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Rebekah Krieger

Member Since 01 Jan 2013
Offline Last Active Sep 03 2015 06:13 PM

#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 ! 

#86701 "would You Be Willing To Accept Less For It?"

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 08 June 2015 - 12:01 AM

I just did a local sales event yesterday. Only one person asked me to lower my price. I told them sorry, but no. They then had the audacity to say that they could get something similar [ it was a trio set of soap dish, spoon rest and sponge holder] at WalMart for less than half that. For once in my life, I was ready with an appropriate answer. I told them, "If you want cheap, imported, mass produced pieces, then by all means, go to WalMart. If you want hand crafted, locally produced, one of a kind set, I'm your girl". I then moved on to help the next person waiting for answers to questions. The lady at the booth next to mine overheard the entire exchange and burst out laughing at my response. :lol:


I so wish the average person could understand just how much time, materials and equipment goes into the pieces that we make. Maybe then they wouldn't be so given to asking for discounts. <_<


I like your response! To that I would say "wal mart does not carry handmade studio pottery, it sounds like you are more in the market for mass produced imports" 

#86674 "would You Be Willing To Accept Less For It?"

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 07 June 2015 - 02:11 PM

I like the response PSC  - I might further say "why yes, I offer wholesale for those who have a retail tax id and a minimum order of $500. " 

#86672 Dip-Glazing: Any Magical Trick?

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 07 June 2015 - 01:59 PM

I try to do the glaze drips on purpose. It makes the pot more interesting to look at.  I was pouring some glaze over a mug today and held my fingers in the center of the front of the mug in a way to make the prints more obvious. (sort of like using resist in spots before pouring.)  I will post results after the glaze fire.  

#86378 Pottery Festival In Cambridge Wi

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 02 June 2015 - 01:25 PM

It's a show but the entire thing is potters. I hope It is appropriate to share it here. This is the final year of the event and I am hoping this will end with a bang.   (especially because I am showing here for my first time among many very talented and well seasoned potters) http://www.cambridge...g/1aboutus.html



#81859 Searching The Forum

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 18 May 2015 - 08:01 AM

As I said before- I think the reason people are not finding threads is because they are not searching from the home page but rather in a section or even a topic.  Your search will be limited to the section or topic that you are searching from, so you need to go to the home page to broaden your search.  I have made this mistake several times in the past, you may not even realize if you are doing it. 

#81808 Searching The Forum

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 17 May 2015 - 09:22 AM

I have noticed i get less results when searching in a specific category. If you go to the home of the forums rather than in a section, you will likely find it. 

#81607 What Discourages You And How Do You Get Over It?

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 14 May 2015 - 02:20 PM

What discourages me? Lack of sales....


how I get over it? reminding myself that I improve with each kiln load. 

#81323 Can You Describe An Ah Ha Moment You Had?

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 11 May 2015 - 06:05 PM

At the local art museum, there was an evening wheel throwing class and that is where I learned.  I struggled to center and pull up a wall etc as expected, the second day we were given the 10 minute warning to be done and start cleaning up. I was in such a panic that the wheel time was over that I just immediately centered the clay and made a bowl.  The teacher looked at me and said "it seems to work for you when you stop thinking about it and just do it".  I had to learn to look away when centering in the beginning and go by feel. 

#81317 Any Way To Get An Off Topic Forum?

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 11 May 2015 - 05:43 PM

What would you like it called? I can do it if you want.