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Rebekah Krieger

Member Since 01 Jan 2013
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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. 

#94496 Qotw: Have You Ever Taken A Video About Yourself, Showing How You Work?

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 19 October 2015 - 06:51 PM



I hope that worked. Please pay no mind to the messy basement. It was not meant to be time lapse but I must have had that setting on when I took the video. :) 

#91416 Pots in Movies

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 25 August 2015 - 11:38 PM

I have paused movies to look at pottery on shelves and end tables too! I don't recall which ones but my husband gets annoyed when I tell him "quick pause that" and when he realizes it's for a pot instead of me getting me up to pee or fill a glass of wine he will push play again hahahaaha

#91314 Engaging Children - Special Pricing

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 24 August 2015 - 12:42 AM

My kids are very active with me when I go to art shows to sell or shop. Tonight I came home from a weekend getaway and pulled a mug that I purchased out of a bag and my 11 yr old daughter made an awestruck squeal and ran to grab it and examine the mug. She has a thing for Neil Estricks work too- she likes how smooth they are. I think it's a lovely idea to have lesser priced small mugs for children only.

#87290 How Have You Used And Applied Strontium Crystal Magic?

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 17 June 2015 - 08:36 AM

I have played around with strontium cm Warm a little bit. I have not had trouble with running yet. I have brushed it on pots, dipped it, and blown it on with an atomizer.  I like the blown on look the best.  usually I have the heavier saturation of it near the bottom. If ever in doubt put it on a cookie imo. You never know unless you fire it. ;)  I have used it mostly under commercial glazes to test out how it changes things.







The mug and bowl is with it blown under amaco's new celadons in "ice".   You can see the scm makes it white in those areas.  (it is a brown stoneware clay body) 

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#87248 Feel Like I Am Hitting A Brick Wall - Perhaps You Have Experienced This?

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 16 June 2015 - 10:43 AM

I am overwhelmed by all of the wonderful advice. Literally each reply offers great advice and kind words. Thank you for all of the support.  My kids are 16, 14 (she will be 15 in a few weeks)  11, and 5.  I think the combination of seeing so many well estabilshed potters (it was a festival filled with all very talented potters, naturally I was the newest one) and my feelings of not being as established as them was overwhelming. (except for one potter who made work that I just thought seemed cheesy)  I appreciate that rome wasn't built in a day, and I need to remind myself of that. I'm a capricorn, patience is not one of my strong points, everything i do is with full intensity.

 I don't make enough sales yet to contribute financially but I feel a lot of pressure to do so. My youngest goes to full day school this fall. (he was to start last fall but we decided last minute to pull him out of 5k and stick him back into 4k due to his august birthday)  If I don't start making enough to contribute I will have to work somewhere for somebody else and that is the last thing I want to do right now. It would slow down the building of rome 10x!!!  My husband runs a small company and his real passion is writing fiction. He writes on weekends but I know how frustrating it is for him to see his friends and collegues publish stories so quickly and he has agents waiting years for his book to finish.  I see how hard he works and the sacrifice of working on his passion part time. Yesterday I was using a cup from a very talented potter who has been at it for decades, and unpacking my crates of "newbie pots" ... it was a very humbling experience.  The combination of all of that hit me in the face. And yes, I cried like a 13 yr old girl haha! 


Every single bit of advice here and kind works is helping - I can tell that each reply has a lot of care put into it. Thank you!   :wub:

#87203 Feel Like I Am Hitting A Brick Wall - Perhaps You Have Experienced This?

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 15 June 2015 - 05:04 PM

I spent some time at my show this weekend looking at my work as a whole and looking at the work of others as a collection.  I do not see anything special about my work that makes it "mine".  The things that I think are my better work, are inspired by works of other potters that I admire. The problem with that is, I don't want to be a clay artist who makes inspired work. I want to make my own work. I don't want to make predictable pottery. I know what I like, and I know what I am better at, but I still feel like I don't have a look in mind that is my own. Is it wrong for me to look at work of many potters and say "well that is good but it doesn't seem like I would be satisfied if that was my life's work or it seems too predictable for a potter to make work that looks like that"? I understand how pretentious or even ignorant that probably makes me sound.  It isn't meant to be, It's meant to be more objective than anything.  



Here is the problem: I need to make work that would pay the bills, but I want to make sculptures and work that is thrown with added sculpted features. (i know, reading this you probably expected to hear something phenomenal and I didn't say any thing that hasn't been already done)    I also need to make work that pays the bills, a more consumable product to sell in between the sculpted art.  I have been making consumable pots that I do not feel are original because the work I want to make are not consumable pots. I have to bring in an income, so not making them is not an option for me.   The work that I envision I feel like i do not even have the technical skill to create. I wish I could just go and take some workshops in sculpture and narrow down my voice for the everyday functional work.  I cannot just go off to college and learn sculpting techniques - I am the mother of this household and if I was to leave it would only be feasible to do it for a week or two tops.  I also don't have unlimited funds where i could just go racking up fees for audited courses when I have 2 kids in high school who are in the process of figuring out their own schooling.  


I feel stuck and over my head with what I want vs what I am capable of doing.  


I hope my ramblings were not too difficult to read.  Please offer me advice - especially if you have been through this or have a good idea on how I can break out of this. 


- Rebekah 

#86702 Chattered Bowl..

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 08 June 2015 - 12:05 AM

Your liner glaze is nice! Conrgrats !