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#79490 Humor: The Best Way To Learn!

Posted by Denice on 16 April 2015 - 12:34 PM

I was lucky the only throwing class I taught I was a filling in for a teacher that had injured her hands and none of the students were beginners.  I do remember my first throwing class my instructor Rick St. John announced to the class if anyone thought they would have a set of dishes by the end of the semester leave now.  Two women got up and left.     Denice

#79303 Are You Making Your Own Pottery Tools?

Posted by Denice on 14 April 2015 - 02:28 PM

Evelyne  I just cruise the tables, we usually just go to see the older homes in town,  I know they are not very old compared to your part of the world,  we enjoy all of the detailed work and craftsmanship.   I have found some really old potter tools even some with bake-lite handles from the 40's, it's getting harder to find tools like that. They pull the unique items out of the sale and put them on e-bay or in a consignment shop now.  Denice

#79279 Are You Making Your Own Pottery Tools?

Posted by Denice on 14 April 2015 - 08:53 AM

I buy odd stuff at estate sales and using them as tools, I recently bought a wooden tool that is used with a sausage grinder, great for paddling.  The people who run the estate sales around here tell me I always but the most interesting items.   Denice

#77452 Kiln Vent Operation

Posted by Denice on 16 March 2015 - 08:07 AM

Claylover I have a dual Envirovent system, my little test kiln is the only one that is vent less.  I'm going to remove a ring from the Skutt and keep using it until I find a deal on a new kiln or the Skutt breathes it's last breath.  I have ran across some deals the last several years but past them up I just have to be patience.    Denice

#77191 Planning A Glaze Kiln Load - How Much Planning?

Posted by Denice on 12 March 2015 - 08:16 AM

Nice mugs a lot of detail work and design put into them.  I think I have been firing by Skutt so long I have a load schematic in my brain.  I do pay attention to the height of the pieces and if I have a tall or odd ball piece I may save it for another firing.  I usually have a couple of pieces that won't fit, I always pack my kilns full.  Denice

#77129 What Do You Get Out Of This Forum Interaction?

Posted by Denice on 11 March 2015 - 08:32 AM

I feel exactly the same as Babs, sometimes I find so much information I feel like a newbie.   I also feel safe on this forum, I know if I post an answer that is wrong that other posters will handle it in a civilized way or ignore it.  Denice

#76824 Are You Taking Pictures/notes While Working?

Posted by Denice on 05 March 2015 - 10:18 AM

I try to take pictures of everything I think is worthy in the greenware stage and after the glaze fire.  If I am working on a large mural I take pictures throughout the whole process and make charts.   I am also a big tape and marker label maker not so good at notes.  Denice

#76252 Nceca 2015 Providence, Ri?

Posted by Denice on 26 February 2015 - 11:09 PM

Forget the cowboy boots most of the people in KC dress upscale hip, we went to a outdoor art fair last summer while we were in KC for a car show.  Wearing T-shirts, shorts and baseball hats we felt under dressed, cowboys are further south and west.   Denice

#75492 Coating For Bottom Of Pots

Posted by Denice on 15 February 2015 - 12:31 PM

My first idea would be two or three coats of paste wax, it looks natural and lasts for years.   Denice

#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