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In Topic: How To Make Big Handles

25 February 2015 - 12:56 PM

I have a large bin of sponges. I have them in all different sizes and shapes. I get the big cheap tile sponges from Home Depot. You can use them whole for large handles like drink carriers or cut them down smaller to the size and shape I need. I get them wet and wring them out really well so they are just damp then position them between the handle and the form. Since they are damp they won't overly dry the piece where they touch and are soft enough that as the clay dries and shrinks they give enough not to crack the piece.


In Topic: What Do You Call Yourself? Artist,potter,ceramist,sculptor,hobbyist,wanna Be?

25 February 2015 - 12:25 AM

I call myself an artist... Unless I am talking to a TRUE ARTIST. A true artist is someone who only creates that which speaks to their artistic soul and would never dein to lower themselves to actually creating something because it SELLS.. shudder the horror of selling my art my soul never I say NEVER!

To them say I am a commercial artist. If it doesn't sell I'm not going to make it I gave up being a dilettante artist over 20 years ago. As a commercial artist I am a lower being in their lofty realm but I am a lower being walking away with the biggest check and I can live with that.


In Topic: Artist Statement

25 February 2015 - 12:10 AM

The art festival applications that ask stuff like this I truly dislike:

"Please submit an artist’s statement which describes your work and how it fits in with and supports the mission of the festival."

Basically not only do you have have have a strong artist statement for your work you also have to have it explain to them why your statement is in love with their statement. I had to look up their mission statement and then scratch my head and try to get their statement clear in meaning then try and rewrite mine to do what they wanted. Took me a week of writing and scribbling to do what I thought they wanted.

I should state I didn't get into the festival. I guess my statement and theirs had irreconcilable differences... Do you think therapy would help?

I have applied to my back up festival instead and am awaiting their judgment. They were almost as bad, wanting a detailed writing on my artistic journey along with my previous festivals, shows, awards, etc. Oh and please feel free to attach additional pages to do so. After being as brief as possible for so many years THIS confused me... What do you mean add additional pages you mean I'm not telling you my artistic life's story in 100 characters? What ever shall I say that takes that many sheets of paper? Now the panic sets in gee I only have 3 paragraphs maybe I am not good enough because I haven't written a novel length description!

Awards? Yeah I have a whole box of ribbons around here somewhere. I actually had to go dig them out because I couldn't remember the precise awards, shows and dates! I CAN remember which shows I sold the most at, which galleries sell the most, and which of my clients have purchased more than a dozen of my pieces but awards and ribbons to me were never the point. Let the people vote with their dollars if they value my work they vote with green paper if they don't they give that green paper to someone else. I had a friend who never sold a single piece yet had over 3 dozen awards... Is he more successful than I because of this? It must be kind of chewy to eat ribbons for breakfast.

Festival applications can bite you on both ends.


In Topic: Finding Your Own Style...easy To Say

24 February 2015 - 11:22 PM

I came to pottery with a background in art. This helped me tremendously to focus on the shapes I liked. I keep my pieces fairly simply and like Guinea love to do surface design on my pieces. The desire to create a surface I can paint on means I am not going to do a whole lot of texture over the entire piece.. that said I struggled with my mugs thinking they were too plain, boring bla bla bla. Then one day I tried dipping just the handles in a different colored glaze since the body needed to be in a light color to take the imagery. After that I got to thinking I like the contrasting color now how can I add some additional interest so I added different textures to handles of a bunch of mugs. I love the way they look bone dry and will fire them shortly and I shall have to see if I still like them once I have glazed them in a contrasting color as well.

For gathering images of different pots I like, I LOVE the Daily Clay app with its offering of a different style of pottery each day. If I like a piece I hit the add to favorites button. I have been doing this for almost a year now and have a fabulous collection of favorites and scrolling through the thumbnails I can see the forms, textures, colors and styles I am instinctively most attracted to. It's quite interesting now to be able to see the "patterns" of design I prefer developing among the pieces I favorite.

I also say go to the library and check out loads of books on pottery. I did this the first year after I started and checked out every book I could find on the subject. A few I found myself checking out again and again and those I bought copies of to keep in my studio. At first I sketched out just about everything I made before I ever touched clay. Then I made maquettes before finally making the actual piece. I don't always do this now as I have a better understanding of what techniques create what shapes but when trying something new I still do, just to work it out in my head first.

I think everybody has their own way of following their artistic journey and what works for me might not work for you. All the ideas and suggestions you have been given here are great pick and choose the ones that speak to you and try them out... If they don't do what you need them too set them aside and try another.


In Topic: Who Gives Their Own Work As Gifts?

25 December 2014 - 09:36 PM

I have given things I have made as gifts for years. In my family, which was very large growing up, some had a lot less money than others so the rule was everybody pulled a name out of a stocking at the family event in July and that is the person you handmade something for. It didn't matter what you made knitting, quilting, painting, dolls, clothes, pottery, jewelry, etc you just had to make it yourself.

As an artist I have had friends request a certain piece for Christmas. I have given small items like a tin of cookies and a small ornament or something to my mailman, garbage man, delivery people, etc.

For the first time this year I did up a gift certificate for my daughter for a shopping spree in the Pugaboo Stockroom. She's grown now and I wasn't sure what exactly she would want or need so doing this she gets to pick whatever it is that she wants. She browsed the shelves today and let me know she would make her choices tomorrow. I will keep track of what she selects and next year make pieces to compliment whatever she picks this year to add to her set.