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#124851 Qotw: Is It Craft Or Is It Art

Posted by flowerdry on 05 April 2017 - 09:56 AM

We use the term "art" in many settings. Think "the art of practicing medicine" as an example. Medicine can be very "cook book" and can give acceptable results if you just follow the recipe. Those who excel in medicine and other fields have the almost indefinable ability to step beyond technical expertise and apply a mix of intuition, perceptive abilities, creativity and a host of other qualities that I believe you either have or don't have. Maybe those qualities can be developed and improved, but if the kernel isn't there, there's nothing to expand upon.

#123981 Lesson #541

Posted by flowerdry on 18 March 2017 - 09:40 AM

Ron, that mistake has shown up various times through the years on my list of blunders. One of my favorites still is carrying a leatherhard piece and smacking into a car side mirror causing the piece to fly through the air. The texture created by the road blacktop was fabulous. I keep meaning to texture more pots that way. Just need to figure out the shape that would work for that.

#122855 Resist Over Glaze?

Posted by flowerdry on 24 February 2017 - 09:31 AM

Don't personally have much experience with this, but our studio manager uses the wax over glaze technique a lot and swears by Aftosa brand.

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#122123 Commercial Glaze Deadpanning

Posted by flowerdry on 11 February 2017 - 06:30 PM

My advice is to be cautious when adding the epsom salt solution...it's easy to over flocculate which is then another problem to fix.

#121917 Qotw: What Inspires You In Your Work, And How Do You Incorporate It?

Posted by flowerdry on 08 February 2017 - 10:57 AM

One of the things that inspires me is to try and NOT do what the folks around me are doing.  As an example, I live in an area with lots of water...so I will NOT incorporate crabs, fish, herons, etc. because it is such a common motif.

#121417 Youtube Video Potters

Posted by flowerdry on 29 January 2017 - 09:57 AM

" Then I try to asses each individual's way they process information..."


Thanks, John.  That's a great way to put it, and I think I'm doing that but need to check myself and maybe tweak it.


I love Robin Hopper's books and have learned from his video's, but I do remember once watching what was supposed to be instruction for beginners where he combined making the hole, opening, and lifting the wall into one beautifully fluid motion that was a joy to watch but would be totally undoable and baffling for the inexperienced person.


Some of you have really nailed it in stressing that the best approach is to learn from as many sources and people as possible.  I have been very fortunate to have had a couple of instructors who were something I call   " the trifecta".  They are 1. nice people 2. great clay artists 3. excellent instructors.   They are also a rare breed.  Most folks are 2 out of 3, but I've also been with 1 out of 3 types, and they are truly a challenge to learn from, but not impossible.

#119553 Not A Qotw, Just A Q.

Posted by flowerdry on 31 December 2016 - 07:11 PM

OK, Marcia, you have to tell us about the "What was I thinking?!!" part of your story.

#119195 Potters Joy Of Christmas Day

Posted by flowerdry on 26 December 2016 - 12:38 PM

I've held back somewhat from gifting my pots to my family.  Don't want to force my stuff on them.  This year I decided to bring a couple of boxes of smallish items on Christmas day and let folks pick something IF THEY WANTED to.  What a great feeling when they descended on the table where I had put things out and had friendly arguments over who got what and asked if it was alright to pick more than one.


That was my best Christmas gift.

#117801 Arrowmont Fire

Posted by flowerdry on 04 December 2016 - 09:42 AM

Many of you are probably on clay buddies and saw this but I'll post for those of you who aren't and want to help Tim Kerns, that Paul mentioned in above post.  His go fund me account is  gofundme.com/321wao8


He also posted a friends address who is received any supplies people can send him:


1934 East Parkway

Gatlinburg, TN 37738

#114468 Anyone Deal With Buying And Shipping A Kiln From Clay-King?

Posted by flowerdry on 09 October 2016 - 09:20 AM

I got my L&L through Clay king, and it arrived in perfect condition.  I wouldn't recommend having it delivered without someone there to check it.  Can you arrange to have someone at least make sure the outer packing doesn't have any signs of abuse?

#112429 Qotw: What Single Caveat Was Passed To You Or Would You Pass On To A Newbie?

Posted by flowerdry on 02 September 2016 - 08:12 AM

There is no such thing as "cheating" in pottery.  Anything is fair game if it gets you the pot you want.

#111015 Qotw: Clay Poem Anybody?

Posted by flowerdry on 05 August 2016 - 12:05 PM

There once was a potter from Nantucket

Who fell headfirst into a glaze bucket.

He bubbled and blew

And then quess what..who knew!

He came up with his mother's old locket!


I rewrote it to fit the....what was this type of poem called?  Senior moment.

#110635 Qotw: Are Our Expectations Too High?

Posted by flowerdry on 27 July 2016 - 09:17 AM

A beginner student came into one of my classes with a beautiful ceramic rice cooker with a lid.  "I want to make this!" She enthusiastically announced.  I almost fell over laughing when she took the lid off, and the pot was still full of rice.

#110182 Qotw: What Other Things Beside Clay Have You Mastered?

Posted by flowerdry on 16 July 2016 - 12:25 PM

I keep meaning to master procrastination, but have been putting it off.

#107296 Re-Glaze Tip Of The Day

Posted by flowerdry on 22 May 2016 - 10:31 AM

I like the "before" better!