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#21 Rebekah Krieger

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 09:46 PM

 

"there is no bad art, and good art doesn't match your couch."

 

Well, I totally disagree with this statement Blondie! ( I found out at NCECA that Rebekah is blonde right now. :P  :D )

There are train loads of bad art and lots of homes are decorated around the Art inside ... so it does indeed match the sofa.

 

 

Hmmm, I just thought the light hair color was from the filter used on the profile photo.

 

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Posted 29 March 2014 - 05:18 PM

Before I started decorating all of my work, I used to use a lot of oriental Temmokus and Celadons. Since I was the studio tech for ceramics, I used to dump all of the left over stoneware glazes together and try to come up with a beautiful slop glaze.

I did such a thing with a glaze called Shambinski Jawalski special.Named after my prof., Robert Archambeau.

This glaze was golden, breaking red and blue, from rutile, I assume.

It was BEAUTIFUL!

I made a large bowl and glazed it with this glaze, even though I was running out of it. The bowl was beautiful. My friend bought it at our annual student sale.She admired it and took it home.

Later, I was at her house, and asked if I could see her bowl. She proudly displayed the bowl, full of dirt, with a plant growing in it.[She put dirt in my beautiful bowl!]

Of course, I sold it. She bought it. She can do with it what ever she wants. And she was happy.

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Posted 29 March 2014 - 05:33 PM

The largest bowl I ever threw on the wheel was 36" in diameter glaze fired. I had done a series of calligraphic brush strokes over a nice oatmeal colored glaze. It is a very fine piece. We gave it to my wife's sister. It sits in the den full of magazines!


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Posted 30 March 2014 - 09:25 PM

The largest bowl I ever threw on the wheel was 36" in diameter glaze fired. I had done a series of calligraphic brush strokes over a nice oatmeal colored glaze. It is a very fine piece. We gave it to my wife's sister. It sits in the den full of magazines!

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 01:33 AM

The largest bowl I ever threw on the wheel was 36" in diameter glaze fired. I had done a series of calligraphic brush strokes over a nice oatmeal colored glaze. It is a very fine piece. We gave it to my wife's sister. It sits in the den full of magazines!

Keeps us humble. :lol:



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Posted 09 April 2014 - 10:40 PM

I make pots, boxes, ceramic pieces because I want to decorate them. It's the entire reason I started doing pottery. I wanted to get my own designs and images on the surfaces of items other than paper, canvas or glass. Now I create a piece for the sole purpose of decorating it. I get an image in my head, sketch it out, do up a maquette of the piece, make it out of clay, then use one of many techniques to get the design onto it to realize my original vision. I LOVE decorating pottery it's the best combination I have discovered to combine all the art forms and imagery I love. Oh and yes I am obsessed with clay and hope I am always obsessed with it.

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 09:54 PM

tom coleman tells a story about a potter who made a fabulous bowl.  someone offered to buy it and the potter thought he would just put a ridiculous price on it and be able to keep it.  $5,000!  SOLD! 

 

later came an invitation to a party at the new house of the pot owner.  the bowl was hung on the wall above the fireplace.  seeing it from the side was great.  then the potter looked from the front and was horrified to find that the owner had glued a large piece of turquoise in the center.


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Posted 05 June 2014 - 01:35 AM

My whole creative process revolves around pottery illustration. Lowfire glazes usually look like crappy fingernail polish, so I rely on adorable illustrations to give spice to my work. ^_^ Drawing has always been my strongest skill, so underglaze decoration really appeals to me. My pottery is okay, but the images bring my work to life! ^_^

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#29 oldlady

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Posted 05 June 2014 - 09:50 AM

FABULOUS RABBIT!  I envy your skill !


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Posted 05 June 2014 - 06:48 PM

Aww, thank you! ^_^ Bunnies are one of my favorite things to draw. :) This bowl took ages to underglaze...it measures 11" across and 3" tall.
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#31 Benzine

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 10:32 PM

I was going to ask, how long that took to decorate. Very nice, I love the illustrative quality.

Don't be so quick to discount low fire glazes though. I have found some great colors and color combinations. Just because my students seem content with glazing something solid dark blue, or bright yellow, doesn't mean that's the limit to the glazes.
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Posted 09 June 2014 - 03:31 AM

Hope you put holes in teh foot rim so it can be hung! Can get bigger $$ that way!



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Posted 09 June 2014 - 10:01 AM

Pres,

 

How many pounds of clay was that?  I've never made anything nearly that size.  There was a Grad student in the Ceramics program, when I was in college, who had to make special bats, to deal with the amount of clay, he was working with.  He made some large dishes/ platters, with these "Industrial" ladder motifs added on the outside, with high temp wire.  They were quite nice.  He was a big gentleman, a shot putter on the school team.  He was also very nice and willing to help us beginning Ceramic students.  He's actually the one, who got me to think differently about centering, which is what led to my break through into actually getting it centered.  It makes sense, he was also an Education major as well!


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Posted 29 July 2014 - 09:37 AM

I don't decorate functional ware hardly at all, 3 bands is as wild as I get apart from on bird feeders.  I might do a few crude bands on a pot and then 3 coats of a clear glaze.  There's a few reasons why I don't decorate.  I'm into architecture parlante where form speaks to function and carries the message of function both literally and figuratively (If I'm saying that correctly).  It is important to me that purpose is the most powerful message that a functional piece conveys.  Root purpose, base purpose. Ancient purpose. Additionally in refusing to decorate I spend no time decorating and there is no additional expense associated, which makes the functional ware more economical for people to buy, I pass that savings right on. It's not ridiculously cheap, but close to it. Could be that I prefer to make more pieces in my time and complex decoration would lessen my output which is never enough as it is.  the more output, the better I get.


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Posted 31 July 2014 - 09:22 AM

That was a long time ago Ben, I know it was over 25#, but not much more. It was thrown on a Brent C, as that is what they used at PSU at the time. It  was thrown on a 24" plywood bat. I let it sit for 3 days under plastic before trimming. It was a little heavy, but the prof(Gallas) said that it needed the weight for the curve and the size. Walls were 12" high. I haven't thrown anything that diameter since, as I don't have anywhere to fire it.

 

I was an oldie at PSU, a teacher of 3 years, and later starting my career.  Many of my grad classes at PSU at the time were assisted by other grad students in the MFA program. I personally was insulted that these students were trying to show me how to work. They were good at paper work, but poor at teaching. I often would give hints, or tips to other students struggling with throwing or assembling. I was often there all day, and in to the night working when most of the authorities were not around. I would always stress that there were no right or wrongs in throwing as long as certain major concepts were attained. However, I found that they asked why I would use certain finger positions when throwing, or certain techniques for opening large, and I would explain. It actually helped me prepare for more classes in the Fall, as my throwing had to continue on with the barrage of questions that these varied skills students would ask. HS kids are much less pushy with their questions, more awed.


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Posted 31 July 2014 - 10:16 AM

So you went to PSU, to get your Masters Pres?

 

Sounds like the MFA students, were the type, that have been discussed in other topics.  Those, who use big words, and complicated phrases to define their work, without saying much at all.  

 

I always tell my students, that there are numerous ways to do something, when throwing; centering, opening, pulling, etc.  And yes, the high school students, are generally in awe of throwing; whether it be during my demos, or helping them fix a problem they were struggling with.  They tend to ask "How do you do that?"  My response, "I've done that before a couple of times."


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Posted 24 August 2014 - 04:31 AM

Why decorate pots?

 

I just made a batch of mugs to give to my cousins at a family garden party I'm hosting next weekend.  Thought it would be fun to all have the same/but different mug to drink out of at the party, and to take away at the end.

 

Problem was I didn't have enough glaze to do the inside and outside the same (glossy white), so I poured the glaze in/out of the inside, dipped the top half and almost ran out.  I then mixed in some clear glaze and some satin white (having already done some test tiles a while back), and dipped the bottom half.

 

That left a line around the middle of the mug, so I decorated that line.  I put dots or dashes or zig-zags or circles of a bright red runny glaze on every mug and fired them, hoping the red would run into the white/white mix and give me lots of mugs the same/but different.  It worked - yehay.

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 10:24 AM

Why decorate pots?

 

I often ask myself the same question, usually just after I've started decorating a pot. :rolleyes:

 

it's not one of my strengths, (but I'm working on some simple solutions - in fact there's two in the kiln right now).  If I like it I'll post a pic.



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Posted 24 August 2014 - 12:45 PM

Why decorate pots?

 

I often ask myself the same question, usually just after I've started decorating a pot. :rolleyes:

 

it's not one of my strengths, (but I'm working on some simple solutions - in fact there's two in the kiln right now).  If I like it I'll post a pic.

A lot of people are intimidated by the blank white pot. If you are serious about decorating, grab some India ink and an oriental brush and start making some patterns on newspaper. If you use black or blue ink, your designs will look great.

2. The other problem artists have is not knowing what to paint. I started out with banding on bowls. Then I did leaves and circles. But I did it all on newspapers first.

3. I always paint on my wheel head with stains to loosen up before I go to the pots.

4.Have fun!

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 06:38 PM

stretching your arms way out and drawing circles in the air is good exercise before you tighten up on a tiny pot.


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