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#55895 Thanks Mea!

Posted by Chantay on 01 April 2014 - 12:31 PM


I used your instructions and built a photo booth.  Actullay it isn't complete.  I ordered the back drop material and light bulbs.  I couldn't find any 5000K at the store.  Even with 1600K my pots look so much better.  Thank you for sharing so freely.  You are a true inspiration.




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#54829 Other Venues

Posted by Chantay on 16 March 2014 - 08:25 PM

The local farmers market is very small and as Schmism said, no frills.  I popped open a table and put out some stuff.  All functional wares and a couple of vases.  First thing I do when I get there is grab some produce and display it on the bowls and dishes. 

#54430 Other Venues

Posted by Chantay on 11 March 2014 - 06:13 PM

OK, thanks for all the info.  I will preview shows this year for next year.  All I have done so far is the local farmers market during the summer.  I have sold out each time. (no booth fee!!) We will see how long that last.  I'm only doing pottery part time now but looking at other options for in the future. 

#54106 Doomspiration - Analogy By Robert Genn

Posted by Chantay on 07 March 2014 - 12:47 PM

I hope this is OK to post.


At the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia a room is hung salon-style with 19th Century British and European paintings. The display is immense, covering two facing walls hung floor-to-ceiling with the works of Delacroix, Ingres, Daumier, Henner, Meissonier, Millet and their contemporaries. The paintings are depictions of bucolic charm, the everyday realities of 19th Century pastoral life: farmers and their animals, their meadows and icons, and families - holy and otherwise - are seen in portraiture, picnic and tragedy. Sentimental human and natural condition stacked to the rafters.


In the middle of this room are back-to-back settees. These are what you bump into while picking up your jaw. Once seated, there's a laminated placard illustrated with a legend and list. "What am I looking at?" I mumbled the rainy afternoon of my discovery. I scanned the faces in front of me - of the birds and beasts, widows, farmers, virgins and workers - reviewing the breadth of what was revealed there. In all the drama and pathos and elegance, I felt a wistful longing to hold onto them - a panicked admiration for the subjects and for the artists' hands that delivered them to me.


A few months later, my big brother Dave took me to the performance of a personal hero of his - the master of industrial rock Trent Reznor and his project Nine Inch Nails. Amidst an otherworldly light display and a five-course meal of song, electro and guitar-craft, I once again let a peak aesthetic experience overtake me, and after the last encore I let it spit me out like a rack of well-gnawed bones.


Dave sighed, pocketing my earplugs. "I don't know whether to be completely inspired and get back to work, or to give up music altogether," he said. I told him I was familiar with this sensation. It's called doomspiration.


"Got it!" said Dave.


Here are the signs:


Pounding heart, shortness of breath, sweaty.
A feeling of unexplained longing.
Simultaneous melancholy for making things, and joy at the meaning of life.
Willingness to work, plus temporary unpleasant realism.
Emptiness and fullness.
Ecstasy, laughter, fantasy and fanaticism.
Urgency, lethargy, confusion, clarity.
Worshipful gratitude.


How to move forward:


Try to make something you deem equally great, if only for a few moments, and remember you were moved and that's what art is for.






PS: "When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too." (Paulo Coelho)


"I was never really insane except upon occasions when my heart was touched." (Edgar Allan Poe)


Esoterica: The style of display known as a "Salon Hang" is named after the biannual student exhibitions held from the 18th Century onward at the Louvre's Salon Carré and the British Royal Academy. These exhibitions gained notoriety for the visual impact of tightly packed works of similar academic conventions. Salon Hang made things so competitive that Turner retouched his paintings after they'd been installed. Artists complained that their pictures had been "skied" - hung at the top and out of view - and Gainsborough was so offended he dropped out of Academy exhibitions in 1784.



You can find the original post at RobertGenn.com



#54090 Earthenware Or Stoneware ?

Posted by Chantay on 07 March 2014 - 10:37 AM

Earthen ware can be a problem for plants.  When I started in pottery it was with earthen ware.  Low fire clays don't fully vitrify and are able so absorb liquids.  If the pot is kept indoors this may not be a problem.  The problems I saw were mold growing on the bottoms of pots where there was no glaze. This was indoors in a humid area.  If you have a $50 or more orchid, you don't want  the roots to be in a pot that you can't control the moisture and get moldy roots.  The same with a $$ bonsai tree (what I was making pots for).  Also, earthen ware clays will crack during a freeze.  Maybe not the first time but eventually.  If the pot cracks, the roots will dry out too quickly and your $$ bonsai tree can die.  (experience speaks.) Also, some bonsai have to be watered every day, if the pot is sucking in the water, it is not available to the plant.

#53325 Troubleshooting This Converted Kiln O' Mine: Taller Chimney?

Posted by Chantay on 24 February 2014 - 07:01 PM

You might try and post some of these questions on clay art also.  A number of wood burners post there.

#53228 Making colored slip

Posted by Chantay on 23 February 2014 - 12:36 PM

Robbin Hopper's Slip Recipe:


75 Ball clay

10 Kaolin

5 Feldspar

10 Silica


I do a lot of slip trailing with an applicator.  If I want the slip to stand up firmly after I have sieved the slip I add a few drops of darvan and then add more ball clay, or some of the dried clay that I am throwing with till a thickened consistency.  All the ball clay makes this a nice slippery slip.

#53014 Favourite Colour Palette?

Posted by Chantay on 20 February 2014 - 08:12 PM

Mea, I love your work.  I gives a feeling of peacefulness and quiet.

#52980 Newbie Needs Technical Help To Save Glazed Bowls

Posted by Chantay on 20 February 2014 - 01:04 PM

You should also vacuum out your kiln before using it again.  The bowls are cute.  The kids should be proud. 

#52443 Told To Get A "real" Job

Posted by Chantay on 13 February 2014 - 04:47 PM

Thanks for the kind words Paul.  I did melt down this morn.  Esp since this load was being fired for a second time.  It is a new digital kiln with a huge learning curve.  Not to mention I am now mixing my own glazes.  Plus kids home again today due to snow.  I turned the music on and pumped out 4o bowls.  I feel better now.

#52438 Told To Get A "real" Job

Posted by Chantay on 13 February 2014 - 03:52 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone.  I don't plan to see this person again.  There is no way they can have my best interest at heart with an attitude like that.  I think I was just so taken aback by the attitude.  My close friends are impressed with my progress and very encouraging.  I am doing my first craft show this spring.  I think I will send him an invite. 

#48091 Failure Is Fine

Posted by Chantay on 18 December 2013 - 12:10 AM

Come January I will have been working with clay just two years.  I think every failure is a rung on the ladder toward success.  My 14 year old daughter said something to me this evening.  She was practicing her violin.  I complemented her on her improvement.  Her response was, "Mom, when I see how much better you have gotten with throwing clay it makes me realize that I can be as good as I want if I'm just willing to keep at it."  Brought tears to my eyes. 

#47321 Public Studio Vs. Lone Ranger

Posted by Chantay on 07 December 2013 - 06:27 PM

Just peachy,  I have taken classes at a community college and a community studio.  So, there.  As my skills progressed I experienced the disappointment of have your 'best piece ever' bumped or moved and ruined as you wait for it to dry.  The last class I took had a paid studio manager who did most of the firing and glaze making.  There nothing like having 24/7 access to a studio.  Work when the mood strikes and no one else is messing with your work. 

#42033 Cool Web Site

Posted by Chantay on 04 September 2013 - 04:06 AM

Found this cool web site, thought I would share.





#32864 Materials to press into clay for random texture

Posted by Chantay on 14 April 2013 - 02:54 AM

RDWOLFF, very cool sculpture!