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#21 JustPeachy

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 10:15 AM

Since I'm so new to throwing, I'd simply like to be able to pull a cylinder smoothly and evenly.

Secondly, I want to get my kiln fitted with new elements and stuffs so I can do my first firing!



#22 Chris Campbell

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 11:13 AM

I hope you are all WRITING these down and posting the list where you see it every day!
This thread will be off the page in a week but your goals should be physical and visible.

I bought a small 2014 calendar and taped the pages together so I could "see" the year ....
OK ... It did not make the year less daunting, but I did get to cut and paste for a while. : - )

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 02:38 PM

Chris, what about you bring this thread up in 6 months. We can report in on each of our today's posts and how we are doing on them?

#24 Mark C.

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 04:18 PM

I'm planning on spending less time in the studio

I'm doing one less show this year

I'm raising my prices (already have done some of this)

I am not shipping any pottery after Thanksgiving no matter what a customer asks for

I'm getting more pissy as I age and am ok with it

I'm really not doing any special orders no matter what a customers story is-really

I'm making more small stuff again this year-its sells better

I'm cleaning up a few forgotten studio parts

I'm going to try to be on and under the ocean more this year.

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#25 Ambrose Li

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 04:09 AM

I am pretty inexperienced - I have only been throwing since May of 2012 

 

 

 

 

I’m even more inexperienced :) I’ve only started throwing since September 2012, and only occasionally until about 4 months ago.

 

My goal for the next 4 months would simply be to keep practicing as much as I can, which is probably not going to be a lot since I’ll have to work on my final project. But after the end of April it will be a big question mark since I’ll (hopefully graduate and) lose access to my school’s studio.



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Posted 01 January 2014 - 05:35 AM

I'm getting more pissy as I age and am ok with it

 

This goal made me giggle Mark.

 

My goal is to be able to throw with anywhere near the no nonsense approach of my favourite youtuber. http://www.youtube.com/user/youdanxxx he gives me a lot of inspiration.

 

My other goal is to keep my income from pottery going in the right direction. I am not making any actual profits yet after being in the studio for a year but I can dream ^_^

 

My last goal but most important is to get my kiln back up and running as it has now been broken for a month! I think the replacement wire has just been lost in the Christmas post :(


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Posted 01 January 2014 - 11:00 AM

Chris - thank you! You've done the list for me.

AND John B if you're getting all educational on us, I'll add in that Success Criteria for each objective are the smaller, measurable steps against which achievement of the objective can be measured. (You can take the potter out of the teacher but you can't take the teacher out of the potter!) I'll take Chris's list of objectives and give thought to the success criteria for each one. The danger is that I'll be 6 months through the year before I get started - what with that and all the time spent on the CAD forum. I'm a master at procrastination! (or should that be 'of' procrastination?)

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 11:23 AM

Celia,

 

I put that in there because sometimes people get overwelmed by the larger broad Goal... and can't figure out a good path to get to it ........ so they just don't try.

 

So... good news....... you can add M. P. after you name. ;) (Master of Procrastination)

 

best,

 

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 11:53 AM

Happy New Year

I am going to experiment this year. Gather all the sketches I've done over many years on little pieces of paper & finally make them into pots. Fun time.

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 01:27 PM

start getting my at home work fired, sell my stuff and lose weight. here comes the sticky notes everywhere!!! 


Practice, practice, practice. Then when you think you've practiced enough, the real practice begins.

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 02:38 PM

1. Organize local potters to make "ceramic gingerbread houses" to donate to hospital charity auction next December.
2. Make a scale model of an old English church for the auction.
3. Perfect local clay which I found this past year.
4. Finish John Baymore's thowing exercises.
5. Complete my garage studio.
- wire the electric kiln.
- Make flue and chimney for small gas conversion , kiln.

Next year, build a kiln shed.

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 02:42 PM

4. Finish John Baymore's thowing exercises.

 

Thanks for including that in your list. I'm honored.

 

Just an FYI... they are never intended to be "finished". They should be revisited regularly.... just as a musician never stops playing fingering exercises and doing warm up exercises. Pull that stuff out every now and then.

 

best,

 

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 04:28 PM

 

My goal is to be able to throw with anywhere near the no nonsense approach of my favourite youtuber. http://www.youtube.com/user/youdanxxx he gives me a lot of inspiration.

 

 

 

Dan is the Man! He's my all time favorite youtuber too. He also grows show veggies, like gigantic carrots and onions on his allotment. Very interesting.



#34 Chris Campbell

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 05:20 PM

start getting my at home work fired, sell my stuff and lose weight. here comes the sticky notes everywhere!!!

David!!

The shorter the sentence, the worse the job is!

Break those short phrases down into more achievable baby steps so you can really get them done.

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 05:45 PM

4. Finish John Baymore's thowing exercises.

 
Thanks for including that in your list. I'm honored.
 
Just an FYI... they are never intended to be "finished". They should be revisited regularly....
 
best,
 
.....................john

I don't like that FYI....lol.

4. (Reworked) make it through the John's throwing exercises for the first of many time. But that sounds so...daunting...

Jed

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 06:33 PM

Since I retired from teaching, I have tried hard to forget educational jargon. After years on committees and in writing for courses the development of goals, objectives and action plans became the rule of law. When you have so many different committees you are on, and so many stimulus' from the Fed and State requiring similar paperwork it becomes tiresome. So that said, I will try to keep these simple:

 

  • Improved community and web presence. This to include contact with local galleries and specialty shops, return to regular posting on my blog, and researching-submitting a few entries to local and national shows.
  • Increasing time in the studio to meet deadlines weeks ahead of time instead of the week before.
  • Completing a full set of glaze and wash tests on the SC Hazelnut clay body with comparison tests to the SC 112.
  • Follow this with a trip in July to Alaska, and one in the Fall to Italy.

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 04:39 AM

Pres - Despite my previous post about Success Criteria, I have to agree with you about retiring from teaching and all the jargon, committees, development plans etc. that totally dominated my life as a headteacher. It's pretty stifling when you're in it and so liberating to leave it all behind. For me, it was all the creative things that were forced out of my life by the pressure of work (I wasn't in Art Education). Now, in retirement I'm going back to all those things I put to one side, but do still need to impose some self discipline in order to get on and focus on improving my skills.
I can feel a PDP (Pottery Development Plan) coming on!

#38 Chris Campbell

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 11:27 AM

> "I can feel a PDP (Pottery Development Plan) coming on! "

The good news is you will not need approval from a committee!
You will not need to fill in forms!
You will not have to fulfill anyone else's expectations ... Woohoo!

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 03:37 PM

Trying to fill my own expectations puts enough pressure on me!

Then fill my student's expectations of me.
Enough expectations for me!

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 04:51 PM

A PDP will not have to have congress vote on it to go through either, a very good thing!


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