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#1 lorielle

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 01:28 AM

What aspect of clay work do you find the most frustrating?

I enjoyed hearing the responses to last week's question of the week. This time, I'd like to hear about the not-so-great parts. I'll start it off with saying that getting the correct timing and flow in the studio is sometimes the bane of my existence. Sometimes it's from developing new work and it's just a matter of figuring it out. Sometimes it may be due to working in a new studio or even adjusting to the change in seasons. But sometimes, it's just the fact that life gets in the way. I can bet we all know that sinking feeling when we realize the clay is ready and we are not... and we know that the clay usually wins that battle!
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#2 Evelyne Schoenmann

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 06:02 AM

I'am frustrated when I have to wedge and knead a great amount of clay and I can't because Mr. Rheumatism is visiting Posted Image
And every time I have a kiln load and start firing, after a few hours I want to open the door just a little bit to see how it's progressing... Patience is a virtue? Ah well....
My Birthday wish will be a glass kiln Posted Image

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#3 Marcia Selsor

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 08:26 AM

Time. Timing is everything.
Time not there when you need it to be.
Time too short.
Time away.
Timing to get things attached just right.
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#4 Diane Puckett

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 02:20 PM

Being alone in a solo studio. I miss the camaraderie, inspiration, and problem solving assistance of other potters.
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Posted 29 May 2013 - 07:30 PM

I agree with Diane and Marcia but most of my frustration comes from glazing. There aren't a lot of glazes I like--because I like matte and because using commercial glazes there aren't a lot of choices. Most of my sculpture is fired without a glaze. The only happy time is when I'm working with raku--serendipity makes my heart sing.


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Posted 29 May 2013 - 10:58 PM

Glazing - I work with commercial glazes that I buy dry and mix with water, easy right? It's to thick, or thin, or I had to change clays, now it doesn't fit. Testing combinations, testing stains, ugh!! It is way too much like cooking, and I hate cooking.
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#7 JBaymore

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 02:34 PM

All of it. :rolleyes:src="http://ceramicartsda.../rolleyes.gif"> ;)src="http://ceramicartsda...ault/wink.gif"> Just when you think you know something.... it kicks you in the teeth. :blink:src="http://ceramicartsda...ult/blink.gif">


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Posted 30 May 2013 - 04:34 PM

oh man John, I hope that is not a rolling eye emoticon!!! You can get in trouble here just thinking about them! hahaha T





#9 AnnieM

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 01:49 PM

Glazing frustrates the heck out of me. There's so much to know and I know so little.
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Posted 12 December 2013 - 05:24 AM

The fact that you cannot do it when driving.



#11 Mark C.

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Posted 20 December 2013 - 12:51 AM

Glazing is one of the things I like best.

For me the worst is winter as I have to dry all work with a heater which makes it harder. I must move stuff it seems like hourly to different drying levels

I like the months I can dry work outside it faster and easier.

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#12 Rebekah Krieger

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Posted 20 December 2013 - 02:40 PM

I know this is a newbie thing- but It takes me way to long to tap center before trimming.  


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Posted 21 December 2013 - 01:57 AM

glazing, though i am starting to figure out the glazes now. however all of that goes out the window when i graduate and can't rely on the schools glazes


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Posted 21 December 2013 - 05:28 AM

At this time of year, it's waiting for pots to dry: if I throw a pot on a Monday and just leave it uncovered on a p/b bat in my studio garage it might be dry enough for trimming by the next Monday or it might still be a bit too wet.

 

I took some to my last evening class for this term on Thursday evening, they had been thrown the previous Saturday but with nothing else in the pipeline  turning these was the best use of the time, I packed them in a large box full of packing peanuts, they turned OK (I'm used to doing things a bit wetter than is ideal) re-packed in the peanuts for the trip home and they all have some small indentations in the foot from the peanuts.

 

Trying to sort out which spray gun to go with the small compressor I just acquired is also proving to be quite frustrating.



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Posted 21 December 2013 - 05:21 PM

At this time of year, it's waiting for pots to dry: if I throw a pot on a Monday and just leave it uncovered on a p/b bat in my studio garage it might be dry enough for trimming by the next Monday or it might still be a bit too wet.

 

I took some to my last evening class for this term on Thursday evening, they had been thrown the previous Saturday but with nothing else in the pipeline  turning these was the best use of the time, I packed them in a large box full of packing peanuts, they turned OK (I'm used to doing things a bit wetter than is ideal) re-packed in the peanuts for the trip home and they all have some small indentations in the foot from the peanuts.

 

Trying to sort out which spray gun to go with the small compressor I just acquired is also proving to be quite frustrating.

Opposite here, Started throwing around 1 pm, noticed around 4pm that the first bowls were leather hard and drying fast, 35 C Degs. outside, hotter in shed. Quick change of process, not days for throwing platters and plates! Pottery, its all unpredictable.



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Posted 03 January 2014 - 01:34 PM

Cleaning up!

 

All else I enjoy thoroughly. :P


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