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Repairing Cracks In Primitive Fired Pots

04 October 2015 - 10:38 AM

I just came back from the Mid-Atlantic Clay conference in Front Royal, VA, where it never stopped raining.  I participated in the primitive firing workshop and did some pieces in a barrel fire.  4 pieces with the full range from "Oh wow!" to "meh".  The largest piece got some good colors and marks, however, it is seriously cracked to the point where I have to handle it very carefully.  Some portion of the cracks have widened to a a significant extent so that they are visible from a distance.  


I would like to keep this piece 1.  as a memento of the experience  2.  I like the pot and the marks.   So I am looking for ideas that will  1.  enhance the cracks to make them part of the decoration, and 2.  Stabilize the pot so it doesn't fall apart.


I don't want to do the gold lustre thing...I can't remember what that's called.  But that's kind of the idea.


I would appreciate your collective thoughts.

Potters And Pets

28 September 2015 - 08:38 AM

Pursuant to a side conversation with another forum member, I got to thinking about whether I know any potters who don't love animals in general and their pets in particular, and I can't think of any.  So I decided to do a little informal survey of you good folks.  My working theory is that creative people by their nature, love animals.


OK, so, I'm asking:  Does anyone out there in forum land NOT love animals?


And, then, as an adjunct question:  Have your pets influenced your creativity?

It's A Lot More Than Just The Money.

13 September 2015 - 09:11 AM

I have sold some pottery through a small gallery through the years, but I just finished a 2 day event where I had my own tables. This was a first for me.   I did really great.  But mostly I want to share how truly gratifying it was to interact directly with the people buying my pots.  I watched them fondle, admire, smile.  I talked to them about my pots.  They told me why they liked them...what they were going to use them for, or if they were going to give them to someone.  I told them a bit about the process if they were interested.  What a rush!


That being said...it was a lot of work!  I'll do it again next year...by then I will have forgotten how painful it was to pull this together.  You know, the anxiety, the hurry. etc.  Gosh, I've only got 12 months left.....


Oh, and I was really glad I read everybody's sage advice on this forum.  It really helped, and I think was one of the reasons why I did so well.


Thanks everyone!

Teenager In Adult Beginner Wheel Class.

31 July 2015 - 10:32 AM

The community arts center where I teach has asked whether I would agree to allowing a 13 yo into the class.  I realize that the success of this would be highly dependent on the teenager and I don't know anything about this kid yet.  Just looking for some thoughts, things to consider, previous experiences etc.

Views And Reviews On Various Continuing Education Opportunities

13 June 2015 - 12:30 PM

I would really like to hear forum members' thoughts and experiences with continuing ed they have taken part in.  I understand that much of the value of a workshop, conference, or whatever, will be directly related to a specific instructor or presenter, but what about the other parameters?  Facilities, length of course, etc.   I haven't yet done any of the non-participation workshops and will be interested to discover how much I like this and how much I will actually learn from this type of conference as I have signed up for the Mid-Atlantic clay conference in Front Royal, VA in Oct.


My only other experience was at the John C. Campbell Folk school for a week of class. It helped that the instructor was fabulous (Nan Rothwell from Charlottesville, VA), but I also found the school to be excellent.  I thought the cost was pretty reasonable, the studio facilities were very good, and the food was oustanding.  If anyone goes, definately pay for the full meal option, it's worth it. (Much of it is locally grown).  One thing I really liked was that meals were family style and you might find yourself next to weavers, instrument builders, wood turners, poets, or blacksmiths.


The town, Brassville, NC is in the mountains of SW NC, so a bit remote and not cheap or easy to get to, but it might be a good option for a "vacation" of sorts for the family since your travelling companion(s) could sign up for some other courses that interest them.  My companion took a course on Nature Studies.


I'm wondering about places similar to the folk school.  Thoughts on Penland...others?  Most interested in the eastern side of the US, but also thoughts on length of course, non-participatory conferences, any general recommendations, and of course and interesting tales.