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#1 timbo_heff

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 06:06 AM

Worth a watch !
 
http://youtu.be/52HKSwkI1hs

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 07:27 AM

This one, too. I like the part about a potter must first make his/her own tools.



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Posted 15 February 2014 - 09:44 AM

It looks like Mark has some competition for tumble stacking, and Marcia for Obvara, in that first video.
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Posted 15 February 2014 - 11:53 AM

Both are very interesting videos. I've just learned a bunch of new things.Thanks for sharing!

 

Does anyone understand what exactly the Tibetan master uses for sealing the pots? I understand: barley powder and yoghurt xxx......

 

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 04:57 PM

Barley powder and yogurt whey.

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 06:01 PM

Thanks for posting these!  Both are excellent, but I found the first video especially inspiring.



#7 Evelyne Schoenmann

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Posted 16 February 2014 - 04:08 AM

bciskepottery: thanks very much! :) I'am sure it's hard to get yoghurt whey...


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Posted 16 February 2014 - 08:52 AM

This one, too. I like the part about a potter must first make his/her own tools.

 

I think I have seen a post on the forum about 'favorite tools'...and I even when someone gives me a new 'toy', I still seem to gravitate back to the simple tools that I made by hand.

Great documentary.  I know first hand from taking students overseas, that these experiences are absolutely life-changing!


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#9 timbo_heff

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Posted 16 February 2014 - 10:27 AM

 I hand-built this yesterday after watching the African documentary above.

 

Did the technique of pushing and turning it into a round mold : 

Foot ring from the same mold.
Went a little kooky with the decorations, but a just for learning pot anyway.

(white stoneware with a little grog. banana for scale)

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Posted 16 February 2014 - 10:44 AM

Timbo, that's awesome. I really like the surface decorations. Did you mix the clay with your feet as well?

You were much more productive, in the studio than I was. I wanted to get going on a couple projects, before moving snow. The projects are still in the sketching stage.....
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Posted 16 February 2014 - 03:46 PM

Timbo, way cool , and a very realistic banana you have there! 

 

 

 

(can I say that on this board?)



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Posted 16 February 2014 - 07:08 PM

Here's another shape using those African pinched into mold tricks...

a couple mixing bowls lined with supermarket plastic as the forms.

Then joined and paddled:

( neck's not trimmed and attached yet.)

 

Busy pottery weekend: almost made two pots : wow... on fire... going to get to retire early after all.

 

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#13 Evelyne Schoenmann

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Posted 17 February 2014 - 02:35 AM

Timbo: congrats on the two very nice works you did "African style". You had a busy weekend. I forwarded the video to friends. We can really learn again how to do pottery from scratch. Thanks again for sharing.

 

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Posted 17 February 2014 - 03:15 AM

bciskepottery: thanks very much! :) I'am sure it's hard to get yoghurt whey...

I get yoghurt whey when I drain yog. in a cheesecloth to make Labka cheese, whey collects in the bowl below and you are left with a thick white cheese in cloth which you can roll in herbs or store in balls in herbed olive oil.

Nice pots TImbo  Lets see the decorated, fired pots! Highly priced one -offs?

Gotta wait for time to view the long video.



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Posted 17 February 2014 - 05:29 PM

I intended on just watching a few minutes of this and before I knew it the hour plus was over.  Thanks for sharing this fascinating documentary.


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Posted 17 February 2014 - 05:55 PM

I also watched the other on Tibetan black ware.  If I was an apprentice making my own tools the first two things I would make is a flat table and a rolling pin.  this sure would speed up the Yak Butter Teapot making process.


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Posted 25 February 2014 - 04:58 PM

I have watched this video 3 times now and I learn more each time.

Every time I hit a bump in the road with my creative process in pottery, I now say,...if a little African woman with hardly any tools and no Kiln can do it so can I!  What a vision and what a journey to watch.  I very much appreciated the work it took to do this video.  Thank You

 

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 07:39 PM

I also watched the other on Tibetan black ware.  If I was an apprentice making my own tools the first two things I would make is a flat table and a rolling pin.  this sure would speed up the Yak Butter Teapot making process.


Somehow I get the feeling they are not interested in how fast they can make it, but in the making of it.




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