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In Topic: Why Decorate Pots?

Today, 09:22 AM

That was a long time ago Ben, I know it was over 25#, but not much more. It was thrown on a Brent C, as that is what they used at PSU at the time. It  was thrown on a 24" plywood bat. I let it sit for 3 days under plastic before trimming. It was a little heavy, but the prof(Gallas) said that it needed the weight for the curve and the size. Walls were 12" high. I haven't thrown anything that diameter since, as I don't have anywhere to fire it.


I was an oldie at PSU, a teacher of 3 years, and later starting my career.  Many of my grad classes at PSU at the time were assisted by other grad students in the MFA program. I personally was insulted that these students were trying to show me how to work. They were good at paper work, but poor at teaching. I often would give hints, or tips to other students struggling with throwing or assembling. I was often there all day, and in to the night working when most of the authorities were not around. I would always stress that there were no right or wrongs in throwing as long as certain major concepts were attained. However, I found that they asked why I would use certain finger positions when throwing, or certain techniques for opening large, and I would explain. It actually helped me prepare for more classes in the Fall, as my throwing had to continue on with the barrage of questions that these varied skills students would ask. HS kids are much less pushy with their questions, more awed.

In Topic: Used Pottery Wheels: The Good And The Bad?

Yesterday, 06:31 AM

Check out the strands under the FAQs here to help you with more opinions on potters wheels.




In Topic: Where Does Clay Stand In Fine Art

29 July 2014 - 01:44 PM

If a piece of pottery as mundane as a mug, bowl or plate functions very well, is comfortable to use, begs to be held or used, and is beautiful to look at, is it not art?

In Topic: Help Me Decide What To Do About A Cracked Kiln Lid

29 July 2014 - 08:19 AM

I go with Ben & Schism here. If you have a written promise to replace the lid, get it replaced. Is the crack major, repaired or unrepaired? I don't think so. However, as Ben says you never know what stresses are being put on the lid in firing and movement. The last thing you need is to have bits and pieces of lid coming down in glaze firings. The lid gets stressed from heating and cooling, movement up and down, and even the environment in the kiln room. A hairline crack might last for years, but a sudden cooling, or fast firing, or another type of accident could compromise the lid integrity whether cracked or not. However, a cracked lid will be damaged easier than not.




In Topic: Where Does Clay Stand In Fine Art

28 July 2014 - 07:02 PM

Media is media, tools are tools. What one does with them does not define "fine" or not. That is usually determined by a bunch of people that appreciate all art, and raise some art to fine levels. Some out there would say that the only form of photography accepted as fine from a darkroom in the old film and developer manner. Others would say it is the eye of the photographer and his use of tools that makes a photo fine. Others would say that photography cannot be considered fine art. Then there are those who "sell the Emperor's New Clothes" claiming something the next new thing to be had a any cost.


We can intellectualize/discuss/argue and declare all we want as groups or individuals, but in the end 300 years from now time and history will determine what is fine art or craft, or junk.