This thread is veering off a little, so let me help with that.
I was forever losing my bits of chamois that I use to smooth rims since they are the same color as the clay slop. I tried attaching fishing bobbers but that didn't seem to work either. I recently found a type of chamois that is bright blue. Haven't lost a strip so far but it's too early to tell.
Like others have said, I buy pieces from potters I know. But before I knew anything about ceramics, ever since I earned my own money, I was buying handmade mugs. That habit continues until today and it is in part the act of fondling a display of wonderful mugs and finding the one that is just perfect in my hand that entices me. It is for that reason that I make all my mugs slightly different, so everyone can find the perfect fit.
Hoooow could I have forgotten the Talenti sorbetto jars. I'm in love with the Alphonso mango, and they're on sale now. I will have all the slip, underglaze, other concoction jars I need and so yummy emptying them!
Ah ha! Good question. There are different ways of applying the feathers to the ware. You can use tweezers or forceps and apply them individually. (Using gloved fingers works too but is a little awkward) You can arrange them in sand and then roll the pot across the sand. My technique is slightly different and is, I think, what gives me a bit of a different look. I was curious when I posted my pictures, and this was mostly why I posted them, to see if anyone would guess what I did to get that look.
I have very much enjoyed the Qotw and hope it continues. Just for fun, I did a forum search for Qotw and got 50 hits. 4 of those were not Qotw's. The question with the most replies was "Show us a picture of your working space" at 61. 2nd place was "Is your artistic practice a product of genetics" at 58, and third was "Which song plays in the background" at 56.
There were 3 ties for lowest number of responses (9): "Is a potters life simple", "Is there a carnival custom in your area", and "What do you think of online courses"
I loved the potters life question, and the fact that so few people responded reconfirms my long held opinion that I like things that most other people don't.
I have made the violet pots for myself, but not for sale. I tried to puzzle out a way for the inner pot to be non-vitrified and the outer pot to be vitrified, and still get a good fit. I ended up just putting some holes in the bottom of the inner pot. Works fine. I've seen them with watering ports in the outer pot so you don't have to lift out the inner pot to water. I might try that next.
I recently had a beer with a group of mature female pottery collegues. I found it intriguing that we seemed to agree on many things that were not typical of today's female mindset. A good example is that we all thought that spending a bunch of money on a fancy wedding was a waste of money and effort. A simple ceremony appealed to us all.
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.
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.
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...
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.