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clay lover

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#63897 If You Could Have Only One Piece Of Art On Display In Your Home What Piece Wo...

Posted by clay lover on 05 August 2014 - 07:26 AM

I was thinking one of those perfect little ovoid  bottles  of Otto Hino's that seem to be alive when you cup them in your hands.  

#63823 "throwing With The Eye Of The Clay" - Do You?

Posted by clay lover on 04 August 2014 - 08:56 AM

I came across an article in an OLD CM, May 87-Jeffery Werbock,  with this idea. It is presented as a Korean technique.  Are you familiar with it?  When I read it, I thought about my question some time back about throwing orientation of pugged clay and s cracks from the spiral in the pug.

Wouldn't this 'eye of the clay' approach have the same issue?   I was taught to put even small hand wedged pieces on the bat with the spiral cross wise so as to minimize s cracks. 

This article talks about using spiral wedging to create the spiral and how coning up and pushing the clay to one side when coning down will increase the twist in the clay, to your benefit.  The idea is that it is easier to open and throw because you are working with the spiral.  The focus of the article was throwing large.  The potter in the illustrations opened the tall slender lump of clay with his fist, going into the clay elbow deep. The first pull was from walls already 12" tall.

#63722 How Did You Choose Your Glaze Pallet?

Posted by clay lover on 02 August 2014 - 07:58 PM

Sorry, but don't think 'mixing my own' will be less time consuming.  And testing after mixing , FOOOOOOREVER. :unsure:

#63264 What Are You Working On?

Posted by clay lover on 25 July 2014 - 08:19 PM

Long necked bottles. cause life was too smooth, so I invented me some stress.  :wacko:

#62990 Where To Start With Wheel Newbies?

Posted by clay lover on 21 July 2014 - 09:29 PM

Every word she ^ said.  I teach my students to make it cleanly , then alter it with a plan.  To call inability to throw a clean pot 'artistic' is an insult to the efforts it takes to learn to throw well.

 unevenly thrown, walls thick and thin, twisted ,bottoms drilled out, are failures to throw a piece, not creative or artistic work.

To me, "embrace the asymmetry"  means congratulate yourself for your lack of skill.  That is a disservice to my students, it demeans their ability to learn the skill and panders to their egos. Well placed critique is fundamental to teaching and learning.

As a student, I would much rather have an instructor teach me how to recover my errors in a pieces than to be told, "It's artistic, leave it like that"

#62748 Where To Start With Wheel Newbies?

Posted by clay lover on 18 July 2014 - 07:55 PM

We started out with cylinders, that went pretty well, the 3rd day after some thick-thin wall issues, he got the hang of it, then 4th day tried rounded bottom and opening it to a bowl.  Predictable beginner humps in bottoms, but opening went well.  He was realisitic about what he was expecting to end up with.  We talked about what he could be able to do with more time on the wheel and he is ordering a wheel tonight.

Everyone's definition of decent is different, he felt positive about what he learned and left with some written reminders of things I saw that seemed to be his personal bugaboos.

A good week for both of us.

#62659 Where To Start With Wheel Newbies?

Posted by clay lover on 17 July 2014 - 08:20 PM

Welllllll, Me thinks I have 'created the beast'!   Guy is sitting on my studio step waiting for me each AM,  leaves with clay up his nose and is surfing the web for wheels and tools!  It has been fun.


I remember that I was hooked the 2nd day.

#62598 Non-Legal Ways To Address Copying Issue

Posted by clay lover on 17 July 2014 - 07:02 AM

After your 2 'No's, has she dug through your things in your absence, looked over your shoulder, taken pic of your pieces in process, or has she started her own R+D on what produced your results?  If it's the former, she is who needs to not be in a shared space.  If it's the later, anyone who bought one of your pieces and admired it could be working to figure out how it was done.

I was in a group space for years.  I pod ear buds, and folding screens made it workable until other's fingerprints started showing up on pieces coming out of the common kilns that everyone shared the loading of.  That was when I knew It was time to find a way to have my own studio. I sometimes miss the good parts of communal work spaces, but more often I appreciate the private space and meeting other potters at outside functions.

#62595 To Share Or Not To Share

Posted by clay lover on 17 July 2014 - 06:24 AM

I like Mea's  thought, "Not stingy, but selective".  Sums up what I feel .  And Chris's description of the kinds of info requests she does not fill.

There are many ways of sharing, and someone does not have to be an experienced or skilled potter to have something to share with a more experienced  or skilled potter.  Only the willingness to do it. Sharing could be a ride to the next meeting, or picking up you order when they pick up theirs,  etc.. It's an attitude of deserving my info that stops me .

If you are my student, however, I will turn myself inside out to teach you and share info with you.

#62188 Where To Start With Wheel Newbies?

Posted by clay lover on 10 July 2014 - 08:08 PM

It has been to so long since I was a newbie, I have forgotten what is important to a newbie.  Keeping the first efforts is important, I had forgotten.  Use same size ball every day, I get that.

Would you ever center clay for a student so they can feel what pulling a centered ball is like?  If this was a semester of study, I know what I would be doing, but all I'm hoping for is to give him a feel for wheel work and hopefully get him hooked!

#61608 What Is Your Throwing Position?

Posted by clay lover on 01 July 2014 - 10:19 AM

The speedball in tempting, but spendy, $200.  I found a plastic  bath tub stool at the thrift store. It's like what is used in retirement living centers.  very stable feet, all 4 legs adjustable height, good wide seat, if I sit on the edge of a stool, I get numb down the backs of my legs. And a sore bum.

I have the front legs 2" shorter . with the overall seat height at about level with the wheel head.  Bricks for the non pedal foot. knees just above the splash pan, thighs level.  I scoot the chair as close to the splash pan as possible so that I can keep my upper arms close to my body, rather than reaching out into space to find the center of the clay.

 I have been using it for about 3 months and so far it is better than what I previously had.  the price, $5, was also comfortable. 

But I still think about the Speedball.

#60638 10 Cool Trends In Contemporary Ceramics

Posted by clay lover on 11 June 2014 - 07:15 PM

Much of that looks like a subtle cross of a 3rd graders art project and dog poo.

#60587 What Would Your Ideal Workshop Be? Topic , Teacher, Location?

Posted by clay lover on 11 June 2014 - 07:40 AM

Paul , don't you have plans to go to Arrowmont soon?  Don't think that will be $100/day, though.

#60359 Craft Shows... Tips For Success

Posted by clay lover on 09 June 2014 - 08:26 AM

Chris, I had a similar experience with two women looking for a girt for their 3rd sister, not with them that day.  I told them about the thought behind a large $$$ piece I had and it lit them up, and said what they wanted to say to the missing sister.  They bought the piece, one of 3 similar with the same motivation behind the making, and later that weekend, both came back separately and bought the other 2 pieces.  They wanted them to all 3 have the 'story' in their respective homes.  I will never forget how that made me feel.  It's why I sell pots.

#58696 What Do You Do To Make The Customer's Buying Experience Fun/rewarding?

Posted by clay lover on 17 May 2014 - 06:53 AM

Chris, the people that are the hardest to deal with for me are the buyers that sort of know me, at the local show I do, that always will end up making a small purchase, but want to 'visit with me ' and other friends they find in my booth.  My lay out is open ended, and a double, but still it is a small space and they are standing in front of the wares so passers by can not get in or see what I have.  How do I get them out of the booth with out having to go out with them when they have not yet made their purchase, or after , when they won't go one somewhere else?  Might add, these are people with no social awareness, they won't take a hint.


The other group that I struggle with is the group of friends strolling around together, coming in the booth, and then standing and talking among themselves about whatever, not looking at pottery, blocking the way in and not buying anything.  They will see someone they know in the booth shopping and come in and glom over my shopper and often, I loose that sale because of the distraction.  Small town here, everyone sort of knows everyone.

I have trained my partner to take her buddies that come by and get out of the booth.  That took years


Roberta, google  sevilleclassics for shelves.  I put them on top[ of folding tables.   also  everconcept.