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In Topic: Does Anyone Pre-Weigh Dry Ingredients For Base Glaze?

Yesterday, 09:27 PM

I pre-weigh my clear glaze and a white slip -- 2k bags that I store on a shelf until I need them.  These are the two I use more often and having them available saves time because you always run out in the middle of glazing or apply slip to works.  Works well. 

In Topic: Authenticity, My Own Personal Struggle With What It Means

Yesterday, 07:51 PM

"Copy" probably isn't as easy in ceramics, but in fine arts, people copy to learn. I actually didn't know this till later, felt guilty for doing it. Really try to brush stroke for brushstroke copy. It is a method of learning.same way one learns fine penmanship,etc.


My Chinese brush teacher learned from her masters by copying their work . . . day in, day out.  She studied bamboo with one master, choi with another, etc.  And, everyday they gave her copies of their paintings and told her to copy them, then copy them again . . . until they were satisfied she had command of the brush stroke, the loading of colors, etc.  That is how she teaches.  Copying the masters is also done in pottery.  You can't break the rules unless you know what the rules are. 

In Topic: Do You Touch Things In Museums?

Yesterday, 07:19 PM

Somewhat related, too often I hear parents admonish their children to "don't touch the pottery" when they stop by my booth at a show.  My reply is, "That's okay, it's only clay."  So, we precondition our kids early on to be good museum lookers and not touchers.  (Although the Smithsonian museums have some great hand-on exhibits for kids to touch and hold.  Too bad they don't have adult rooms, too.)


Evelyne -- it was a choice of either "serial toucher" or "felonious fondler".  As this seems to be a habit for you, I opted for "serial toucher".  Glad you did not get stuck in Boston.



In Topic: Justifying Class Costs (Warning Long)

Yesterday, 07:12 PM

I would suspect this is less about the costs of firing the kilns, etc. than it is about the non-profit looking to use the space for activities that could generate more income.  Key indicator is the high turnover of administrators in the past three years -- usually a sign of financial problems.  Your classes are small and pottery studios tend to take up more dedicated space than other activities.  While you may be covering the cost of the class, I doubt the class is covering the center's costs of sponsoring the class, e.g., providing space.  So, all the questions about kilns firing costs, AC costs, etc. are red herrings.  If the Administrator is looking to add/increase classes that generate more money for the center, they will start by cutting those which have a higher overhead cost.  And, for many non-profits, it has become more about metrics -- how many people received services, etc.  Given a choice between a yoga/jazzercise/step aerobics/etc. class with 25 paying students and a pottery class with 4 students, guess which one the Administrator will try to do -- because the non-pottery will show more people receiving services/benefits for the donor's dollars. 


I don't mean for this to be harsh, but unless the non-profit has donors with deep pockets, underwriting a pottery program is going to take more of the center's money/resources than many other activities.  And, from what you described, I think the questions are more a symptom of the financial standing of the center, not your program. 

In Topic: Do You Touch Things In Museums?

Yesterday, 05:42 AM

Steven, I had half of a piece of cake left in my bag. That would have lasted me for a few hours... till you came to bail me out.... :D  Glad to have your phone number!


I'am doing "the touching" in museums quite often. Security doesn't like me around the world. You know, not for a second did I think that I shouldn't touch anything. It was, and always is, an impuls, a reflex. 




Double violator  . . . touching the exhibits and carrying food into the museum!  Soon your mug shot will be sent to museum guards around the world with the admonition to "Watch for the serial toucher."  Hope they don't put you on the Don't Fly List . . . you'll be stuck in Boston forever (like the guy in the song on the subway).