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#127200 The End Of An Era-In Mendocino That Is

Posted by Denice on 25 May 2017 - 08:36 AM

People are more into their selves than the art and nature around them.  They are addicted to their phones, sitting around playing games, texting and taking selfies.  We just got back from a trip to the Grand Canyon about a third of the people would take a quick look at the view take a couple of photos with their phone and walk away playing with their phone.  Why would they need to buy art, its right there on the phone.  I have had cell phones forever, my first one was a bag phone, then the brick phone ect.  They were  necessary for my work, when I quit working a got a prepaid cell phone that I rarely use I was tired of being tied to a phone.  Denice

#127150 Opening Peep Hole With Vent On...

Posted by Denice on 24 May 2017 - 07:59 AM

When I was taking throwing in college my class spent one semester throwing and cutting the work in half, we kept three small pieces that determined our grade.  I always recommend beginners to take some studio classes it will save you a lot of headaches and disasters.  It is always nice to be around people that are going through the same struggle you are.   Denice

#127083 Qotw: What Movie Best Describes Your Adventures In Clay: And Why?

Posted by Denice on 22 May 2017 - 03:52 PM

Forest Gump I keep working with clay through life's ups and down, in it for the long haul.  Denice

#126808 Help! Newbie Struggling With How Much Water?

Posted by Denice on 16 May 2017 - 05:01 PM

Find some private instruction would save you a lot of frustration.  Even if you have drive a ways and spend a day with a instructor that will give you much need guidance and boost to get started on the right track.   Denice

#126686 Clay Trap Suggestions?

Posted by Denice on 14 May 2017 - 03:34 PM

Is this a separate studio or garage sink?  I have always used the five gallon bucket type of settling system.  The first thing you should have is a dish pan that is about the size of your sink.  I wash my tools and hands in it, the next day the clay has settle so I carefully take a cup and remove the clear water without disturbing the clay layer. Any water that splashes out runs down into my settling system, I do this for a week and then dump the clay outside that is in the dishpan.  If I am doing a load of glazing, I start out with a clean dish pan, use it the same way but I don't dump glaze outside.  I drain the excess water off of it and put the glaze muck in a jar and let it dry.  When I get a full jar I take it to the hazardous waste site.  The dish pan is your first step no matter what system you use.  Denice

#126525 How Clay Has Shaped You?

Posted by Denice on 11 May 2017 - 12:59 PM

I fell in love with clay when I was 12, took a lot of pottery classes in high school.  Won some awards, even got a scholarship for college because of clay.  It is hard to imagine my life without clay in it.  I have worked at other jobs but I always had a clay studio at home to decompress and escape in. Have tried other arts but always come back to my clay.  Right now I have taken my love for ancient pottery and coiling and creating Mimbres style pottery.  I have been potting for 50 years and hope to be like Beatrice Woods and pot until the end.   Denice

#126199 I Need To Clarify Cones To Fire At For Brightest Colors

Posted by Denice on 04 May 2017 - 08:53 PM

If you use a C5 clay and only fire it to C05 it won't be vitrified or even fired very hard, it will break easily.  Denice

#125903 "webbing" Pattern In Glaze

Posted by Denice on 27 April 2017 - 08:10 PM

I have seen patterns like this when dipping a previously glazed heated pot.  So I would assume your glaze isn't adhering well to the under glaze.   Denice

#125850 Qotw: The Power Grid Has Gone Down In Your Area A...

Posted by Denice on 26 April 2017 - 08:06 PM

Roberta I use to eat my sun dried mud pies, they didn't taste bad but we lived in a area with sandy soil so they were gritty!   Denice

#125849 Pottery Knowledge Quiz Of The Week (Pkqw): Week 5

Posted by Denice on 26 April 2017 - 08:02 PM

Pres I would have to buy it first, I have all of the other C6 books even Richard Zakins first book from the early 70's.  I read that book and decided the Cone 6 was my future.  Denice

#125815 Qotw: The Power Grid Has Gone Down In Your Area A...

Posted by Denice on 26 April 2017 - 08:14 AM

I was in New Mexico at the Painted Desert Museum when the power went off last week.  We were leaving for Holcomb to stay at the WigWam Tee Pees, it was a half hour drive.  When we got there the whole town was out of power, and the concrete Tee Pees didn't have windows.  The electricity would go off and on, we managed to get some dinner before it went off again.  A little reminder of life off the grid,  I probably wouldn't get much potting done.  I would be moving someplace that had electricity or growing a bigger garden.  Denice

#125731 Firing Flowers

Posted by Denice on 24 April 2017 - 10:23 AM

I made a bunch of calla lily type flowers for a mural, since they were white on white.  I use a white glaze for the inner part and a clear on the out side especially thin on the underside.  I had some old brittle elements that I broke up and used as stilts.  Didn't need to do any grinding, fired to Cone 5.  Potter

#125646 Studio Clean Up Question ( Wheel Throwing )

Posted by Denice on 21 April 2017 - 05:03 PM

When  I first started throwing I used a lot of water, my second professor taught us how to throw with very little water.  It was wonderful, I felt like I had more control and very little clean up.  Denice

#125248 Qotw: Do You Like Innies Or Outies?

Posted by Denice on 12 April 2017 - 08:15 AM

Ron I don't see any controversy here I see fun.  It depends on the form whether it is a innie or a outie, right now I am doing innes.  Pots with lids do take longer to make but are worth it.  A lid adds class, style, interest, function, and design.  If you watch people looking at a collection of pottery they are immediately drawn to the one with the lid which they have to pick up.   Denice

#124197 Newbie

Posted by Denice on 23 March 2017 - 07:54 AM

If your building a kickwheel you might try to find a large metal fly wheel instead of making your kick wheel out of concrete.  I bought one that has a metal flywheel, much easier to kick up to speed and it holds it's speed longer, also easier to take apart and move.  Some kind of industrial salvage would probably have something like that.  I have seen kick wheels on Craigs list for $100 every so often, most people are looking for electric.  There is nothing like a smooth running kickwheel for trimming.   Potter