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(Un)Happy Accidents

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.

Adventures Of A New Wheel Teacher

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....

Is There A Way To Distinguish Low-Fire From High-Fire Clay Piece?

30 November 2014 - 10:48 PM

This didn't happen to me, but got me to thinking and looking for an answer.  A potter friend found an old piece she made a long time ago and bisque fired but never glazed.  Now shes not sure if it's low fire or high fire.  I can't imagine a way to figure this out but thought I'd ask if anyone out there knows.  At any rate, it would be okay to apply low fire glazes and fire appropriately, correct?

You Know You're A Real Potter When....

13 February 2014 - 06:14 PM

I got this idea from Marks pictures of his very nice, minimally bloated mugs that he tossed in the trash.  I was thinking that mine would have been used as tool or pencil holders, or whatever.  He's been doing this so long he is overflowing no doubt with vessels used to hold just about anything.

I'm just not there yet.  Are you?