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#115135 Qotw: What Means "imperfection" To You?

Posted by Denice on 26 October 2016 - 10:42 AM

Imperfection is in the mind  of the beholder.  I usually have some small pieces around my shop that have glaze imperfections in my opinion.  I use to trash them, but now I will let a visitor take one.  It started when I had a visitor fall in love with one of my imperfect pots, she said the glaze bleb made it look more homemade.  So I decided to let visitors choose one and why, most thought the glaze bleb was beautiful or didn't care if it had one. A lot of visitors were drawn towards work that I didn't care for at all.  The experience  has left me wondering about my own artistic sensibility and taste.   Denice

#114834 Qotw: Is It "hands Off!" In Your Studio?

Posted by Denice on 18 October 2016 - 03:23 PM

I guess I am the old grouch in the group, I don't want them to touch anything.  My studio is organized but tightly packed, I am afraid that if someone grabs the wrong pot I will have a landslide.  Visitors in my studio make me nervous, they wander around with their mouths hanging open as if they are on a alien planet.  If they point out a particular pot that they like, I will pick it up and hand it to them.   Denice

#114539 How Long Do You Like To Be In The Studio?

Posted by Denice on 11 October 2016 - 12:37 PM

When I worked and was raising a family I was in the studio about 15 hours a week.  Now that I don't work anymore  I am in my studio 30 to 60 hours a week.  The amount of time I spend out there depends on what life throws at me.  Right now I have a bad head cold sinus infection  going on, but I am still managing a couple of hours a day. When winter moves in I will be hibernating in my studio until spring,  I am getting ready to stock up on clay.   Denice

#113726 Do You Like....?

Posted by Denice on 24 September 2016 - 01:48 PM

For the past couple of years all of my work has been pinch or coiled.  I looks like it could be thrown from a distant but when you get close you notice a irregular lump  or a imperfect angle.  I like the feel of the work it has a slightly uneven surface that makes me feel connected to the clay in it's fired form.   Denice

#112013 Clay Firmness

Posted by Denice on 26 August 2016 - 09:14 AM

You can always you the 5gal barrel method, put 4 ounces of water in the bag and tie it up.  Put it in the 5gal bucket and fill it with water, the water pressure will force that moisture into the clay.  I have rejuvenated some pretty dry clay this way.   Denice

#111821 New Business Name

Posted by Denice on 22 August 2016 - 08:14 PM

Being a old hippie I have been thinking about hanging a sign over my studio door that says "Denice's Pot Shop" just for fun.   Denice

#110941 Qotw: Clay Poem Anybody?

Posted by Denice on 04 August 2016 - 08:55 AM

Threw this together in 15 minutes                                                                                                                                                                                                         My Kickwheel                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Humming and spinning                                                                                                                                                                                                                   I finish my trimming                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bulky and old like me                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Life long friends indeed                                                                                            

#110939 What Clay To Use To Make Waterfall For Cat And How To Use Clay?

Posted by Denice on 04 August 2016 - 08:16 AM

You need some education before you can start on a project like this.  You could start by taking some classes at a community art center,  they will have a kiln there to fire your work in.   The clay you bake in your oven isn't real clay it is full of chemicals that could harm your cat.   Denice

#110181 Experience With Aim Kilns?

Posted by Denice on 16 July 2016 - 12:14 PM

I have a AIM test kiln for 15 years and haven't had any problems with it.  Mine is just a test kiln so the interior is 8x8 inches, it takes a 15 amp outlet my electrician ran a separate circuit for it and a heavier wire.  Denice

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#110107 Qotw: What Other Things Beside Clay Have You Mastered?

Posted by Denice on 14 July 2016 - 08:30 AM

I feel like clay has mastered me, I hope someday to master it.  I was a decorator for 20 years, manage contractor crews on new construction and a dam good tiler.  I designed and built my own home and studio from scratch,  I focus all of my energy on mastering clay now I have  finished proving myself to others now I just have convince myself.     Denice

#109729 Qotw: What Form Do You Use To Experiment On A New Aesthetic?

Posted by Denice on 05 July 2016 - 08:29 AM

I don't usually experiment with new forms, I have been working with coiled pottery.  Coiled pottery has it own style, you think you heading one way but the coils head off another direction.  I do make maquettes that will fit into my test kiln to try a glaze out on a pot.  I only do this on a complicated creation that took me awhile to make.   Denice

#109361 Help! I Can't Center Anymore!

Posted by Denice on 25 June 2016 - 09:41 AM

Are you releasing the tension in your hands before you move them,  I find that if I don't it will throw it off center.  I have also noticed that the really good throwers have a lot of upper body strength.   Denice

#109289 Ventilation System Needed?

Posted by Denice on 23 June 2016 - 08:11 PM

I have a small test kiln in my kiln room, it isn't ventilated like my big kilns.  I just open the window a few inches,  I do have a exhaust fan in the ceiling that I also run.  If it is really cold outside I leave the window closed and run the exhaust fan. I never smell any fumes from it.  Denice

#109040 What Is The Most Suitable Clay For Miniature Figurines?

Posted by Denice on 19 June 2016 - 09:44 PM

If your working in the C5/6 range I would try Laguna's B-Mix, in the Cone 04 a white earthenware clay.   Denice

#109020 How Is This Glaze Effect Achieved?

Posted by Denice on 19 June 2016 - 10:08 AM

Are you sure it is glaze, of course it's hard to tell from a photo on the computer,  but it looks like it could be glass for a acrylic.    Denice