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#19031 Do you prefer to work in your studio alone, or in a communal studio? | July 6...

Posted by Dinah on 07 July 2012 - 12:46 AM

Having taught at various levels in shared studios, I understand the pulls on one's sensibilities and the huge drain on energy seeing to the well-being of others and the health and safety of the environment etc., -- ultimately on one's creativity; and yes I can hear those of you out there gearing up to say but wait a minute I'm actually stimulated and inspired by my teaching practice. Are you accomplishing your goals? I love working on my own now. I love being able to reflect and work through decisions and think things through uninterrupted by bureaucracy or a clay delivery. I respect and enjoy studio processes which are not hurried or compromised by time constraints. I am constantly delighted and refreshed and inspired. I enjoyed teaching very much, but I know I'm a far happier and more fulfilled person at this stage of my life. Teaching continually fueled my desire to be more independent and separate from "the newest wheeze" and cutting edge responses.

#14763 Disappointed in my new wheel

Posted by Dinah on 14 March 2012 - 07:44 PM

Offcenter's post is right. Whacking axis to set true center? Are you kidding? Sorry, but I'm with Ivar here, sorry to be incredulous and a bit scathing. Caveat emptor lives on. Unfortunately.
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#13755 Pots in Movies

Posted by Dinah on 18 February 2012 - 07:47 PM

Shakespeare in Love, a lovely little e'ware cup.

#10820 How do you handle disasters in the studio? | Dec. 5, 2011

Posted by Dinah on 07 December 2011 - 10:14 AM

So sorry to read of electrical fire. Glad you're safe. I too find that the "drying game" is my biggest nemesis. We all want to please customers, ourselves, get a load glazed and test some new glaze formula. But craft work is never routine, not really. Shouldn't be at any rate. I find I am paying close attention to processes and stages in making, firing, decorating, recording, marketing. Just slow and steady with about 2 blowouts a year turning the drying game into the crying game. Enough to serve as a reminder to Pay Attention.

#8957 The business of art pottery

Posted by Dinah on 01 October 2011 - 10:35 PM

Okay, I flood the market with widgets: AKA Yarn Bowls and Pho Bowls. I've tapped a market which will work for a while until every Pho eater and Knitter in Skagit County will flinch back in horror at yet another offering from yours truly. But, I also make fragile and exquisite pots for rich people to put on their mantle pieces. As in most things in life: it's a balance. I've seen a couple of postings here and there from potters who have "aspirations and ambitions" but have fallen into the ways of making mugs which sell. These mugs sell very well indeed, but the makers are unhappy because they don't feel that their potential is being realised. What is this all about? I am happy as a clam at high tide to get down to my local Farmers Market on a Saturday and flog bowls and utilitarian ware. But I also like the "otherness" of what I do in chancing my hand by entering juried shows and so forth. I think conscientiously working the juried show circuit is excellent advice from Chris Campbell -- get a good CV going. Develop a Five Year Plan. If you are still earning a salary from another profession -- you need to develop this patience and foresight. Discipline. Kill your telly. Take on a potter's life.