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.
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flowerdryMember Since 02 Apr 2011
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Recently retired and taking advantage of the added studio time. I teach beginners wheel classes at a small community arts center.
I make functional cone 6 stoneware.
Posted by flowerdry on 22 April 2016 - 08:05 AM
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.
Posted by flowerdry on 14 April 2016 - 04:21 PM
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.
Posted by flowerdry on 08 April 2016 - 09:09 AM
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.
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Posted by flowerdry on 09 March 2016 - 08:27 AM
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.
Posted by flowerdry on 05 March 2016 - 08:52 AM
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.
Posted by flowerdry on 02 March 2016 - 09:37 AM
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.
So maybe potters do tend to be "simple" folk.
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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.
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