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Rebekah Krieger

Member Since 01 Jan 2013
Offline Last Active Jun 17 2016 11:46 AM

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Good Wood Fired Clay Over The Counter?

14 January 2016 - 12:56 PM

Can anybody suggest a good clay body that would be great for wood firing made by laguna or standard? I would like to order some porcelain and some stoneware. I am participating in a wood firing this spring and was asked to use a non grolleg body.  I get to fill 20 square feet of my pots. :) 

What Were Your Most Successful Pottery Trades?

04 November 2015 - 10:34 AM

I have read about many people trading their pots for various things such as dental work, etc.  I have not had anybody approach me about a trade until last night. My Daughter's ballet teacher's father is a studio potter and offered me the option of trading pots for private ballet lessons.  I love the idea of doing this and since he grew up in a household that made pots, he understands the value of the trade. 

What have been some of your most interesting experiences with trading pots for services or other items?



Clay For Sculpting Vs Throwing

20 June 2015 - 11:08 PM

Does anybody have extensive experience in sculpting clay vs throwing clay other than higher grog content? I would like to know more about why one is better than the other.  

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

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 

Shows And Contests

08 June 2015 - 12:46 AM

Is there a resource that lists prestigeous or resepected  contests, shows, awards for ceramic work? Or could we get a running list going here for reputable ones? thanks