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About Isculpt

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    South Carolina
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    Sculpting Clay, Sculpting Clay, Sculpting Clay
    (okay... gardening, travel, writing, Southwestern and Native American art ...)

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  1. Zetex Plus it is. Marcia,I really enjoyed your video. I've never seen the Raku process on that work that large. Do you have other videos on YouTube? Jayne
  2. Again, thanks. I'll follow Mark's advice and Dirt Poor's example (well, I hope I won't burn up the gloves!). And thanks for the coupon tip!
  3. Thanks, all of you. Dirt Poor: I was pretty impressed at how high a temperature the Galeton gloves can handle - 2,000 briefly, 1500 continuously. Jawpot's comments about considering how long before flexibility and heat protection start to degrade makes me wonder how those Galetons are holding up for you? Mark, do I understand correctly that the Kevlar Cono-Guard gloves that you use the most are less protection against heat than the leather welding gloves? My leather welding gloves are like these at Axner ( http://www.axner.com/leather-welders-gloves-set-of-2.aspx), and in the 60 or so seconds that it takes to rearrange a pot or sculpture in the fire or to lift it out, my hands get REAL uncomfortable!! Jayne
  4. I'm finally ready to buy gloves that protect against flames and hot pots better than leather welders gloves. After researching PBI, Kevlar, and a PBI/Kevlar blend, I'm confused by all the options. The gloves will be used once or twice a month to remove very hot pots from a flaming "pit" fire. Any advice regarding material, manufacturer or retailer would be welcome. Jayne
  5. Thanks, Bruce and Marcia. I have Googled everything that could be remotely related to the subject, but no luck. And Bruce, how clever of you to have found that. I tried, but failed. Jean, who was nice enough to share the clip the first time, messaged me that she'd tried to open the link today with no luck. I got the same results. As it turned out, a day with zero chance of precipitation turned into a rainy day. Gotta build a shed for these "Best laid plans" outdoor firing days....
  6. Hi, all. It's been awhile since I posted on the forum, but I'm back and as always I need help. I am certain that I remember a member sharing a short (5 minutes?) video of Summi either pit firing or using a trash can to fire. I'm going to try one or the other today and although I have her book, I surely could use some visuals. Anybody able to steer me toward the video?
  7. Evelyn, I love the piece -- and the story that goes with it is priceless. It's a shame you don't have time lapse photography showing the unwitting performers furtively glancing around them before they scurry away with bits of broken shards stuck to the soles of their shoes! Jayne
  8. i used a rubber mallet , then a home made clay mallet, (from scrap lumber) i didnt have a roller to make slab, i used second mallet to shape and square off piece and wven out thickness. cracks are product of uneven firing and large grog which were unfortunately not planned, PS my first name is not big Thanks for the info and the big laugh, Little Lou.
  9. Big Lou, 1) what does "hand hammered" tile mean? 2) those nice cracks in the lower center of the Starry Night piece - how did you create them?
  10. I just stumbled across this funny parody of Adele's "Rolling In the Deep", with British potter Keith Brymer Jones singing about the fire in his kiln. Could be I'm the last clay person to know about it, but if you haven't seen it, enjoy.....
  11. I've never believed in killing other creatures except in self defense, but those wolf spiders are so big and fast that it's a kill-or-be-killed situation if ever there was one!! Before I had a clay studio, I had zero kills on my record. Now I'm pretty sure I'm Spider Enemy #1 in South Carolina! jayne
  12. What size are the plates (? bowls? platters?) Glad to see you applying that talent to something besides mugs!!
  13. Being one who believes in "never say die" (in the studio, anyway), I want to see a picture of this resurrected pot!
  14. Bob is right; you never know what will sell. And once you've got a track record somewhere, you still never know what will sell!
  15. I really like what Georgia wrote above: "I love the idea of a quarterly challenge, with people posting pictures of their ideas throughout the quarter. I have participated in a similar idea with photography and found I was inspired and motivated by others ideas. It was always, "Oh, I love that. What if I did such and such?", using it as a jumping off point... So, while I don't like the idea of competition I do like the idea of a challenge." I disagree about setting up two different threads, though. UNITY should be the goal here, right? I've exhibited at enough Florida shows where Saturday night's exhibitor party was the stage for announcing who won "Best in Show", etc. to know that competition does not bring crafts people closer. After six or seven of those parties, I decided I'd had enough of looking at a hundred sad, injured, bitter, jealous faces alongside three or four happy ones. The first time I boycotted one of those parties, I won "Best in Show" along with a check for $1500. I was so glad that I found out about it the next day from friends who were genuinely happy for me instead of in a group of craftspeople with half of them resentfully suspecting I bribed the judge! Even at those shows where skill levels were fairly consistent, competition created more negative feelings than positive ones, and I just don't think competition is appropriate in a forum like this with all skill levels represented. Surely there must be a way to do this without judgment. Comments, praise - yes, but judgments, ratings, rankings - I don't think they're conducive to the kind of support this forum is known for. Jayne
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