I am a hobby potter. Not much on extensive decoration, I concentrate on form and function. I'm starting up a clay program (wheel only for now) at a local non-profit art center. Still work full time, but retiring soon and clay will become a much bigger part of my life.
Posted by flowerdry
on 12 February 2014 - 05:24 PM
I was taught in my early pottery lessons to try and use very little water. I probably caused myself a lot of difficulties in the beginning by not using enough. Then one day I watched a Robin Hopper video, using a huge amount of water VERY QUICKLY, and sopping it up almost immediately, and a light bulb went on! Ahha! Water is ok. Your fingers, tools, whatever, need to slide across that clay.
The longer I spend in this field, the more I have come to realize that there are so many different ways of doing things, I try lots of different ways until I find what works for me...on that day, with that clay....
Bob, after 6 yrs, my suggestion is, take a break. It sounds like it has gotten a bit old for you, so take a year off and then you can go back with a fresh outlook and who knows, maybe the folks will realize how much they missed their clay work and it might liven them up a bit.
When starting something new, like a new form I haven't made before, I always assume it's going to involve lots of failure until I'm satisfied with the result. But I don't think of my unsuccessful attempts as failures. They're just points along the path to success, and I try to enjoy the journey.
Posted by flowerdry
on 15 September 2013 - 07:19 PM
I have decided to get a little cranky on behalf of the infinitly patient potters who constantly answer questions on this forum. I was thinking to myself that this questioner, who by the way delcines to even give a gender, is going to be politely asked for more information. And, sure enough, Mark politely asked just that.
Would you, or any of the other minimalists out there (and there seems to have been a rash of them lately) walk into an auto repair shop...where they don't know you...and ask, Hey, I've got a ford at home and it's making a funny noise. What is it and what should I do?
If questioner want help, they should try and be helpful. Give lot's of information.
OK, I'm done being cranky. Back to being cheerful and deliriously happpy.
The WAY this plate broke is wonderful. I would consider highlighting the fracture by mounting both pieces on wood or some other appropriate background and either off set them slightly or just put some amount of distance between them.
Yes, Oldlady, maybe you ARE getting a bit grumpy, but it's ok since you were polite and not too verbose. Notice that this very friendly and patient group made lemonade out of your lemon. The answer to your complaint about newbies is to simply skip those questions and answers. Only read the threads that interest you!
Personally, I have often been amazed at the patience the experienced potters have shown, and their willingness to share their time and expertise. Chris, if you (that's y'all or you's or for those from the deep south...all y'all) intended to create a welcoming forum you've suceeded most spectacularly. Thank you, thank you to all who contribute. Yes, the internet can seem impersonal, but I feel like I have some potter friends out there.
I went to a workshop (and a week at the John C. Campbell folkschool) with Nan Rothwell this past year, and she tells her students that it's fair game to do anything you need to do to get the pot you want. The actual quote is : "You can lie, cheat and steal to get the pot you want" which of course is figurative, not literal and Nan attributes to another potter...can't remember his name. Nan used to be on this forum, and I encouraged her to come back. She says hi Chris.
Still a newbie after all these years.
Interestingly, I have been warned about, read about, and even seen a dreaded S crack, but, it spite of being a somewhat new potter, I've never experienced one. (Now I have probably jinxed myself) I must say that I don't compress very firmly, just lots. So maybe don't press so hard...