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clay lover

Member Since 08 Apr 2010
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#66404 How Many "hand Builders" Here?

Posted by clay lover on Yesterday, 07:10 AM

I do both, switching from one to the other as my inspirations change what I want to make, or as I get low on one item or another in my sales inventory. Which ever I am doing, I think it is my favorite until I switch, then the  other is my 'favorite'.


Adding, I switch when my hands or body tells me I need to change what I am doing.

#65274 Tips & Tricks

Posted by clay lover on 28 August 2014 - 09:13 AM

My bottoms are very smooth, I'm always inviting people to fee it, er B), them.

#64913 Do You Donate Your Work For A Worthy Cause?

Posted by clay lover on 22 August 2014 - 03:34 PM

I donate to E.B.  and my students make bowls for that, but other than that, exactly what Chris says.^^^ 

As for charity auctions, that just tells people that they can get my work for a small donation.  I think it devalues the artist.  As for the Women's Charity Golf  event, do you call them and ask then to donate a club membership to you?   Same think, I think.


The article I saw on this topic is on Carter Gillies Pottery, titled, "The exposure you get is that you are willing to work for free".  We have a hard enough time getting respect for what we do, after all, we just 'play in clay' all day, don't we.  Got to go, my feet are aching from playing all day, loading 3 kilns...

#64884 Loafers Glory

Posted by clay lover on 22 August 2014 - 06:49 AM

I believe it is the name of a small MT. community near Highwater Clay.  They also make a ^6 called Little Loafers.

#64496 Another Sales Technique ... Maybe?

Posted by clay lover on 15 August 2014 - 12:53 PM

I don't know, I have always operated on , ' I have to get them to hold it, before I can get them to buy it."  They're  sure not going to buy it if they don't pick it up. 

#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!