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S. Dean

Member Since 18 Jun 2013
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#64763 Dripping Kyusu

Posted by S. Dean on 20 August 2014 - 04:57 AM



Link doesn't work (contains a ")" on the end.  It should be http://www.artisticn...ishiteapot1.jpg


I haven't made and side handled teapots, but I suspect that this design is naturally drippy with that blunt of a pouring edge.  At the risk of fragility, I would try to thin the lip out some more.  It seems like it would be hard to build up enough force in the pouring stream by just rotating the wrist to start the pour.  Speculating here, but it might require playing around with the pouring motion.  I'm thinking more of a locked wrist and a confident lifting of the elbow.  



#62336 Non-Legal Ways To Address Copying Issue

Posted by S. Dean on 13 July 2014 - 09:46 AM

Turn it around on her and make a shade with your technique.  I would bet that she will get the hint and it will result in a meaningful discussion about respecting other's work.  I would only do this if you have explained your rationale for not sharing your 10 years of R&D efforts. 


Perhaps in the future you should have all studio members sign a mutual confidentiality agreement where you agree not to appropriate the other's work or proprietary techniques.  Lawyer fees up front are always cheaper than on the back end. 

#62321 Image Envy ...

Posted by S. Dean on 13 July 2014 - 04:48 AM



I wonder how much of "image envy" comes from the different interaction we have with other people's work than we have with our own.  


First - I have realized that it is very hard for me to be satisfied with my own work. Burdened with expectations of what it should be, I focus on the flaws and failures of my work to meet my ideal. While being our own harshest critic pushes us to be better, it sure doesn't give us a neutral starting point for interacting with our own creations.   Conversely, when I look at other people's work, I'm free of expectations and able to engage with the piece for what it is.  Ever notice that something that would drive you crazy in your own work just isn't a big deal in someone else's work?


Further more, familiarity breeds contempt.   How many times do we look at our own work and say "I wish I made that!"  We discount our own uniqueness/specialness because it isn't unique or special to us.  After all, we work the way we do because that's how we do it.  However, our work may be special to others in the same way that we find other's work special to us.  As you said, there are pots you make and pots you buy.  Let's hope that ours are special enough that someone wants to own them.


Lastly, by the nature of what we do as makers, we are going to look at and analyze other's work. Rather than image envy, I would hope that we can change the mindset to image appreciation.  A friend of mind once commented that instead of being envious, he was happy for other people that made more money then he.  That was eye opening to me, and since then I've strived for an approach where I try not to begrudge anyone else's success (certain outrageous CEO compensation plans excluded ;) ).  Instead of wishing that those images were ours, let's be glad for the maker and that we get to enjoy their creations. 



#62088 Bad Habits You Would Like To Break.

Posted by S. Dean on 09 July 2014 - 08:15 AM

Spending so much time online reading about pots instead of making them  ;)

#61967 Ways To Sign Your Pieces?

Posted by S. Dean on 07 July 2014 - 09:31 PM

I had a stamp made at Jet stamps, they use acetal, a hard plastic, which makes a very crisp, burr free impression in the clay. They have a fast turnaround time and can help with design if necessary.


+1 for Brett at Jetstamps

#59435 Customer Pieces Management In Commercial Ceramics Studio

Posted by S. Dean on 28 May 2014 - 08:39 PM

One community studio I work at assigns each potter a studio number.  Work is not fired unless the studio number is on the bottom of the pot.  If you forget to scratch or stamp your number, there is an iron oxide stain so you can paint your number on.  When pots come out of bisque, they are put onto shelves with a corresponding range of numbers (i.e, 1-20 on a set of shelves, 21-40 on another set, etc).  Pots coming out of glaze are organized the same way.  Overall, this system seems to work pretty well and makes for short work in finding your pots.   As long as students are actively participating in the studio, they can keep the same number.  If not, your number may be reassigned. 

#57483 Craft Is Good; Crafter Is Not -- Cerf+ Survey Results

Posted by S. Dean on 27 April 2014 - 08:03 PM

I absolutely despise the term crafter.  You can add foodie to that list too. 

#55772 Custom Extruder Templates

Posted by S. Dean on 30 March 2014 - 01:36 PM

I have not used their services, but Northstar makes custom extruder templates. 



#55650 Using A Dust Mask, Breathing, And Seeing At The Same Time. Is It Possible?

Posted by S. Dean on 28 March 2014 - 04:29 PM

This is the respirator/filter combo that I use.  It has a P-100 filter which has a lower inhalation resistance than 3M's "standard" P-100 filters.  Available in small medium and large.  Envirosafety has good prices and they ship quickly.




Just a reminder to wipe your mask down after use and then store it in a sealed bag.  This keeps the studio dust from settling in it between uses. 



#51021 Ceramic Certificate Programs

Posted by S. Dean on 26 January 2014 - 08:47 AM

Although not out west, you may want to consider the professional crafts program at Haywood Community College. It is located in the NC Mountains about 30 minutes from Asheville. http://www.haywood.e...nal_crafts_clay

#45932 Failure Is Fine

Posted by S. Dean on 17 November 2013 - 08:51 AM

A few thoughts on this topic by others….


I have not failed.  I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.  ~Thomas Edison

Try again.  Fail again.  Fail better.  ~Samuel Beckett

One fails forward toward success.  ~Charles F. Kettering

Notice the difference between what happens when a man says to himself, "I have failed three times," and what happens when he says, "I am a failure."  ~S.I. Hayakawa

A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in the experience.  ~Elbert Hubbard

Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.  ~Henry Ford

You always pass failure on your way to success.  ~Mickey Rooney


It is a mistake to suppose that people succeed through success; they often succeed through failures.  ~Author Unknown