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In Topic: Qotw: Are Our Expectations Too High?

28 July 2016 - 08:22 AM

When I was going through professional freelance photography school back in 1980, my life was dramatically changed by a class in Positive Thinking. The course was 9 months long and at the beginning of the course we were told that a professional photographer could complete the final portfolio in 2 weeks. The positive thinking class happened early in the course and as a result of what I learned, I decided that I would wait until the final 2 weeks of the course to start assembling my portfolio. It was a make or break situation. If I completed the folio, I'd get my certificate. If I didn't complete the folio...no certificate. The work was hard but rewarding, and on the final due date I submitted my completed portfolio and received my certificate of completion and graduated. I was now a "Professional Freelance Photographer"...NOT!

Here I am 36 years later and I'm still learning different aspects of photography.

My take-away from the positive thinking class was PMA or Positive Mental Attitude and I apply it everything that I do. The main objective is to set a goal...and pursue it. The are no failures, just steps in the learning process.

My foray into ceramics happened at the prompting of an 87 year old ceramist whose bathroom I remodeled. She gave me a kiln and suggested taking a course through a local Learning Exchange, which I did. The instructor said that, over the span of the 6 week course we were expected to produce just four Items, primarily wheel thrown. He was astounded when I had completed 21 pieces. That was around 10 years ago. Since then I've aced Ceramics 1 & 2 at a local community college and have accumulated everything I need to make ceramics a paying hobby, including converting a small studio apartment into a pottery.


As for expectations...you can never shoot too high. With the right attitude, you will accomplish what is necessary to achieve your goal. It's just that some goals take longer than others to reach. Just saying...



In Topic: Making A Extremely Low Shrink Clay?

26 July 2016 - 08:26 AM

Paper clay might help here, too. You should be able to find how to make paper clay elsewhere in these forums.

Have you thought about increasing the initial size of your ocarinas by 5-6% to compensate for the shrinkage?

Do you have any pix to show what you are doing?



In Topic: Finishing Cutting Board

21 July 2016 - 09:04 AM

Do you have pix of the prototype?

What kind of wood are you using?

In Topic: Finishing Cutting Board

18 July 2016 - 09:25 AM

Are you cutting the recess that the tile will fit in or are you making the tile to fit the recess? In either case you might use afood grade silicone sealer to fill the joint.


In Topic: Qotw: What Other Things Beside Clay Have You Mastered?

14 July 2016 - 10:19 PM

asking dumb questions



Come on, LT. There are no dumb questions, just answers you don't know yet.