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#126856 Qotw: What Do You Listen To While Working In The Studio? Music, Tv, Talk Radi...

Posted by Roberta12 on 17 May 2017 - 04:20 PM

Like Kelly, I run the gamut on music....I start with loud, fast music, in the a.m.  then slowly start winding it down as the day goes by.  I love Tales of a Red Clay Rambler podcast, and in the evening I entertain myself with BBC dramas and comedies on Hulu...  I liked the  camaraderie of a community studio, but I am ADD enough to know I work better by myself.  And sometimes silence just doesn't cut it for me! 



#126244 Nine Warning Signs Of An Amateur Artist

Posted by Roberta12 on 05 May 2017 - 11:20 PM

I have a quote in my sketchbook that says "When you are lazy, your art is lazy, when you hold back, it holds back, when you hesitate it stands there staring, hands in pockets. But when you commit, it comes on like blazes."  I think this is from Art and Fear that Joseph mentioned.  I find that quote to be true in most things.


Recently I was having dinner with family and friends, and I said that I realize that most people think they are paying me a compliment when they say "you are so talented!"  when I explained to the group that I almost resent this comment because I really really work at making pots.  My husband said, but you are talented!  And I told him no, I don't believe that I have any more talent than anyone else, but what I bring to the table (the clay table, as it were) is persistence.  Pure and simple.  A willingness to fail and perhaps look stupid, but to keep trying.  Thanks for sharing Mea.  Hope your show goes well this weekend.


#124783 Qotw: Is It Craft Or Is It Art

Posted by Roberta12 on 04 April 2017 - 09:18 AM

We have had this discussion before. It is always interesting when it comes round again.   

I can still remember how surprised I was the first time I was told only painters are artists.  I suppose that because I came to clay a little later in life, I was simply excited about making things!  My friend (photographer) and I spent 3 years trying to organize a group of makers here in our little town.  Lots of good events and friendships have come of this, but we could never get the painters to join in on anything.  Last year a painter pointed out that only painters were artists and we as "makers" (my word) were diluting the art base and giving the public the wrong idea about what was art.  So that is why the painters would not participate in any gatherings.  I was also told by a painter that painters (true artists) wouldn't participate in our events because they want prizes.  Money, ribbons, trophys, accolades.  I have always just been happy to sell something or get feedback on my work or to make new friends!!  Apparently that is not true with painters. I do know via Instagram , potters who are painters.  I wonder how they feel about this?  I may have to ask. 

When people tell me I am talented, I just cringe.  I really don't feel that whatsoever.  I consider myself a craftsman(woman) who has devoted a great deal of time learning a craft.  And I will always feel that way.  Not an artist, but a craftperson, learning a craft.



#124336 Is Anyone Going To Nceca?

Posted by Roberta12 on 26 March 2017 - 09:03 PM

Just got home myself!   Wonderful trip and I loved Portland!!  Introduced myself to John B.  Chatted briefly with Marcia but never made it over to where she was stationed....  I think I might have seen Sheryl Leigh a time or two but she didn't have her respirator on!!



#123863 Cap'n Cavy Progress Photos (Help?)

Posted by Roberta12 on 16 March 2017 - 03:44 PM

Cavvy, love the coat

LOVE the earring

Love the collar

All the details.

Cap n' is worth the time you have spent and will spend!



#123608 Need A White Matte Commercial Glaze Suggestion.

Posted by Roberta12 on 12 March 2017 - 12:14 AM

Giselle, let me muddy the waters even further.....I was at a Bill Van Gilder workshop last summer and the local studio had a recipe for what they called Porcelain Slip

EPK  50%  3 1/3 cups

Silica 24% 1 cup

Potash Feldspar (custer) 1 1/4 cup


I mixed this up at home and it is super white.  Even whiter than Don Davis Engobe.  So far it has behaved well on Speckled Buff and SB Red. 



#123340 Plates - Slump & Hump

Posted by Roberta12 on 06 March 2017 - 06:48 PM

Ok, now I have to try Min's idea!!!!!




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#123005 Kudos To Chris Campbell

Posted by Roberta12 on 27 February 2017 - 08:58 PM

I hope you all have a moment to check out Chris's article in Pottery Making Illustrated on throwing with colored clay.  I really liked the detailed diagrams.   Thanks Chris for sharing!   I was wondering if the pots on page 40 had a clear glaze on them?  If not, is that something you would do? 



#122896 Business Advice Aka How Not To Eat Cat Food For Dinner

Posted by Roberta12 on 25 February 2017 - 10:17 AM

Yes, thanks NancyLee for getting this thread going again.  I made a presentation to two third grade classes this week about Supply and Demand and Consumer and Producer.  I am a retired school employee who started a business after retirement.  My friend the third grade teacher said the students thought all businesses were BIG businesses (Walmart, large ranches, etc.)  I was impressed with what had already been taught.  The students' questions were thoughtful.  "what happens when you don't sell everything, do you mark it down?" (Blue light special)  "how much inventory do you have for a show?"  "do you make seasonal items?"  It was a good conversation and it made me think about what I am doing and the changes I have made in the last 4 years. 


There is a new shop opening here in my small town.  A kitchen shop.  The new owner approached me about carrying some of my work.  I was there the day she got a HUGE order of melamine dinnerware.  We did not discuss terms, wholesale, commission, or anything else, it was merely a passing conversation.   But that HUGE order of melamine stuck in my brain.  I cannot compete, nor do I want to compete, with melamine.  So, I think that is some of what I have learned, I have a better idea of where my venues will be, the places that I will be able to sell my work and actually make money.  Oh, and did I mention have fun doing it???  :rolleyes:



#122775 Qotw: Are You Throwing Wearing Bling Bling?

Posted by Roberta12 on 22 February 2017 - 08:34 PM

just earrings.  I cannot STAND to have clay under my ring.  Drives me nuts!  To say nothing of the damage I could inflict upon a piece!! 



#122774 What Is Nceca?

Posted by Roberta12 on 22 February 2017 - 08:22 PM

Ditto to what John and Marcia said.  Since last year was my first time,  I felt like I was a part of something much bigger than myself and my small group of ceramic buds....definitely broadened my definition of the words "potter" and "ceramics" and gave me such an appreciation of how hard people work in this field and how grateful most of them are to be doing what they do.  There was so much passion for clay......for art.....for each other. 



#122692 Qotw: What Kind Of Kiln Vent Do You Use?

Posted by Roberta12 on 22 February 2017 - 09:45 AM

I do use a vent, L&L downward draft coming out of the bottom.   Because we built the shop and then put the kiln/vent in, we were able to put the vent where we wanted it.  So, a hole was cut through the side of the shop and the vent mounted and everything around was sealed up.  Like Neil said, the heat is welcome part of the year.  And in the warmer months, I open windows, doors, and run a fan.  I have always used a vent, so I really don't have a comparison.  Looking at dhPotter's pictures though, that tells me that there would be a difference!



#122580 Is Anyone Going To Nceca?

Posted by Roberta12 on 20 February 2017 - 03:30 PM

I am going!  I will wear my respirator Sheryl Leigh, so you can recognize me! :rolleyes:   I went last year to Kansas City and it was such a wonderful experience! 



#122359 Table Top Slab Roller

Posted by Roberta12 on 15 February 2017 - 03:20 PM

I have read on this forum before that North Stars are not as popular as some, however, that is what I have.  Very easy to pack up and take with me.  Has been very sturdy at least to this point and I have had it 3 years.  I use my slab roller A LOT.  It is an 18 inch wide roller.  If I had to do it again, I would go up the next size.  I didn't realize where a slab roller would take me.  And yes, it is a double roller.



#122160 Ceramic Wall Panel Heaters

Posted by Roberta12 on 12 February 2017 - 09:54 AM

My glazes etc, in my insulated shop do not freeze.  And like Montana, we can get weeks of below zero weather. I use a small electric shop heater to warm things up if I am going to work out there or if we have extended periods of cold and no sunshine.  However, if I were throwing out in the shop, I would probably rethink my heating situation.  The lowest temp I have noted in the shop is 35.