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In Topic: Another Ridiculously Simple Handbuilding/extrucer Question

21 May 2017 - 01:28 PM

Thank you, both!!

In Topic: Another Ridiculously Simple Handbuilding/extrucer Question

21 May 2017 - 01:27 PM

Take a wooden ruler or stick and push a brad (small nail) at the height you want, then slide the bottom of the fuller around the bottom and the nail cuts off the top! If you want to make sure the top is level, after its bone dry spread some water on a flat surface and touch the rim to the water for a sec or two... The highest point of the rim will be wet.

Hi, do you mean ruler? And thank you!

In Topic: Nine Warning Signs Of An Amateur Artist

05 May 2017 - 10:51 PM

I highly recommend the book: Art & Fear. I was listening to a pod cast while throwing some pots and Tony Clennell said he makes all his students read it. So I checked it out from the library. Finished it in almost an afternoon. It talks a lot about the difference between an Amateur and a Pro. Basically the main difference is one doesn't believe in the C word.(creativity). The pro artist knows real work brings results, anything else is a fairy tale. The amateur looks for inspiration in others. The pro makes a lot of work and filters through what they like in their work each day even if this isn't on purpose and keeps making more things that they like. Eventually they become our own style and their work reflects oneself. 


He even says something along the lines about talent. It only makes the entry into something easier, but it won't carry someone towards greatness without hard work and a lot of hours.

This rings true to me, although I think everyone is influenced by others in some way. I don't think there is really anything new. New combinations, maybe, but not many new ideas anymore. But I do like what it said about pros make a lot of work and filter through to see what they like. I have often wondered, as someone who doesn't make her living with art, how people get to their style. Seven years in, I am finally figuring out what I really love and what I don't like, and still trying to really grab it. 

I'm not sure I am comfortable, though, having such hierarchical lines between a pro and an amateur. I know lot of amateur potters who make spectacular work and have gone to studios where pros are selling their work and see stuff just thrown together. I know for me, when I felt under pressure to try to sell things, I made stuff I am not proud of, so I have really stepped back and am reevaluating. I want to explore, enjoy, not feel pressure to make any $$ cause I already have a full time job that doesnt' give me much time to create anyway.

In Topic: I Need To Clarify Cones To Fire At For Brightest Colors

05 May 2017 - 12:59 PM

Thank you for your advice,


In Topic: I Need To Clarify Cones To Fire At For Brightest Colors

04 May 2017 - 12:52 PM

First, for best results your clay and glaze should both mature at the same temperature. If you're using low fire glazes then you should use low fire clay. If you're using cone 5 glazes, then you should use cone 5 clay.


As for the colors coming out dull, it could be a variety of causes- the color of the clay, the firing, or the glaze. White clay will give you the brightest colors. You may need to try a different clear glaze. Make sure the firing is well vented.


If colors are fading at 06, then there's something wrong. Are you putting them on thick enough? Bisque temp shouldn't matter as long as you're in the 08-03 range.

Thank you. May be that I have been using mid-fire clay a lot. I haven't really paid attention, just grabbed what I had a lot of.