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Mudslinger Ceramics

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In Topic: Well Said

22 October 2014 - 06:46 PM

Come back to this thread and am quite surprised by the level of cynicism to the quote.  


Everyday in the 'Studio' and 'Technical' threads there are potters experiencing 'hundreds of hours of failures and experimentation' who don't give up 'after days, weeks and months of frustration and the moments of pure joy' that final success brings, we help them, cheer them on and celebrate them.... otherwise why would we persist in further developments and problem solving


'Business' thread is full of congratulatory posts when a potter takes a chance at selling their hard won and beloved works.....often after long considerations of 'am I good enough?', 'will people like them enough to buy?' and 'is my display good?'.....if there were no heart and a bit of 'soul' in them, and us as their fellow potters, we wouldn't care


...and if there was no buying of the pots we are so passionate about making then what's the point of being in this business (or hobby)....there are MUCH easier ways of making money


I don't understand the cynicism when just reading through almost any thread on this Forum supports the sentiments expressed in the quote.



Phil, you dropped a bomb, but what's your rationale? 


Chris, your commitment to excellence completely flies in the face of 'cute' .........and experience teaches there's certainly nothing 'quaint' about a week long anagama firing.....


My experience echos GEP in that a bit of the handmade story does make a difference to the buyer.....if not directly with a product sale at the time then with a statement like 'Oh, wow, I didn't realise what it takes to make one of these'..........which is so much a part of the handmade vs store bought conversation


Agree, I wouldn't advertise or display such a sign in my workplaces.....it's inappropriate in a 'business' context, but looking at potters websites, profiles, gallery photos and Forum posts the sentiments expressed certainly seem to be the foundational rationale of why we commit to something as complex as pottery making.



In Topic: Re Finding A Supplier In Australia

16 October 2014 - 09:47 PM

Hi Lyn


I am in Sydney and have not found an Aussie supplier yet who makes them.  There are rubber stamp makers if your design is low and simple and I have used rubber but not for fine detail.


Don't know how fine you want the image/text but can make your own from plaster, wood, bisque clay etc.... but if you have need of detail best to pay 4clay and have them made well.



In Topic: Oh Beautiful Clay

15 October 2014 - 09:09 PM

Makes me look at my wedging table quite differently.



In Topic: Well Said

15 October 2014 - 09:04 PM

A good part of the 'why is handmade better' question asked so often in our profession......



In Topic: What Part Of The Process Satisfies You Most?

15 October 2014 - 07:02 PM

Like working with translucent bone china slipcasting at times ....fussy, difficult and WAY too temperamental at every stage of making and I may only get 1/4 of a small kiln load to work.....but when they work, emerging from the kiln paper thin and full of light, it is absolute MAGIC to me!!!    I sit there smiling and admiring them for some time......I know, a bit sad.....but when they work out I just love them!