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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.
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    More Japanese pottery eye candy

    This one is superb if you enjoy rustic traditional and some contemporary Japanese pottery. Both art and wares. Finished work with good narration . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBSIQUj9ybY
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    Latest Studio Tricks And Tips

    I expect photoshop lets you do this also, but Gimp is free to download and although it can be complicated I've used it for years thanks to it's incredibly helpful online community. Basically it's a very complete, did I mention free, photo editing software. I was looking for a way to convert images of my own and off the web into simple coloring book type line images, which is easier to manipulate for a zillion artistic uses. There are various ways to do this in Gimp but this one is a lot simpler than the rest. The 'extras' included were notes I made so that, once converted to an outline image, I can go back and restore some of the lost image as gimp sometimes gets overzealous during the process, and the second is to re-draw in any missing lines with a 'pencil' using my mouse. It lets you adjust the size of the pencil mark, which the gimp default usually makes too thick. Can you tell I love Gimp? The image below doesn't involve any restoring or pencil line re-drawing so you can see what gimp will do without it. How to Convert Photo to Line Art_Drawing in Gimp File>Open>select image file from list that opens(Obviously you'll need to put some pictures in here if you just downloaded Gimp)>Color>Desaturate>Filters>Edge-detect>Edge>OK>Color>Invert. Extras: -Dodge/Burn Tool>Burn/Shadows>Left click over the image which will restore some of the lost image. -Windows>Dockable dialogs>Tool Options>this will open a the tool options dialog box settings>Set pencil to 10.00 or play around with it until it's the width you need.
  4. The frustration of not having a dry load to fire. :mellow:

    1. Denice


      You can put the work in your home oven at it's lowest setting,  I do this sometimes when we have a long humid period.   I have also heard about speeding up drying in a microwave but I have never tried it.    Denice

    2. Gabby


      How big a kiln did you acquire? How much work do you have time to do in a typical week? (This is one reason I won't ever have a kiln. I make only a few pieces a week)

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    What you probably want is grog, which is purchased from clay suppliers, it is smashed up fired clay so you're on the right track. I have had nice results using sand also. The speckles are probably from iron but they might be other things too, iron will achieve the look and it's cheap. Lots of commercial glazes are around right now that are varying degrees of white with speckles. I like "Walnut Spice" (think it's Laguna but I've lost the tag) but literally every glaze maker makes one like it. It's a bit whiter than the one in the image with larger specks. I'll bet you can make your own pretty simply too. That sounds like a good idea, but if you want to just buy it then there is a black clay called Cassius with small white specks, probably less than you want but you can always add more. It fires brown at cone o4, then turns black at ^6.
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    It's worth a try. Wear face protection.
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    Another new B

    Cool story bro. I've always been disappointed with the number of pictures most trolls tend to include in their manifestos.
  8. Piles of pinch pots. Yes, so many choices, so little time. Since I'm still a relative newb to clay, I end up with a lot of unused bisque. If you're experimenting you might end up with odds and ends sitting around too. That said odds and ends on random clays don't often have the same results as glaze does on a pot, which they're designed for. I was about to throw out a certain store bought glaze because it just never did anything on a flat test tile. I decided to glaze a simple slab vase with it instead because wth I wanted a rustic look anyway, and suddenly it's the most beautiful glaze I've tried and I'm trying to learn to mix it myself. So when I really want to test something now I've learned to use little pinched bowls, with holes punched near the rims so they can be optionally hung; always at a premium for space in my studio.
  9. I see those sitting in front of modern architecture, good score!
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    Another new B

    Everyone who asks a question is not a bot.
  11. Yes Gauguin is a bit of a conundrum when viewed with any sense of morality. Being both a visually pleasing artist and a . One of my favorite paintings of his is "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" -at least he had something going on in his head and was intelligent enough to work with Van gogh until the incident. For the record I enjoy Odilon Redon's paintings. The last time I took a good stab at my oils I was trying to emulate both Van gogh and Redon, it was very satisfying.
  12. I'm not sure if you meant me or LeeU but though it may be hard to believe it's his work I think bothers me most. I find his work to be childish scribbles. I suspect Picasso's goal was to merely find a gimmick, I've seen his early work and it was adequate in a traditional artistic sense but nothing to crow about, which he probably guessed. His work will always remind me of a certain college drawing class, in which I was forced to nod sagely at images of his paintings while my equally obnoxious art teacher sang the praises of and drummed home how a person has to be a real ######## to be a real artist. Probably because she was a real ######## too. I think a difficult life and being unusual, an outsider, and too intelligent to fit comfortably into the industrial machinery of human society often go hand in hand with artistic talent. Van gogh, imo probably the best painter who ever lived was not a ########. Picasso intentionally played up his reputation of being a ######## with women for profit and because he didn't have the skill to do it with his art alone.
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    What’s on your workbench?

    Yes more or less, although since it's for me I'll probably not bother with the bag. A recycled cork to plug the hole.
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    Glaze fire in electric kiln

    My skutt manual says to use medium speed for most purposes and so far it's done a good job.
  15. I keep a kitchen towel clipped to a hook on the front of my work bench for wiping my hands on, but the sponge thing is a good idea. Also I have a box of rags made of cut up men's shirts (thrift store here has a universal $2 on clothing, awesome deal) I'll wash or toss depending on how gross they get. Buckets of about a gallon in the sink, the water gets poured out the next day, the sludge either goes into another bucket or if still cloudy into one of about five clear plastic jugs formerly containing drinking water and allowed to settle further, same with glaze, mixes of clay and glaze. Generally I use a ton of weeny tools while I'm working and out of frustration I tend to just put them into open jars with clay still on them, and clean up before I change clay colors. Yes, bad studio maintenance and I really need to reduce the clay colors I work with, inching closer to that.
  16. Just remember when you get there to look up at the sky and state in a loud cheerful voice: "What could possibly happen?!"
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    Big leaf maple, wet clay.jpg

    From the album: WIPs

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    Current work in progress or recently scrapped.
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    Big Leaf Maple.jpg

    From the album: WIPs

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    creating structurally sound face sculpture

    I think it depends on how big and thick you're making the mosaic. Plywood is frequently used by mosaic artists with mosaics used strictly indoors. A product called Wedi board (about $30 for a 2'*4' sheet, it's pricey) is lightweight and designed for custom tile backings in showers and such. Some artists just use tile mesh, if you can find it, you don't even strictly need a rigid backing as the grout forms a single rigid form in most cases. I think the weight of the mosaic is going to rip the styrofoam, and I suspect there may be other issues like how to attach the mosaic to it, and how in turn to attach the styrofoam to the wall or w/e you're going to place it on.
  21. Maybe two questions can be squeezed out of this: What was your lowest moment with your pottery? What was your best moment with your pottery?
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    Another new B

    Will this or the results of it be used to build a bomb?
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    What’s on your workbench?

    Looking forward to seeing what you're working on. Yes the underglazes seem to have tricks up their sleeves and change even on low-fire white clay more than I remembered from previous projects. I figured the nude would lend a new aspect to serving shrimp surprise or whatever might be served in it.

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