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Karen B

Member Since 11 Sep 2010
Offline Last Active Apr 15 2015 08:42 AM

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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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In Topic: Are You Taking Pictures/notes While Working?

04 March 2015 - 05:35 PM

I take lots of notes NOW. I remember to do this because I know I will NOT remember anything in a month. I also am fanatical 

about labeling everything, especially cups of test glazes, slips, stains, bags of clay! Once I go to the next thing, I

cannot remember what was.  It is the pain of not knowing that forces me to be diligent. Tape and marker are as important

as note book.

In Topic: Pregnancy And Working In The Studio?

25 January 2015 - 05:22 PM

One of many hormones that are released when pregnant loosens joints, so care is needed with pressure and weight.

All the best! ( I have 2 "babies" age 18 and 19)

In Topic: Pugmill As Extruder - Will It Work?

25 January 2015 - 05:10 PM

Chilly, - "So long as you have space to hide it and space to mount if for using, you DO have the space!"


What's cool is even if your suggestion is not fitting for me, it will probably give someone who wants an

extruder ideas for installing theirs. 

I'm sorry if I wasn't clear enough in my earlier comment, but I am not looking to get an extruder.

I am looking forward to talking to some tech support people about the pugmill dies tomorrow. I will post the outcome. 

 Battening down the hatches now for a possible blizzard tomorrow night!