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In Topic: Do You Have Any Big Goals For This Fall's Production?

Today, 01:33 PM

Well... not exactly immediate professional goals... but I'm starting an MFA, so I need to develop some clear project directions. Here are two things I plan to explore this fall.


1) Fountains. I've been building ceramic water features for awhile... but they're constrained by the limits of clay. I'm really interested in using metal armature and multiple ceramic sections to build some larger pieces.


2) Biosculpture. My original background is in biology... and I'm curious about the whole realm of bio-sculpture (sculptural projects that are integral parts of natural habitats). I'm considering building some larger ceramic pieces that play an ecosystem service function- for instance, water filtration. Sort of akin to what Jackie Brookner does with her projects... but using clay.


It's an 'Integrated Art and Design' program... so the focus is more on working across media to communicate. However, I plan to remain rooted in clay. Should be an interesting journey.

In Topic: Parts For Hurricane Lamps

Today, 12:56 PM

Tracy- I've used 'MyLampParts' for parts for some of the hanging lanterns I make. They're pretty well stocked- might be worth checking out.

In Topic: Raku Tiles In The Shower

Today, 12:51 PM

Can you do that on a plaster bat and not wire cut?


I've never used plaster bats... but I suspect it would work. You'd have to experiment and see whether the separation from the bat would lead to a higher fracture rate.

In Topic: Raku Tiles In The Shower

Today, 12:30 PM

How do you throw a tile? I've only used slabs or a tile press.


You throw a flat disc on the wheel (usually on a bat) then wire cut and slow dry. Lots of compression during the throw. I've experienced less cracking with this approach than with other types of slabs... which is important if you're doing Raku.

In Topic: Book On Japanese Ceramics

Today, 10:56 AM



PM me your email address... I'll send you the bibliography from the BFA art hisory class I teach called "History of Japanese Ceramics".  It is not the 'complete guide to everything'.... but includes a lot of references.






John... any chance I could get a copy of this as well?