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  1. Whoa! Thanks!

  2. Who cares how it relates to " the historical European influences and "standards" on painting and sculpture in North America?" What does that have to do with the price of eggs in China?
  3. Certainly it is viable to judge pottery based on what you like! What other criteria are you going to use? After all, if you are the buyer or user, then you get to judge the appeal of the ceramics, and you should enjoy what you buy. You've probably bought something just to be in style or hip, ( I have, years ago) only to find that it's not really you, and that it really doesn't have any appeal for you. Don't do that with pottery! You are the best judge, not someone else's ideas. I don't think that there is any standard in judgement for pottery, Bernard Leach and all those 'rule-makers' notwithstanding. 'Towards a Standard', my foot, the sooner we dispense with that load of hokum the sooner we will see real creativity and freedom. Why the Western world was ever expected to adopt Asian standards for ceramics is beyond me...yes, they are beautiful, exciting, inspiring, mystical, wonderful. But they are not WESTERN, and for the West to adopt these standards and practices is disingenuous, stultifying, and backward. Not only should the West never have adopted these standards, but the East should break free from them as well; indeed to my mind one of the greatest ideas to come about in ceramics was the creation of Sodeisha by Kazuo Yagi and his friends, who sought to break free from the canonical forms and ideas, and to permit real freedom and creativity. What we need today is a continuation of the ideas of Sodeisha, to allow clay to become anything and everything it can become, without being held back. Ceramics Monthly is doing a good job of exposing the new work being done in clay, and your ideas as to what you like and don't like can also play a big part. Good post, phill.
  4. NCECA is just around the corner!

    I'd like to go to NCECA just to meet Dinah! She's such a riot, and has such good posts.
  5. Mixed glazes in a firing

    The coffee cup's not doing it for me... the bowl is nice, though. Keep it up!
  6. Cleaning Practices

    Now that spring is here, it's time to drag everything out of the studio and wash everything down, perhaps next week.
  7. color coding clay?

    Food coloring would work, but would be a bother to wedge into all your clay.
  8. homemade trimming tools

    Nicely done, phill. You could actually just dip them in Plasti-dip to seal and get a good grip.
  9. I'll have to try that, Mark, I have lower electric rates at night as well, so I can really load up the kiln.
  10. People join and leave forums all the time, so what? What were we all supposed to do, acknowledge this persons great genius after one post? They seem a little flighty to me. People don't respond to my posts either, but so what? I learn, I contribute what I can, and that's it. I don't think people here are unfriendly or unhelpful, but they are sure are snobby. It's like being back in high school, you have to be a part of their little 'clay clique" before they will grace your post with a reply. I keep reading how friendly they are here, I wonder when I will see evidence of that?
  11. Disappointed in my new wheel

    I must agree with neilestrick - a careful reading of the OP's post will show that she DID get what she paid for. She knew the wheel had a wobble in it BEFORE it left the supplier. The problem now is how to get a wheel that works like you want it to, and it COULD be as simple as having the supplier "whack it." Or it could involve lots of blustering, threats, and anger, which is probably the best way to proceed. If society teaches us anything, anger and angry tirades are the way to get results. Get three or four of the biggest guys you can find, bring the wheel back to the store, and tell the owner you ARE going to return the wheel, right? Then be sure to knock over a few of his displays just to make the point that YOU are not to be messed with. That'll teach 'im. That's the way to get things done in America.
  12. Disappointed in my new wheel

    Sorry to read of your troubles, This isMelissa. I always find it amusing when someone sells something on eBay, and it is broken. The seller always claims "can easily be fixed," which always makes me laugh; if it is so easy to fix, then why doesn't the seller fix it, then it can be sold with no trouble? Why don't you take the wheel back to the supplier, and plead ignorance, that is, have the supplier "whack it" so that it comes correct? Apparently they have 'the touch,' so let them do it. When you go back, be nice, and try to appear enthusiastic about the wheel, say how much you would really like to keep it, and it would be just great for you, etc. if only THEY could fix it for you. Also, make it subtly clear that THEY stand to benefit by helping you, as you will be spending hundreds , if not thousands of dollars at their store in the next few years. Otherwise, you will not be spending more money there, and could return the wheel if they can't fix it. A smart dealer doesn't want bad 'word-of mouth' advertising from refusing to help a customer. Just be nice, and I bet you can find a solution with the supplier.
  13. I envy those that do have a production schedule or goal. I am such an inconsistent maker that it is hard to get any sort of salable inventory for shows or galleries, and that holds me back. How to get on a schedule, what with the variables that come along in life, not to mention the weather? (My studio is in a garage, so I am sort of at the mercy of the weather, which has been very nice, actually!)
  14. best mold book

    Not sure if a lot of folks here on the ceramics forum do a lot of resin casting. I could be wrong though...
  15. - the oxygen for which so many people clamour.

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