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About AnnieM

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  • Birthday 09/17/1954

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    Spokane, WA
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    Including, but not limited to, and not in any order of importance (disclaimers aside I'll probably have to add more later) wheel throwing, tile, gardening, grandkids, quilting, embroidery, music
  1. I'd be very wary of the chemicals in floor wax. Not sure how they react in the kiln atmosphere and what they'd do to my pots. I'd also wonder about the fumes. Are they toxic? Do they linger? I have used shellac as a resist but it's very thin and hard to control.
  2. Mud Buddies In/near Spokane, Wa?

    I live in the Spokane Valley and would really like to attend your Raku firing. I don't know much about Raku but I can pitch in and help wherever I'm needed. We have some pine, willow and cherry wood I can bring. I make a pretty good chili too.
  3. I had to have a fine art credit in college and stained glass class was full so I took pottery 101, hand building. I liked working with clay so 2nd semester took a throwing class; pottery 102. The teacher told me to go back to hand building because I'd never be able to throw pots competently. Well, those are fightin' words so I found a private teacher who was willing to help me modify the wheel so I could work and 2 years of lessons later I'm here to tell you I can throw any pot I can envision, repeatedly! My husband says that the college teacher should never have pissed of a woman with Irish fire and German stubbornness in her DNA.
  4. Glazing frustrates the heck out of me. There's so much to know and I know so little.
  5. I love to carve clay. I tend to use botanicals as inspiration. I love plants so carving, stamping and making forms that include at least the suggestion of a plant really turns my crank.
  6. My pottery teacher was trained by Marguerite Wildenhain at Pond Farm. He speaks so highly of her. Her inspiration and guidance has lasted him a lifetime. So I think I'd spend time with her first.
  7. In future, now that we're both retiring, my husband and I want to visit places where we can rent a cottage or house and get into the rhythm of the place we're staying. I want to understand places and the people in them. We'd also like to spend time in Appalachia, where there are many craft schools. My husband is interested in woodworking so we'd spend a few weeks, each learning more about something we're interested in. Mostly we'll be at home, gardening, potting, woodworking and taking as much time as we want to hone our skills.
  8. Fuzz On Plaster

    Thanks for this info. I cover my plaster with canvas to prevent plaster residue in my clay. I haven't seen any sign of salts leaching into the canvas. Is the plaster still being degraded under the canvas or does the fabric leach away the salt?
  9. discovered pottery in 1997 and have been muddy ever since

  10. I just read the article "The Suck Factor" and found myself drawn to the following paragraph: "In deciding what I wanted my pots to say, I chose words that I wanted my pots to embody; like soft, generous, full and kind. I found these words more approachable than ideas of revolutionary, anti-establishment, earth-shaking social commentary. Then, when I was making a decision about the weight or shape of a lip, I asked, “Is that a soft lip? Is it generous?†I let my intent guide my decisions, striving to become aware of choices I had made without knowing. I worked in series, varying forms and elements, and changing relationships between shapes and surfaces; all the while critically assessing the effect of each change and sum of the parts. The pots deemed most successful were the ones that best captured the essence of the words." This seems to me a positive way to evaluate your pots. Of course the descriptive words can change with each series. I like the broad idea of intent and the words chosen to convey it as a measure of my work. I'll use this method and see where it takes me.