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#83653 Qotw: Do You Still Have Your First Piece?

Posted by Denice on Today, 12:38 PM

I don't have my first piece it just kind of disappeared it was on display and I never got it back.  I do have the next two pieces, I made those in high school.  They were built inside of cardboard boxes in the late 60's they look like the ultimate hippie pottery, believe it or not one of them won a state medal.  Kansas must of been a little more hip in those days than I remember.  I really like them, I'm not sure if it's  good work or good memories.  I have had customers try to buy them several times, my son wants them.  I have been thinking about making some more cardboard box pots and have been looking around for the right boxes.   Denice

#82479 Qotw: Are You A Thrower Or A Hand Builder?

Posted by Denice on 26 May 2015 - 08:23 AM

Definitely a hand builder, thrower on the side.  I just throw enough to keep my hand skills intact, I started with hand building in high school and learned how to throw in college.  Like Paul I am all over the charts with music but when it comes to Rolling Stone versus Beatles the Beatles win hands down.   I just attended a Australian Bee Gees Concert  as good as the Bee Gees and better looking.      Denice

#82158 Purchase Of A Nova 18 Lt 4K Never Used Older Model

Posted by Denice on 21 May 2015 - 08:53 AM

You will need the proper breakers, wiring and outlet for it,  you can always change the plug to match your 220 outlet if you already have one. You also need to find out what temperature this kiln fires too.  If you can get it up and running  you can easily get $100 worth of use out of it and don't worry about repairing it in the future.  Consider it a consumable  item like a microwave.   Denice

#81759 It's Too Big..she Said

Posted by Denice on 16 May 2015 - 09:43 AM

I don't have a pottery story but I did own a retail decor store and I always did the home shows. Some of my displays were pretty off the wall just to get attention, I had one that had a arm reaching over and painting more pattern on the other wall.  We got many comments on it but my favorite was by a lady who was dressed like a cat, she even had ears on, it wasn't a costume.  She said "who in the world would like this, I like Victorian" my friends working the booth nearly rolled on the floor from laughter as she walked away.    Denice

#79490 Humor: The Best Way To Learn!

Posted by Denice on 16 April 2015 - 12:34 PM

I was lucky the only throwing class I taught I was a filling in for a teacher that had injured her hands and none of the students were beginners.  I do remember my first throwing class my instructor Rick St. John announced to the class if anyone thought they would have a set of dishes by the end of the semester leave now.  Two women got up and left.     Denice

#79303 Are You Making Your Own Pottery Tools?

Posted by Denice on 14 April 2015 - 02:28 PM

Evelyne  I just cruise the tables, we usually just go to see the older homes in town,  I know they are not very old compared to your part of the world,  we enjoy all of the detailed work and craftsmanship.   I have found some really old potter tools even some with bake-lite handles from the 40's, it's getting harder to find tools like that. They pull the unique items out of the sale and put them on e-bay or in a consignment shop now.  Denice

#79279 Are You Making Your Own Pottery Tools?

Posted by Denice on 14 April 2015 - 08:53 AM

I buy odd stuff at estate sales and using them as tools, I recently bought a wooden tool that is used with a sausage grinder, great for paddling.  The people who run the estate sales around here tell me I always but the most interesting items.   Denice

#77822 I Have My Garden Of Shame

Posted by Denice on 21 March 2015 - 10:05 PM

I also keep mine around for awhile, it's usually the glaze I am unhappy with and I may try reglazing it.  I don't usually hammer them, they tend to find homes.  Often I will have visitors tour my studio, during the tour they notice my rejected pot and tell me how much they like it.  I usually ask them why, because I can't understand the attraction and then I give it to them.  I'm afraid this says more about me than them, I guess I'm not in touch with what the non-artist consumer tastes.  I attended a huge international sculpture show and sale most of the sculptures were larger than life.  I approached one artist and told her how much I liked her work, she immediately ask me if I was a sculptor.  I said yes to a degree but not like her, she said the reason she asked is that sculptors love her work but she can't seem to sell it to non-artist customers.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.      Denice

#77452 Kiln Vent Operation

Posted by Denice on 16 March 2015 - 08:07 AM

Claylover I have a dual Envirovent system, my little test kiln is the only one that is vent less.  I'm going to remove a ring from the Skutt and keep using it until I find a deal on a new kiln or the Skutt breathes it's last breath.  I have ran across some deals the last several years but past them up I just have to be patience.    Denice

#77191 Planning A Glaze Kiln Load - How Much Planning?

Posted by Denice on 12 March 2015 - 08:16 AM

Nice mugs a lot of detail work and design put into them.  I think I have been firing by Skutt so long I have a load schematic in my brain.  I do pay attention to the height of the pieces and if I have a tall or odd ball piece I may save it for another firing.  I usually have a couple of pieces that won't fit, I always pack my kilns full.  Denice

#77129 What Do You Get Out Of This Forum Interaction?

Posted by Denice on 11 March 2015 - 08:32 AM

I feel exactly the same as Babs, sometimes I find so much information I feel like a newbie.   I also feel safe on this forum, I know if I post an answer that is wrong that other posters will handle it in a civilized way or ignore it.  Denice

#76824 Are You Taking Pictures/notes While Working?

Posted by Denice on 05 March 2015 - 10:18 AM

I try to take pictures of everything I think is worthy in the greenware stage and after the glaze fire.  If I am working on a large mural I take pictures throughout the whole process and make charts.   I am also a big tape and marker label maker not so good at notes.  Denice

#76252 Nceca 2015 Providence, Ri?

Posted by Denice on 26 February 2015 - 11:09 PM

Forget the cowboy boots most of the people in KC dress upscale hip, we went to a outdoor art fair last summer while we were in KC for a car show.  Wearing T-shirts, shorts and baseball hats we felt under dressed, cowboys are further south and west.   Denice

#75492 Coating For Bottom Of Pots

Posted by Denice on 15 February 2015 - 12:31 PM

My first idea would be two or three coats of paste wax, it looks natural and lasts for years.   Denice

#73854 Does Your Body Clock Have A 'creativity' And 'productivity' S...

Posted by Denice on 22 January 2015 - 10:08 AM

I like that comparison of marathoners and sprinters, my husband and I both can stay up all night with no problems.  All of our friends crash and burn at 9.00, we usually go to bed between eleven and twelve during the week and get up at 7.00.  I think people can slowly change their sleeping schedule.   Denice