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Darcy Kane

Member Since 29 Jan 2012
Offline Last Active Jan 27 2015 09:21 AM

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When You Throw, What Do You Aim At?

19 January 2015 - 10:56 PM

I got back to the wheel today to fill an order and I started to think about when I make changes to my work, what motivates those changes, and when it is ok to follow along with what you already do well.  I mean really, is change always good?  Always necessary?  


I tend to listen to the people that buy my work and produce those things they buy.  I do listen to their input as well as the input of other potters; but, at some point where does one draw the line.  I try to spend time every now and then to just "play" but often I am chasing orders.  I'm not complaining about having orders, I certainly don't need to be up to my armpits in pottery, I guess I am just musing about when it is ok to just do what works for you and not always be pushing to keep up with the competition (yes i am competitive so shoot me) and make this shape or that, try this glaze or that one, fire in reduction, fire in oxidation so it looks like reduction, yada yada yada... I guess it is time to set some new goals for my pottery and as is typical for me, I will aim for what makes me happy. That always seems to work.

What Is Causing The Black Zits In My Glaze?

26 September 2014 - 06:02 PM

so I have been working along making the switch from ^10 to ^6 and overall things are going ok.  However, the Waterfall Brown glaze from MC6G came out with little black bumps.  It is on Standard 112 bisque fired to ^06 and fired to ^5.  Would it have been more successful if I had bisqued to ^04?  I like the glaze enough to mess around with it a bit.

Monkey's Fist

06 August 2014 - 08:58 AM

My family is of a nautical inclination.  Long story short, my SIL has asked me a couple of times to create a casserole for her that has monkey's fists for the knob and handles.  The best way I have come up with to attack the fists, is to create a mold and press the clay into the mold.  Anyone have any easier/quicker/more simplistic ideas?? 

Sponge Cleaning Before Glazing

01 June 2014 - 10:30 AM

So I have spent the morning cleaning off bisqued ware with a sponge and water.  *hate* it, hate glazing too but that is beside the point.  My question is, does anyone use a compressor and air to clean off pots before glazing and if yes, have you had successful results?

Foot Rings And Puddles

25 April 2014 - 07:46 AM

I do my best not to be the one stuck emptying the dishwasher, but when I do end up with the job I hate the puddles that form on the bum of bowls and mugs.  I usually use a dishtowel to mop up trapped water before removing the cups/mugs/bowls.  I make a majority of my pieces flat on the bottom so they don't need to be trimmed but occasionally one has to use a foot.  I don't remember where I saw it, but some ingenious potter put a few small notches in the foot ring to let the water drain out.  I might see if I can incorporate a notch or two with a signature, two birds; one stone sort of thing.  Anyone else cooked up a good solution to trapped water?