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#93442 Qotw: Do You Have A Plan B?

Posted by Denice on 29 September 2015 - 04:03 PM

I came up with a plan B about 6 years ago when I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.  The disease you don't know which part of your body is affected, I had been seeing gourd art at different sales and found it interesting.  Most of them are shaped like pots  and you can stain, paint and carve them, I even bought one at a estate sale that the owner had purchased at a gallery in New York.  They are easy to grow and light weight, I grow them every year dry and store them.  I hope I never get the chance to work with them.   Denice

#93098 Qotw: Have You Ever Taken A Video About Yourself, Showing How You Work?

Posted by Denice on 23 September 2015 - 09:44 AM

Lisa I enjoyed your video it's been 30 years since I have done Raku, I learned a lot of new tricks and techniques.  I especially like you grill for the reduction process, I have always reglazed disappointing pots you have nothing to lose.  I have learned in the past few years that other people may like some work that I don't care for, so I have learned not to judge my work too quickly.      Denice

#92734 Las Cruces Alternative Firing Workshop

Posted by Denice on 17 September 2015 - 08:42 AM

Looks like a successful work shop congratulations.   Denice

#92162 Glaze Spray Gun And Compressor

Posted by Denice on 07 September 2015 - 07:10 PM

A inexpensive compressor with a tank, one or one and half hp would be good, I have the Webster spray gun.  I bought the Webster years ago because it was rated well, I still think it's a great sprayer.  We also have the HVLP set up Mark is referring to but I couldn't get the width of the spray adjusted down, it was good for 2ft. pots.  I have made a lot of tiles and prefer putting them on a rack and pouring glaze over them.  I set the rack over a rectangular plastic box so I can catch the glaze and reuse it,  I thin the glaze for pouring.  Denice

#91860 Qotw: What Do You Think Of Art Critique?

Posted by Denice on 02 September 2015 - 08:04 AM

I also miss having someone critique my work, I loved the critique sessions in college,  it's like getting a pair of fresh eyes.  Now I have to drag my poor husband out to the studio to give me one, I must say he is getting better at it over the years.  Denice

#90835 Hello From Oklahoma

Posted by Denice on 14 August 2015 - 12:40 PM

Hi ShellS, my name is Denice I live in Wichita, Kansas you might not live that far from me it depends on where you live in OK.  I think we all feel some what isolated, I know I do.  I am going through a rut stage right now, I'll get through it I've done it before I have been working with clay for 45 years.  First thing you need to do is just start playing with a ball of clay maybe make some small pinch pots and see what you come up with.   Denice

#90343 Making Pottery Or Metalsmithing

Posted by Denice on 06 August 2015 - 09:15 AM

Nancy I love to buy jewelry that has ceramics incorporated in it.  It's hard to find, if I am at a show or on vacation its' small and easy to carry.  I suppose I could learn to make it myself but it gives me something I can buy from other artist, I also buy mugs for that reason.  Denice

#89516 Raising The Dead

Posted by Denice on 24 July 2015 - 12:57 PM

When we put in a panel to wire a kiln  city codes required us to put in a emergency shutoff switch.   Denice

#89503 Freestanding Retail/studio Location

Posted by Denice on 24 July 2015 - 08:47 AM

If I saw your place driving down the road I would be turning around and stopping to shop.  Very nice    Denice

#88999 I Might Be Buying A Test Kiln. Paragon Xpress 1193

Posted by Denice on 16 July 2015 - 08:17 AM

That sounds like a great size mine is only 7"x7" on the interior a bit too small, when I built my studio my electrician put in a separate breaker and heavier wire for it.  I had ran it only regular house wiring for years but he didn't feel comfortable with  lighter wiring.  As for the electric bill I have never noticed a big increase on it when I have fired it a lot.   Between my kilns and my husbands welder and big compressor our bill can vary month to month.  Have fun with it.      Denice

#88115 Stream Of Consciousness Back Fires ....

Posted by Denice on 30 June 2015 - 11:07 AM

Your second one will turn out better, sometimes it takes a third one to get it perfect.  My large bubbler fountain I made is working,  I did have a crack on the inside of the top half, it doesn't show on the outside because it's a coil pot and the crack is inline with a coil.  The water and pump is in the lower half so no leakage, it's nice to have it running.   Denice

#87795 Clay Storage Environment

Posted by Denice on 26 June 2015 - 11:32 AM

I see you live in a very humid area of the US, I wouldn't worry about the heat, I might put it the shade.  It's usually the freezing temperatures you worry about,  clay can slowly dry through the plastic bags.  I usually don't notice that happening until I have had it at least 6 months and with your humidity I don't think you'll have to worry about it at all.    Denice

#87493 Pottery Wheel?

Posted by Denice on 19 June 2015 - 10:31 PM

The best way to get back into clay is by taking some classes at a community art center or private studio.  You have a lot to learn and your not ready yet to own a wheel or kiln.  You need to work your way into it so when the time comes you'll know what type of kiln you want or which wheel your prefer.   Denice

#87185 Feeling Discouraged?

Posted by Denice on 15 June 2015 - 08:41 AM

I have found that having a bad day in the studio can have a bad affect on you.  If I start out with everything going wrong I stop and go work on something else, the next day work usually  flows perfectly.  I'm happy that a didn't waste a day or add fuel to that little frustration flame inside of me.  Chilly you need to have a planting party, get your best friend to make some lemonade and buy some cookies.  Invite anyone over that you think can dig a hole and get those plants in the ground. You can watch them grow while your healing.   Denice

#86831 Should I Start Pottery Or Not? Advice Please.....

Posted by Denice on 09 June 2015 - 10:08 AM

Brad even if you don't stick with pottery involving your children in some kind of art creates well rounded young adults.  I started my son in my studio when he was 3 years old rolling clay snakes.   He is now 33 and his current passion is creating things on a 3D printer that he found in the trash and rebuilt.    Denice