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Thanks Mea!

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.




Check Your Tools

28 March 2014 - 10:06 AM

When I first started throwing I didn't understand how to recycle clay.  So It piled up.  After two years and about 200 lbs. of clay to recycle, I tackled it.  I have recycling down.  When I unloaded the kiln last week several pieces had tiny pieces of metal sticking out of them.  I decided to re sieve my glazes.  They are in the garage, something must of fallen in.  Then on Monday I was trimming.  I usually trim very soft, leather hard at the hardest.  Well, by the time I got to the last pot in the stack it was pretty dry.  While trimming my tool broke.  Now I don't have very good eye sight, even with glasses.  I'm looking closely at my tool and can see it had worn down to paper thin before it broke.  It was a cheap tool, but my favorite.  This morning, I am throwing with some of my recycled clay.  Every ball had bits of metal in it.  I am near tears.  I have about 50 lbs of clay I just recycled, wedged, weighed and balled for throwing.  I think I need to throw it all away.  I don't mind picking the bits out if I cross them when throwing.  But if I miss a piece and it shows through the glaze it won't look good.  If your still reading, thanks for listening to my rant.




Pulling A "fancy" Handle

26 March 2014 - 12:31 PM

I have been able to learn to pull a handle.  A plain, simple, handle.  I would like to be able to make them with ridges and lines in them.  I talk to an instructor, watched you tube, etc.  "Just stick your thumb down as you run your hand down," isn't working for me.  Does anyone have some suggestions to offer?  I'm throwing mugs today and hoping to put some zing in my handles.




Other Venues

10 March 2014 - 01:38 PM

I would like to hear from others if anyone has had any luck doing non-craft shows.  I was thinking specifically of a Home and Garden show and a Bonsai show (I make bonsai pots).   The local I live in does have a large craft show twice a year but the majority of products are more crafty and retail type products.  Last time I went I saw about 4 potters out of around 600 booths.  Only one seemed to have any real business.  In addition the booth fee is very high.  Looking for other options for sales.



Doomspiration - Analogy By Robert Genn

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.



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