After having been a piano teacher for a long time, I changed profession 13 years ago. I had my ceramics education mainly in the following ceramics schools: el torn, Barcelona (Spain), La Meridiana, Certaldo/Firenze (Italy) and Keramikakademie Freiburg (Germany). I feel especially drawn to alternative firing (pit fire, barrel fire, saggars fired in pits).
Wow, we are on page two already not 24h after I posted the QOTW. Thank you all for participating and having the courage to show us your first or second or third made piece! It took courage for me too. My water jug is..... well.... nice enough....
Chris: now, not newbies anymore, we know that porcelain shrinks and shrinks and shrinks in the kiln. I was searching the school kiln many times for my porcelain pieces. Nice design on your bowl. Do you use it for anything? Oh and the ceramics picture of that Lady is just gorgeous!!
Guinea: we learn only through failure!
dhPotter: those are nice firsts. Now please tell me that you covered a phone with clay.... or you have to tell me the secret of how to twirl clay to a real looking phone cord....
PaulCH: thank you for the link and the pic of your mustache mug. I find the name of this mug hilarious.
Diesel: what a beautiful turquoise glaze! Is the bowl pinched? And, oh yes, don't ever follow (all the) rules!
PaulR: your bowl reminds me of the Bauhaus in Germany. I like it very much!
alabama: we will wait patiently for the pictures.
Steven: thank you for showing us that also a master has his firsts still around and is showing them. What glaze did you use? The one on the left: is the black on the bottom color, or smoke from the reduction?
Lee: we all need something to hold on to when life isn't just a walk in the sunshine. I am happy for you that you still have the pieces you were holding on to and they tell a story that helps you through the days. Keep working in clay!! Too bad the mask is lost. How about making a new one? A really horrible looking one to hold all the "ghosts" at bay?!
Mark: I have to take my hat off to you. You made this jug in high school?! Kudos!! I can't see a fault. Wonderful proportions. Maybe a bit thick, you said so yourself, but all in all - wow!
Joel: that is a beautiful sculpture! The blue is so matt on the picture. Is it a matt glaze or cobalt?
Marcia: well, I think a lot of us will be jealous. You are a natural! If this is your first tea pot, I will never do tea pots again. I couldn't come close....
karenk: and a beautifully made mug it is. It is kind of impressionistic. Are you using it as an every day mug?
aperhapshand: welcome to the QOTW topic! I like the glaze design on your pen-cup! And here we have the word wonky again... tststs. Maybe it's only a bit tipsy... You know, isn't it a good feeling to have pieces around us that tell stories from the beginning of our passion?!
Giselle: well, others said it isn't a real job and, alas, we believed them... It's essential that we show them that we work as hard as they do!
John: that is so interesting! Thank you. You have/had quite the life! I hope we'll have a lot of time in K.C. to chat together. Btw: did you accidentally NOT answer the question if/whether you'll play again in K.C. ....