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In Topic: What Is Your Favorite Source Of Information? You Tubes, Magazines, Internet,...

Yesterday, 02:56 PM

All of the above. I peruse the internet on all sorts of sites including blogs, pinterest, You tube, forums, and ceramics specific sites. I also get subscriptions to Ceramics Monthly, Pottery Making and Clay Times. I buy books that I am able to peruse, or find multiple positive reviews about. I have bought, and been given DVD of ceramic specific information. I use the local library, and if really in need go to the college library. I am trying to get to more workshops for broader exposure, I love museums, and anything I can find about clay, but everything in general. I sponge it all up, hoping to retain as much as I can. However, I do have specific memory problems, even though I recognize when I have seen something before, or relate the work to a style, or some more historic precedent, for the life of my I can't really remember names of artists, or most people in general. Especially when stressed, or queried about them.


If I am stumped, usually I go into "cocoon mode" protecting myself from outside distractions, and feeding on information specific to the problem. After a lot of time of thinking and mentally solving the problem in multiple ways, I experiment with the best options until one works. Many times this gestation process involves sketches or flow charts, outlines or other organizational devices to help me visualize the situation.

In Topic: Throwing Grainy Rough Clays

31 August 2014 - 01:44 PM

I threw a raku clay one Summer, all Summer for at least 4 hrs a day. This clay was 50% course grog. I had permanent open sores on hand at the knuckle of the thumb, first finger, and pinky/last finger. These would never heal as I would be back to throwing the next day. You get used to it. It also taught me where I was making contact with the clay while throwing. I had started out throwing with the middle knuckle of the pointer/first finger. However, when I found that the knuckle was getting raw from the clay I changed to finger tip braced by the second finger and thumb. This allowed me to throw  without the additional raw spot. I really came to not like the raku process for many different reasons, one of them the coarseness of the clay.

In Topic: Copying ... Myself!

28 August 2014 - 06:46 AM

I think what you are going through is normal. A lot of times I have found myself revisiting a theme, technique or process from a different direction ending up in the same spot I was years before. I think we bring more to the second or third trip than we had in the first, so things do work out. Like a dog chasing his tail, he never catches it, neither do we, we just keep chasing it. :unsure:

In Topic: Question About Walker Mixer/pugger

26 August 2014 - 10:07 PM

There was a reversing switch on the side of the unit. This was just a simple toggle switch that was back where the key fit in the box. Some people removed the key unit on the machine, by passing that safety. This removed the switch position. I really would try to rewire the unit for the reverse, as it is really helpful for cleaning the unit out, for mixing the clay when it is a rough mix of scraps, powder and sludge, and for removing any objects that might have fallen in or gotten in by accident or on purpose. Takes the pressure of the object makes it easier to remove when the motor is then turned off and unplugged.


PS... . really jealous of you having one, as I really miss the one we had in the HS. As Marcia says, a real work horse.

In Topic: How Would You Describe Your Current Studio Location. Suburban Garage, Urban B...

26 August 2014 - 01:56 PM

Urban one car garage, not attached to the house. Electric heat, brick uninsulated walls. Garage is built over underground river. Previous owners put drain in floor-dumps to river. I don't use it. Space is cramped, and I have two kilns, one CXC Brent wheel, a wedging table, long rolling cabinet form Sams club with a butcher block top, and 3 shelving units. One of the shelving units is industrial and keeps powders up off of the floor in bags or bins. I also have a workbench for house tools in the area, so there is just too much.