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#40238 Failure Is Fine

Posted by Claypple on 05 August 2013 - 09:36 PM

I was just recently thinking how lucky I am WITH the mistakes! 

1) Pulled the cylinder too fast once: got a beautiful curve! Looks great!

2) Another cylinder collapsed: I tucked it in and got a double bowl. Cannot repeat it again.

3) Pulled the corners of the slab too much. Wanted to smash it back to the ball, but wait ... doesn't it look like a color of the coat?  (This is how the series of my "coat vases" started.)

4) Had some clay scraps, was about to toss it, but noticed it looked like a whale on the wave. Kept it.


There is actually a test done by psychiatrists, called "Rorschach test". They show you inkblots that actually have no meaning and ask you what you see in them. They then analyze your interpretation. So what I see in crooked bowels or a bended plates of mine reminds me that test. The problem is, I am more successful when I make the mistakes! 


So, my question is: Do the professional artists still practice accidental art, or it is just a beginner's thing?

Is your the most successful work was a result of your imagination (Jim, I mean WITHOUT taking  hydrocodone/vicodin!) or it happened by accident?  

#40114 For New Folks, Red Is Not Santa Suit Red, Usually

Posted by Claypple on 04 August 2013 - 12:03 PM

Oldlady, what made you post this bitter-out-of-frustration post anyway?

Looks like out of nowhere. 

#40013 Electric Kiln Design: 'bucket' Or 'box' Preference?

Posted by Claypple on 02 August 2013 - 09:59 AM


 Circular design is a huge waste of staking space.

It's is easy to imagine why. Just draw a circle with a diameter of 10 and now draw a square with a edge length 10


Do you make square bowls? No. Does the heat from the elements stops at the corners? No.

That is why the "bucket" kilns are more efficient than the "box" kilns.

(And that is why everybody should be obligated to take a science class while in school!)

#39948 Commercial glazes: good experience

Posted by Claypple on 31 July 2013 - 08:55 PM

Laguna "Desert Sand" and "Peacock"

Duncan "Sephia Brown"

Coat&Stroke "Java Bean" and "Blue Grass"

Coyote "Red Gold"


No overlaying. 

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#39337 Re-Glazing A Broken Piece--Possible?

Posted by Claypple on 21 July 2013 - 05:43 PM

I would use duct tape.


That is why you will never be a Moderator! You just killed the whole thread!

Imagine people are waisting their time trying to help Puzzlebox with his scientific project,

giving one stupid advice after another, but YOU JUST NAILED IT! What a bummer!

Now you will never get a cash in the envelope or a new car as a newly appointed Moderator.  

#39329 Hi From Japan..... Here Is What I Am Up To.

Posted by Claypple on 21 July 2013 - 12:17 PM

... and the Brent Quick Centering Tool !

#39168 What Is The Most Incorrect "rule" You Ever Heard For Pottery?

Posted by Claypple on 18 July 2013 - 09:00 AM

Off topic but since Pugaboo is having problems wedging I thought she might get a kick out of a neat way to clean the inside side of her computer screen: http://songdrops.com...g-screen-clean/



This video is hilarious! If we had the "like" button showing you the number of times somebody liked it (like we had before), you would get 20+.


Talking of which; Moderator, we also need the buttons like: "I didn't like it at all", "What are you talking about?!" , "Wow, that is really crazy", and "I cannot believe I am reading it!".

#39085 What Is The Most Incorrect "rule" You Ever Heard For Pottery?

Posted by Claypple on 17 July 2013 - 10:14 AM

Holy cow! You kept the gun powder closer to the kiln?! Actually, don't you think it was a good thing that you were NOT watching your kiln?    :D

#38972 What Is The Most Incorrect "rule" You Ever Heard For Pottery?

Posted by Claypple on 15 July 2013 - 09:57 PM

The most contentious one discussed on this forum is splash pans which are reported to not be needed. As the car guys say BOOGUSSSSSSS- Each to thier own I say-some like them so do not.  Just another tool to be used or not.

People do use them to collect great slip for additives to clay or slip and also for keeping an area clean.


Splash pan. Simply look at Jim: he was swearing he would never use one, and guess what? Just the last week he admitted he started using it a lot after his roof started leaking (to catch the water). So, never say never! 

#38961 What Is The Most Incorrect "rule" You Ever Heard For Pottery?

Posted by Claypple on 15 July 2013 - 07:24 PM

Another myth: If you are right-handed, you must spin your wheel counter-clockwise, "because we said so!"

I would rephrase: "Because we, ourselves, don't know how to do it clockwise".  :P

#38960 What Is The Most Incorrect "rule" You Ever Heard For Pottery?

Posted by Claypple on 15 July 2013 - 07:22 PM

I was told many years ago that the pre-made clay from a bag had to be wedged before using. This year I took a workshop in which the teacher told us that was bunk. Well I have now thrown from many bags of clay without wedging, with no problems at all.


Agree with this one, although I do play with it a little before I throw it. Just to shake it and  wake it up.

#37618 What do you collect and why? | June 19, 2013

Posted by Claypple on 24 June 2013 - 12:08 AM

... I like to collect small objects I pick up while walking.

What is one man's hoarding is another man's collection.

#37172 "Stuff"

Posted by Claypple on 16 June 2013 - 01:09 PM

if anyone want tumbleweed ash. I'm taking orders for this year's crop. Harvesting starts around October and really never ends.


Do not start this! Otherwise next thing we hear is that Jim is selling the lama poop and dear livers! Posted Image

#36913 Used wheel wanted

Posted by Claypple on 13 June 2013 - 12:30 AM

Don't you hate it when somebody starts a thread and then never even comes back to appreciate all the posts and advices.

#36482 Thick vs. Thin, Heavy vs Light

Posted by Claypple on 06 June 2013 - 09:15 AM

Don't get too hung up on that. I think it is very important for a beginning potter to keep concentrating on speed, exactness, and thinness for a very long time, but there comes a time when that is second nature and you actually have to avoid concentrating on those things. I've ruined many a pot that was spontaneous, fresh, and gestural because I couldn't resist pulling it a little thinner.