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#21 sddonlon

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 07:08 PM

I am a real newbie, have been throwing pots for less that a year.  So I know I have a really long ways to go...something about 1000 pots before you can be a 'real' potter?   :unsure:

But, I am looking at my first pieces that I did and realize not even my folks would like them.  So, they are in my house, small cylinders with heavy bottoms and thick walls, holding small flowers, pencils, and toothpicks.  

My goals are:

-using a lot less water

-throwing a large vase without it going wonky on me

-making a 'functional' teapot

-thin walls

-not trimming through the bottom

-lids that fit

-having more new clay than recycled clay

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#22 Biglou13

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 09:59 PM

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A. Making 20 or so yunomi, In the process off trimming, ware board falls, then without emotions clean and sweep up and put pieces in recovery bucket. knowing that the next iteration, or life of this clay will be better ( ok that just sounded a bit Buddhist). Realizing The time spent making then recovering was not wasted.

B. Realizing I'm spending most if my days off (from money job) involved with making pottery.

C. Driving an 8 hour round trip drive to get some pieces woodfired. And can't wait to do it again.

D. When some guy (at day job)(and I've never met) callsme the tea cup guy (today) And wants to see my web site (which I don't have) (except for pinterest)

E. When people at pottery studio can distinguish my cups and bowls from everyone else's work without looking at sig.
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#23 High Bridge Pottery

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 11:16 PM

You know you're a real potter when... even your bogies are mostly made out of clay.



#24 ChenowethArts

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Posted 16 February 2014 - 06:54 AM

You know you're a real potter when... even your bogies are mostly made out of clay.

 

OK, I'll bite. Define "bogies' for me.  Is that like, "I thought it was a booger, but its-not?"  I mean, I have probably inhaled my share of clay dust and dirt (not recommended)m but I have yet to sneeze out a pot ;)


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Posted 16 February 2014 - 10:58 AM

When you wedge one-handed . . . follow the link to June Perry's blog and watch the video posted Brett Kern. If you see yourself in the video, you're a real potter.

http://shambhalapott...ng-chuckle.html

#26 JBaymore

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Posted 16 February 2014 - 11:47 AM

Thanks for that video link........ funny! :D

 

best,

 

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Posted 16 February 2014 - 12:52 PM

when you screw up your right shoulder and you are immediately thinking about how you can continue to throw by changing up your position/posture/hands etc!



#28 High Bridge Pottery

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Posted 16 February 2014 - 01:40 PM

I meant booger, You can say bogies where I live but after a quick google I am more sceptical of the word  :mellow:



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Posted 16 February 2014 - 04:05 PM

I meant booger, You can say bogies where I live but after a quick google I am more sceptical of the word  :mellow:

Bwahaha!


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Posted 16 February 2014 - 11:20 PM

Wyndham- I took it as sarcastic yet frustrated at yourself. ;) After reading your post I realized I have a long way to go to be a "potter" as I have not yet made my own glaze recipe.


I've made three new glazes. Two are to be fired this week. But It hasn't made me a potter yet. Not yet. I think that comes after you have burned through more tons of clay than you have grandkids and great grandkids.

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Posted 16 February 2014 - 11:29 PM

When you wedge one-handed . . . follow the link to June Perry's blog and watch the video posted Brett Kern. If you see yourself in the video, you're a real potter.

http://shambhalapott...ng-chuckle.html

Good video, but am I the only one, who thought that instead of a treadmill, he should have been training on a kick wheel?

 

Also, was the order of the photos he crumpled progressive?  That is to say, is the unstoppable Russian "bad", Hitler "terrible", and Justin Bieber "pure evil"?


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Posted 17 February 2014 - 01:28 AM

So that's my prob... Gotta go catch my chook! (Hen)



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Posted 17 February 2014 - 02:01 AM

..................when I open the kiln door and...'IT WORKED !!!'

 

 

(preparing for exhibition next week, many seconds, NOT feeling like a 'real' potter!)

 

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#34 ChenowethArts

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Posted 17 February 2014 - 05:15 AM

..................when I open the kiln door and...'IT WORKED !!!'


(preparing for exhibition next week, many seconds, NOT feeling like a 'real' potter!)

 

Irene

 

If opening the kiln and not being surprised that it worked is a measure of 'potter-hood', I may never get there.  I think it will always hold the same sort of magical quality as that of a child waking up on Christmas morning to find presents under the tree...and finding many seconds, Irene, is a theme song that I'd bet a lot of us know.

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Posted 17 February 2014 - 05:35 AM

 

..................when I open the kiln door and...'IT WORKED !!!'


(preparing for exhibition next week, many seconds, NOT feeling like a 'real' potter!)

 

Irene

 

If opening the kiln and not being surprised that it worked is a measure of 'potter-hood', I may never get there.  I think it will always hold the same sort of magical quality as that of a child waking up on Christmas morning to find presents under the tree...and finding many seconds, Irene, is a theme song that I'd bet a lot of us know.

-Paul

 

Maybe you're a potter when you discern that they are seconds!



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Posted 17 February 2014 - 05:44 AM

You know you're a potter when each step could hold the mistake you are looking for.



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Posted 17 February 2014 - 10:31 AM

You know you're a potter when each step could hold the mistake you are looking for.

and you know it when you see it!



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Posted 17 February 2014 - 11:51 AM

When you've gone through the stage where you think you know a lot and then reach the stage where you realize that you don't know diddly about this crazy field. ;)

 

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#39 Rebekah Krieger

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Posted 17 February 2014 - 12:41 PM

Wyndham- thanks for making me feel better ;).   


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