I just now watched the video, I was not amused by it at all. I don't understand the motive behind it. Was it to ridicule beginners, illustrate how 'boring' teaching is? I have been that beginner, and I hope I will never be that teacher.
Every question the 'student ' asked was a valid one, I hear all those questions in my beginning wheel class. If the student already understood what he was trying to do, it wouldn't be a beginner class, for Pete's sake! If a teacher is that bored and condescending to her students questions, PLEASE, DON'T TEACH! You do the rest of us a disservice.
I can laugh my head off when it's funny, but this wasn't
Hard to teach from afar, but, possibly, you are keeping your fingertips in that one spot for too long and thinning the clay there rather than continuing up the wall bringing the clay with you. . Sometimes to stop a habit, you have to do the opposite, think 'leave a fat place here so the pot can stand up', and see what happens. There is a balance to the combination of finger pressure, wheel speed and how fast you move your fingers up. You have to find that. If you have the same problem every time, look to what part of that combo is not working. Too slow a wheel speed for the contact is the same as too long a contact in one place. Hope this helps.
Listen to Chris. I've been making and selling pottery for 11 years. At this point, I do well with sales and income. Admittedly, the pots I offer for sale today are VASTLY better that the first pots I offered and did sell, but at no time did I offer warped, cracked, glaze flawed pieces. DON'T DO IT.
I was even encouraged by the so called local instructor to 'call it art and up the price" Do I need to add, he makes crap?
Every piece you put out there has the potential to live longer that you will. The hammer hangs beside my kiln. I use it less now, since I have become more discriminating about the greenware, If I know the design is bad, I recycle the clay, no need to fire it.
Please do yourself and all of us quality conscious potters a favor and cull you work. Sounds like you already know what to whack? :-)
Like Pugaboo's stones, will be doing some of that.
I make little HB bowls, 3'', to fit in around and under the larger bowls in a glaze. Little soap dishes, 3x5, to finish off a shelf that has a long rectangular tray. Long skinny butter dishes for same place.
Mark, I think I see a space on the upper left under a bowl. Impressive work.
I'm a bit like Mia and Paul. I will make enough of certain height piece at one sitting to fill a shelf in a glaze. For wide bowls, the hardest to load in a glaze for me, I fill in and around with lower smaller thing that fit in under the rims of the bowls. Takes me forever to fit in the spaces but make sure nothing touches. Like Mia, I have sized new works to fit on a bisque shelf after figuring in shrinkage from drying, and have made pieces sized specifically to sit beside another pieces to fill a shelf tightly. I always have plenty of stuffers and littles for that reason. My goal is to get 2 full glaze firings from 1 bisque. There is a cabinet near the kiln where the glazed or bisque pieces that did not fit are stored until next time.
I come here every morning, with my first cup of coffee, when my brain is still coming together. I get all the above mentioned things for the forum. I read most every post , since there a kernels of wisdom in the unexpected place. A lot of times, I put out a question when I just can't decide which way to go on something. Usually I get back other's experiences that help be move forward in one direction or the other. I consider this Forum very helpful to my business and my development as an artist.
I have agreed to do a wheel demo for a large corporation's Spring fun day. It is an opportunity to promote my guild and the gallery I am associated with. I will be indoors with a sink and concrete floor and good lighting. Many of the visitors will be children.
Do you have any suggestions for what type of pieces to throw? Are there things that seem to have a wow factor? Do kids respond to different things that their parents, who would be the one's doing any
Is there a good plan that would let me take leather hard green ware home from this ? I'm going to be throwing for over 3 hours , what sort of work will travel home with me the easiest? On what type bats?
Posted by clay lover
on 10 February 2015 - 06:18 PM
Me too, I check his book and there was no mention of that in it as far as I could tell.
Good workshop experiences, Bill Van Gilder, Steven Hill, Leah Lietson, at Arrowmont ,. Cynthia Bringle told me something that had a major impact on my work, design wise. For bad experiences, PM me. I've had some I sure would not repeat.
A visit to Otto Heino's studio a few years back impressed on me that tools do not the potter make, he had none. When I asked him where his tools were, since I could only see a sponge and a needle tool, he held up his fingers, grinned, and wiggled them at me. Memorable visit and I will regret forever not buying that little blue egg shaped vase that was so perfect it seemed alive in my hands.