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Denice

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#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




#73580 Does Your Body Clock Have A 'creativity' And 'productivity' S...

Posted by Denice on 18 January 2015 - 04:09 PM

I have changed my work habits over the last few years, I use to start at 8.00 am now I start at 1.00 pm.  For some reason once I start working I don't want to stop and do other chores.  So I peruse the computer, exercise and do any house wifely duties  have lunch and then stay in my shop until my husband gets home at 5.30.  Weekends are pretty much the same schedule sometimes we have a goof off day, yesterday we spent the afternoon at a bar birthday party and then to another party.  Creative inspirations can come at anytime, waiting for one right now.       Denice




#72730 What Do You Call Yourself? Artist,potter,ceramist,sculptor,hobbyist,wanna Be?

Posted by Denice on 01 January 2015 - 10:56 PM

I call myself a ceramic artist or potter, I have been making ceramic art longer than anything else.  My first piece exhibited was a ceramic pendent that won first place, I was 11 years old in 7th grade 1963.     Denice




#72637 Black Raven

Posted by Denice on 31 December 2014 - 11:57 AM

I have never heard of Black Raven, but I have used a clay by Laguna that is black at C6 electric.  I tested 20 glazes on it and wasn't happy with any of them,  I have used it for a wrought iron look.  Denice




#72606 Reflections And Resolutions?

Posted by Denice on 30 December 2014 - 02:54 PM

Like Chris I thought I would try getting my throwing skills up to par, I don't know if this is possible but I thought I would try.  I quit throwing when MS was messing with my right arm and hand, I'm going to start small.   I would like to get together enough quality pieces to take by some galleries but that is as far in advance that I have planned.     Denice




#72449 Who Gives Their Own Work As Gifts?

Posted by Denice on 25 December 2014 - 07:47 PM

I think I have a couple of times, the only one I can remember giving is a small sculpture to my sister in-law, it just seemed like it was something she would like.  I found out last year that she throws or gives away any presents I have given her over the last 40 years. ( I have never really liked her)  Denice




#70626 Lets Do The Happy Dance

Posted by Denice on 24 November 2014 - 08:59 AM

Paul I would get the same pillow and blanket if my husband caught me,  I make sure everything is out of the oven before he gets home.  I especially like slow drying molds in the oven during humid weather.   Denice




#70384 Where Do You Look For New /old Ideas?

Posted by Denice on 21 November 2014 - 09:39 AM

Marcia sometimes I get carried away with primitive symbols, several year ago I made some lamps covered with symbols that are found in the New Mexico are carved into the side of cliffs and rock walls.  I have book shelves full of reference books of  different primitive cultures and art history.  My in-laws were world travelers for 60 years and brought back tons of art work that I get to study.  Inspiration every where and so little time.  Denice




#70148 Where Do You Look For New /old Ideas?

Posted by Denice on 18 November 2014 - 10:05 AM

I try not to look at other peoples work I am afraid it will influence me to much.  I'm one of those people who can copy what they see and sometimes unintentionally copy.  One time I made some fairly large catus and put it near a pool table, people would freak out about it thinking it was real.  We go to car shows all summer long so I take a sketch pad along and steal designs from classic cars.  I also use nature as an inspiration and books on primitive art.  Denice




#69485 Looking For Ways To Color Slip

Posted by Denice on 07 November 2014 - 09:34 AM

Make sure you wear a good mask and gloves when working with stains especially chromium oxide, very dangerous.      Denice




#69353 To Submit Or Not To Submit

Posted by Denice on 05 November 2014 - 08:55 AM

I tried it once and decided it was a waste of money, I looked around at the exhibit and noticed the most of the work chosen was from out of state artist.  I wondered if I had submitted my same slides from my sisters address in Sacramento if I would have gotten in.   Denice




#69220 Hw Do You Cope With Aches And Pains?

Posted by Denice on 03 November 2014 - 09:27 AM

Perfect stool height, taking breaks and changing tasks and exercise, if I skip a day of exercising my body yells at me.  I also take 2 aspirin in the morning  I get more work done and 2 at night to sleep better.   Denice




#67967 Kiln Opening Event - Best Practice

Posted by Denice on 17 October 2014 - 08:28 AM

I guess it depends on the people that are attending, If it's students they don't need anything, the high from the excitement of unloading the kiln is enough.  If customers are attending maybe some wine and cheese and a little music.  When I was in college thefts were so high the professors were grading work in the greenware stage.  They would announce when kilns were being unloaded and if you wanted get yours you would show up.  As the work was pulled out of the kiln discussions on the glazes, firing process and weight of the pieces would start. I went to them even when I didn't have any work in the firing.   Denice




#67702 What Part Of The Process Satisfies You Most?

Posted by Denice on 13 October 2014 - 09:44 AM

I like working with the clay  glazing is my least favorite.  Glaze can make or break a piece, it makes me anxious.  Denice




#67380 Do You Have Any Good Tips For Curbing Your Overhead?

Posted by Denice on 07 October 2014 - 08:09 AM

I make sure I go to an estate sale that has a kiln listed in the inventory.  I don't need the kiln but there might be supplies and tools,  I bought a used kiln once just for the kiln furniture that came with it.  The kiln was in bad shape but had a good lid and 4 shelves plus 50 new 6" stilts, cost me 100 dollars.   Denice