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#1 flowerdry

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Posted 31 December 2016 - 12:31 PM

I'd like to hear from folks about any "What was I thinking?!!" moments you have had during your clay journey.  This could pertain to individual projects, goals, techniques, or anything you thought about, or tried to do.  I've had several of these moments through the years, but you first!


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#2 Mark C.

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Posted 31 December 2016 - 12:37 PM

In the 70s we where firing a glaze fire in a large gas kiln. We started cleaning up the weeds growing around kiln as it was spring tossing them into the burners. Never thought much about the reduction and kept cleaning up and burning the weeds. We smoked the whole load and lost some wares. Never burned anything but gas since.


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#3 glazenerd

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Posted 31 December 2016 - 02:01 PM

 

"What was I thinking?!

Actually I have been thinking that most of this week.

 

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#4 Marcia Selsor

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Posted 31 December 2016 - 04:26 PM

In the summer of 1977 I decided to build a Rammed Earth Studio out of Pryor Mountain red Clay. I had students helping me. Sometimes 2 shifts per day. I fed them big meals from my garden. I published an article about it in 1983 in Ceramics Monthly.
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#5 Preagan

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Posted 31 December 2016 - 05:24 PM

Marcia, I gotta know - was the studio build a success?
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#6 flowerdry

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Posted 31 December 2016 - 07:11 PM

OK, Marcia, you have to tell us about the "What was I thinking?!!" part of your story.


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Posted 31 December 2016 - 07:30 PM

Just this year I revisited using porcelain. Wow what was I thinking using stoneware for the last decade. I love porcelain. Did I mention I love porcelain. The glazes look fantastic. Oh the feel of the clay body even after 06 bisque but oh I love that cone 10 foot oh so smooth. Ohhhhhh the tenmoku looks just oh so goooooooooood! Oh I can hardly wait to see how the different types of shinos look. I throw lighter with it too (maybe by 10-15%). Down side is it costs more. What the hell I will order it by the ton. I only five hundred on the way now.

 

Someday I hope to use one of those Bison tungsten carbide trim tools and then have another ah ha moment. I think I might ask my wife for one for my birthday that's in May.



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Posted 31 December 2016 - 07:51 PM

Think I'm right in the middle of a "What am I thinking" moment right now. Trying out red clay in my workshop where I only used white clays. Holey moley does the red stuff make a mess. (need to give myself a smack on the back of my head but then I'ld have to go wash my hair)



#9 Joseph F

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Posted 31 December 2016 - 09:35 PM

I think about that now looking at my entire studio. 



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Posted 31 December 2016 - 09:36 PM

Someday I hope to use one of those Bison tungsten carbide trim tools and then have another ah ha moment. I think I might ask my wife for one for my birthday that's in May.

 

Bison tools are worth every penny. 



#11 Marcia Selsor

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Posted 01 January 2017 - 02:41 PM

Marcia, I gotta know - was the studio build a success?

Yes but quite a lot of physical labor. It took one month, five dump trucks of clay each carrying 4.5 cubic yards and a team of about 8 people.
I published an article about it in 1983 Rammed Earth Studio. Ceramics Monthly, May. Pp.56-58
It was fun. But I have to say what was I thinking? A pre-fab would have been so much simpler. Here is a picture of my helpers through the entire process. That is me in the blue hard hat.
These ladies have remained friends for the past 40 years and they are part of my group I visit every year at Chico Hot Springs neat the North Entrance to Yellowstone.

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Posted 01 January 2017 - 07:24 PM

Thanks for sharing that! I'm sure your team learned a lot!
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Posted 02 January 2017 - 02:45 AM

Not following my clay dream after graduating college.......the most recent "what was I thinking" giggle is being so focused on putting wax resist on the bottom of some experimental pots because I was in a hurry, and then I went to apply the iron oxide ID numbers on the bottom of said pots.....ooooops.......

#14 Marcia Selsor

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Posted 02 January 2017 - 09:24 AM

but you could have carved through the wax and dabbed on the iron oxide fore a fine delicate id number.
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Posted 02 January 2017 - 09:25 AM

Buying a house 30 years ago without a two car garage for a shop, one car is just too small. 

 

 

 

 

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Posted 02 January 2017 - 05:52 PM

Buying a house 30 years ago without a two car garage for a shop, one car is just too small.

 

Its been my experience that no garage is big enough. I have a two car garage and wish it was a 3 car garage.


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Posted 02 January 2017 - 06:50 PM

I have a 2.5 car garage, and built a 26 x 44 outbuilding.. so that never ends.

 

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Posted 02 January 2017 - 07:08 PM

Nerd,

 

Who gets drive the 0.5 car? :rolleyes: 

 

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Posted 02 January 2017 - 07:55 PM

Hmmm, I think I can echo a few of the responses here.......switching from porcelain to red clay and then back,  Not building a big enough shop, taking on too much during High Holy Holiday season,

 

but I must agree with Joseph, the Bison tool was a good decision!  So was my slab roller!!

 

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Posted 02 January 2017 - 10:10 PM

 

Who gets drive the 0.5 car? :rolleyes:

 

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