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#17899 Starting young

Posted by Kabe on 07 June 2012 - 09:14 PM

I don't suspect this is really a valid topic. It's more of a grandpa practicing the art of doting. This is my granddaughters first time on a wheel. It took three bricks to get her feet to the right level. Two for the left and one under the pedal. I posted a picture of her first bowls in my gallery. She is nine. She gave the bowls to her teacher on the last day of school. She didn't think her teacher would mind the slight s crack in the bottom. She's good and a fast learner. It took me a long time to make what I wanted on a wheel, while she was able to do it her first attempt. When her pot looked sort of like a volcano she stopped and said "That's what I wanted to make. A volcano." The volcanos are still drying so they won't explode like one when I fire them. I think of them more as low gravity candelabras. We ended up with two volcanos, Two large bowls and two smaller bowls. The picture in my gallery are the large and small of it. I think she did pretty good for her first try. Pardon my doting. Ain't clay fun!

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#15957 Are we living in the past

Posted by Kabe on 15 April 2012 - 08:38 PM

Love your post John, but disagree about the need for $$$$$$$ money. This could be a simpler grass roots effort.

I think we should hitch on to the "Buy Local" trend right now while it is growing in the public mind. Locally produced, human made pots are a perfect fit for it.
Serve that locally grown food on a locally made plate.
The people who can afford to buy fresh, local produce are the same economic group who can afford to buy a real pot.

I'm thinking large and small package stickers, bumper stickers, t-shirts with a unified slogan ... It can be as simple as BUY LOCAL POTTERY.

Yes, it is something ACerS & Potters Council might be able to do but I would like to hear from our Members ... would you buy and use these stickers and tees?

I think this is a great disscusion. I want to add a small thought on Buy Local. Our annual Farmers market will be starting soon here in North MO. where farmers bring thier stuff to be sold to a local mall area and set up. Produce, some craft stuff, food and cheese. I am going to try to set up a way for them to display their produce in some of my bowls, maybe see if some large bread making bowls could be be peddled by the bread lady or by a group selling organic flour. My large bowl comes with all the ingredience to make some bread,a package deal. Some deviled egg trays with the egg salesman. maybe some pie plates with a pie in it. Salsa bowls, Casserol dishes you get the idea. I am thinking that the market could be like a mini gallery. I get my stuff shown, hopefully sell a pot or two, they get a chance to make a little profit from my work just for using it. "Where did you get that Bowl?" " Oh I got it at the farmers market." Word of mouth can be good. I would have to keep track of who has what, but a digital camera would simplify some of that. I am hoping that I can find a way to have product there but I don,t have to set up a spot myself. I'm sure you could lose a bowl or two but you could figure in giving some work to the venders for selling your work, they would be the ones hauling it around. I believe you get back what you put out. If I put out trust and I will get trust back. Still in the idea stage but it seems good on paper. I think this would help to promote ceramics locally. Maybe someone else can up their summer sales through a farmers market. I think I have Chris to thank for the idea the seed was planted through her Local Marketing push. Ain't clay fun Kabe
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#14935 Share your most memorable clay experiment? | March 12, 2012

Posted by Kabe on 18 March 2012 - 09:35 PM

The awesome part is that your sons allowed you to do a cast of them after seeing how good you were at it. A trusting duo. Posted Image

Yes. But sadly it brings into question all our I.Q.'S Not really, well at least not theirs. ain't clay fun Kabe

#14866 Share your most memorable clay experiment? | March 12, 2012

Posted by Kabe on 17 March 2012 - 09:54 AM

My strongest clay related memory was during my second semester of ceramics. It is not one that I wish to repeat. Intriged by how well plaster could capture an image, I started to make casts. I cast a gourd to make a ladle. I cast my hand. I cast sprigs to stick on some pots. I cast small stamps to decorate a bowl. I cast the nieghbors small yappy dog. The nieghborhood was so quite after that. ( no, just kidding no dogs were harmed) Then I envisioned a large pot with three faces encompassing it's belly, kind of a Greek looking thing I thought, and the face, of cource my own. I got a book from the library for instruction, bought plaster, brought home a bag of clay to use as a way to pool the plaster around my mug. Got some straws to stuff up my nose and talked my girlfriend, Cheryl, into pouring the plaster. Surrounded by a posse of supportive children, her four and my two, ages ranging from two to ten, I positioned myself on the floor. Nesting my head in pillows with a wall of wet clay secured by a long rag framing my face, I inserted the straws, closed my eyes and felt the cool plaster flow over my face. "This will be great!" I thought as I lay there trying to limit my breathing so as not to disturb the plaster, poking at it from time to time to test it's hardness. The book I obtained from the library said to "Grease your face well before covering with plaster." Check, did that. What it failed to mention was that having a beard could cause complications. I had thought of about it, I even trimmed off the shaggest parts and applied lots of Vaseline, just in case, but when it came time to remove this large, hot, heavy, entombing mass of plaster, we had become one. Not in a Zen sence, more of a cement galoshes sence. "STAY CALM!!!!!" I screemed to myself as I managed to feel my way across the floor and into a chair, all the while tugging at this immovable, semmingly permanet glob of plaster. Everything seemed muffled and quiet like listoning from the inside of a tomb. Even the children were quiet, Awe struck I expect and I bet a bit frightened. I expect it was like the scean from Aliens Two where that hatch-ling grabs Sigourney Weaver by the neck and she struggles with it for her life trying to get it off. "MMMMMMM MMMMM MMMMM" I said as loudly as possible. It's hard to give instructions with 10 pounds of plaster hanging from your mustache, "What?" "What did he say?" I heard Cheryl ask the kids. "Oil can! I think he said Oil can." piped in one helpful child " No No I think he said "Butter knife. Get me a butter knife!" said my oldest. I shook my cast vigorously in agreement. Armed with a butter knife I slowly, painfully started to pry it off. Insert knife handle and push down on your cheek untill the hairs pull out and repeat. In time I managed to pull the top part loose from my head and was able to peer out over the top. Just glad at that point that I could at least see. I still was not sure how I was going to get it off my chin. As unpleasent as this event had been thus far, it's unpleasentness was pale when compared to the recurring nightmare that was unfolding in my mind. The nightmare of being driven somewhere to have it removed. It was next to unbearable. First of all it might be hard to explain, especially when you can't speak. Secondly is there anything anywhere in any medical book that covers this depth of stupidy. Worse yet, I might live through the procedure and the doctor or archeologist, I hadn't decided which would be best suited to extract my head, would see who it was that had encased his face in plaster. Reciprocating saw. hammer and chisel, air chisel, T.N.T. what would be their tool of choice. I was tutored by my father, raised with the philosophy to alway try to laugh your way through the tough parts of life. That cowboy sence of humor that no matter how bad the ordeal, if you lived through it, something about it just had to be funny. I had not yet arrived to this conclustion but the kids had. Bless thier hearts. I'm not sure which kid snickered first, but there it was, that muffled sound of a surpressed laugh. I'm sure that seeing you dad sitting in a chair, looking like the early planning stages of MT Rushmore, just might strike you funny, and they were right. This was ridicules and it was funny and it deserve a snicker or two. I did eventually succeed in getting the cast removed without the help of a trained professional. I uses Nair. It is a hair removing product, sort of like Drain-O with fragrance added. It will remove hair and with prolonged contact, skin, but most importantly it can remove unwanted facial casts from your face. I poured it in, let it burn it's way through, while I pried with the knife. I still have the cast. I put a picture of it and some pieces I made with it in my gallary. I even talked my two boys into letting me cast their faces. I still haven't made the three faced pot. Guess I still can. Aint Clay Fun Kabe

#10725 Self supporting cones

Posted by Kabe on 03 December 2011 - 12:50 AM

I use SSC too. I put mine on a flat tile. It might be a good idea to test fire a homemade tile to make sure it will not warp and tip them over.

#10656 What pottery related gift are you hoping for this Holiday Season? | Nov. 28,...

Posted by Kabe on 30 November 2011 - 08:52 PM

Hi Kabe! I don't think you sound dumb, even if you did, we all sound dumb sometimes. Thanks for asking.
A "pottery difference reducer" is a device which somehow reduces the difference between the pot you see in your head, and the one that actually comes out of your kiln.
They are also sold under the name "expectation reducer," or "reality checks."
From what I understand, they also sell similar devices for painters, sculptors, dancers, actors, writers, or anyone involved in a creative activity.
The only problem is, I don't know who makes them, or where you can buy one.
I know if they were sold at "Road Runner Supply" they would be called "The ACME Pottery Difference Reducer."
Does anyone know who makes them, or where I can get one?Posted Image

I feel like the new carpender that was sent to find the board stretcher. Scoobydoozie sent a a picture of a shrink rule. I thought that it was something like that too. A handy way to make a shrink rule is: add your % shrinkage to the inlargement scale on a copy machine say 12% and make a copy of a 12 inch ruler. Cut it out and glue it to a paint stickand you have a 12% larger size ruler. It's kind of handy and close to free. Most potters like that. ain't clay fun! Kabe