yaki vases, cookpots) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEcZU-z7sz8 Above: (Gorgeous Karatsu yaki pottery) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s75uRJBCFXw Above: Confirmed, I'm not the only woman to have feelings for pottery as the video will attest. I don't know what to say about this one, lots of stunning pottery, strange/goofy film production. Satsuma gold and white ware followed by brown earthy Satsuma.
  2. Why not underfire clay

    Case in point: I did a series of lovely soap dishes I meant to sell at christmas, they were in a cone ^6 brown clay which I'd found to be fairly foolproof at the old shop I was taking it to and where I bought it. They fired everything to cone 6. When I moved last fall, noticed odd things were happening to my ^6 glazes at the new shop. Because of this I decided to glaze and 'test' one of my soap dishes all the way through with my most dependable low fire underglaze (which always did ok up to ^6) but put a ^6 clear glaze over it. What I got back was -for about 20 min- a beautiful luscious red soap dish, but making suspicious pinging and popping noises as it proceeded to craze all over. Took it home still trying to figure out what was wrong, put it on the sink and put a wet bar of soap in it: as soon as the water hit it, the dish started fizzling like dry terra cotta, and glaze pieces started falling off. The dish was so messed up I tossed it rather than even save it for mosaic shards. Really glad I didn't do the rest of the soap dishes, I'm saving them for my new kiln. Later found out the shop is actually only firing to ^.06 (I've complained about this a lot already, I apologize). This may happen to you, beware!
  3. Ah. This brings up memories of a certain art fair in Eureka on the Woodley Island Marina, CA. Would have been about 1990-ish? I had several amateurish shrink-wrapped drawings wired to my A-frame chickenwire stands, wired because there was a strong gusting wind. They were tipping over like sails despite rocks, concrete blocks, etc. I was the only person who didn't actually lose work due to the wind blowing stuff off the shelves or the stands crashing over. John Wesa (that watercolorist who does a lot of misty landscape prints in the area) was a couple stands down from me, he lost $300 worth of glass on some of his frames, and the potter right next to me (maybe it was you, Mark) said he lost at least $400 bucks worth of work. Everyone cringed as bowls hit the concrete. I got a lot of scratches on my plastic covered colored pencil stuff, but hey. In between ne're do well teenagers were walking around trying to sell presumably stolen merchandise out of a suitcase. Afterwards I got an earache from sitting in the wind all day. The year after that they moved the art fair (can't remember it's name, it was always in July, maybe still is) from the Marina to elsewhere, but I'd lost my taste for fairs. I've done two since then, both were miserable, at least for me!
  4. Shopping for My First Kiln

    The closest supplier is 200m away. I've been trimming slipware at a local shop in exchange for ^.06 firings. They say they can't afford to buy inventory to start selling supplies no matter how few (in reality I think the owner is letting the business go under for personal reasons but that's not my call). She only has one of her 2 kilns running and the guy currently fixing it lives in the woods and smells like he could knock a buzzard off a manure wagon, and I'm not going to hire him, ever. They have no electrician and formerly she called the 220m away supplier I mentioned who had an outside repair woman and would give advice over the phone. Had appointments that ate the entire day up, will have to call the electricians back tomorrow, argh.
  5. What music do you listen to (if you're able to) when you work with clay? For my part it's usually the new age genre. I make my own mix tapes when possible when I can catch a radio show, but since there don't seem to be any around since I moved, and I get sick of my vast collection of cassettes, these days I mostly type an artist into Youtube and let it roll with minor adjustments. Here's a link I use repeatedly for Brian Eno: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPOLT2veHNE&list=RDWPOLT2veHNE&t=2
  6. Artspeak

    That is indeed a useful link, it clears up many doubts I've had over the years about my own and other's artist statements. I've seen a lot of the "don'ts" he mentions used in or as statements of other artists, and always wondered why they made me uncomfortable to read, such as listing your former art education and jobs related to art and where you were born: basically giving an artist bio in place of a statement about your artwork. I could never compete with that because I'm largely self-educated. Also the endless sunny platitudes about childhood and dreams and rainbows as inspiration, my inspiration is about the opposite of that and I just figured nobody wants to hear a bunch of dark opinions about how stupid humanity is as a race, apocalypse and whatnot. I'm still grappling with how honest I should actually be about my feelings and inspiration, although the author in the link says just do it regardless, it seems it would just turn people off from actually buying anything, better I let them figure out that for themselves by looking at the work, hence the mystery part. That remains figuring out what is left that sounds good to include, materials and such, seems a bit dry by itself. Anyway, it's high time I wrote an artist's statement, this topic has me thinking.
  7. Probably a dumb question and might not be good enough solution for fancy commissioned dinnerware, but would paperclay made from the clay they used serve the same purpose?
  8. Glasslike Crystals in Wet Glaze - What the...?

    They make a beautiful photo.
  9. Snowed last night, melted this morning. Frozen roads tonight. Cold/damp. Brr. 

  10. Shopping for My First Kiln

    Just an update: Ordered the kiln mentioned above, have an electrician coming out this week, told them which plug for the kiln. However, I have not discussed a quote with them yet, I have the feeling they would prefer to bypass that question, show up, install the outlet and stick me with w/e bill. Will be calling them back tomorrow and asking them about that since I should have in the first place. I was just a little too happy about getting hold of someone who wanted to do it, maybe. Decided yes it has to go into the metal shed for the following reasons: this allows me to not buy the optional $500 venting system, the shed has double doors and it's usually pretty windy here. No worries about the air temps overheating in there and causing it to shut down: summer temps rarely reach even 75f here, plus shade from hillside/trees, so with the double doors open it should be cool and vented adequately. A venting system would have been nice, but Skutt says it can be retrofitted, so if I find I can't work without it, I can drive the thing back to the shop to have it put on eventually. Taking the advice about cement board x2, I'd also like to put a layer of bricks or concrete pavers under the kiln, even for just ornamental reasons if no other. Also the shed is unbearably ugly on the inside and I'd like to dress it up, also not be standing on cement board when I load/unload. Welp, just waiting to chat w/ electricians tomorrow again, and 4-6 wks left before the kiln is built. Almost ready to let myself get excited about it, hard to do when vital things are still unfinished. Thanks again for all the advice and support.
  11. Raku Rocket - Kiln #3 by Ian Gregory

    Just to throw more info at this thread, last I heard this kind of smaller gauge wire mesh they sell at hardware stores is often called "hardware cloth". Dumb thing to call it, since it's metal. At least that's what I always used to hear it called. Might find more search results using that term than mesh, but who knows?
  12. Shopping for My First Kiln

    Yes, I was told that by Georgie's after I called them back, but it didn't seem worth updating the thread for. I've got an electrician coming next week, with luck it will go better than the first one. Still trying to decide exactly where to place the kiln now.
  13. Shopping for My First Kiln

    So I had a good look at my dryer outlet and it said 120/240 volts, the circuit breaker said 250v so I'll take that as a good sign. Ordered a kiln from Skutt. I'm thinking about calling them back to ask what the plug is going to look like to make sure it fits.
  14. Ordered my first kiln, the KM818 from Skutt. 240v configuration. 4-6wks. Yay! (I hope). Thanks to all for their input on my choice. 

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      Congrats! Good choice! 

  15. Shopping for My First Kiln

    The hard part is finding an electrician who's not a slime bag.

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