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Karen B

Member Since 11 Sep 2010
Offline Last Active May 21 2015 08:18 AM

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In Topic: Your Dream Studio?

21 May 2015 - 08:22 AM

A studio assistant! 

In Topic: Back Aches And Wheels

08 May 2015 - 01:36 PM

I was at a Jennifer McCurdy workshop last weekend. Someone asked her about her back. She said she uses an office chair (with wheels removed) and changes the height throughout the day, in relation to what she is doing on the wheel. She also rides her bike 20 miles each and every morning (on Nantucket!). She also works 7 days a week. And this is what she says keeps her back from hurting.

In Topic: Amoco Celadon Glazes

27 April 2015 - 03:02 PM

I recently used a studio light green transparent glaze for work on Little Loafers, which I understand is a ^6-10.  The studio glaze crazed too much for my taste.  So my go-to people suggested I try the Amoco celadon line of glazes.  While the glazes did not craze at all at ^6, my glaze application of 3 coats, horizontal, vertical and diagonally looks extremely patchy and streaky, more so on the darker colors than the lighter colors.  It was applied fairly smoothly, so I don't think I put it on too thick or too thinly.  Any ideas or suggestions?  The glaze states "Do not spray."


Even though I make my own glazes, I was interested in trying a couple of the Amoco Celedon glazes for the interesting shades presented in the ad. They looked awful the first time (on porcelain), and after talking to the customer service people, who told me not to do a slow cool, they looked equally awful the second time. Ya win some, ya lose some. This was just a waste of money.

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

01 April 2015 - 04:57 PM

The thing about cultural expression is an interesting idea. In Japan the culture was so much more contained, the evolution of the forms so much slower. Here in America, the culture is a true melting pot. To express this culture is not a simple form or idea. It will vary from state to state, town to town, neighborhood to neighborhood. It will never develop like Japanese pottery. That is not a bad thing. It is true. The huge variations and choices we have within our own studios ARE reflective of our culture.


When I was studying art (painting) in NYC back in the early 80's, it would not remain 2D. It broke out in 3D with plaster, chicken wire, wax, wood. The museums and galleries reflected a lot of this genre.


I spent one summer back then in San Francisco in a painting class at San Francisco Art Institute. I gathered mediums for the class, but all I felt compelled to work with was colored pencils and water colors on paper. 


The air, the culture, the smell, the energy, the people, all different. It affected me. 



Maybe one should take Hamada's comment about adding granite to the clay as just about that specific act.


In Topic: New Work -A Bit Different For Me

04 March 2015 - 05:44 PM

Really nice Mark. I feel that your craftsmanship is what makes the glazes sing.


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