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Rebekah Krieger

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#78059 I'll Never Be A Real Potter.

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 26 March 2015 - 10:58 AM

There's still hope guys- if you can't grow a beard you can still grow a ponytail! ;)  

#77889 I'll Never Be A Real Potter.

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 23 March 2015 - 01:20 PM

I guess some artists are not real painters either because they don't make their own paints?

#77887 Who Of You Is Making Funeral Urns?

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 23 March 2015 - 01:14 PM

I made one for my son who was killed 2 years ago.  It's not your usual urn.  He always lived in not so good apartments, so I made him a castle with things that he enjoyed painted on it, and his picture on top.  When it comes time to bury him (if I ever get to that point) my husband will make a wooden box to put the urn in. I found comfort in it, but I don't think I would make one for anyone else.

what a beautiful tribute to your son 

#76597 Cobalt Wash

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 02 March 2015 - 01:42 PM

these are mugs I used a pre made cobalt oxide wash. It was applied to bisque and the amaco clear glaze (mid fire) was applied over it.  I did not have trouble with crawling but I did use commercial wash... maybe that makes a difference? I plan to make my own wash soon 

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#75658 Here Is What I Ordered - Never Mixed My Own Glaze Yet

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 18 February 2015 - 10:24 AM

Ok after reading these forums forever I finally placed my order with us pigment. ( will drive to pick it up) 

(I couldn't find talc on the website?)


This is the list I gathered from all of the discussions about starting to mix glaze 


50# G200 Feldspar

50#Ferro frit 3134

50# Epk

50# silica (325 Mesh)

50# Whiting

10# Kona F4

10# Dolomite

5# Spodumene

5# Bentonite

5# Superpax

3# Ferro frit 3124

3# ferro frit 3110


Colorants include

5# Rutile (light)

1# cobalt carbonate

5# Red iron oxide (high purity i believe is the common one?)

2# crome Oxide

2# copper carbonate


These stains looked yummy to me so I added them on my own to the list:

1 # encapsulated red stain 50779

1# pink stain 6020

1# Green stain 6263

I fire ^6 oxidation so hopefully I didn't order something that I cannot use.  Do my amounts look right to you? I am not sure if I am ordering enough cobalt carbonate because i use a lot of blue oxide wash already and hope to make my own blue wash/underglaze. 


opps I forgot to add- I already have 50# of Gersley Borate and 35# Nepheline sy 

#71032 Top Ten Myths About Creativity

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 01 December 2014 - 02:09 PM


.................practice makes perfect. 


Actually........ perfect practice makes perfect.  Practicing the same "mistakes" over and over and over just reinforces those problems. 


Reflective, critical, and directed practice, with consttant re-evaluation makes perfect.






...CRAP!! I'm completely screwed!

#70806 Holy Oldschool Goodybox!

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 26 November 2014 - 06:46 PM


Check the labels for safety issues.



Not likely Neil.  Those bottles look so old, that the labels probably encourages that you smoke, while handling/ using the glazes.


... after you have settled your husband in with his evening beer and paper ;)


Diesel!! I just went back to read the rest of the comments and realize you had the same idea LOL great minds think alike

#70100 Pride ... Is It Really A Sin?

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 17 November 2014 - 05:12 PM

It seems to be common in this culture to be self loathing and overly self critical.  I once was given a compliment on my clothing by a work colleague and replied "oh no, this is an old ugly hand me down suit".  She stopped me, held both of my hands and looked me in the eyes. She said "next time somebody offers you a compliment just smile and say "thank you".  It taught me a big lesson. It's OK to like yourself, enjoy the way you look/feel some times, think you are talented, smart, and worthy of praise.  If we don't love ourselves who else is left in the world to do it?  When people depend on others for compliments we are often left feeling "let down" and we also can seek unhealthy relations.  


It looks great, but you don't need someone's approval to love your own work. <3  

#66976 Hot Wax For Bottoms Of Pots?

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 30 September 2014 - 08:16 PM

Hot wax, but not for pottery. I use wax resist... 

#66941 My First Show!

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 30 September 2014 - 01:26 PM

Since I was in sales for 10 years prior to this, I have learned a lot about handling rejection and public insults. When I first started in sales, I took it personally and cried a lot over it.  

For work with pottery, you have to consider the source of the information to determine if it's valuable enough to take to heart.  If I was going to get opinions on vessels, I would want those opinions from people who appreciate good ones and from other makers of vessels. I wouldn't ask a hairdresser.

 I also learned that sometimes people say no for many reasons.  I used to teach my sales representatives that they should consider getting "no" as part of the process to get the "yes".  If you start tracking your rejections and figure out how many rejections you need to get a "yes" you can make it more of a goal to get all the "no" answers quicker to get to the yes.  You could take that concept further by calculating how much your average "yes" sale is. Divide that by your rejections and yes's. Lets say you get about 20 rejections before you get a yes... the average yes sale is $30... (just for instance, not actually)  You u can then divide $30 by 21 (20 yes answers and 1 no) You get $1.47 for each attempt regardless of the yes or no. ;) 

#66884 My First Show!

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 29 September 2014 - 06:17 PM

I was invited to do a show on Black Friday weekend and is am signed up for a christmas show dec 13th.

#66832 My First Show!

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 29 September 2014 - 07:04 AM

Oops I meant I say "boo" ;)
My mugs hold a proper 8oz of coffee and you can pour hot coffee in them immediately so you always have hot coffee and no obligation to drink 2 inches of cold coffee ha Ha

#66807 My First Show!

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 28 September 2014 - 06:59 PM

Pardon my punctuation and grammar, I am coming out of a 2 month busy family marathon and now after this show, my brain feels like it's checking out.  


Ok I am back from my first show. It was from 9am - 4pm.  


First off with my display I didn't display a box worth of stuff because I wanted to keep it clean looking.  I had it re arranged and Liked the way the new display worked,  there were more blocks of wood under things to create more dimension.  I was too busy to remember pictures.  There were lots of things that I learned for sure!  

First thing, I don't know if it's a good idea to have both artistic sculptural work at a craft fair.  Even though I had functional work, I think it confused some people and once some people would see the sculptures they would leave the booth. I have some nude figures and some vulture inspired work, so I might have scared off the conservative crowd.  I sold all functional stuff, and of course 80% of it was blue.  I did not have a windfall of sales, pretty much broke even from my time there, $100 booth fee, and the cost of clay and firing. (I sold $325) An art gallery owner approached me about keeping my work in her gallery. Another fair coordinator came and invited me to show at his fair, and I met some really nice potters.  (there were 6, 1 had wood fired work (beautiful work) , I was the one with more sculptural stuff mixed in, 3 others were strictly functional, and 1 was novelty crafty stuff)  I want to break free from the pre mixed glaze look and develop my own work now.  I did not have a candle, there was a poppurri lady nearby.  


I think I figured out which glazes that I like the best out of my combinations to use for my functional stuff.  There is a green matte satin glaze that I had made at glaze mixer to use on my brown clay body , and I want to use my blue oxide wash with clear coat  for my porcelain. (to appease the blue crowd but do it in a way that pleases me) Then I think I can keep my functional work to mostly those glazes and then get artsy with my other stuff. (until of course I develop more glazes, but I think it's smarter to stick to a few until I develop my own.)  


and For CHRIST SAKE everyone wants my mugs to be bigger and wants those god dammed sponge keepers!! Although I may sell those someday just to develop bottom line sales, I like to make small mugs. I am 2 brain cells away from making a large coffee mug (in blue float glaze, the size of my utensil holders) and have written in slip Here is your effing big blue mug!  LOL (not really, but It would please me to keep it in my studio to privately snicker at)  


I did not get a chance to ask the other potters how they thought the show went. The lady next to me who made crochet hats had a crowd at her booth the whole time, she must have sold at least 50 of them! Half the women were carrying fabric cat tails. (don't ask) ... I think to do this show again I would need to bring mostly functional and novelty things to sell. It's not my goal in ceramics to do, but it would at least pay some bills and be more enjoyable than working outside the home.  



Edit to add:


What I sold-  mugs, a few breakfast bowl mug sets, a gravy pitcher, spoon rests, a tart warmer, 2 utensil holders.  

There you have it! ;)

Oh, and my daughter had a little mini table with her loom band bracelets, she sold more items than I did!!  

#66675 My First Show!

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 26 September 2014 - 02:04 PM

I have gold but not another off white. The tent/canopy will have white walls, do you think it will look plain or better with gold?  Do you see something specific that should be re arranged? I got some "potted plant stands" that I used on some of the bigger bowls to elevate a bit. (not pictured here)  I am so nervous that nobody will walk in my booth, and if they do they will tell me I am out of my mind.  (which I am, but I don't need the general public telling me) 

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#66575 Banding Wheels

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 24 September 2014 - 07:44 PM

I have a shimpo but I also use my kick wheel as a banding wheel