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#79435 Stream Of Consciousness Back Fires ....

Posted by flowerdry on 15 April 2015 - 07:40 PM

Plan F.  Whack it into pieces.  Carry the pieces downstairs.  Reassemble....with paper clay????

Plan G.  Whack it into pieces.  Carry the pieces downstairs.  Fire the pieces.  Glue it together and install in yard.  Enjoy.

#77939 I Have My Garden Of Shame

Posted by flowerdry on 24 March 2015 - 08:31 AM

Mark, I can't even think of my reject, unwanted pieces as "trash".  That's one of the perks of non-production work...not so much stuff to get rid of.  Yes, I have pots in the garden.  Half buried and tilted equals a toad home.   Surrounding tender newly planted stuff as protection against doggie paw squash.  Holding starter plants.  Have used the trash can, but not very much.

#77868 I'll Never Be A Real Potter.

Posted by flowerdry on 23 March 2015 - 08:53 AM

I have reached an important decision in my clay life that I want to share with my forum friends.  I love my journey in clay and want to always be moving forward, improving and learning.  I have always assumed that since I want to be a good potter I would eventually need to start mixing my own glazes, but have been putting off that step. I have been dreading all that glaze mixing entails and I know you all know what I mean by that.

Last week I realized that clay is something I do because I want to do it, not because I have to, and mixing glazes because I feel I have to will take too much of the joy away for me.  So I'm not going to do it.  Why should I, when OTHER PEOPLE have done it for me, and very well at that.  I am happy with the commercial glazes I use and am always trying out new ones and new combinations and techniques.  I teach a few beginners classes and sell a few pots at a gallery and that pays for my habit and makes me happy.


I feel as if a huge burden has been lifted off my shoulders.  I am at peace with never becoming a "real potter".

#76823 Living The Dream

Posted by flowerdry on 05 March 2015 - 10:14 AM

Part of my dream has been realized.  My home office has been dismantled and turned into the clay room.  This winter has been about clay...all clay.  I'm in a special heaven called retirement.

#76113 Finding Your Own Style...easy To Say

Posted by flowerdry on 24 February 2015 - 09:25 PM

" I used to like really precise and perfect pieces with clean designs and colours, because the potter who first taught me ceramics was doing that kind of things."


It took me many years to realize that what I thought were my own tastes were really just versions of what I was used to...from parents, friends, teachers.  Finding my  own personal voice has been a long but tremendously satisfying journey, in clay and others aspects of my life.

#75859 Alternative Firing Workshop S.padre Is. Art Space 2/18/2015

Posted by flowerdry on 20 February 2015 - 06:08 PM

Sure looks like you had a great time.  Thanks for sharing.

#74191 (Un)Happy Accidents

Posted by flowerdry on 27 January 2015 - 10:02 AM

Whenever somebody asks the forum how to repair or save a piece, invariably, many people say toss it and make another.  I respect that and believe it to be good advice.  I, however, derive much pleasure from the challenge of resurrecting (nod to Isculpt) my mistakes.  Luckily, I have the time, and don't need to the money.  My resurrected bowl came out of the kiln quite cute and funky and I don't want to part with it!  Will try to post a picture soon.

#73899 (Un)Happy Accidents

Posted by flowerdry on 22 January 2015 - 07:42 PM

I recently made a bowl and spent some time on it: squared, rolled and stamped the rim.  After breaking the rim twice, I finally just took it off and bisque fired a plain bowl.  A bit funky and uneven since I had messed around with it so much.  Then, the glaze tongs broke off a piece of the rim, so I broke off a piece from the other 3 sides so they would match, and sanded the edges a bit.  At this point I'm thinking, glaze tester, I can just use it at home.  (I actually don't have much of my own stuff at home.)  Then, someone walked by, looked at the pot and commented, "Oh, that's nice."


Ka-ching. (Sound of cash register).  I'll let you guys know if it sells.

#72468 Adventures Of A New Wheel Teacher

Posted by flowerdry on 26 December 2014 - 10:49 AM

So, I have my first beginners wheel thrown pottery class for adults under my belt and it was a satisfying and wonderful experience. I'd like to share with you a tale of two students, neither of which had any clay experience.  One centered almost immediately and the rest of us watched in amazement.(student A)  One still couldn't even get close to centering after 3, three hour classes. (Student B ).

I started them out with cylinders. Student A just wanted to make bowls since they were easier, so I let her do her thing.  Student B continued to struggle with the basics and told me she came in during the week to practice.  Poor thing, she just seemed so hopeless.

At the last class, (6 Sat. mornings), student A had a bunch of failed bowls, and student B managed to produce a single, well formed, low cylinder for which the entire class stood up and clapped.  JOY!!!!

I must admit to a bit of guilt for not pushing A harder, but she seems happy, and I do advertise the class in the catalog as fun and relaxing....

#59142 Going Shopping

Posted by flowerdry on 24 May 2014 - 08:55 AM

This is hard to answer since we don't know what your interests are, your skill level, etc.  By the way, thanks for filling out your profile so we know a little about you.


Do you have a good wedging table?  How about glazes, or glaze mixing materials?  Underglazes?

Everyone should have a sponge on a stick.

Mini-extruders are fun. Manual sprayer..the little one you blow through.

I love my giffon-grip, but you should learn how to trim without one if you're a beginner.

Maybe a variety of bats to see which you like.

Can't think of anything else...except my dream list includes a pugger.

Have fun!

#56975 Burnishing Methods

Posted by flowerdry on 18 April 2014 - 08:07 PM

Don't forget to share Gkillmaster, I would love to hear about what you discover.  Also, it would be nice to know a little more about you.  Please consider fleshing out your profile.


Love the hat.

#54820 Trimming A Foot For Bowls

Posted by flowerdry on 16 March 2014 - 07:50 PM

Percussion has been helpful to me...the sound the clay makes when I tap it lightly.

#52324 How Wet When Throwing?

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....

#51465 Hobby Potter Teaching Others.

Posted by flowerdry on 31 January 2014 - 08:04 PM

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.

#50642 Failure Is Fine

Posted by flowerdry on 20 January 2014 - 07:56 PM

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.