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Rebekah Krieger

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

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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 

Pottery Festival In Cambridge Wi

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



Chemistry Book Recommendation ?

27 April 2015 - 11:17 AM

I feel like I am reading another language when I read glaze recipes written in this form (see pic)  Is there a basic chemistry for glazemakers book to help me decipher these? I feel like i should know this.