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clay lover

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#79930 Discussion On Clay

Posted by clay lover on 23 April 2015 - 07:13 AM

Ray, I have noticed that same thing. I would expect my skills to get rusty after a layoff, but the opposite happens.




#79840 Humor: The Best Way To Learn!

Posted by clay lover on 22 April 2015 - 08:32 AM

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




#78797 Request For John Baymore's Throwing Exercises.

Posted by clay lover on 07 April 2015 - 03:36 PM

Actually, looking back over this thread, I'm sort of interested in the Nigerian Prince and the $10,000,000.

  John, could you forward my e-mail to him, pretty please?  :D




#78621 Newbie Discouraged But Persistent---Help!

Posted by clay lover on 05 April 2015 - 09:15 AM

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. 




#78374 Well Met At Nceca

Posted by clay lover on 01 April 2015 - 10:28 AM

What a good looking trio! ;)




#78007 21 Century Customer... Perpetual Replacement Of Pottery

Posted by clay lover on 25 March 2015 - 12:12 PM

I expect her 'in circle' is not much better at accepting personal responsibility than she is.  I would think it a good thing that she and they shop elsewhere. 

 

Do you tell her she was buying child proof pottery?  

 

I didn't think so.




#77543 If You Want Perfect...

Posted by clay lover on 17 March 2015 - 07:06 PM

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.




#77458 Stuffers Is One Way To Make One Kiln Load Into Two.

Posted by clay lover on 16 March 2015 - 09:58 AM

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.




#77383 Planning A Glaze Kiln Load - How Much Planning?

Posted by clay lover on 14 March 2015 - 09:54 PM

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.


#77076 What Do You Get Out Of This Forum Interaction?

Posted by clay lover on 10 March 2015 - 03:39 PM

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.


#76930 How Many Sell Ceramics For A Living?

Posted by clay lover on 07 March 2015 - 09:16 AM

Terry, this is an on-line hug. (((())))) I will get back with you soon , heading out to do my own promo work.  Best.




#76769 Advice For Doing A Demo, Please.

Posted by clay lover on 04 March 2015 - 04:42 PM

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

shopping?

 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?




#75579 How Is Your Local Pottery Community For Social And Professional Interaction?

Posted by clay lover on 16 February 2015 - 06:17 PM

Rakukuku, that's what it is supposed to be, working together for the greater good, like Paul said. If you have that, you are fortunate.


#75153 What Is The Best Workshop Experience,incident Or Moment You Ever Had?

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.




#73254 What Do You Call Yourself? Artist,potter,ceramist,sculptor,hobbyist,wanna Be?

Posted by clay lover on 13 January 2015 - 06:52 PM

I think my new title is "Creative entrepreneur". otherwise, just 'potter'. in the South, Ceramic anything means that lady who painted the Christmas trees in her garage.