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Chris Campbell    1,087

I have a fellow colored clay addict / e-mail contact, who just sent me an image of his newest 'cane' pattern ...

just blew me away so I had to share.

 

His name is Dean McRaine, a potter in Kelia, Hawaii.

http://www.lightwavepottery.com/

You just have to put coloring clay on your "bucket list"!biggrin.gif

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OffCenter    82

I have a fellow colored clay addict / e-mail contact, who just sent me an image of his newest 'cane' pattern ...

just blew me away so I had to share.

 

His name is Dean McRaine, a potter in Kelia, Hawaii.

http://www.lightwavepottery.com/

You just have to put coloring clay on your "bucket list"!biggrin.gif

 

 

Wow! He's almost as good as you.

 

Jim

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Pres    896

Beautiful piece. Kauai is great place to visit. I used to live on Oahu when a kid, hated it, rock fever. Went back to visit many of the islands, loved it. Kauai was one of my favorites. Great scenery, and if I ever get back will try to visit his pottery.

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Idaho Potter    62

Everyone's comment pretty much covers it! Double WOW! I am amazed at the patterns you both come up with, and the intense labor it takes to build a brick. 25-30 pounds of clay put together piece by piece absolutely takes my breath away.

 

 

Shirley

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Chris Campbell    1,087

Truth is ... colored clay work is so much fun ... we are a little world within the clay universe.

We get some of our best lessons from the polymer clay people. That group has just exploded in numbers and they are so fearless and creative. I guess because they are so new they are not hampered by limitations of expectations and tradition. They just strike out on the path of " what would happen if I ...." without worries. I am so glad they are computer savvy and share freely.

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Pres    896

I remember my first introduction to colored clays back in the 70's when I read the first edition of the Penland Crafts Ceramics book. There was a woman in there that was doing it, but for the life of me I can't remember her name, still picture the work. It was the same with students, 10-30 years later, I don't remember names, only pots. :unsure:

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Pres    896

Yes, thank you, that is the name. I was highly impressed with her work, and did order in some clays from SC to try working with the colored clays. After reading all of the OSHA material on the clays, I decided not to use them with students-thwy would never wear gloves. Newer bodies and new stains as understand make things much safer.

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jrgpots    231

I have a fellow colored clay addict / e-mail contact, who just sent me an image of his newest 'cane' pattern ...just blew me away so I had to share.His name is Dean McRaine, a potter in Kelia, Hawaii.http://www.lightwavepottery.com/You just have to put coloring clay on your "bucket list"!biggrin.gif

In the polymer clay community, the canes are cut into "beads." Like polymer canes is this cane cut into 1/2 inch sections then placed over a hump bold to make plates, etc? I can,t imagine that. Likewise, your flower, leaf, and canes are so cool. And you can make multiple plates and platters of similar patterns. You rock.

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Chris Campbell    1,087

Yes, Mason stains are inert and only dangerous if you inhale the dust when mixing, sanding or cleaning up. It is quite easy to control dust in all these situations by using water. I use gloves more for mess reduction. I seal up any cuts I might have on my hands because I don't want anything that could infect.

That said, I would not work with colored clays with children. I tell anyone who is worried to wear gloves if it makes them feel better. Who knows what someone will find in twenty years? I don't eat in the studio. Due to the process I am almost always washing my hands and cleaning surfaces. Most of my working surfaces are small and washable and are kept in a separate place to dry so the dust goes nowhere. So, I worry about dust and relax about the rest.

As a scuba diver I was taught the first rule is to be responsible for your own safety comfort level. If you don't feel good about a situation, don't do it. Same in all areas of life ... We all decide on our risk comfort level and should not be afraid to stay within it while accepting that other thinking adults will be in other places on that scale.

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