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Denice

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#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




#84415 Nostalgia: Inspiration Overload

Posted by Denice on 30 May 2015 - 08:32 AM

I forgot about the music in art class, I remember my teacher playing the White album over and over.  My husband restores old muscle cars and I feel like a teenager every time we take a drive in one of them.  Aren't memories great.     Denice




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

Posted by Denice on 29 May 2015 - 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




#82215 Purchase Of A Nova 18 Lt 4K Never Used Older Model

Posted by Denice on 22 May 2015 - 08:41 AM

I have never seen a painted kiln before those are the colors I had my wallpaper store painted in 1981.  What a hoot.      Denice