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      Ceramic Arts Network is looking for two new forum moderators for the Clay and Glaze Chemistry and Equipment Use and Repair sections of the Ceramic Arts Network Community Forum. We are looking for somebody who is an active participant (i.e. somebody who participates on a daily basis, or near daily) on the forum. Moderators must be willing to monitor the forum on a daily basis to remove spam, make sure members are adhering to the Forum Terms of Use, and make sure posts are in the appropriate categories. In addition to moderating their primary sections, Moderators must work as a team with other moderators to monitor the areas of the forum that do not have dedicated moderators (Educational Approaches and Resources, Aesthetic Approaches and Philosophy, etc.). Moderators must have a solid understanding of the area of the forum they are going to moderate (i.e. the Clay and Glaze Chemistry moderator must be somebody who mixes, tests, and has a decent understanding of materials). Moderators must be diplomatic communicators, be receptive to others’ ideas, and be able to see things from multiple perspectives. This is a volunteer position that comes with an honorary annual ICAN Gold membership. If you are interested, please send an email outlining your experience and qualifications to jharnetty@ceramics.org.
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17 hours ago, RonSa said:

What do you like best about the new forum?

What feature do you miss from the old forum?

What do you like the least about the new forum?

No politics allowed Ron ?!?

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5 hours ago, Chilly said:

No politics allowed Ron ?!?

I didn't think it was politics, I thought it was a way to help people get use to the new forum and contribute new features they've found.

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"Politics: the activities associated with the governance of a country or other area, especially the debate or conflict among individuals or parties having or hoping to achieve power."

I get dismayed when the misuse of the word and concept of "politics" serves to characterize a topic, about which there may be disagreement, as something that should be off-limits, which may serve to cut off the dialogue.  I am not trying to be "too"  serious or snarky---I just wouldn't want to see discussions of the new Forum features get jettisoned because of sensitivity about critique.

So far,  everything I have learned about the new system has come from folks who are providing us with tips and directions. Reading other people's experiences/questions is helpful as well. Without that input I know I would get frustrated, or lost, and end up feeling negative before giving it a chance. I hate having to learn new systems, it is hard on my remaining and aging brain cells, but upgrades are a necessity. I guess I'm saying I wish there was a forum topic on the pros/cons/"how to" of it--if not a Qotw--to ease the transition! 

OH GOOD GRIEF....I just remembered there IS a thread on the New Forum.  I'll leave my 2-cents  worth about content being (or not being) "political" here, since I don't know where else to put it. Moderator should feel free to remove it if (dare I say it?) it is too political LOL. :rolleyes:
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I enjoy trying to answer the questions posed in PQotW and I’m both impressed and covetous of the sheer volume of books Pres has. (no pun intended) Started me thinking about my own meagre collection and which one I find the most useful or enjoyable. So, my question would be, if you could only have one ceramics book what would it be and why? (plus, I’m curious what Pres would choose)

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23 hours ago, Babs said:

my question would be.

If you wanted to and had the means, which part of the process would you assign to an apprentice/assistant?

I have the means and had a studio assistant for over 25 years now -its handles-interior glazing and some help with baby pots as well as most all of the hot dip waxing (I do the liquid wax on footed forms)

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Lots of us are probably ramping up the work load in the studio, what with Christmas show season being upon us.  I know variations of this have been asked before, but what is your current playlist/ favourite audio book/Netflix binge? What is keeping you company this week?

Recommendation,s and/or links to Spotify or iTunes playlists would be encouraged. 

 

Also, I wonder what kind of craft show survival tips everyone has, and which bits of craft show advice sounded good, but really didn't work for you.  I'd love to see this be less of a beginner's guide (I think we all know to put out an email signup sheet and lay out your booth before the event), and more of an intermediate class. 

Bonus points if you have a photo of your booth setup to share.  Or maybe that could be a third question. What is your booth setup, what are the things you love about it?

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If you could go back and start your ceramics journey from the beginning, would you do anything different this time?

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This is the counterpart to my last suggested QoTW. Describe a day from your ceramics life that left you thinking "that was a bad day." We've all had them. Here's your chance to vent. Or confess. And others can commiserate, or forgive. 

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The day, through my own negligence, I dropped and watched all of a box of truly wonderful pieces smash to bits.  Each piece unique, no repeated forms, glazes really sweet,  forms useful and great looking, many made with a specific person in mind, some Palladium finish probably never to be seen again...oh I could go on and on.  My style is generally organic, rough, handbuilt, often based on serendipity, and as such, most pieces are not easy to replicate, nor do I want to.  So transporting/carrying the load the way I did was a grievous error of judgement which I shall not repeat! On the plus side, it did force me to take a look at  not trying  so  hard to make each piece so different from the next.  I am now making some forms-like a particular type of tea light holder-pretty similar in size, shape, glaze, and texture/stamp, and I am getting feedback that people like "them"-meaning the core design.  And if I drop and break one, I really can "just" make another. 

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On 9/21/2017 at 3:04 PM, Min said:

I enjoy trying to answer the questions posed in PQotW and I’m both impressed and covetous of the sheer volume of books Pres has. (no pun intended) Started me thinking about my own meagre collection and which one I find the most useful or enjoyable. So, my question would be, if you could only have one ceramics book what would it be and why? (plus, I’m curious what Pres would choose)

Waaaa! Need 3 categories: pots, glazes, firing/kilns

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Every potter settles into a style that works for them. Favorite clay, favorite glazes, and favorite forming techniques. Yet every potter views pieces made by other potters and marvel over how it was made, glazed, or what clay was used. Pottery goes from digging your own clay, to buying clay, from mixing your glaze, to buying premix, and from pinch pots to mega pots: and everywhere in between.

QoTW: What clay, glaze, or forming technique are you curious to try: but have not?  (more than one answer is welcome)

For me it would be wood firing and raku. Love the results I see posted from time to time.

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I am writing an article about a woman whose work I admire. During our interview, she said she came to realize she didn't have to keep going here and there to study , apprentice with a Korean master, work collaboratively with an artist on a collaborative installation for a museum. She has settled in Barcelona for the past 5 years and realizes the journey in clay never ends even if you remain in one place. 

so my question would be: where has your journey in clay taken you; either geographically, aesthetically, philosophically, product wise? Otherwise to quote an ancient philosopher and I think it was a Dante,  but I may be wrong. he said literature can be interpreted : literally, metaphorically, allegorically, or metaphysically. so your answer can be in the previously mentioned categories.

 

Marcia

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4 hours ago, Marcia Selsor said:

Otherwise to quote an ancient philosopher and I think it was a Dante,  but I may be wrong. he said literature can be interpreted : literally, metaphorically, allegorically, or metaphysically.

It was indeed Dante, in Il Convivio (The Banquet), who gave popular formalisation to the general medieval theory of the 'four levels', although that methodology was already current and embedded in contemporary thought. The lense of the 'four levels' was intended to be focussed on mystical texts, in particular The Bible. The levels are normally described as 'The Literal', 'The Allegorical', 'The Moral' (ethical), and 'The Anagogical' (roughly, spiritual). There's a handy translation of Il Convivio here, which like all of Dante, is worthy of study when making pots doesn't appeal.

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Thanks Sputty. Dante is an interesting character. He was banished from Florence and ended up in Ravenna where he is buried. There is an empty tomb  in santa Croce in Florence , not far from his home, now a museum. Florence wants him back. They have been feuding for a long time.

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