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#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

#82158 Purchase Of A Nova 18 Lt 4K Never Used Older Model

Posted by Denice on 21 May 2015 - 08:53 AM

You will need the proper breakers, wiring and outlet for it,  you can always change the plug to match your 220 outlet if you already have one. You also need to find out what temperature this kiln fires too.  If you can get it up and running  you can easily get $100 worth of use out of it and don't worry about repairing it in the future.  Consider it a consumable  item like a microwave.   Denice

#81759 It's Too Big..she Said

Posted by Denice on 16 May 2015 - 09:43 AM

I don't have a pottery story but I did own a retail decor store and I always did the home shows. Some of my displays were pretty off the wall just to get attention, I had one that had a arm reaching over and painting more pattern on the other wall.  We got many comments on it but my favorite was by a lady who was dressed like a cat, she even had ears on, it wasn't a costume.  She said "who in the world would like this, I like Victorian" my friends working the booth nearly rolled on the floor from laughter as she walked away.    Denice

#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

#79147 Do You Touch Things In Museums?

Posted by Denice on 12 April 2015 - 01:17 PM

I believe that all potters and sculptor have the impulse to touch because we are so connected to that materials we work with.  If I have a uncontrollable urge, I'll secretly touch the base of a sculpture.  That helps with my urge to touch with out actually touching the art work.  Our local art museum has a exhibit of touchable art it was originally for small children people with low vision, but I see a lot of grown ups in there including me.  I traveled with a sculpture group to view the Pieta that was on a tour with the pope, it was suppose to be the only Vatican approved copy.  None of us were Catholic so we visited the statue while everyone else was at the stadium watching the pope.  They had tape on the floor that you weren't suppose to step across, the Pieta  was so mesmerizing I felt like I would melt into it if I got too close.  It  kept pulling me in put I wasn't the one who set off the alarm that was the leader of our group.  She was behind the line but leaned forward, alarms went off and guards jumped out from both sides.  Denice

#77822 I Have My Garden Of Shame

Posted by Denice on 21 March 2015 - 10:05 PM

I also keep mine around for awhile, it's usually the glaze I am unhappy with and I may try reglazing it.  I don't usually hammer them, they tend to find homes.  Often I will have visitors tour my studio, during the tour they notice my rejected pot and tell me how much they like it.  I usually ask them why, because I can't understand the attraction and then I give it to them.  I'm afraid this says more about me than them, I guess I'm not in touch with what the non-artist consumer tastes.  I attended a huge international sculpture show and sale most of the sculptures were larger than life.  I approached one artist and told her how much I liked her work, she immediately ask me if I was a sculptor.  I said yes to a degree but not like her, she said the reason she asked is that sculptors love her work but she can't seem to sell it to non-artist customers.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.      Denice