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Mudslinger Ceramics

Member Since 16 Apr 2010
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In Topic: How Quickly Do You Get Rid Of Failures?

27 October 2014 - 05:53 PM

The really horrible ones get binned quickly but the others hang around a while until I finally am willing to get rid of them, or decide on a refire or post-fire treatment......


Had a big clean out of a storage shed recently and found pieces from the last 12 years of my pottery making.....had smiles and cringes as I looked over my making history......many at bisque stage where I wasn't sure how to finish them, some glazed at Cone 10 reduction in soft muted colours- which in my current C6 electric phase almost don't look like my work anymore......and a whole bunch of newbie rejects I couldn't part with at the time....have binned some but letting the others sit around the studio for a while as they have sparked my renewed curiosity in their form or glaze. 

(also shocked and delighted I found 300g cobalt oxide! that I paid an arm and leg for and 'lost' during a house move)


With some work I photograph it to remember form or glaze before smashing incase I later regret not keeping it for some reason.


ayjay...you're on the right track, have a look at FB page  'Art Abandonment'   there is a US and a UK chapter of this group.....if I can erase my name off the bottom of my so-so pots I think I'll start one of these in Australia



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......