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#125920 Qotw: The Power Grid Has Gone Down In Your Area A...

Posted by karenkstudio on 28 April 2017 - 11:07 AM

I enjoy experimenting with my portable wood fire kiln, and could switch to that. I'll still use my two sticks and a rolling pin for my slabs. If I have to burn those two sticks I'll be in trouble.

#124843 Qotw: Is It Craft Or Is It Art

Posted by karenkstudio on 05 April 2017 - 09:04 AM

"only painters are artists"
Consider the following scenario:
A collector has several pieces of pottery by well known potters prominently displayed in her home.
A friend paints a still life of that collection and the collector hangs that painting in her home.

Question: In this scenario is the painting the only work of art?

I know. Answering a question with a question is the chickens way out.

#123272 Visiting Phoenix/sedona - Suggestions

Posted by karenkstudio on 05 March 2017 - 02:08 PM

One unusual thing happened when my husband and I were wondering through galleries in Sedona.
We were locked in a bronze gallery and couldn't exit. The gallery was part of a small 2 story art mall with maybe 5 separate galleries that had access entry off an interior walkway which is where we entered.
We looked around and began to notice that no one else was in the gallery, not even in the office.
We tried to leave by the same door we entered but it was locked and could not be unlocked from the
inside. There was another door facing the
street and it was also locked. There was no way of unlocking either door Which we thought was really
strange. After waiting and no one returned, we contemplated calling 911 but found a phone number on
some of the printed information available in the gallery. The owner/manager was out of town so he called the individual who was covering the gallery. He had gone to the post office.
Enjoy your trip!

#123266 Visiting Phoenix/sedona - Suggestions

Posted by karenkstudio on 05 March 2017 - 12:52 PM

Try Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, hwy 179 Sedona. It has several shops and galleries within reasonable walking distance. There were a lot of galleries along hwy 179 (entering from the south) with a mix of fine art, craft, and regional painters. Like you I was short of time and didn't come across any potters gallerie's or studios.
The drive through Red Rock State Park on hwy 179 was gorgeous.
We didn't check out the art scene in Phoenix.

#111008 Qotw: Clay Poem Anybody?

Posted by karenkstudio on 05 August 2016 - 10:21 AM

I'll just finish it!

There once was a Potter from Nantucket....< What

Who fell headlong into a glaze bucket, < Nerd

He yelled "help, help" get me out of this mess < Evelyne

Noting the predicament was a potter named Bess < Karen

Yelling, "Could you check the bottom? I think that's where I lost my locket.<Karen

Maybe someone has a better ending!

#110971 Qotw: Clay Poem Anybody?

Posted by karenkstudio on 04 August 2016 - 05:57 PM

Pottery, Poetry

I’ve had a few students much younger than me
Who confused pottery with poetry.
They misplaced the “e”
And dropped the “t”.
Expecting to experience clay time,
They were writing lines that would rhyme.

#110371 Qotw: What Does It Need For You To Look Beyond Your Own Nose?

Posted by karenkstudio on 20 July 2016 - 11:28 AM

I'm with Denice. The "technique of the month" pulled me in to many different directions so I too gave up subscribing. I still find bits useful information in the few ceramic books I purchased.

Before the internet I spent a lot of time at the library and used the inter-library-loan service for books not in our local library.

Now I concentrate my searches on aspects of ceramics I want to pursue, but still enjoy reading about work and techniques of other potters.

#108258 Taking Apart Old Kilns For Scrap

Posted by karenkstudio on 06 June 2016 - 02:15 PM

Old Lady


I used parts of my ruined electric kiln to build a Raku wood fired trash kiln, with a side door. (I don't like propane, and needed a side door for my go-it-alone firing secessions.)


The kiln lid made a great base.

the fire bricks were used as supports for the shelf above the fire box.

Fire bricks were also used to make firing trees.


Note; the trash can was lined with ceramic fiber insulation.


Glad  I didn't get rid of that kiln.


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#106980 Artsy Babble Translation Please

Posted by karenkstudio on 16 May 2016 - 02:59 PM

In the academic setting (colleges & universities) the artist's statement proves intellectual pursuit.


In the create to sell setting the general public wants to know:

WHO  you are

WHAT's it used for

WHEN:   only ETSY cares about when it was made

WHERE:   sometimes want to know where your from

WHY?    If there perplexed and don't understand why you are creating what you've displayed, you've probably lost a sale, and

               an artist statement won't help.

#106099 How To Spot A Good Pot, Part 2

Posted by karenkstudio on 02 May 2016 - 10:20 AM

I like the website.  They appear to do a good job of promoting the potters and artists they represent.


Their ceramic selection has been narrowed to functional pottery with a consistant asthetic.  


No RAKU pieces, and their glaze definitions did not include an explanation of RAKU glazing.


The pieces may be priced to match their level of marketing.


I spent entirely to much time on this site this morning.

#103730 Can Anyone Identify This?

Posted by karenkstudio on 18 March 2016 - 07:39 AM

Thanks Mark, LOL

I've done a little checking but can't find pots with legs like these.