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#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

#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

#65284 Zalik Tile Process -You Tube "from Clay To Mosaics

Posted by Denice on 28 August 2014 - 11:11 AM

Great video, I am always complimented on how hard I work,  these craftsman just made me feel like a lazy bum.   Denice

#65182 How Would You Describe Your Current Studio Location. Suburban Garage, Urban B...

Posted by Denice on 27 August 2014 - 08:38 AM

Our house is in the city limits, we have a view of a creek, fields, and wild life  across the street. My studio was built with the house, it's actually a section of the garage that is enclosed by walls and door.  I have a kiln room with 3 electric kilns, it has ceiling power vent, a window and a Skutt downdraft system.  Put in a nice corner counter sink area with a settling system for the clay, lot of shelves and three work tables.  I have a Bailey 30"x72" slab roller and a old kick wheel and extruder, when it comes to luxury features is has heat and AC and a TV in the corner.  It's only 24'x13' but it's large enough for me, I spray my glazes in the garage.  Last house I was in the basement without  windows for 14 years,  I put 4 large windows in this one.  Denice

#64347 How Do You Select The Equipment You Want To Purchase?

Posted by Denice on 12 August 2014 - 08:35 AM

My last big purchase was my slab roller, that was 17 years ago, my local ceramic supplier didn't stock them, so I had to order one sight unseen.  Forums were new but I happen to find one posting about slab rollers and what they liked about it.  Bailey's got about 90% of the vote, I built my own table so I got it the right height, been a big fan ever since.   Denice

#61405 Tips & Tricks

Posted by Denice on 26 June 2014 - 08:25 AM

This is a tip for disabled or older potters, since developing MS unloading or loading the kiln wears me out.  On bisque firings I start filling the kiln as the work gets dry, it also protect your work at that fragile state if you work in tight spaces.  Unloading I just take my time or get help from visitors who are glad to get in on the fun. Denice

#59311 Inspirations From Travel

Posted by Denice on 27 May 2014 - 08:19 AM

Last October we took a vacation in San Antonio, TX, part of our plan was to see the Missions, but the government had shut down and they were closed as a tourist attraction.  We decided to get as close as we could, so we headed out. It was a Saturday afternoon and the first one was open, it turned out the Missions still had services, we toured the first one and then moved as quickly as we could to another.  We fell in love with the crumbling exteriors of the Missions but capturing that aging charm in clay so far has been elusive.  Denice

#57146 What Has Been The Most Significant Pottery Exhibition That Impressed You Fore...

Posted by Denice on 22 April 2014 - 08:26 AM

I was on  the Fort Worth Museum tour the last time NCECA was in TX, when I came across a display of Anasai pottery.  I had been part of a research project at school that was trying to duplicate the materials and methods that they used for there black and white pottery.  I had been arguing with the archaeology professor on the coiling method he was teaching everyone.  When I walked into that room I realized that my work looked just like the original pottery, I'll never forget that moment. I had all my work survive about 15 pieces the trench firing, only one had a minor crack, the rest of the group were lucky to have one survive.   Denice

#56995 is gilding / gold leafing food safe ?

Posted by Denice on 19 April 2014 - 11:22 AM

Yes it is normal glazes to change when refired to a lower cone, I tested a bunch of formula's from Ceramics Monthly that were meant to be refired.  They were quite ugly at C6 and were beautiful when refired at C04.    Denice