Failure Is Fine... and maybe even fun
Posted 12 November 2013 - 03:06 PM
Contemporary Fine Colored Porcelain
"My Artwork is strengthened by a thriving global pottery community.
In the isolation of a studio, an artist can begin to feel like an island, but in truth
we are all part of archipelagoes; chains of islands loosely connected by a stream
of information that enhances our Artwork.”
Posted 17 November 2013 - 08:51 AM
A few thoughts on this topic by others….
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. ~Thomas Edison
Try again. Fail again. Fail better. ~Samuel Beckett
One fails forward toward success. ~Charles F. Kettering
Notice the difference between what happens when a man says to himself, "I have failed three times," and what happens when he says, "I am a failure." ~S.I. Hayakawa
A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in the experience. ~Elbert Hubbard
Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. ~Henry Ford
You always pass failure on your way to success. ~Mickey Rooney
It is a mistake to suppose that people succeed through success; they often succeed through failures. ~Author Unknown
Posted 10 December 2013 - 03:50 AM
It is part of growing up.
It serves as a lesson in life.
Posted 10 December 2013 - 05:29 PM
Care to share a failure that resulted in a learning leap?
Beware of foreign clay bodies as they may not dry at the same rate as the one you're use too...
Posted 10 December 2013 - 06:28 PM
Remember what Ben Franklin said... "there is many a slip between the cup and the absolutely perfect, primo, balanced, finely glazed and fired mug."
Or maybe it was Aristotle.. or Paul Soldner???
Posted 11 December 2013 - 09:18 AM
Posted 11 December 2013 - 09:55 AM
Test tiles, and an organized test tile panel will help to improve on your glaze problems Judd. One of the first things I did was to create a board with a grid on it where I would attach the test tiles with screws. Then I started with test tiles for each of the glazes we had, with the clay we used. Each tile was incised with a line, and had an iron stain painted on. When dipped we dipped one coat on 3/4 of tile, then a second coat on 1/2 tile. backs were cleaned, tiles were fired. After assessment these were mounted on the grid board. Then we started other tiles with combinations of glazes over glazes. Combos were painted on back with stain. These got mounted at lower part of the board.
As to pinch pots, you may find that turning out the lights for part of the period, forcing the students to pinch the pots using their sense of touch in a guided practice approach will work. I did this believe or not with HS kids. I did do some preliminary work on my own. I turned out the lights and memorized the room. Then during the class I could walk between and around without them knowing where I was when I wasn't talking. I also pulled some shenanigans at times where they would really be confused-climbing on top of a table so I was in the middle up high-then giving their next set of instructions. Funny thing is, they were so amused by the crazy teacher and the complete isolation and concentration on the process that they didn't think of mischief. It was a good lesson, and I even did it as an inservice one time with a bunch of teachers and administrators.
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Posted 11 December 2013 - 12:00 PM
You give "Crazy, Old Art Teachers" a good name Pres.
I used to do pinch pots, with my high school students at a previous school. But that's when I had a Ceramics I and II. Now, I just have the one class, so I've dropped the project, for the sake of time, and doing more in-depth projects. I still go over the "pinch" process, there just isn't a project that focuses on it specifically.
You can't beat glaze test tiles. I had never made a tile board, when I started my first teaching job. The previous instructor had some tiles, but just in a small container, and they were pretty beat up. So I remade all new tiles, with some student help, and had a nice little board. My second job the instructor had the tiles, well taken care of.
At my current job, there were NO tiles at all. I once again made all of them, and created the board.
The boards that I made, are a little different than yours Pres. I don't screw my tiles down. They just slide on a nail, so they can be removed, and held near projects, to figure out schemes. I also, etch a number that corresponds to the glaze onto the tile. This also serves as an area, where the glaze collects, to show what happens, in that instance.
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