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#100141 Qotw: Can You Work Undisturbed In Your Studio?

Posted by Denice on 19 January 2016 - 10:13 AM

I also have a dedicated studio space at my home, but I do get disturbed on weekends.  My husband's garage/workshop is the next room over, he is always bursting through my door looking for some kind of clay tool that he can use for a non clay project.  He is very disorganized so I keep things like gloves and masks in my studio, he would never find them in his.  I try not to work on a piece that takes a lot on concentration when he is around, even though he can be distracting I enjoy having him around.  If nothing else I can roll my eyes and mutter MEN!       Denice

#100016 Books On Sculpture

Posted by Denice on 17 January 2016 - 11:11 PM

I don't know if this is the type of sculpture you are wanting to do but I have two favorite books on figurative sculpture.  Both are written by Bruno Lucchesi, have great photos and instructions.  The first one I bought is called Terracotta it starts you out with materials and building a armature and then takes you through the whole figure.  The second one was  Modeling the Figure in Clay, I would buy it first.  This book has you build a body on a armature starting with the bones, layering muscles, fat then skin.  I really enjoyed this process and it came out surprisingly well, I was little dubious that I could pull it off.  I had done portraiture sculpture for years but never starting with the bones.    Denice

#98552 Finishes For Ceramic Sculpture

Posted by Denice on 01 January 2016 - 10:42 PM

Val I use to finish portraiture sculpture with that finish your are referring to,  the medium that you mix the powdered metals in is shellac that is thinned. It took at least 3 coats probably closer to 5.  Since I was working with life size work I primed them with a cheap flat black enamel spray paint.  I think the powdered metals can  be found on the internet.  After the shellac was totally cure I would use paste wax on them.    Denice

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#98275 Almost There

Posted by Denice on 29 December 2015 - 10:46 AM

It's great to be in a house that is  suited to your clay work.  You can picture yourself being there for a long time.  Congratulations   Denice

#98169 Qotw: Did You Do What You Wanted To Do In 2015?

Posted by Denice on 28 December 2015 - 11:49 AM

I'm afraid what I have been working on is going to carry on into 2016 trying to work in a whole new direction.  Working smaller and with a different clay and a new color palette.  So far I like my colors but haven't found the perfect clay a lot of the clay is unglazed so it is important in how it works with the color palette.  My other smaller projects I accomplished so I am fairly satisfied with 2015.  Test firing a new clay today!      Denice

#97962 My Journey In 2015 - A Big Thanks To This Community.

Posted by Denice on 24 December 2015 - 10:47 PM

Amazing progress.   Denice

#97791 Planning An Outdoor Stepping Stone Feature

Posted by Denice on 22 December 2015 - 08:59 PM

I have never tried making stoneware tile for the great outdoors but I have made murals.  Our weather is a lot more severe here so on my first mural I made up a small one and threw in the snow and left it there all winter.  I had done the freeze/boil test but wanted to make sure it was going to work before I started a 9ft mural.  When I make interior floor tile I groove out a grid pattern on the back like commercial tiles make sure you put some grog on the shelf when you glaze fire it.  You might do some snooping on some tile layers forums or landscapers and ask them about installation.  Around here we would use some pea size drainage gravel that was compacted. Good Luck     Denice

#97747 Qotw: Would You Ever Completely Retire From Doing Your Art Work?

Posted by Denice on 22 December 2015 - 11:17 AM

I'm going to try to keep going as long as I can but I have already made some plans  in case I am disabled.  I have been growing gourds for a while, I dry them and store them in the basement.  Many gourds are shaped like pots you can paint, carve, and stain them.  I have bought several pieces of gourd art at estate sales one of them had a label from a gallery in NY also had a card in it about the artists a husband and wife team.  If I don't have a artistic outlet I'll turn into a daytime TV vegetable.    Denice

#97547 Quick Christmas Gifts!

Posted by Denice on 19 December 2015 - 03:15 PM

My son who just moved to a humid island wanted coasters for Christmas , they are on the large size the center is  raised and unglazed so the cup won't stick to it.   The edge  has a rim  to keep sweat from  glasses from running on the table.  I quickly carved out some grooves in geometric patterns in the center to help with the moisture and add some interest.  I just used a clear glaze on the  red terracotta so they were once fired, it took me two days, I needed to get them in the mail.  I didn't want to spend a lot of time on them,  when they move back they are leaving most of there belongings there.  Denice

#97102 Trimming Mugs/bowls Without The Wheel

Posted by Denice on 10 December 2015 - 09:11 AM

I have never tried this but using one of those children's pottery wheels that you see for sale at Christmas just might work for trimming.    Denice

#96992 Qotw: Is Art Pointless?

Posted by Denice on 08 December 2015 - 08:55 PM

  I would engage in a conversation with that person about their life and what they are interested in.  Normally you can find something that the person does or is interested in that involves art and gently point that out to them.  I have had many people come up to me and say they wish they were artistic like me,  I tell them everyone in artistic in some way.  I had one lady that was insistent that she wasn't the least bit artistic, I asked her what she did for a living and she told me she did floral arrangements for a florist.  She was really pleased when I told her that was a artistic profession.      Denice

#96329 Sales Studio Ready For Use

Posted by Denice on 25 November 2015 - 09:44 AM

Congratulation on finishing in time for Christmas, everything is looking good.  More vignettes and less grocery store, vignettes draw attention and sell more product.  You'll overhear customers talking about how cute those look together and end up buying two or three pieces just because they were together.  As artist we assume that most customers have some artistic sensibility, we are wrong.  I was a decorator for 15 years and I had customers  that couldn't even pick out a favorite color, if you showed them more than 3 wallpaper or fabric samples they got confused.  If they insisted on seeing a lot more samples I would slip the first three I had picked out into the bottom of the pile. They would always pick one of those, I would put your most expensive work where it was the most visible when you walk into the door.  Good Luck      Denice

#95967 Qotw: Does Your Work Have A Feminine Or A Masculine Look?

Posted by Denice on 18 November 2015 - 10:19 AM

I don't know it this is something you can judge yourself,  I would hope my work would be feminine since I'm a woman but it doesn't always work that way.  When I was a decorator men loved my style even my husbands friends make comments about it being just their style.   We don't have a man cave or rec room if they want to stand around and drink beer that's done in the garage.        Denice

#95845 Hello

Posted by Denice on 14 November 2015 - 09:14 PM

Welcome to the world of potting you will be exasperated, bewildered and frustrated and at the same time excited, enthused and enthralled.    Denice

#95783 Personal Messenger Spam, Anyone Else?

Posted by Denice on 13 November 2015 - 09:24 AM

I didn't even know about the personal messenger until I got 2 request for money.  I think the same person hit me up in the parking lot at the grocery store the other day.      Denice