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#125503 Qotw: Do You Like Other Forms Of Art And Is There A Cross Over To Your Cerami...

Posted by LeeU on 18 April 2017 - 03:41 PM

Much cross over, always.


Still working that unfinished Selfie from a Community Challenge ages ago. I've broken it up and am putting it back together but haven't found what I want yet.


Old lino block I did years ago. Photo I took on Staten Island Ferry long ago. Oil crayon drawing (I cut things up a lot.) Manipulated photo. More recent stuff is buried deep and I physically can't get to it.  Used to love collaborations with other artists that were small installations of clay and other media-paint and metal, usually-I miss that. I'm trying to focus, and keep to a single discipline, and not go too far afield with embellishments-tho I will probably never stop putting glitter on clay LOL.


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#125455 Quick Question: Sea Shells - Cone 6 - Which Type?

Posted by LeeU on 17 April 2017 - 05:41 PM

 I actually know nothing, truth be told, but  I imagine some nice effects could be gotten from rough, salty shells if perfection is not sought, but the question is how much would the clay pull away and leave cracks or craters, and whether or not that was desired. 


Here is a snippet I had read and filed in my "Tips" folder-don't remember the source but do remember reading other comments about the shells holding up when used like wadding, and then turning to powder a few days after firing.


Technically, no. You will not be able to use a shell on a pottery vessel and then fire it, with the expectation that the shell will remain in tact and in place, for several reasons (shrinkage rates and the shell will burn out). However....shells are frequently used to prop up pottery vessels during wood firings, this keeps the vessel off the shelf and leaves a gorgeous shell indent in your work. Usually oyster and scallop shells are used for this. A natural glaze forms on the vessel due to the high amounts of ash settling over it, the shells minerals help to add some texture and shape into this glaze forming process."

#125300 Pottery Knowledge Quiz Of The Week (Pkqw): Week 3

Posted by LeeU on 12 April 2017 - 07:19 PM

Alumina, fusion buttons (flow test), fritting , & cone packs.

#125153 2Nd Newbie Question - Resist Ideas For Holes In Pendants

Posted by LeeU on 09 April 2017 - 08:03 PM

I insert a Q-tip wetted with water-based wax resist until the glaze is dry; if any gets in the hole, I use a hole cutter (Kemper's graduated) to ream it off. If I am using a runny glaze I also wipe wax resist on my bead tree rods from which I hang the pendants. 

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#124969 Qotw: Is It Craft Or Is It Art

Posted by LeeU on 06 April 2017 - 08:47 PM

"Art is the early warning sign of the culture." (Richard Carlyon professor emeritus/deceased School of ARTS/VCU)


Probably my favorite quote about what art is. We're rapidly yanking money out from under the NEA, dismantling art education and killing off opportunities for people to pursue training and education in crafts/craftmanship. Yep---early warning signs. 

#124965 Pottery Knowledge Quiz Of The Week(Pkqw): Week 2

Posted by LeeU on 06 April 2017 - 08:17 PM

Huh? Google coughed up About 33,500,000 results; translations seemed to have something to do with the eyes of dragonflies. 

#124806 Qotw: Is It Craft Or Is It Art

Posted by LeeU on 04 April 2017 - 01:22 PM

Wouldn't touch this query with a hazmat suit. 

#124657 Web Site Building And Marketing

Posted by LeeU on 01 April 2017 - 08:30 PM

Progress report (feedback always welcome): I've made a decent start on a couple of web site pages with finished content, a Lee U Ceramics Facebook page, and a Pinterest page  https://www.pinteres...m/leeuceramics/  That has only a few boards at the moment. It has a nice collection of Clay People (pins from Pinterest, some of you are in there), one for Kilns and Firing, and one for Tech, Tips, and Tools, just getting started. The boards that will feature my work are "secret" until I can get the daggone photos done and have a working sales mechanism on my website--it will be a while, which I am resigned to. I want to do it right, not half-baked. I identified my color theme, primary key words, and core values. I wrote a mission statement per a recommended structure (who you are, what you do, what values do you stand behind, and why -what is your purpose). 


Mission statement:

Lee U Ceramics (LUC) is the working studio of NH clay artist, Lee Ustinich.  Our handmade ceramic pieces are designed to be sculpturally functional, for home and office use.  The items offered by LUC are distinctive, creative, and authentic.  The mission of Lee U Ceramics is to share the art, for the pleasure of others who appreciate the beauty of clay.


I am finding the worksheets, webinars, and little assignments from SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) to be very helpful. 


Here are pics of my new card--black on front, white on back, sitting in one of my Desk Top items, a business card holder. Hope it's OK to post the pics--I'm not trying to promote, just sharing my journey for anyone interested in the early stages of building an online hobby business and all that entails, from scratch, learning as I go. It is amazing how much work is involved! Every little thing requires a thoughtful decision, after researching and sifting through many variables! 



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#124488 Pottery Knowledge Quiz Of The Week (Pkqw): Week 1 And Introduction/answers In...

Posted by LeeU on 29 March 2017 - 07:05 PM

At first my inner rebel kicked in and she said to Self, "Self, you ain't not goin' back to school and no one can make you." Then Self consulted with Miss Smarty-pants, who decided the only way to go was simply to ace the test. So she did. By copying off Mark C.'s paper. 



#124486 Plastic Bat Issue

Posted by LeeU on 29 March 2017 - 06:44 PM

Plastic bats are not for me. I find it harder to get the pot off since there is no absorption-and I don't like wood any better. Plaster bats are great, and inexpensive to make, but heavy. For keeping my life simple, I have found that medex and hydra bats work really well for me. 

#124116 Qotw: Do You Have A Question For Us?

Posted by LeeU on 21 March 2017 - 05:05 PM

I like the idea of more a interactive question-gathering process, via including selected QOTW from members of the forums. 

#124042 How Do You Mark/sign Your Work?

Posted by LeeU on 19 March 2017 - 05:10 PM

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I use a little stamp made by Socwell's 4 Clay  It says Lee U.  I Love it. Pic attached--It's visible under the tape w/ID on the back. 

#123654 Web Site Building And Marketing

Posted by LeeU on 12 March 2017 - 10:08 PM

WIX gave me a deal at $25 for 12 months for [email protected], (same features as Google, which is what it's through anyway). So I did it. I'll lose a bit on the cards I got for the gmail acct., but at least I did not put any out there yet!  


Thx Chilly--the "angle type" is a great tip. I have a friend who is going to tweak my Excel to maximize it for my needs. What a blessing--so many people helping me and cheering me on! Lady...I am using the Excel for an inventory tracker, so I need to log those details. Ron-thx-I  will add the cone#. Plus I will have reference photos of each piece.


This is actually fun (doing the web stuff and inching closer to launching a hobby business. It is taking much longer than I had hoped, as far as taking pics (1-3 views, no less) of every piece and then the whole "store" has to be set up & the photos uploaded...another friend is going to do the initial batch for me. I have to bring 3 huge bags of "stuff" to my favorite charity in order to make the (former!) dining room functual to have the photo set up on a table in there. .

#123201 Qotw: Are You Afraid Of The White Gold?

Posted by LeeU on 03 March 2017 - 10:48 PM

I ain't scared. I rarely throw and am not exploring translucency yet, so my comments are specific to how I work. I use Cool Ice (^6) and love-love-love to bend it and crack it and carve on it and put holes in it and cut it and rip it and stamp it and leave it either raw or with just clear glaze, though it takes the commercial glazes I use (Coyote/Laguna/Amaco) just beautifully. Lately, I am fixated on simple white pieces, stamped, for things like business card/letter holders, pendants, and of course incense cone holders. Attached is one of my favorites. Attached File  0425161103a.jpg   77.91KB   0 downloadsAttached File  0124171556b.jpg   37.53KB   0 downloads 

#123199 Web Site Building And Marketing

Posted by LeeU on 03 March 2017 - 10:27 PM

Gotta disagree about gmail...I use it because it is simple, familiar, recognizable, has decent settngs, is free, and is associated with google/chrome, which is a plus, in my view. I don't think that a paid e-address is somehow more "professional". At base, all any of them do is send/receive mail.


I also hold the value that the more free resources there are on the Internet the better off we all are; I support what bit of equity and fair access open source and free products provide for individuals, communities, and the general culture. 


I got my new cards today-love 'em. And appreciate Vista Print-very affordable. Yep, got my gmail address right on them LOL


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