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About Ivar

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  • Birthday 07/14/1978

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    Zagreb, Croatia
  1. From the perspective of a pearson who has an electrician in a family I would like to point out few important things for conecting your kiln to electricity: 1. if your wires are old - replace them, and if you are not an electrician find someone who is expert to do the job 2. it is always better to use stronger wires then you think you might need 3. try to use industrial plugs, they are more resistant 4. make sure that you do not have on same phase all major consumers, like kiln, oven, heaters... I know there is a difference in US and European standards, but when I installed my kiln, I asked electrcian to check all and to make sure that this wiring is only for kiln, that wires are stronger and asked him to change the plug into industrial one. My cable or plug are not warimg up at all when firing, and I have also installed safety, overvoltage, and overheat switches. I keep my kiln in studio, it is just 2" from the walls, but this is not an issue, because our house is build out of solid brick, and on floor I have tiles - meaning no burning materials. Thing is they do not get warm at all. be carefull, investing money into good wirings is cheaper then rebuliding your house or studio after fire.
  2. Ok. first of all I apologize if I will be little hursh on you, but you should never ever bought that wheel in first place. At the moment sales guy said to hammer it, you should turn your back and leave the store. But ok...it is mistake, and now what you can do? I do not know laws in US, but for example in Croatia if you buy something and within 15 days you spot something broken, working incorrectly or so, you have the right to return it to shop, and get refund or replace it with new item. If you see an error after those 15 days you need to send item to service. If service is not been done within 45 days, manufacturer, or general distributor needs to give you new item. If you do not have sucsess in geting what you have payed for, there is instituton where you can call, explain your problem, and then they will make them by law to refund you all your money plus extra damage you have suffered by their action. So, this is in Croatia, I am sure that there are some legal obligations of sellers, distributors and manufacturers in US too. So, check what are your rights, in any case do not hammer the wheel, because they will say that you have made this damage, and act ASAP. More time you wait, less chance you have to get things right. In the future, when you are buying something new, and it has any kind of fault, DO NOT BUY IT, unless you get really big discount and you are sure you can fix the fault for little money.
  3. Ialso apply underglaze on greenware, then bisque fire, then transparent glaze and another firing. It can be done all in one step, but results may be different. Testing is best way to see all posiblle results and decide what you prefer.
  4. There are clay separators from Botz Germany and Rohde which can be installed at any sink, and do not cost so much example: http://www.bathpotters.co.uk/products/rohde-sedimentation-basin-ab100/4633/ or: http://www.botz-glasuren.de/tonabscheider/?L=1 So this is just as example, but I think this can be done easily on your own and would cost even less. Further to this overpricing of potters equipment, I see that in US kilns and wheels are much cheaper then here in Croatia, even in other Europe countries prices are lower then here, but this is probably because we have just 2 suppliers, and one of them is working just with clay and glazes. Other supplier has so high prices that it is cheaper for me to drive 500 km to Austria or Italy to buy something what I need, in case I can not make ti by myself. For example I ordered new kiln, and it will be 30% lower price then from that supplier in my city. Ok, I will have to wait for it 6 weeks, but still....it is worth of that money.
  5. Dear Chris, I live in Zagreb, Croatia, and pottery here is in such low level you couldn't imagine. When I read your posts from US and see how many exibitions, fairs, forums etc you have I wish to pack my bags and move to US. But I do not give up, and hope that people will come to their sense, and move from this consumer/cheap/mass production/eastern/low quality pottery to a unique, hand made with love, and artistic pottery... There is issue of money. Here people work for ca 1000 USD per month, and they usually can't afford vase or bowl for 100-200 USD or so. They like it, they would love to have it, but it is too expensive for them. However I do not think it will ever extinct because we need to create things, and everybody wants to have something individual, unique.. It is in our nature.
  6. After piece is finished I let it dry bit on a bat. When it is almost leather hard I wire it of, and trimm bottom. If I leave it to dry on a bat or wheel then I can't do the trimming. Also, If you leave a piece to dry on bat or wheel, then it takes more time for bottom to dry, and it could cause deformation or cracking due to uneven drying.
  7. ... Learn to move the clay-don't let the clay move you. And above all, pay attention to the feel, not the look. Once you have had a little practice try centering or even throwing blindfolded. This will tell you a lot about the feel of the clay. This blindfolded part I agree the most. Every time when I have an issue with centering, I just close my eyes and go by feeling. It takes seconds and clay is centered. Everybody shoudl try this...it is great!
  8. Ivar


    I really like this. The form, texture, colors...it is so interesting.
  9. My husband made me a table. Structure is made of steel 4x4 cm, and 4 mm thickness, height is bit higher then standard because I am 180 cm tall so I need it to be 100 cm tall. On top of structure he placed wooden board 4 cm thick. It is screwed to a structure from below so no screws or anything is on top surface. Also I have one shelve maybe 15 cm from floor, and here I keep my clay, slip buckets etc. And to protect the wood I aplied layer of oil and left it to soak for 2 days. Now it has nice surface, it absorbs extra watter but is protected from deformations. I will try to make a photo later and post it. I also have samall studio, so this was perfect solution for me.
  10. 6 years ago me and my husband started our own business. Our main market is metal industry which is in a bad bad shape in this market. But we started. We borowed some money from my perents and started from zero. After 2 years we started growing up, returned money to my perents, and from debt we were in a plus. It took a lot of time, effort and guts to do it. But we managed. So I allready have that expirinece in my life. I know exactly what it means to start from ground and buildng up your own business. At that time we had no other incomes, we had 2 kids, and one year later another one was comming. Looking back now I can't believe that we have survived. Regarding ceramic business, now when our comapny is more or less stabile I decided that it is time to switch my focus on ceramics and in near future start business of it. I have small studio, and a supportive husband who is willing to help me. At my opinion what is important when you are starting a business is: - you need to be unique with you product in at least one way (by form, material, price...), you need something what will be specific for you only, and then it is easier to find your place in market - define who are your primary customers - define your marketing ways - be patient - and as someone allredy said think positive Also, I realized that having handy husband (for women in ceramics) is extreemly helpfull. For example, mine made me a table, shelves, bats, lots of specific tools, molds... he is very good with spraygun so he is doing glazing sometimes.... Without him I would probably had to buy all those things and they would cost me twice the price. In Croatia, we do not have those kind of Markets where you are selling your work, we do not have art fairs or anything like that, ceramic society here practicaly does not exist, and those people who are ceramic artists or potters, are so strange and closed that it is practicaly immposible for me to get in contact with them. They think that they are special kind of people and on much higher level then me and ordinary people. This is why I am waitting for summer 2013 when Croatia will become a member of EU, and I will have open market of complete EU without borders, customs and all birocracy that is stopping us now from doing some normal business across border. In meantime I will work more, learn more, and develop my own style and designs. So, for those who are thinking in going to business....go ahead! If you do not try you will never know how much you can get form it.
  11. 20 years ago I finished elementary school and needed to decide what to do next, and what will I be "when I grow up". My grandfather was a carpenter and a mason, and type of a pearson who knows to do miracles with his hands. My father is that kind of pearson too, he was welder for 40 years, but also worked as a mason, made amazing things with wood, and he also used to paint. So I had it all in my blood. I decided to go to School for applied art and design. My mother rolled her eyes, and was very much agains it, saying : you can not live from that. My father was very happy, but he was always supportive for me and my brothers, what ever we wanted to do in life. When I began education my first idea was to become a photgrapfer, and aftre that to go to Film Academy to study camera. On first year in school I touched clay for first time, saw students working on wheels, handuilding etc...and after few months I said: this is it! This is done by hands, I get to create, express my ideas and I work with raw material with my hands. That is how it started. I forgot about photography and camera and spent 4 years learning and playing with clay. When I work in studio I am like a child, playing, it makes me happy, when I open kiln after it has cooled down, I feel like a child opening christmas presents....so actually I never did grow up
  12. That is a good idea. A place to go to get constructive criticism-where you post knowing that your work will probably get torn apart and put back together again. Then you have the place where you post safely. I agree. I would most certainly like to have a place where I could post some image with description, and to have more expirienced potters to give their own view, critique or analysis of this work. I do not have any potter friends, have no other artists in my surrounding to ask them and this would be great for me. For this reason I have contacted my old teachers, they are all retired now and do not teach anymore, but from time to time I visit them and show them what I have done. One of them is very critical, he was like that in school, but I never had a bad feeling about him, I always loved him saying exactly what he thinks, because that really helping me improve. Only thing is that maybe because of him and his expectations I become extreemly critical about my work.
  13. Dianne, eventhoe I do not comment other peoples work in gallery, I was very glad to see your comment on one of my bowls. Why I do not comment, is simply because I do not think I am a pearson who should comment someones work. If I like something really much, I rather send email or something to an artist and express my toughts. I like to see what other people are doing and I like a lot of works I can see in galleries (your black vessels are great) but I do not comment. I prefer differnet type of contacting artist and letting him know that I apericate his work.
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