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1 hour ago, Judith B said:

 

Is anyone here trying to have a social or political stance through their work? Or is it something that is not part of the picture?

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I think I will eventually employ my social stance in my work. But I am not good enough yet. One of the reasons I have been testing gold decals. I plan on eventually having political and social stance decals that I drew myself on my work. But it will be years before I employ them.

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well Pres and Marcia, it's maybe a given that your responses will be liked!

I do use paper, latex and wax resists and I guess texture.so only the high bits get caught by new colour application

 

never used shellac, what's involved with that?

I do resist getting drawn into the is it art or craft debate..

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I've found some links describing the pottery easel in an earlier photograph.  It seems that people have them made.  Here's a link with lots of photos and dimensions:

http://www.nanhamilton.com/howtodesign/frame/frame.html

Here are some secondary links, refrencing that first one

http://joannaxfordpottery.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/potter-easel.html

http://overglaze.demaine.org/?page_id=418

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On 10/12/2017 at 2:23 PM, hantremmer said:

I've found some links describing the pottery easel in an earlier photograph.  It seems that people have them made.  Here's a link with lots of photos and dimensions:

http://www.nanhamilton.com/howtodesign/frame/frame.html

Here are some secondary links, refrencing that first one

http://joannaxfordpottery.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/potter-easel.html

http://overglaze.demaine.org/?page_id=418

Thanks! That answers a lot of questions. Just one more area of concern - is the turntable free-turning (having trouble figuring out how) or does one have to release the top to turn it? Can it be turned without touching the pot? Or having the pot fall out (eeek)? 

I think this could be used for carving too with the technique used for the mug. Insert a taller cylinder (I'm thinking pvc, but custom sizes could be thrown and bisqued) into the piece to be held. 

On resists, I'm still using water-based resist. I like to add oxides or stains for different effects. Especially with iron ox and cobalt carb, the resist allows the colorant to be applied evenly. 

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On 10/11/2017 at 9:47 AM, Benzine said:

 

Marcia, 

I figured, that it was some type of prop/ support, for decorating.  That seems incredibly handy.  Is that something you built, or purchased somewhere?

 

 

benzine and anyone else interested in this device.  i have one that a carpenter made for me when i showed him the ad in a ceramics monthly issue.  if you would like a close-up of the details of it, let me know and i will send you a photo or six.

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Why in the world would you want to politicize your pottery? There is so much of that crap in the world. I look at pottery and art as an escape from the goofiness of the world. Drinking coffee from a handmade mug instead of reading or seeing something political on the mug I would rather enjoy the texture or colors.

So, yes I resist to get political in my art, making it or enjoying it.

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16 hours ago, dhPotter said:

Why in the world would you want to politicize your pottery? There is so much of that crap in the world. I look at pottery and art as an escape from the goofiness of the world. Drinking coffee from a handmade mug instead of reading or seeing something political on the mug I would rather enjoy the texture or colors.

So, yes I resist to get political in my art, making it or enjoying it.

I never politicized pottery..I.e. mugs. I made sculpture. This piece addresses humankind’s taking from the earth. it is rather none offensive except I made it in Uzbekistan where they still chop off hands for stealing. “Up for Grabs” 1992

 

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Marcia gave an excellent reason why we try not to include politics here on the forum. It seems to divide, and at the same time, is this the place? I would much rather find the common ground we have in materials, processes, techniques and a very long deep history of providing things of beauty that can be functional, decorative or sculptural. We as potters have much more in common than politics can provide us.

Of course this is my opinion, but I believe all of the mods feel the same.

 

best,

Pres

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The focus should be on ceramics. If you want to put politics in your work, by all means do it. But I have been a part of many forums over the years and ones that allowed any type of discussion that was off topic only led to angry mob mentality. Eventually the forum would die off as people didn't respond to peoples questions or problems they didn't like because of personal grudges. This led to less discussions, which led to less activity, and as you can imagine less posting. 

I am glad we only talk about ceramics, it makes CAD a better place.

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AH sorry I had no idea about this rule but it makes sense reading all your comments. I thought it was interesting how the world of the handmade interacts with other spheres of our lives, especially through events and charities or donations that carry some special meaning.

 

Maria, your sculpture is very powerful!

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