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#28456 lithography decal

Posted by scoobydoozie on 25 January 2013 - 08:36 AM

Very pricey, but here's printers: http://ceramicdecalp...om/Systems.html

#20381 Masking tape

Posted by scoobydoozie on 09 August 2012 - 07:28 AM

I always keep rainbow tape on hand. Its a multipack in multiple widths. For curved lines, I use 3M's Artist Tape for Curves. I've never had a problem with residue from any masking tape, because low fired bisque always seems to have a dusty quality, even after sponging clean. I've also used both of these on top of unfired glaze when layering glazes or majolica. I recommend removing the tape within a week of application, just to be sure.

Here's a link for the Rainbow Tape:


And Here's a link for the 3M's Artist Tape for Curves:


PS - I've also used children's star stickers for masking and even hole reinforcments with no problems! Posted Image

#18178 Teaching Ceramics to Adults

Posted by scoobydoozie on 15 June 2012 - 10:25 AM

I found a planter that I just love the shape of and I'm going to ask the instructor to walk/teach me thru throwing that particular shape. I'm hoping that if I ask, the instruction will be better. Wish me luck and I'm having fun, regardless. Who can't have fun mucking about in mud? LOL! :D

#18019 Teaching Ceramics to Adults

Posted by scoobydoozie on 12 June 2012 - 07:30 AM

I'm 46 and I'm currently in my second throwing class called "Learning to Throw" at Dunedin Fine Art Center (FL). As a student, I would appreciate more structure in the classes. It seems to be an anything goes as far as what you build or how you build it. I would appreciate more focus to get the skills needed and allowing creativity IN that process. It seems the creativity comes first and the skills may or may not follow. My issue is that the skills are needed in order to allow the creativity to really flow and be fully realized.

For example, I would like to focus a couple of sessions on just cups, then plates or bowls, etc. Demos of the tools used, amount of clay, pitfalls, etc. for each shape followed by supervised practive time for that shape. Everyone is working on different items in the class which means the instructor has zero focus and structure... I feel more that I'm paying for wheel rental with an occasional two second assist rather than a "class" that will give me a solid foundation for different shapes, tools and styles. I don't necessarily know the questions to ask and therefore without structure, am missing a lot of foundation information.

Just my opinion.....

#12964 Quotes for the Ceramics Studio and/or Class

Posted by scoobydoozie on 03 February 2012 - 11:04 AM

Of course you may be teaching in a public school and may want to keep all the god stuff out of the conversation. So a pot with no soul is just a lump of clay with a hole, sure. Many of the sayings I have heard are very superficial. Your life is a piece of clay, don't let anyone mold it for you is a bit unrealistic. We are molded by everything around us and we are an amalgamation of influences imposed on us from outside sources, i.e. your teachers, (direct or vicarious), your peers or the research one does in any given discipline. The world is your oyster does not mean that if you as a student just taste anything you want that you wont eat something pretty crapy or even something that could make you sick. With some molding from teachers and peers the student eats healthy food, a critique with peers is one great example of brainstorming and molding. Teachers of course should act as conduits of information that mold the student in a direction that is worthy of intellectual discourse. I tell my students just because it is in print does not really validate it as quality work to be influenced by. It is dangerous and a disservice to the student to just let the reins off and allow them to just mold themselves. There are many times we have seen some pretty bad work in the magazines or even in books, sometimes the student does not see it as mediocre work and they are excited about it. Is it not our jobs as teachers to direct the student towards the best in our discipline? Now this tasked gets even more challenging with the onslaught of the tripe on the internet. So I feel it a mistake to teach students that they should not let people help mold their work or their life for that matter. As a teacher I feel it my job to somewhat mold students by giving them freedom to do their own research but at the same time be their for them to keep them from stepping in some deep and muddy puddles. Bridging the gap for the student to overcome obstacles for their growth and getting them to learn to build their own bridges is a challenge that with each individual student I embrace. One major question to ask, (if one does believe we should not let others mold us), why go to school or why study ceramics or why study anything. As a life long learner and feeling as though I will always be a student I am in a struggle to always look for more information on my discipline and on subjects outside of art in general? So as Plato said art is a reflection of society, society is a constant and is part of the process of molding strong and honest work. If we take Brancusi's words that he never looked at other art for influence and think there is validity in that statement we can assume then that we live in a vacuum. We don't and because we don't live in a vacuum we have all the growth we have in all areas of knowledge. So as I pave my road, (not to hell), I will be a vacuum and suck it all in. Digestion is the major problem.

Phew! Did somebody hit a nerve? Posted Image Chill my friend....

#9609 Finally taking the plunge into ceramics...

Posted by scoobydoozie on 25 October 2011 - 08:59 AM

A glaze, which contains frit (raw glass), seals the surface of the greenware to an extent
and hinders the escape/release of the gases. This can affect the final finish of the glaze
when the clay is put on greenware.

Hi there!

I was reading all of the responses again just to sink it into my head, and had a question
about your comment. I'm not sure I understand what you mean by the 'clay is put on greenware'.
By chance, are you referring to the underglaze as 'clay' in that sentence?

Many thanks!

Oops. Sorry about that. it should read:

A glaze, which contains frit (raw glass), seals the surface of the greenware to an extent
and hinders the escape/release of the gases. This can affect the final finish of the glaze
when the GLAZE is put on greenware.