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Darcy Kane

Member Since 29 Jan 2012
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In Topic: Does Your Exuberance Show In Your Work?

17 December 2014 - 11:01 PM

Ah but therein lies my conundrum, I love the challenge of creating something that will sell.  I know, isn't that weird?  Almost anti art world establishment isn't it.   But for me, creating and producing something that sells and is in demand, is my one great challenge.  It is what pushes my buttons and keeps my head in the game.  It is *fun* for me and my joy of making.  I guess I am just a hopeless mercenary lacking in artistic soul.  


In Topic: Does Your Exuberance Show In Your Work?

17 December 2014 - 10:25 PM

It is odd that you would mention exuberance coming through our work because at my recent jury experience, my jury said that they would like to see more of my "exuberant, upbeat, bold, personality" in my work (must have been that second shot of espresso).  I tend to be very functional in my approach to pottery and I'm comfortable  viewing my work that way, so I am having to push myself a bit to think of how I can manipulate the forms and glazes I like to incorporate more of my "me-ness."  I'm playing with a few things but I am also not set on change for change's sake.  It is a balancing act to be sure.  Sometimes work become contrived when an artist strives to receive the accolades of colleagues.  That is a pit I will not fall into.  However, I do believe challenging one's self to grow and move forward isn't a bad thing.  I actually agreed with their assessment and will push to make some positive advancements in my work while maintaining a functional foundation.


In Topic: Help! Accidentally Glazed Together My Pieces

14 December 2014 - 10:12 AM

You really have two clear choices, leave it as it is and love your new paperweight; or, have at it with a wooden rolling pin or piece of closet pole.  I use a 12 inch piece of old closet pole and start by gently tapping it all around the edge.  The gentle tapping ramps up as needed to achieve the goal of separation.  I have never ruined a piece doing this and if I were to break one, it would be too bad, so sad, but at least I wouldn't have to look at it and be reminded of it for the next zillion years.  My husband always cringes when he sees me to it, but so far I've been successful.  In this case however, prevention is worth a pound of cure  :D  


In Topic: New Potter: Advice Appreciated!

06 December 2014 - 06:32 PM

 

Also, I'm guessing your wife works?  Can you get health insurance through her job?   I pay $550/month for health insurance and it's going up 15% soon.   Do keep in mind health insurance is a tax write off, as are a lot of other things.    Looking at Gep's $50k a year production to net $36K is probably a good number.   Remember you have lots of write offs. 

 

 

I read through all three pages on this thread and over and over my "mom" voice kept shouting in  my ear, "do you have insurance, do you have a plump saving account, does your wife have a great stable well paying job with good maternity leave/benefits, and are you willing to eat beans and rice for a few years, and will she not get pissed when she is working 9-5 so you can follow your passion?"  Most artists and potters that I know have more than one job.  They may teach pottery, or run a gallery, or teach art in a school, or have a studio, or or... you get the picture.  Most have other forms of income.  I personally work two jobs and I choose not to give up either of them because I love them both, but not everyone wants to work two completely different professions and make pottery as well :)  I will caution you that often when you have to produce enough pottery to make a living, it stops being a calling/passion or way to express yourself, and becomes a J O B. That was an epiphany I had when someone ordered 12 dinner plates and I was in the middle of trimming them.  Personally I like pottery too much to allow it to become more of a job and less of a vehicle to channel my artistic energy.  More power to the people that can successfully balance the two AND manage to live off the income from pottery alone.  Clay for me allows me to make a nice side income, but I can still work a job that has benefits, and have time to ride my bike, play golf, and go to the beach and not spend all my weekends setting up tents and selling pots.  Geez, I guess I'm just a hobbyist that sells her work.  Best of luck whatever road you choose and I will say after 33 happily married years, always put your relationship and family first.


In Topic: Dining Set.. ?

06 December 2014 - 05:15 PM

We use the luncheon plates way more than the large dinner plates.