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#101530 What To Do With All My Early Pieces?

Posted by flowerdry on 06 February 2016 - 09:07 AM

I recently visited a friend on the West Coast, one that I have known for a long time.  She served syrup in a crappy little pitcher I gave her 35 yrs ago when I first learned wheel throwing.  It was embarrassingly horrible, but she loves it and has been using it for 35 yrs.

(Gosh, to think if I had just kept throwing I might be really proficient today)

I know there are only so many friends and relatives to give stuff to....


Oh, and I found a new purpose for seconds.  I smash them into pieces and surround the root balls with a layer of the shards when I'm planting a new plant .  It keeps the voles from eating the roots.   That only works if you have a vole problem....which I do.

#101211 Question About How Cold Bisque Can Get In Below Zero Temps

Posted by flowerdry on 02 February 2016 - 08:44 AM

Something that hasn't been mentioned is that you should check whether your clay is rated to be vitrified at cone 6.  There are clays listed as cone 6 - 10, which means they won't be fully vitrified at cone 6.

#100240 Qotw: Can You Work Undisturbed In Your Studio?

Posted by flowerdry on 20 January 2016 - 09:56 AM

Paul C., I'm like you.  I have and enjoy both solitude and interaction.  I was so excited last year when I turned my home office into a clay studio, but have been surprised how often I forsake that solitude and drive to the community studio to work.


Paul R., it's not allowed to show a work space which doesn't include a work in progress!  Or a selfie...

#100044 Say Hello To Everybody! New Ceramic-Junky Arrived

Posted by flowerdry on 18 January 2016 - 09:57 AM

Hallo Andrea!  Wir sind alle hier sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit.


I found your comment about the German forums very interesting.  We have some aggressive forums in the US too, but this isn't one of them, and we are fairly international.  Don't be afraid to ask questions, or to offer your opinion on a topic.  It would be great if you would go to your profile and add a little about yourself so we can get to know you.
















#98757 Recommendation For Mask To Make Glazes, And How To Make Environment Safe

Posted by flowerdry on 04 January 2016 - 05:33 AM

I am a retired veterinarian and have spent some time thinking about the issue of pets in the clay studio.  Most people that let their animals in to the studio will tell you that sooner or later some mishap will occur...usually ruined pots.  My favorite one is when the dog steps on the wheel pedal and the pot goes flying.  It is for that reason alone that I don't let my animals into my studio.

As to health issues, dogs and cats really don't live long enough to experience the chronic health problems that people can get from working with clay.  Since the main issue is with airborne particulates, if you practice good studio hygiene for your own sake, that will certainly be sufficient for your animals.  I would probably not let the cat hang around with me when I was creating a lot of clay dust, or powdered glaze dust.

#98680 Novice Here, New To Forum - A Question About Slip

Posted by flowerdry on 03 January 2016 - 10:39 AM

Chilly, there are really three stock answers.  The third one is:


drum roll please


3.  It depends.

#98414 Goals For 2016

Posted by flowerdry on 31 December 2015 - 10:42 AM

My goals for 2016


1.  Continue improving my throwing

2.  Do some barrel firings

3.  Experiment with feather raku

4.  Take a workshop somewhere, preferably a week long


Happy New Year everyone!  May your clay journey be filled with enough obstacles to keep it interesting and keep you on your toes, but not so many as to trip you up.

#98271 Almost There

Posted by flowerdry on 29 December 2015 - 10:10 AM

Welcome back to your clay journey. May it be joyful and full of discovery.


Personally,  I've always had trouble with the bicycle thing.  Even after a few days of not throwing, I feel off when I start up again.  And, coming back to it after 30 years, I felt (and threw) like a beginner.  Guess I'm slow.

#97666 Developing A Style...when Does That Start?

Posted by flowerdry on 21 December 2015 - 10:14 AM

I have been a hobby potter for over 6 years.  Haven't made many final decisions yet except 1. I do not want to make my own glazes  2.  I have found the type of mug handle I like best and make that one consistently  3.  I am happy having a cacophonous pottery voice as THAT reflects who I am  (I have lived in different countries, embraced different cultures, spoken different languages, and had several different careers).  Experimenting is just far too much fun to give up.

#97435 Looking For An Artist To Re-Make A Piece For A Christmas Gift

Posted by flowerdry on 17 December 2015 - 09:29 AM

I was going to stay out of this, but, oh well, I just can't.  If I had been drinking something as I read the original post, I probably would have spit it out.  I honestly thought this was a joke....until I realized it wasn't. :wacko:

#97032 How To Reveal Lace Texture

Posted by flowerdry on 09 December 2015 - 10:13 AM

before you change them all over, do a few and compare to the original.  There is something really beautiful about the simple white ornament, and I think the lace texture stands out just fine.

#96984 Qotw: What Is The Most Daring Material You Ever Added To Clay Or Glaze?

Posted by flowerdry on 08 December 2015 - 06:38 PM

Well, Evelyne, your description sounds right, it's just that punktierung translates into stippling.  It's possible that it doesn't translate literally and that's the German word for a breaking glaze, but it just doesn't make sense to me.  It's all very confusing!  Good thing I don't have to order my supplies in German!

#96944 Do You Give Your Work As Holiday Gifts?

Posted by flowerdry on 08 December 2015 - 09:32 AM

Not consistently, but yes, I do.  This year I'm giving a soup bowl with a quilted microwave bowl holder, also made by me. For those of you not familiar with the bowl holders, I make them out of 100% cotton materials so they don't melt in the microwave.  You put the bowl plus the holder in the microwave, then you don't burn your fingers taking it out.

#96854 The Great Pottery Throw Down

Posted by flowerdry on 06 December 2015 - 11:41 AM

I too was disappointed in their male/female mix.  The female side seemed heavily weighted with less accomplished, less confident potters.


The time constraints, the elimination, all designed to add drama.  It's not meant to be fair, it's meant to draw and keep viewers.


Even thought I get the bit about pirating, I still wish I could keep watching....

#96442 Wheel Throwing Progress

Posted by flowerdry on 27 November 2015 - 09:39 AM

"I wanted to be instantly perfect at this so badly that when it was a struggle I wanted to give up so much. I think that sticking with something that you want to learn even when you're not getting the results right away takes a lot of determination. I just wanted to throw in the towel many times. Please keep on with it! It's my goal to find the fun even when I collapse or gouge something."


No worries!  Giving up was never an option.  Every failure just made me more determined.  Also, I really just think of it as a never ending journey.  There is no true destination, just continuous milestones.