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S. Dean

Member Since 18 Jun 2013
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In Topic: Setting Up Studio In Basement

16 May 2015 - 03:22 PM

Transporting greenware is a real pain and something to be avoided with the extra handling, travel time and inevitable breakage.  


Assuming that you could fit a kiln load worth of pots in your car, when you factor in loading you are easily exceeding 2 hours round trip (likely more) for the bisque and another 90 minute round trip for the glaze firing. Then you have to go back after the glaze firing to pick up finished pots.  To me, that's a lot of time that could be spent making pots instead.  Ultimately, you need to factor in the value of your time and expenses associated with travel.


BTW, if you have to upgrade the electrical service, make sure you install enough capacity for any reasonable future growth. 



In Topic: Buying A New Wheel! ^_^ Yes!

10 May 2015 - 07:55 PM

I am a huge dummy. DUMMY. Troy Bungart made me a gorgeous throwing stick that has a knobby end that I could use to open! I never even thought about that before. :D Derp. That's a great video, too!

@S. Dean: ...that's not a bad idea. I wonder where I could go for that. :3


I bet these folks can offer some advice  https://www.artisttrust.org/index.php

In Topic: When Do You Keep Your Own Stuff?

09 May 2015 - 07:10 PM

That is a good point SD ...
Dwight Holland is a NC pottery collector and one of the most important aspects of his collection is that he bought many pots from the same potters over the span of their careers ... 30-40-50 years ... so an Art historian can clearly trace the development of their work. He had a good sense of the importance of supporting struggling potters by buying their wares. The entire collection is going to be at East Carolina University for the pottery students to touch ... Yes, that is his one rule ... All the work is to be handled as he believes feel is a better learning tool than pictures.


It's amazing just how many pots Dwight has collected.  You could get lost for hours wandering around his house where every surface (vertical and horizontal) seems to be covered with pots.  ECU is very lucky to benefit from his passion.


I think saving your best work is telling, especially when you compare it to your current work.  Some things are surprisingly good in retrospect, but that's often not the case! Hopefully our current work is always our best and there are better pots to be made tomorrow.



In Topic: When Do You Keep Your Own Stuff?

09 May 2015 - 03:06 PM

Some food for thought.  


On Page 79 of the book Michael Simon Evolution, Michael Simon writes that after 10 years of selling almost everything and owning very few of his own pots, he realized that he was losing the clues and details of how his work had developed.  Thereafter, he started saving a pot from each kiln load with the idea that it would be a "marker of his development".  


It's a fascinating book..



In Topic: Buying A New Wheel! ^_^ Yes!

09 May 2015 - 02:00 AM

I woud literally sell one of my kidneys on the black market for a de-airing pug mill. Santa is taking his time about it. :D

I wish pug mills made real pugs... ;)


Perhaps you could apply for a grant to purchase a mixer pug mill - your work and story are compelling.