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Rebekah Krieger

Member Since 01 Jan 2013
Offline Last Active Dec 13 2016 11:25 AM

#118370 Just Dreaming ...

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 13 December 2016 - 10:55 AM

So the large log cabin style home next door to me is for sale. It got me thinking/ pipe dreaming. It comes with 10.5 acres. And a professional chef kitchen.

I imagine opening up a studio to make my work, have workshops, maybe open studio time the way Neil does, a gallery room for art, daily fee drop in studio time for those not taking classes ( equipped with supplies to make paintings or slab work) , the land is there to build an anagama and also to have art fairs, the property is next door to a gun club so it could possibly be zoned commercial. It also have enough space to hold curated art shows. This area is in desperate need of something for people to do ... A safe place for teens to create art and not get into trouble, some coffee pots and used art book exchange.

The total cost to get the anagama, supplies, house, etc wheels, bisque kilns, the property, etc.... About 460k. I brought this idea up to my husband and he completely ignored me and shot down the idea like it was too far fetched. I wish there was a grant of some kind to start up a community art center.
Has anybody else had dreams like this that felt too big to be taken seriously?

#118126 Who Of You Is Making Funeral Urns?

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 08 December 2016 - 09:18 PM

Here is a recent urn from the wood firing I participated In.

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#101061 Cone 6 Porcelain Body For Throwing

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 31 January 2016 - 12:59 PM

I use Laguna frost ^6. I was reading that it is one of the few mid range bodies that can become translucent and that is why many like to. I have not thrown anything thin with this body yet, I have only sculpted with it. So I can to say that I have seen translucency yet. I do intend to do so soon though. :)

#101026 Community Challenge #4

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 30 January 2016 - 10:31 PM

Ok it came out. I was trying to encourage cobalt bleeding but it was more of a dripping instead of bleeding. If I had more time I would have worked on the sculpture more.

Final entry

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#99814 Community Challenge #4

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 15 January 2016 - 07:15 PM

Here is my update for today. I added my vulture goddess. I also included a reference shot for form inspiration.

I threw the belly at 6lb and the top half was 3.5

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#99713 Community Challenge #4

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 14 January 2016 - 11:55 PM

So here is the one I threw yesterday and put handles on today. I wanted to throw a larger foot ring but time crunch will prevent it.

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#97538 Qotw: Does Your Work Have A Feminine Or A Masculine Look?

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 19 December 2015 - 10:19 AM

I don't know.  

I think when i work with porcelain my desire is to make it light, elegant, thin, and probably feminine.

When I use stoneware I like thick, rugged, & creamy. I rotate out clay bodies for what I feel like working with.  Overall my work looks more feminine but my more masculine pieces seem to sell faster. I like to think I rotate because i am still in the discovery phase with clay. I am narrowing down what i like to make because I had to go through the phase where i try everything. 

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#95555 Community Challenge #4

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 09 November 2015 - 02:30 PM

Just for fun- here is my streamlined form. If it survives bisq I will be using this one. Many of the Hydria that I like have a longer more cylindrical neck. I like that with the combo of the tall handle. 

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#95516 Community Challenge #4

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 08 November 2015 - 07:49 PM

I was playing around with the form a bit today and made a weak attempt. The base is too small and the top is too large. But at least i know what I need to do, it's just a matter of getting the measurements down. 


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#95424 Show Us Your Teapots

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 07 November 2015 - 09:42 AM

Just for you, I went down to my basement and dug out my chipped teapot. This is the last one I made.  you can see the chip in the spout if you look closely enough.  I am not satisfied with the knob and the handle. I know I can make better handles than that... and the knob I think is too thick and clunky.


  Ignore my dirty spot... unfortunately that is the cleanest spot in my studio at the moment, finishing up a huge order and am not allowing myself to clean it until it is finished. 

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#95223 Community Challenge #4

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 03 November 2015 - 06:59 PM

I LIKEY this one! :) Totally going to attempt this 

#94773 Prices?

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 25 October 2015 - 02:33 PM

I can see what you mean by that.  I don't disagree with it, I think there are many considerations and general market comparison puts somebody in the right direction. Naturally there will be the severely under priced master work.  I have seen it myself.  


As for the wood, I do somewhat disagree with that. Educated buyers are aware of the time and cost involved with some techniques such as wood firing. It is always wise to consider your cost before factoring in profit.  I do think it is a shame that I find crochet thread lace tablecloths at antique stores for less than a new one would cost.  I snatch those up! I think it's similar to the fact that often times crocheters will make most of their items for charity or gifts and will severely under value their work just as potters do. IT trains the public to expect that for cost. I don't think it's a good idea to continue making that mistake just because a few do.  People will respect our work when we begin to. 


When i refer to educated buyers, a simple comparison could be made to the average joe saying they do not think it's right to pay $7000 for a classic chanel bag.  But they still manage to sell to those who can afford it and understand the quality.  

#94510 Qotw: Right Or Wrong? Japanese Worldly Wisdom....

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 19 October 2015 - 11:21 PM

There is no right or wrong approach to the quote. It is either accepted or not. 


To strive for perfection = struggle. Struggle can only happen in the anticipation of a future moment.  Struggle does not "actually" happen if you do not have anticipation. Your mind may struggle at the moment, but it is not because you are in the moment, it is because you are anticipating.  To be fully present one must let go of struggle and struggle also is usually done in a strive to fulfill a story of "i" or to defend it. . (ego = the story of "i")  


 "The harder you seek perfection, the more difficult it becomes" Certainly does not sound like a Japanese work philosophy. But it does sounds like a philosophy on a spiritual standpoint in how to live your daily life. If one is fully skilled in their craft, then they can be fully present in the making process so it could be applied at some point.  When you create the story "i am potter" you add pressure to the situation, your identity is now involved rather than the simple making process.  


Be skilled, and then remove your struggle in the making process. But one cannot achieve the making process without skill.  The quote I have always said (and i am sure others have said it before me in other ways) "to strive for perfection is self abuse" because perfection is impossible. 

#94498 Qotw: Are "kiln Gods" Superstition?

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 19 October 2015 - 06:59 PM

I believe... and If I stop I fear the wrath......  

#94497 Prices?

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 19 October 2015 - 06:58 PM

I like to compare what other people are pricing similar items in my region. Mark C and i had a conversation about how people will pay higher prices in the midwest vs the east coast.  I would also compare the quality of my work and the experience of the potter/ firing technique as well. If lets say, a 40 yr vet is making the same style bowl as mine, but I am a 4 year vet and they fire wood vs elec ox I would price mine significantly less even if it's the same form.  But under pricing will kill your business and other potters.