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Denice

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    Denice got a reaction from Roberta12 in Glaze cracking boiling water   
    If you make your own glaze,  you need to make up test samples of some different formulas.   Purchased glaze cannot be easily change,  trying a different brand might help.   It is probably the clay,  if you are firing  C5/6  glazes  you need a clay that is  C5/6  not one that can fire to  7,8,9,10.    Denice
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    Denice got a reaction from Min in QotW: What best habit would you recommend to a beginner setting up their studio?   
    Make sure you have enough lighting, everything looks good in the dark.    Denice
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    Denice got a reaction from Pres in QotW: What best habit would you recommend to a beginner setting up their studio?   
    Make sure you have enough lighting, everything looks good in the dark.    Denice
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    Denice got a reaction from GEP in QotW: What best habit would you recommend to a beginner setting up their studio?   
    Make sure you have enough lighting, everything looks good in the dark.    Denice
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    Denice got a reaction from Gusf in QotW: What best habit would you recommend to a beginner setting up their studio?   
    Make sure you have enough lighting, everything looks good in the dark.    Denice
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    Denice got a reaction from Roberta12 in QotW: What best habit would you recommend to a beginner setting up their studio?   
    Make sure you have enough lighting, everything looks good in the dark.    Denice
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    Denice got a reaction from Lucia Matos in QotW: What best habit would you recommend to a beginner setting up their studio?   
    Make sure you have enough lighting, everything looks good in the dark.    Denice
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    Denice got a reaction from Hulk in QotW: What best habit would you recommend to a beginner setting up their studio?   
    Make sure you have enough lighting, everything looks good in the dark.    Denice
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    Denice got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in QotW: What best habit would you recommend to a beginner setting up their studio?   
    Make sure you have enough lighting, everything looks good in the dark.    Denice
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    Denice got a reaction from Lucia Matos in Developing Consistent Throwing-Practice schedule?   
    I am not a production potter but I do have a degree in ceramics.   My first throwing class we were taught how to center and throw a bowl and cylinder.    We kept three pieces to glaze and get graded on,  the rest of the time it was throw,  cut in half and check your thickness.    It is nice to have the beginners pieces,  you can see how far you have come.  My next class my professor would give us a photo of a pot,  he would give us the dimensions and pounds of clay used.   We had a week to get one to match,  we didn't have to worry about the shrinkage percentage of the clay at that point.  Both methods set me up for life to be a decent thrower,  I was interested in handbuilding so I started that direction.       Denice
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    Denice got a reaction from Chilly in QotW: Would you be willing to participate in a kiln space rental that would bring in a little extra cash, and supply a service to potters without a kiln in your area, and if so why?    
    I would have to say no,  I have seen to many disasters where a low fire piece was stuck in a high fire.  The person swore it was high fire clay,  I have fired a few pots made with my clay  by friends and neighbors,  but I am usually unhappy with glaze applications and do some clean up before I fire them.   Denice
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    Denice reacted to neilestrick in QotW: Would you be willing to participate in a kiln space rental that would bring in a little extra cash, and supply a service to potters without a kiln in your area, and if so why?    
    No no no no no no no no no no. In addition to all the issues for potential damage to my kilns and kiln furniture, there are the problems of storing the work before and after it's fired, and conflicts over the results of the firing. It's too easy for people to blame the kiln owner for something not coming out like they expected- "it didn't look like that when I had it fired at another studio"- or to blame the firing for the glaze running and damaging a shelf/kiln- "it never ran like that at the other studio". Chances are if they don't have a kiln they don't understand the variation that exists from kiln to kiln. Too much potential for arguments and unhappy people and unpaid invoices. My opinion is that if you want to work in clay then you need to either invest in being part of a community studio or invest in your own equipment. Both are costly, but most hobbies are.
    That said, I do have two people for whom I fire. One is a very good sculptor I have known for years who makes unglazed figurative forms, so no firing trouble there. The other is a former student whom I totally trust, and who understands that she has to work around my schedule. She brings stuff in on the day I can load the kiln, and picks it up on the day it comes out.
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    Denice got a reaction from Roberta12 in QotW: Would you be willing to participate in a kiln space rental that would bring in a little extra cash, and supply a service to potters without a kiln in your area, and if so why?    
    I would have to say no,  I have seen to many disasters where a low fire piece was stuck in a high fire.  The person swore it was high fire clay,  I have fired a few pots made with my clay  by friends and neighbors,  but I am usually unhappy with glaze applications and do some clean up before I fire them.   Denice
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    Denice got a reaction from Pres in QotW: Would you be willing to participate in a kiln space rental that would bring in a little extra cash, and supply a service to potters without a kiln in your area, and if so why?    
    I would have to say no,  I have seen to many disasters where a low fire piece was stuck in a high fire.  The person swore it was high fire clay,  I have fired a few pots made with my clay  by friends and neighbors,  but I am usually unhappy with glaze applications and do some clean up before I fire them.   Denice
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    Denice got a reaction from Gusf in Question about alternative finishes for ceramics & acceptance by ceramic artists   
    I remember the days of sculptor professors frowning on a ceramics student in his class.  Even when no clay was involved he didn't think ceramic students belonged in the class.  I was the best student in the class,  I worked hard, met the goals and deadlines I wasn't like the other do nothing students.  I had another professor in printmaking that would only give me a B,  he told me that he didn't think that women were serious students especially ceramic majors so a B was the best I could expect from him.   Their are so many ways  people can hurt you,  brush it off and keep working with the materials you are comfortable with.   I didn't get the impression that anyone was attacking you,  just asking for more information.  Denice
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    Denice reacted to LeeU in QotW: How did you arrive at your present place in your pottery, by a focused approach, and experimental approach, or other direction?   
    I started out very focused, learned the basics quite well--got a good comprehensive ceramics education (and a BFA in crafts). Then I  became engaged with experimental techniques/more sculptural work, while still in VCU art school. (I was going to out-Voulkus Voulkus, don'tcha know).  It became a moot point when I took a detour into a 25 Y career in the addiction treatment field. I thought it would be short lived, because voc rehab was willing to bankroll my Master's if I committed to working in public service for a few years. I turned out to be very good at specialized program design & getting federal grant funding, so ceramics went into the attic to gather dust. After I retired (State Planner in Behavioral Health for NH DHHS) I constructed my little studio in my trailer (bedroom & back porch). However, I have lost so much ability (physical/cognitive) that I can't get back to where I once was. So, my present place is some  "other direction".  At the moment, I'm  just looking to satisfy myself and make enough (local smalls of the home decor variety)  to break even, which I am finally doing. Probably the most consistent thread from then to now is I am continuing my Hidden Mask series, which I started back in '81. 

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    Denice reacted to Callie Beller Diesel in QotW: How did you arrive at your present place in your pottery, by a focused approach, and experimental approach, or other direction?   
    I feel like any diagram or 2D representation of my career path should involve crayons, lol!
    To say it was indirect for a good long time is an understatement.I did start off being pretty focused, and got a whole BFA in ceramics, but when I graduated, I had what I know now to be the crash that every gifted kid with case of undiagnosed ADHD seems to wind up with. So I worked a bunch of wildly unrelated retail or reception jobs for the next 14 years, and made pots on the side while Life Happened and Was Not-pretty (TM).
    After having a couple of kids and coming to the conclusions that 1)I make a terrible employee but an awesome boss, 2) since I can predictably earn a couple hundred bucks every time I resupplied the one gallery I was in, maybe I just needed to consistently get my work in front of people to earn some adult money. 
    Once I had relaxed and begun to see opportunities and possibilities again, my work did some pretty rapid growth and development. I built a TON of new forms, I went from cone 10 reduction to cone 6 ox, and went from using a white porcelaneous stoneware to a red stoneware with white slip deco. I challenged myself to keep the qualities of the cone 10 work that I really enjoyed while incorporating some of the easy turnover and colourful elements that cone 6 offers.  
    I don’t think I know of an artist that has had direct, linear path. We all seem to incorporate bits of our lives and our loves and our experiences into the work we make.
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    Denice got a reaction from MadMetal in Finally in my new home; changes to studio plans; Vehicle suggestions?   
    You can find smaller trucks at estate sales that can carry a ton.   You have to get to the sale early,   when we bought our Dodge Dakota we found two other small trucks at estate sales.   They were already sold  but they gave us a good idea what we should pay.  Most of the trucks and cars at estate sales have low miles.   Face book is also a good place to find a bargain.    Denice
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    Denice got a reaction from Pres in QotW:  How do you feed yourself when working art shows or festivals?   
    We take a show car to car shows all summer unless it is  miserably hot.   A  few years ago the temps really went up and it was 105 in no time,  people were lined up at the food truck.  We thought it was to hot to eat and had a  couple of bottles of water for lunch.  The next day we heard that everyone who ate at the food truck got food poisoning.    Denice
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    Denice got a reaction from Pyewackette in Finally in my new home; changes to studio plans; Vehicle suggestions?   
    You can find smaller trucks at estate sales that can carry a ton.   You have to get to the sale early,   when we bought our Dodge Dakota we found two other small trucks at estate sales.   They were already sold  but they gave us a good idea what we should pay.  Most of the trucks and cars at estate sales have low miles.   Face book is also a good place to find a bargain.    Denice
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    Denice got a reaction from Pres in QotW:  How do you feed yourself when working art shows or festivals?   
    I have never done a art festival but I did  Home Shows for 15 years when I owned a wallpaper store.   We couldn't have coolers at the show so I would stick a couple of bottles of water,  banana,  granola bar and a yogurt in a big purse.   We weren't suppose to bring food into the booths,  they  wanted  you to buy everything from the snack bar.   I would buy a bottle of water and eat my lunch at one of the snack tables.  No one ever said anything to me,  you can't eat snack bar food for three days.    Denice
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    Denice reacted to docweathers in Easy way to clean off unwanted glaze from bisqueware   
    I have always used a wet sponge to clean off bits of glaze on bisqueware that were unwanted. This is often tricky to get exactly what I wanted off and not get smears of the removed glaze. I just found a much easier and faster way to do it.  Those rectangular green scouring pads provide more precise control and do not leave any smears. The removed glaze is just powder that can be easily blown off.
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    Denice got a reaction from Roberta12 in QotW: What piece of equipment that you do not have will be your next addition within the next year?   
    Great product,  it has inspired me to try a  idea that has been rattling around in my head.   I have a electric rotating disc from a window display when I owned  a store.  It will spin at the pace you set it at for years.   I have  a old banding wheel that doesn't spin anymore,  I am going to try taping them together and see how it works.   If it works I will anchor them together permanently.   I love putting together old junky items and making them use able again.  The older I get the less I want to buy and the madder I get about companies making junk products that have to go directly in the landfill.   Old hippie venting!    Denice
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    Denice got a reaction from Min in QotW: What piece of equipment that you do not have will be your next addition within the next year?   
    Great product,  it has inspired me to try a  idea that has been rattling around in my head.   I have a electric rotating disc from a window display when I owned  a store.  It will spin at the pace you set it at for years.   I have  a old banding wheel that doesn't spin anymore,  I am going to try taping them together and see how it works.   If it works I will anchor them together permanently.   I love putting together old junky items and making them use able again.  The older I get the less I want to buy and the madder I get about companies making junk products that have to go directly in the landfill.   Old hippie venting!    Denice
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    Denice got a reaction from Chilly in QotW: What piece of equipment that you do not have will be your next addition within the next year?   
    Great product,  it has inspired me to try a  idea that has been rattling around in my head.   I have a electric rotating disc from a window display when I owned  a store.  It will spin at the pace you set it at for years.   I have  a old banding wheel that doesn't spin anymore,  I am going to try taping them together and see how it works.   If it works I will anchor them together permanently.   I love putting together old junky items and making them use able again.  The older I get the less I want to buy and the madder I get about companies making junk products that have to go directly in the landfill.   Old hippie venting!    Denice
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