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#101365 Qotw: When Did You Last Use Nature As A Design/mark/whatever…?

Posted by Roberta12 on 03 February 2016 - 10:14 PM

Evelyne, give yourself some time.  The healing will happen.


Last week, I rolled some leaves into clay that I was making into buttons.  I saved leaves/ferns/etc from the summer/fall and froze them in ziploc bags.  I have been mesmerized by the patterns the snow is creating in the branches of trees, how it drifts and the patterns of the animal prints, jackrabbits, cottontails, deer, elk, neighbors cats......it's the first thing I look for each morning. 



#99767 The Death Of The Artist...

Posted by Roberta12 on 15 January 2016 - 12:28 PM



interesting article.  It was interesting to see the progression from artist to creative to whatever we have going now. 



#98628 Qotw: Did You Do What You Wanted To Do In 2015?

Posted by Roberta12 on 02 January 2016 - 07:46 PM

I feel like I accomplished a lot in 2015. 

  • continued a wholesale relationship with a local business
  • made new work
  • spent 2 weeks at clay camp and learned so very much (and made new friends!)
  • changed up my work schedule
  • explored new techniques/tightened up old ones
  • gave myself permission to make what I want
  • learned to use a planner!!  :)

Things I did NOT complete

  • website
  • branding
  • new shows for a summer venue (I was too busy playing!)

So.....on to 2016........



#94397 Glaze Test City

Posted by Roberta12 on 18 October 2015 - 02:52 PM

Great work Joel!!!   Thank you for sharing!

#93532 Different Frits ... How Important Is It To Have The Right One?

Posted by Roberta12 on 30 September 2015 - 03:33 PM

It helps to slake wollastonite in hot water for a bit too.

 Thanks Callie...I have not run into this before.  Now I know.



#92763 Glaze Spray Gun And Compressor

Posted by Roberta12 on 17 September 2015 - 12:40 PM

Lee, can you put a different spray gun on that all in one?  Apparently they wear out after a time.  I use an inexpensive compressor and an inexpensive spray gun from Harbor Freight and have one for back up.  But I have not had to retire the original spray gun.....and that is pretty much all I do.  Spray. 



#92762 Using Oxide On An Impressed Design

Posted by Roberta12 on 17 September 2015 - 12:32 PM

I still prefer Jill's Brown Patina

2 tablespoons red iron ox

1 tablespoon yellow ochre

1 tablespoon rutile

1 tsp cobalt carb

4 1/3 tablespoons gerstley

mix to skim milk consistency

sponge off excess.   Works on white or speckly brown clay.  Holds the color under clear/transparent glazes

cone 5/6.  I use it on bisqueware.  Sometimes put wax over it and then glaze the rest of the pot.  I use a small paintbrush, but I am going to try the eyedropper method next time!

It looks like a soft black after firing. 



#79224 Newbie Discouraged But Persistent---Help!

Posted by Roberta12 on 13 April 2015 - 10:05 AM

NewtoClay54,   Yes, persistence is the key!  I really sucked at handbuilding when I first started.  Throwing seemed to be easier right off (big hands and strong arms I think).    I read everything I could get my hands on, checked out vids from the library, watched as many people throw as I could...and just kept making seriously ugly pots.   I was 52 when I started and I think I might have been more inhibited than the younger students in the class.   I thought about quitting a lot the first 3 years.....but new mentors will come into your life, and quite honestly, clay is addictive!  Should be on a banned list!  So we all just keep plugging away!  You are so smart to find a place to practice!  That was  a great move! 



#77376 What Do You Get Out Of This Forum Interaction?

Posted by Roberta12 on 14 March 2015 - 06:15 PM

There are so many of us clay people in all different parts of the world, that it is wonderful to be able to come together as "community"  I am not always able to attend a workshop or have someone close who can show me how to do something, but I can come to this forum, and post a question, and get so many responses, many times with pictures!!  I am grateful for that!



#75865 How Is Your Local Pottery Community For Social And Professional Interaction?

Posted by Roberta12 on 20 February 2015 - 07:46 PM

sometimes community is more non local than local.  I think you have to find it where you can.  Email, Skype, internet.  yep.  Anybody want to have a potluck this weekend???  We could pull a little something together!  I am making Chicken Tortilla Soup!



#74753 Community Challenge #1

Posted by Roberta12 on 03 February 2015 - 12:38 PM

Thanks Evelyne for getting all of us going!  My given name is Roberta!  I keep thinking about the sky challenge.  I live in a part of the country where we have huge, beautiful vistas.   Checking the sky is the first thing I do in the morning and the last thing I do before bed at night.  I love how it changes, minute by minute.   And because I can see so much unencumbered sky, the eastern sky can look totally different from the west, north or south.  I would like  to be able to reflect that changing, open, evolving sky.  hmmmm wheels are turning. 


Oh and BTW   How does one post something on recent updates?  I changed the elements and thermocouples last night and was just woo hooing all over the place!  I really wanted to share that!



#71634 What Was Your Greatest Leap Forward This Year?

Posted by Roberta12 on 10 December 2014 - 09:49 PM

My goal this year was to really get comfortable with mugs and handles.  As soon as I threw that out to the universe, I got a small wholesale account making mugs for a local business!  So this year, I have made a lot of mugs, negotiated 2 wholesale accounts, have my work in 2 local shops and continue to get more orders for different pieces.  It's been a learning year for certain for me and I look forward to next year to continue growth.  Next year's goal??......LIDDED VESSELS!!!  Yes!!  And this forum has contributed to my growth and success! Thanks!



#68170 What Would You Do In Clay If You Have The Time And Facilities?

Posted by Roberta12 on 19 October 2014 - 12:07 PM

Huge totem poles

#64931 New Kiln Questions

Posted by Roberta12 on 22 August 2014 - 08:54 PM

I love my L&L manual.   Yes, I do.



#64085 Please Help Me Choose Between These 3 Kilns

Posted by Roberta12 on 06 August 2014 - 11:12 PM

love my L&L .....great service, dependable kiln.