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Evelyne Schoenmann

Member Since 03 Aug 2011
Offline Last Active Yesterday, 03:59 AM

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In Topic: Lets Do The Happy Dance

Yesterday, 03:54 AM

@Florence: I think it really sad when you work hours on a piece, let it dry slowly, have ideas for the glazing later etc. and then, only because the studio boss is a bit over-self-confident, the piece breaks in the kiln. And I think it sad that you resign to it. Don't!!

Normally, staking pieces in bisque firings should be ok, if they all are really dry. Also air bubbles aren't always exploding. But heating the kiln too fast over 400°C is definitely a "neck-breaker". I can understand that you like to go to the studio, have companionship, can discuss ideas with other potters, but the price you pay (and I don't mean dollars) is too high. Can't you, for instance, find a few more clay passionate in your area, and you as a group would buy and use a kiln together? Or try to find somebody in your area who maybe has already a kiln in the garage or cellar and would be happy to fire your pieces for a few bucks. Put ads in the supermarket or the local newspaper.



In Topic: Newbie Question

Yesterday, 03:20 AM

Hi theotis and welcome to this forum!


That is so kind of you that you support your wife. Kudos to you!


As oldlady said, there is no beginners kiln. If your wife is firing mostly bisque and glazed ware, I would suggest an electric kiln with automatic control. They are good, and for beginners easy to use. Gas kilns are better for many techniques, and only with gas kilns you can do oxidation as well as reduction firings. But gas kilns aren't so easy to handle. Important is a fume hood that has a tube to the outside! Since I'am living in Switzerland, I can't help you with addresses of kiln suppliers, but I'am sure there will be colleagues who live in the States who will help soon. IF you are living in the States, that is. So could you please fill in your profile page, tell us where you live and tell us a bit more about your and your wifes pottery situation. Thank you.



In Topic: Attaching Dry Pieces To One Another

24 November 2014 - 12:21 PM

Yes, use plastic containers to keep the different casted pieces from drying out until you have everything together. And I would strongly suggest to use Paperclay-Porcelain for sculptures like that (if you want to use porcelain that is). Funny sculpture! Lots of work....



In Topic: Lets Do The Happy Dance

24 November 2014 - 05:59 AM

It looks good to me. Congratulations on the successful bisque! Did you pre-heat them in the kitchen oven? If yes, why?

In Topic: Overcoming Insecurity

24 November 2014 - 05:30 AM

Guinea, I had to smile, reading that you lost your sleep over one (constructive, IMO!) critique. Reading all the posts here, I see that you got at least 90% positive messages about your work. Did you see that too? 


When you ask openly about the opinion of fellow potters, you first have to reflect if you can cope with critique (constructive or not). If not, it's better to not ask. If you just want to get "tender loving care", you should construct your question accordingly. But hey, you can't grow with only backslapping Guinea. My experience in life was, and still is, that people who told me what is good and what is not (yet) so good in my work helped me getting where I'am now much more than people who only wanted to be nice, and unfortunately didn't tell me that this object or that was really not good enough to "offer- to- MOMA" for example. We are friends here in this forum, not foes. And friends are here to tell you the truth, before a gallery owner or potential client will do. Friends are here to help you see and reflect and question your own work as long as it takes for you to be more self-confident and pleased with your work.


I wish you many well-meaning friends and a lot of success in finding your own confidence!