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Member Since 03 Apr 2010
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In Topic: Clay Slick In The Driveway

26 January 2015 - 01:35 AM

I've never believed in killing other creatures except in self defense, but those wolf spiders are so big and fast that it's a kill-or-be-killed situation if ever there was one!!  Before I had a clay studio, I had zero kills on my record.  Now I'm pretty sure I'm Spider Enemy #1 in South Carolina! 


In Topic: Some Buns

23 January 2015 - 11:19 PM

What size are the plates (? bowls? platters?)   Glad to see you applying that talent to something besides mugs!!

In Topic: (Un)Happy Accidents

23 January 2015 - 11:09 PM

Being one who believes in "never say die" (in the studio, anyway), I want to see a picture of this resurrected pot!

In Topic: Our First Show ...

20 January 2015 - 01:26 AM

Bob is right; you never know what will sell.  And once you've got a track record somewhere, you still never know what will sell!

In Topic: Community Challenge Idea

16 January 2015 - 12:38 AM

I really like what Georgia wrote above:  "I love the idea of a quarterly challenge, with people posting pictures of their ideas throughout the quarter.  I have participated in a similar idea with photography and found I was inspired and motivated by others ideas.  It was always, "Oh, I love that.  What if I did such and such?", using it as a jumping off point... So, while I don't like the idea of competition I do like the idea of a challenge."

I disagree about setting up two different threads, though.  UNITY should be the goal here, right?  I've exhibited at enough Florida shows where Saturday night's exhibitor party was the stage for announcing who won "Best in Show", etc. to know that competition does not bring crafts people closer.  After six or seven of those parties, I decided I'd had enough of looking at a hundred sad, injured, bitter, jealous faces alongside three or four happy ones.  The first time I boycotted one of those parties, I won "Best in Show" along with a check for $1500.  I was so glad that I found out about it the next day from friends who were genuinely happy for me instead of in a group of craftspeople with half of them resentfully suspecting I bribed the judge!  Even at those shows where skill levels were fairly consistent, competition created more negative feelings than positive ones, and I just don't think competition is appropriate in a forum like this with all skill levels represented.  Surely there must be a way to do this without judgment.  Comments, praise - yes, but judgments, ratings, rankings - I don't think they're conducive to the kind of support this forum is known for.