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Posted by BeckyH on 13 January 2016 - 10:37 PM
DRAWN BY STONES, BY EARTH, BY THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN IN THE FIRE
I can tell you about this because I have held in my hand
the little potter’s sponge called an “elephant ear".
Naturally, it’s only a tiny version of an ear,
but it’s the thing you want to pick up out of the toolbox
when you wander into the deserted ceramics shop
down the street from the cave where the fortune-teller works.
Drawn by stones, by earth, by things that have been in the fire.
The elephant ear listens to the side of the vase
as it is pulled upwards from a dome of muddy clay.
The ear listens to outside wall of the pot
and the hand listens to the inside wall of the pot,
and between them a city rises out of dirt and water.
Inside this city live the remains of animals,
animals who prepare for two hundred years to be clay.
Rodents make clay, and men wearing spectacles make clay,
though the papers they were singing go up in flames
and nothing more is known of these long documents
except by those angels who divine in our ashes.
Kings and queens of the jungle make clay
and royalty and politicians make clay although
their innocence stays with their clothes until unraveled.
There is a lost soldier in every ceramic bowl.
The face on the dinner plate breaks when the dish does
and lies for centuries unassembled in the soil.
These things that have the right substance to begin with,
put into the fire at temperatures that melt glass,
keep their fingerprints forever, it is said,
like inky sponges that walk away in the deep water.
Posted by BeckyH on 02 December 2015 - 10:54 AM
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Posted by BeckyH on 09 August 2015 - 09:25 AM
Guinea, I hate to break it to you but onions don't have fronds. I think little feet...maybe even bunny feet..would be cool.
Looks like you've never left one too long in the bin. They will sprout long green leaves. They do have little roots, so I suppose you could make a foot ring of thin strands.
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Posted by BeckyH on 07 August 2015 - 10:20 PM
If the table is too tall make a step out of plywood that is the right height for comfort. Be sure to put nonslip tape on the top! Most step stools will be too tall and will have a tendency to slip when you lean over the bench.
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Posted by BeckyH on 07 August 2015 - 10:12 PM
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Posted by BeckyH on 17 June 2015 - 04:01 PM
Pinholes can be caused by dirty molds. Older molds often leave pinholes, as the plaster has started to degrade with use. If you are using old molds, you may have to recast a master and recast the mold in new plaster. Most of the time a damp sponge or chamois will take care of them. If the top of the piece is plugged with semi-solid clay, you can poke it with a dowel or small sharp knife, then pour out the excess slip still inside the mold. Pieces with small gates (pour holes) often need this, especially if the rest of the piece is broader, like a tree mold will be.
The many variables of slip viscosity, temperature, mold dryness, air humidity, etc.,etc. mean you need lots of practice to gauge your cast pieces readiness to be pulled. Be prepared to experiment until you have a good idea of how the slip will act. You can reclaim your clay.
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Posted by BeckyH on 17 June 2015 - 09:27 AM
At this point you are in training to learn a new trade. You could be in school learning to be a nurse and have the same issues. With that in mind, is there a studio in town where you could work part time? The exposure to others working methods is valuable in itself, and if they can't pay cash, perhaps private lessons or free clay or some exchange could be worked out.
Also, decide for yourself what's really important to your family life and let the rest go. Home made dinner is nice, but it's time eating together that's more important to me. Adding layers of stress because society tells us to be "doing it all" will just drive you nuts. Kids really can amuse themselves. They will still thrive even if you take the time to clean. And a clean workspace equals better working habits, which means more money when you are trying to sell in quantity. Also, you can have them help with the chores-it builds character!
Posted by BeckyH on 31 May 2015 - 06:00 PM
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