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#41086 Why Earthenware?

Posted by trina on 20 August 2013 - 03:04 AM

just cuz.....hahaha actually stoneware is not stronger, and stoneware only vitrifes when you fire it to maturity otherwise its basically earthware with grog.. I know that Offcentre had an interesting post about this maybe he will chime in , tell me that i don't know what I am on about ;) and point you in the right direction..T

#40795 Teaching Position

Posted by trina on 14 August 2013 - 07:54 AM

[quote name="OffCenter" post="40749" timestamp="1376426315"][quote name="TJR" post="40737" timestamp="1376421242"]
Whenever you say "border", I think you are referring to the Canadian/American border. I guess you mean the Mexican border-duh.
There's a joke in here somewhere, but I don't want to be racist. Please don't say that I am the joke, Jim.
I wouldn't do that, even though you crazy Canucks kicked me out of Canada two times in one night in 1971.

Whenever you say "border", I think you are referring to the Canadian/American border. I guess you mean the Mexican border-duh.
There's a joke in here somewhere, but I don't want to be racist. Please don't say that I am the joke, Jim.

I wouldn't do that, even though you crazy Canucks kicked me out of Canada two times in one night in 1971.

I think i learned about that incident in school.....T

#40584 Which Artist Would You Love To Work Beside In Their Studio For One Week? Wh...

Posted by trina on 10 August 2013 - 06:33 AM

Shadow May.

Jim, ha Shadow May should be begging to meet you!! T

#40419 What Kind Of Glaze Do They Use In Provence?

Posted by trina on 08 August 2013 - 11:23 AM

I have also seen engobes used to acheive this level of colour...T

#40212 Failure Is Fine

Posted by trina on 05 August 2013 - 03:17 PM

Care to share a failure that resulted in a learning leap? :unsure:

Don't use an outhouse until you look under the seat.

Don't use an outhouse if you wear suspenders, and don't fry bacon with your shirt off. T

#40116 Slip Casting Dilemma

Posted by trina on 04 August 2013 - 12:42 PM

how do you unfold a mold?

you sneak up on it.....T

#40049 Redart

Posted by trina on 03 August 2013 - 06:13 AM

Ha, Jim I see you are finally reading that book I lent you....T

#39934 Inspiration, Where Do You Seek It?

Posted by trina on 31 July 2013 - 01:08 PM

i bet Jim was born smoking, he is just that cool mama ;) T

#39019 What Is The Most Incorrect "rule" You Ever Heard For Pottery?

Posted by trina on 16 July 2013 - 02:13 PM

It has been proven so please stop saying it can't be done, Sea monkeys CAN live in the washup barrel!


#37769 What do you collect and why? | June 19, 2013

Posted by trina on 26 June 2013 - 07:18 AM

oh man and i was so clinging to that one positive rating point.....T

#37681 What do you collect and why? | June 19, 2013

Posted by trina on 25 June 2013 - 08:37 AM

I’d like to put my comment here, I am not a potter. Every meal we eat in my house is served on hand made pottery which may range from having been purchased in a seconds bin to something very expensive. For me, pottery, like textiles, is a basic and necessary tool of human history which enabled humans to survive. Every time I eat from pottery I am reminded of this and I feel in touch with people through history. Its not just eating from but washing the dishes, handling each one, getting to know it, that is special.

Owning pottery is like a zen experience—You can use it, enjoy it, break it, and when you are not attached to it you buy another one. Or you can put it away so it does not get broken, do not use it and save it for investment and miss the experience.

Specifically I like shuki (sake utensils) and matcha, and while some of these pieces can be expensive, I still use them.

And sometimes, especially since I moved to a home office, when I want a little creative input ( I am a graphic designer) I walk out, pick up a chawan or tokkuri and spend 5-10 minutes just exploring it with my hands.

Even though I have an art education, have spent time in museums, I cannot even understand the concept of “non functional pottery.” The reality of everyday I eat from a piece of art, everyday I have an important human experience with a plate or a cup or a bowl, is far above any value of some piece of clay sitting in a corner of a museum somewhere being acclaimed by some curator as an “important piece of Art.” For me the Art of pottery is only to be found in the experience of using it.

I cannot even understand the concept of “non functional pottery

That makes me feel really sad for you. :( T

#37367 Those who can, do, those who can't teach

Posted by trina on 19 June 2013 - 12:37 PM

These kinds of threads drive me crazy... I just have to respond. But, I'm also in class right now, but my students are working on their final exam projects... so, I will give it a shot (keep in mind, I've already been interrupted five times.).

I am an artist! I am a teacher (high school, art, particularly ceramics, sculpture and 3-D Design)... and a proponent of a new, soon to be paraphrased statement, "If you can't do it, you can't teach it!". And, given my unique circumstances, I may offer some unique insight to this topic. (sit down, this might take a while).

I grew up in a house with a teacher (math and science), and hearing the arguments at the dinner table over money was enough for me to decide that I would never teach anything! But sometimes, the right fit finds you and not the other way around... and for me, "teaching" was the right fit. How I got there was not how most people get there (and I do, to some extent, agree with what you have to say on that matter.). I went to college to become an artist (at a very reputable school), I earned a BFA in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Ceramics... I have a degree in clay, simply put. And the options for jobs are minimal... so, I went to grad school to earn an MFA in ceramics... to become a professor, like the thousands before me. Only thing... An MFA program is not set up to teach you how to teach, they just hand you opportunities to gain teaching experience in a "sink or swim" fashion. Being young (for an MFA), I dropped out after two years in a three year program. #snowboardbum for a couple years afterward, being bumped from clay studio to factory to summer camps... I've done it all, just about.

At the urging of my mother... I would once again, go back to school... this time, to become a teacher! Most schools offer a "conversion" program for degree students, it's a tag-a-long of educational practices and pedagogy (along with student teaching) that accompany your previously earned degree in your content area. In my opinion, it's the only way teachers should be trained. Content first! Pedagogy second, but you must have both. Educational certification is monitored by the "state". I don't know where you live.... or what state you reside in... or how they go about certifying teachers... and the fact that they pay for some of these courses for you, probably means you're in a nicer place than me. But it's not "states" that make teachers... it's not pedagogy... it's not years... classes... credits... or studio time.

Great teachers make great teachers! And, I have had my fair share... at every grade level throughout... each remembered by name... and modeled after... all with different qualifications, all with different strengths... all with content knowledge! I am an artist because of what I have learned... but I am a teacher because of who taught me. We teach art... why or how... because we were taught by someone. What makes clay/potters unique is, well... working in clay is as old as time... and teaching others how to work in clay has continued since it's inception... in other words, we have the longest line of teachers than any other profession... and one of the proudest lineages that can be followed back almost forever. Who taught you?

So... to answer your inquiry... how long should a program be to teach art teachers... eternity sounds good. I still learn everyday...

As far as creating art... I'm always doing that, not nearly as much as I would like... but I have summers off, and I create in my classroom (quick and fast way to earn students respect)... I have a studio in my basement... I rebuilt my own kiln... my wife bought me a wheel... and I consider my lucky to be in the position that I'm in... because, I don't just make work... I make what I want to make... no stress from the demands of production to make a living, or show deadlines... no "rep" to continue, locked into one easily identifiable style that people associate with me and me only... I am a free artist...

And teaching? I've been teaching high school ceramics for ten years... I've had over a thousand students... that's like almost 4 thousand pinch-pots! I have had tens of students go on to art schools... several who have earned BFA's... four in ceramics... with five master's in Art education... and one owner/operator of a community ceramics studio! And one can not do that if one can not do what they teach.

More importantly, I have always considered myself an artist first... I plan to teach for 20 years (half way done already)... then end as an artist once again!

It's all just how you view your "paradigm".

I agree with you completely! Nice post! In the German Language we have a similar saying but I think better: Those who can do nothing become a hotdog sales man, those who can do even less become a hot dog salesman at the train station and those who can do even less than that sell insurance. T

#36654 Experience with Mayco Jungle Gems and other commercial "crystal" glazes?

Posted by trina on 09 June 2013 - 07:43 AM

Hi there,

I have used the fire cracker and the sassy orange. You need to apply them thickly, they don't seem too runny, at least I have not had problems with that. If you look in my gallery, the sperm whale pod has some squid which are painted in the sassy orange (which actually is bright yellow).

I only bought the smallest jars available as the colours are really screamy bright. I only use them in small doses.

The glass crystals are very small and I have had no problem with the application. They are the size of big ish sand, so you can more them to a certain extent.

Hope that helps...T

P:S No special firing required I fire them up to 1020 C.

Good to know!! Thank you!

Ever try them at ^6?

I have fired them anywhere from 980C to 1020C.... it depends on what other glazes i fired with. T

#36479 What Every Potter Needs!

Posted by trina on 06 June 2013 - 08:09 AM

what the.......I wonder if you can get it with a matching helmet...T

#36341 Toxic Raw Materials

Posted by trina on 02 June 2013 - 03:30 PM

Every material in the ceramic studio presents some kind of hazard... What SPECIFICALLY are you concerned about?

Well, you know, in case somebody wants to try a taste of glaze or else. Posted Image

I actually has a collection of real warnings on real products:
Instruction on Airways packet of peanut: [1] Open packet [2] Eat peanuts
On Pick 'n Pay peanuts: Warning: contain nuts
On a bread pudding: Product will be hot after heating
On a hair dryer: Do not use while sleeping
On a bar of Dove soap: Directions: use like regular soap
On a frozen dinner: Serving suggestion: Defrost

That's great, I had a box of cheerios which said pour into a clean bowl, really?! T