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In Topic: What To Do To Stimulate Creativity?

Yesterday, 08:57 PM

Creativity is one of those things that art teachers are expected to teach in their classes, all too often the expectations fall short, and the times it seems like it happens, is the luck of the draw. You try a series of exercises for searching for shapes, exercises to enhance color intuitiveness, or even differences in pattern and texture in a single piece. Many times you end up teaching the student usable tricks, like looking through a window at a page full of random doodles to find shapes, when you get one really nice, is it that you have taught creativity, or taught them by a law of averages a way of looking for shapes that finally worked. Maybe only once! I could go on and on, but in the long run, there are those of us that muddle our way through piece after piece constantly working, growing, looking, learning, striving to be creative. In the long run, it may be again just a series of numbers with one piece or two rising to the top. I don't know. Can you teach someone to be intuitive? Knowing what comes at the next corner, before it comes?  These things have been argued over the centuries. Great minds and artists, Einstein, Picasso, Socrates, and others have bandied these ideas about, but maybe it is as simple as Chuck Close who said. . . .Inspiration is for amateurs, the rest of us just show up for work.

In Topic: What $70 Got Me.worth It, Or Not?

25 July 2015 - 12:04 PM

What are your plans, for the rebuilt kiln, you are working on?

Kiln I am rebuilding is in great shape, fired once or twice. Bricks in bottom broke out letting coils drop. Replaced bricks in bottom shelf will allow full use. Smaller than my other kiln could be loaded full for bisque, load would be equal to glaze in big one. Nice thing is, no staying home all day and night to baby it along! I still would not go out/away, but would definitely be able to do other things while it was firing.




In Topic: Raising The Dead

23 July 2015 - 06:39 PM

If elements need replaced, full set at Big Ceramics store is $196. Ceramic Fibre blanket to 2600F. is available as is the 2300F. This could be cut into strip and used between the sections to seal up if you feel you need to. Plug looks oxidized-replace. Looks like it may be a 6-50 50 amp plug. You may be even better off to get a full pluc and pig tail. You can get bricks cut at Euclid if interested in replacing brick on down the line. None of this is a big job, just $$.


good luck Ben,


In Topic: Adding A Lid Element

23 July 2015 - 08:38 AM

I noticed from your web site for Paragon that the elements in the lid are offered on a few other kilns. This is strange, because so many manufacturers do not place lid elements, preferring to put them in the floor instead. Most electric kilns rated to fire to 2350F. will reach ^9, even a soft ^10, but that really puts a lot of stress on the elements over a short period of time, thus the popularity of low to mid-range stoneware with most folks firing to ^6.


I find it interesting that you require cone 10, yet admit that you have very little experience with kilns or firing. Maybe you need to reassess your needs  as the kiln you have purchase looks like a top of the line well built kiln that would give you many years of service at ^6.  Then again, maybe this is a one shot or two deal that requires ^10, and I know nothing of that sort of requirement.




In Topic: Are There Any Laws Of Pottery?

22 July 2015 - 09:38 AM

The law:  if you need one of a certain thing, make two.  If you make one, it will certainly not survive.  If you make two, they both will. 


I've no idea why, but it seems to always work that way.

kiln gods!