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Diane Puckett

Member Since 18 Jul 2011
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#57108 What Has Been The Most Significant Pottery Exhibition That Impressed You Fore...

Posted by Diane Puckett on 21 April 2014 - 08:10 PM

I love so much of the ceramics in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. I enjoy looking at the various forms which are the same ones we make today. The celadons of the Asian pottery are stunning.

What I find most moving is the pottery from the Egyptian tombs. It seems incredible to be that close to ancient pottery, some of it nearly 6000 years old. There is a perky little bowl on two human feet that look ready to walk away. I think about the potter who created it and wonder what her mood was at the time. There is a photo of it here http://www.metmuseum...d=02&region=afe

#56939 Trying To Glaze Low Fire, Hunter Green Breaks To Dark Brown

Posted by Diane Puckett on 18 April 2014 - 12:05 PM

If you are willing to go to cone 6, check out the Coyote Glaze greens, particularly green shino. They have a couple others that look close. It is difficult to know unless you fire them on a particular clay. If you happen to have the equipment, spraying would eliminate brush strokes.

Another option would be using underglazes to get the color you want and then adding a clear satin glaze. Some clear glazes will change the color of green underglaze, so you would need to make sure to get one that does not.
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#56009 Election Results-Drumroll ++++++And The Winners Are?

Posted by Diane Puckett on 03 April 2014 - 03:50 PM

Good idea! Years ago, Popular Mechanics showed a prototype design for a bathroom that could be shut up and run like a dishwasher. I would pay a lot of money for one of those. I wonder if a self-cleaning pottery studio would help or hinder my creativity.

#55103 Success, Then Failure

Posted by Diane Puckett on 21 March 2014 - 06:24 AM

Opening the kiln while it is still hot suddenly exposes the pots to uneven heat, ie one side of the pot is suddenly cooler than the other. Just that can cause dunting. The pots sticking to the shelves combines with the sudden temp change probably did it.

Harry Fraser's book, Ceramic Faults and their remedies has a lengthy section on dunting.

#55028 What Has Been Your Worst Re Encounter Of A Piece Of Your Pottery?

Posted by Diane Puckett on 19 March 2014 - 08:39 PM

Thanks for posting this thread. I am going to my daughter's in a few days and need to remember to take a hammer with me.

#54895 Squeeze Bottles Make You Crazy?

Posted by Diane Puckett on 17 March 2014 - 04:45 PM

Someone told me they use squeeze bottles made for hair dye, probably sold in beauty supply places. I think I recently saw caps made to go on opened containers of caulk, but I don't know where that was. If you create a good solution for this problem, you might make a fortune marketing to multiple industries.

#52431 Making Urns

Posted by Diane Puckett on 13 February 2014 - 02:19 PM

When I made an urn about the size of yours, it was just about the right size for someone who weighed maybe 100-110 pounds. I had filled the urn with water and then used that to determine cubic inches. This website offers measurement conversions http://www.convertworld.com .

#51797 Troubles With Curves

Posted by Diane Puckett on 06 February 2014 - 09:27 AM

Floc and defloc also confuse me every time. Maybe I should draw a picture and hang it on the wall. The whole science part of pottery, especially chemistry, is such a challenge. After continuously reading about it for three years, I am starting to get the hang of it, but it will never come easily. I still have to consciously tell my brain not to check out as soon as it sees a chemical formula in a line of text.

I have discovered I love handbuilding even more than throwing. It fuels a creative energy that keeps me working long hours and pushes me to try new things. Even if a piece does not work out, the pleasure of creating it makes the process worthwhile.

#51451 Going Over To The Dark Side With A Pug Mill-Never Thought I'd Say That

Posted by Diane Puckett on 31 January 2014 - 02:58 PM

Good for you! It may never pay for itself in clay but it may in medical bills.
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#50370 Why Decorate Pots?

Posted by Diane Puckett on 15 January 2014 - 09:18 PM

Honestly, I had not heard of Smith before reading your post, so I googled him. I am awed by his work. It is so reflective of beautiful calligraphy, something I love. I will look for more photos of his work.
Interestingly, my grandfather and father did some calligraphy. My son was never exposed to this, as my father died at a young age. When my son was in art school he was exposed to lettering and discovered his passion. He is now a professional typographer. I think there is something hard-wired in our brains to love this type of design. It reminds me of Celtic designs, and perhaps that is the visceral connection for us.
How to decorate my pots in a way I find fulfilling is something I have been struggling with. Thanks for your post. I am feeling very inspired.

There are a couple of videos on you tube in which Alan C-G demonstrates his brush work. makes it sooooo easy!
Hich 30degC and Over 40 for a week is toooo hot for me.Mixing glazes and hoping the brain is not fried. Pottery shed corrugated iron.Who needs a sauna?
Thanks! I will look for the videos.
It is snowing here. I am planning on a cold day in the studio tomorrow, but that beats a warm day in an office.

#50352 Black Mountain / Shino -- First Experience

Posted by Diane Puckett on 15 January 2014 - 05:12 PM


And now someone else will have to answer your questions.

#50312 Wedging Table Surface Options

Posted by Diane Puckett on 15 January 2014 - 09:20 AM

I use canvas stapled onto plywood. Unfortunately, after 35 years, I have developed a one inch square hole right where I want to wedge. Not gonna change it though.Too lazy.

Hey, what are you doing up there in the Great Frozen Tundra? The canvas is not repaired, the photo gallery is still not updated...

#50111 Is Wet Clay Really The Universal Adhesive?

Posted by Diane Puckett on 13 January 2014 - 03:44 PM

After you have finished laughing, google Slick Balls.

#48512 Potter/ceramicist: Pottery/ceramics?

Posted by Diane Puckett on 23 December 2013 - 05:42 PM

Potter, and proud of it. Unless I am in NYC, where I morph into a ceramic artist.

Y'all have a drama-free, muddy holiday season.

#48461 Blue Rutile

Posted by Diane Puckett on 22 December 2013 - 09:55 PM

I think the Potter's Choice glazes are the ones people keep saying need to be really thick for good results, so that could be part of the problem. Read the following.