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I have always been amazed at the the properties of clays and ceramic materials. I make my own glazes. I am always searching for the elusive colour or effect. I am always amazed that handles stick and pots retain their shape.I always am amazed that you can reconstitute your scraps and bring back workable clay. I have been doing it now for 40 years. I have the dream studio with heat in the floor and my own glaze lab. I can now make and sell anything I want.What is your dream? What do you want to get out of Ceramics? What is your ambition? What do you strive to attain?

TJR.

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I wish we had more room, it would be easier to stay organized .. I would love a full basement with a electric hoist elevator ...

 

i like the feeling when someone picks up a piece of our pottery and just looks and looks at it, then takes it home.. That is fulfillment at its best to me... that keeps me going and listening to what people say keeps me striving to do best...

 

I want to attain more knowledge about making my own glazes. I have been reading and learning and have mixed some com. dry glazes but i want to make our own.. there is more freedom and a we can be more creative...

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TJR, 

this would have been a great question of the week. I am inching into the half century mark of working in clay. I began raku firing in the 60s. I have always been draw to the firing aspect in clay as well as searching for colors and surfaces that express an idea no matter how abstract.  I have taught for most of my career in clay. I have been fortunate to have had 2 Fulbright awards and traveled and met potters from many other countries. We all share that clay bug! I am satisfied with what I have contributed to my students. I still hear from many of them. I am still intrigued and seduced by clay. I have the best studio I have ever had and good kilns. 

I am still exploring texture and firing processes. Obvara is one of those seductive elements that keep me investigating possibilities.

 

As my friend Marge Levy pronounced at the Seattle NCECA conference, "Keep On, Keeping' On" and we all danced to it. -a Happy Potters Dance!

Marcia

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TJR, 

this would have been a great question of the week. I am inching into the half century mark of working in clay. I began raku firing in the 60s. I have always been draw to the firing aspect in clay as well as searching for colors and surfaces that express an idea no matter how abstract.  I have taught for most of my career in clay. I have been fortunate to have had 2 Fulbright awards and traveled and met potters from many other countries. We all share that clay bug! I am satisfied with what I have contributed to my students. I still hear from many of them. I am still intrigued and seduced by clay. I have the best studio I have ever had and good kilns. 

I am still exploring texture and firing processes. Obvara is one of those seductive elements that keep me investigating possibilities.

 

As my friend Marge Levy pronounced at the NCECA conference, "Keep n, Keeping' on" and we all danced to it. -a Happy Potters Dance!

Marcia

Marcia;

Made me smile. One of my Gr.12 students came to me yesterday and told me that she is planning on going to art school. What a great feeling for me! My little darlings are carrying on the torch.

TJR

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TJR, Moments like having a student go on in the field are to be truly savored, as are those where they have their own aha moments, or create that piece they know is really good. I loved it.

 

My aspiration at this time is to get more of a year round shop, my old bones need some heat in the Winter. At the same time, I want to make more pots, many more, but seems like life gets in the way. I am hoping this Spring and Summer allows me the time to produce some of the things I have really been thinking about.

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Well I am definitely living the dream of being a full time (sort of) ceramic artist. I studied art in college but then had a career in the business world. 12 years ago I was able to retire (read:quit) that and move to the west coast and pursue art full time. I was lucky to find a ready made studio and get back into it. I learned raku and am still discovering the finer points of high fire.

 

I have also been able to give back to my studio and galleries with my business experience. getting ready to do the tax return for one gallery to save fees. Helping my studio budget for new equipment.

 

One of my former business colleagues told me I was one of about 2 people he knew who were living their dream.   Viva dreams!!!!!

 

Future dreams are more alternative raku and i want to try the obvara firing.    rakuku

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In a perfect world, I would be a full time ceramist, I would have my own studio and know how to mix my own glazes. I would test textures and colours and that would make me very happy ^^
But also, since I am still a beginner in the vast world of ceramics and there are still so many things I don't know, I would love to try a wood kiln, and I would also go in Japan for an apprenticeship.
Hopefully, at least some of these things will come true in the next few years! :)
The best thing is that dreaming doesn't cost a thing, and that you can go on dreaming and dreaming, it just never ends!

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My first reaction would be that I want my ceramic experiences to help me stay sane, but the more I think about it, that's just no fun. So forget about sanity bring on the crazy, push my creativity, and when needed provide a cathartic release.

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Living the dream would be: to be able to put the vision I have into actual clay and glaze. Heaven on earth would be to have it stay together. And time , lots of time to do it ðŸŒðŸŒš

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Is the dream me waking up on my 68 foot sailboat in the south pacific?Ya like I have a 68 footer!but hey its a dream.

Or throwing another 500 spoonrests?

well let me think about that while making some casseroles today.

mark

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