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#21 AndyL

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Posted 22 February 2016 - 11:10 PM

Sometimes I wonder when I look at my photo records ...... How could I have made such crummy stuff and be happy to give it as gifts to people I respect and consider friends over the years. Then I remember and truly believe they were the best pieces I was making then. I feel it's the best idea to always build skills....there are no failures in any form of art but just unplanned results. THE trick in learning and building skills IMO is by growing by figuring out the process that created the unplanned result so you can get the result you want; BUT MORE importantly take the process of the unplanned result to create another way to make pieces.



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Posted 22 February 2016 - 11:54 PM

There are several great books on (n)on Ceramic Faults and how to prevent them. BUT if you want the effect remember you can recreate the horribly bad inexcuseable process that does this...... ;)



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Posted 08 March 2016 - 05:15 AM

There is no such thing as a mistake.

Only an unexpected result.

The trick is to gleen from this..........

How to duplicate it when you want it

or choose to avoid it in a project

THEN ideally to examine this unplanned result

and see the potential for a new technique



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Posted 08 March 2016 - 05:20 AM

Chew and discover the world as it lays

See the smoke

See the swirl

Feel the spin

There lies the soul of the magic's creation

There lies the child....within.



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Posted 16 March 2016 - 09:07 PM

Color is the music of the eyes. :)



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Posted 16 March 2016 - 09:09 PM

Color is the music of the eyes. :)

Life....A cacophony to some..... a symphony to me.



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Posted 16 March 2016 - 09:11 PM

 

Color is the music of the eyes. :)

Life....A cacophony to some..... a symphony to me.

 

 

Grow as you go



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Posted 16 March 2016 - 09:14 PM

 

 

Color is the music of the eyes. :)

Life....A cacophony to some..... a symphony to me.

 

 

Grow as you go

 

 

You can live life with a sour pickle in your mouth

Or be Friendly

I'd rather BE Friendly

See more THAN surface

BE MORE THAN SURFACE!



#29 AndyL

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Posted 16 March 2016 - 09:17 PM

 

 

 

Color is the music of the eyes. :)

Life....A cacophony to some..... a symphony to me.

 

 

Grow as you go

 

 

You can live life with a sour pickle in your mouth

Or be Friendly

I'd rather BE Friendly

See more THAN surface

BE MORE THAN SURFACE!

 

 

Everyone's roots has a touch of darkness

See MORE THAN Surface
​SEE MORE THAN SURFACE!

BE MORE

than SURFACE!



#30 AndyL

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Posted 16 March 2016 - 09:20 PM

 

 

 

 

Color is the music of the eyes. :)

Life....A cacophony to some..... a symphony to me.

 

 

Grow as you go

 

 

You can live life with a sour pickle in your mouth

Or be Friendly

I'd rather BE Friendly

See more THAN surface

BE MORE THAN SURFACE!

 

 

Everyone's roots has a touch of darkness

See MORE THAN Surface
​SEE MORE THAN SURFACE!

BE MORE

than SURFACE!

Change to see the future

Change a be the future....



#31 AndyL

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Posted 16 March 2016 - 09:23 PM

 

 

 

 

 

Color is the music of the eyes. :)

Life....A cacophony to some..... a symphony to me.

 

 

Grow as you go

 

 

You can live life with a sour pickle in your mouth

Or be Friendly

I'd rather BE Friendly

See more THAN surface

BE MORE THAN SURFACE!

 

 

Everyone's roots has a touch of darkness

See MORE THAN Surface
​SEE MORE THAN SURFACE!

BE MORE

than SURFACE!

Change to see the future

Change a be the future....

 

 

Go as you Grow



#32 AndyL

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Posted 16 March 2016 - 09:26 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

Color is the music of the eyes. :)

Life....A cacophony to some..... a symphony to me.

 

 

Grow as you go

 

 

You can live life with a sour pickle in your mouth

Or be Friendly

I'd rather BE Friendly

See more THAN surface

BE MORE THAN SURFACE!

 

 

Everyone's roots has a touch of darkness

See MORE THAN Surface
​SEE MORE THAN SURFACE!

BE MORE

than SURFACE!

Change to see the future

Change a be the future....

 

 

Go as you Grow

 

 

A cacophony to some.....become the symphony



#33 AndyL

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Posted 17 March 2016 - 08:09 PM

Reread books and you may discover things your growth now allows you to appreciate.



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Posted 17 March 2016 - 11:31 PM

As I Grow

I will live Confidently And Fiercely

I Will

Try to Be THE Strongest Person

I Can

And Work In MY Community

To Help IT

Grow 



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Posted 25 July 2016 - 07:32 PM

I've had unexpected results in a piece I've made. Never a mistake...the trick is to figure out what happened to recreate it when wanted or never when not. BUT most importantly observe and figure out how to make the unplanned result a jumping off point for creating better works.



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Posted 26 July 2016 - 09:03 AM

The first 6 months of my experiences with clay started in college. I was torn between having to produce something for grade, and wanting to produce something of quality. I made lots of pots, and put all of them into the slop bucket even before firing. Not good enough. Then the realization came that I had only one more week before production cut off. Kept 9 pieces for the first class, glazed and finished. Next class, much the same. Then I started teaching, didn't keep anything the first year, or the next, but threw nearly every day on after school time. Then I started teaching Ceramics, and had to demonstrate, which was not a problem as I had lots of practice on basic forms. Through all of this time, I read everything Ceramics I could get a hold of, magazines, books, journals etc. Very little internet in the 70's. :wacko: I realized that I needed to expand my throwing experience into a wider variety of forms, including all sorts of functional and non functional forms, along with more hand construction and combinations of techniques. The next 20 years were spent trying to learn forms. In the end, I found that if a student wanted to learn to make a specific form, I could do it, even though I might have never done that sort of form before. When your knowledge base becomes large enough, and your hand eye coordination and understanding of the limitations and strengths of the clay becomes great enough, almost anything is possible. Sitting at the wheel, or the banding wheel and just making is a symphony of movement, in silence, that sustains you through each day, no matter how difficult the other aspects of the day are.

 

 

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Posted 27 July 2016 - 08:42 PM

darn, wish i could like that twice, pres. :)


"putting you down does not raise me up."

#38 Pres

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Posted 27 July 2016 - 09:39 PM

thank you , Old Lady.

 

 

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Posted 27 July 2016 - 10:09 PM

OL, Any piece you make will survive in shards or intact for 20,000 years or more. Your essense will be in it. So you see..... just make a piece you're satisfied with...release it to history and you will have liked the Pres's thoughts twice.



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Posted 31 July 2016 - 06:14 AM

Pres,

"a symphony in silence" what a beautiful metaphor for a feeling of throwing on a good day. 

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