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JBaymore

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In Topic: Adding Vent To Older Kiln...

26 February 2015 - 02:45 PM

Use a drill bit that you don't plan to use for wood after that.  ;)

 

best,

 

........................john


In Topic: Glazed Piece Fading In Dishwasher

26 February 2015 - 12:21 PM

From the photo the backs sides on all of those look about the same to me.  But the center piece on the left side image on the glazed side DOES look etched.  Doesn't seem to be the clay body....... but the glaze to me.  But pictures like this are REALLY hard to tell.

 

Get the glaze recipe and put it thru Insight (or other glaze calc software).  First guess....... undersupplied with SiO2.  Or has Boron.  Or high alkaline flux content.

 

best,

 

.......................john


In Topic: Finding Your Own Style...easy To Say

25 February 2015 - 11:05 AM

One of the things all of the faculty at our college are telling our students when they get to that place where they are "overanalyzing" and "creative blocking" and "obsessing" on solving world peace" in their work and just can't seem to DO any actual work... is to just go get their darn hands into the clay....... and start WORKING.... and let the clay begin to lead them.

 

Not blindly just thoughtlessly making ... but with consideration as they see what is happening and then respond to it and build from that.

 

"Working in black clay and white glazes" is a great start one year into your studies.  Start making pieces with that approach....... and let the results lead you along as you look at them and make decisions about what comes next.  At the same time ....be looking at black and white works as much as you can... all KINDS of artwork.... not just claywork. 

 

And remember...... 40 years from now you might be making polychrome, low fire primary color sculptures.  Your work and ideas will evolve with the impacts of making work, visual (and other) influences in your life, and a 'changing you'.   But for now.......... you are starting to know a bit where you want to go. 

 

'Personal style' does not typically land on your head like a ton of bricks.  And there are often divergences from 'the road' and reconnections with a former path (Example-see Don Reitz's work right after his bad car wreck.).

 

best,

 

...............john


In Topic: Finding Your Own Style...easy To Say

25 February 2015 - 08:39 AM

Mel Jacobsen tells a great story that relates to your comment, (and this discussion) High Bridge.

 

Mel apprenticed in Japan.  He worked in a workshop that had a master potter and a few apprentices.  Mel was the resident "gaijin" (foreigner) and an American.  Of course Americans are 'known' for being totally innovative and creative.  So his sensei (teacher) challenged him to make a new form.  Of course this was to be on Mel's own time after he did the work required of the pottery...... which was making senesi's forms.

 

So most every night after working his butt off all day, Mel would sit there and try to come up with something "new and different".  And he would then place that piece he came up with on sensei's work table before he went to bed for the night.

 

Sometime the next day there would be a Japanese book or magazine sitting on Mel's wheel platform opened up to a picture of that form.  He said that went on for a year.

 

best,

 

....................john


In Topic: Vote Vote Vote Vote Vote Vote

24 February 2015 - 11:25 PM

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