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In Topic: Qotw: Pottery Attributes In The Studio

Today, 03:25 PM

Yet if that beautiful teapot form pours poorly, or the handle is uncomfortable, or the lid falls off unless held on, or the tea gets cold too quickly, of what use is the teapot except to sit on a shelf.


Isn't all that a part of form? No amount of surface decoration or pretty glaze is going to fix that.


So maybe a question might be,  'Is how a item operates a function or form?' I'm thinking it could be argued either way.

In Topic: Looking To Start Mixing My Own Glazes

Today, 11:27 AM

Thank you oldlady

In Topic: Looking To Start Mixing My Own Glazes

Today, 10:52 AM

@ oldlady I'm just looking for recipes that will work for me and I do have recipes for white and clear. I have no plans on becoming a second glazenerd.


To give you an idea of one of the things that I'm confused about are frits, there are

Frit 3195. 3124, 3110, 3134, 3249, 3269

Six different types of kaolin

4 different mesh sizes for silica


Most of the recipes I have suggest which frit but not the type of kaolin or size silica.


I don't think I want to order all 16 of the above items to get started, I guess I'm looking for a "good starter kit" of materials to get my feet wet.

In Topic: Qotw: Pottery Attributes In The Studio

Today, 08:39 AM

For me form is always primary, if the form is not there than function or surface doesn't really matter.


If there is a mug or a teapot with an unpleasing form, would you still want to purchase or use it even if the glaze (surface) is perfect? Of course pleasing or unpleasing is in the eye of the beholder.


Now if you have a beautiful form along with a beautiful surface you have a winner.

In Topic: Taxes.. Yep, I Said The Evil Word

Today, 07:58 AM

As to high price stocks thats part of my tax issue as I also have them and am paying all that interest and taxable gains


The point about high stock prices is this:  if you have $1000 to purchase shares do you want to pay $25 per share or $20 per share for the same fund? Typically, stocks are at their highest point during the time when everyone is trying to make their non-taxable contribution to their retirement fund which is just before tax time.


The idea is to get more bang from your buck so you have more unearned income (aka: more interest, taxable gains and dividends).


I digress, this place is about ceramics not investing.