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About Ginametrical

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  • Birthday 08/01/1984

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    Buffalo, NY
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    Fine Art, Craft, Ceramics, Music, Festivals, Traveling, Yoga and Cooking.
  1. My favorite studio 'tool' is definitely my bailey extruder. My whole identity as an artist ceases to exist without it!! As for hand held tools, it's definitely a tie between sure-form files and my protractor.
  2. Thanks Sylvia! I am definitely putting everything on wheels. Also, I love the water cart idea, its a must for cleaning. I have access to a hose right outside of the first floor, so it works perfectly! I've started looking for shelving now, craigslist is amazing. Gina
  3. Hello! I'm just looking for any ideas, tips and helpful insight from people whom have started up a studio in a space that was not exactly studio-ready. I was lucky enough to move into a building that had an extra annex for rent. This space had been used as my landlord's office and storage. I was given the opportunity to rent it out, and here I am. Now I find myself looking for the best way to utilize this space. It has two stories, approximately 1000sf, no faucet or water. On the first floor I have hooked up 2 kilns and will be using the rest of the space as inventory and a glaze/assembly room. I plan to use the second floor as my work area (its pretty wide open.) I do sculpture, so no wheel. Just an extruder mounted to one of the walls. I've been given permission to tear out the cheap carpet, and ideas for flooring material? As for the studio layout, will I just have to feel it out - or should I try to plan where I want everything to go? Other advice/tips? Thanks!! Gina
  4. I agree with Chris. I do extruded sculpture, so I am faced with joining sections together all the time. It is the biggest obstacle in my work. For me, I make sure the edges of the sections to be joined are sturdy, strong and uniform. I make the rims on these sections a little thicker than the walls of the rest of the sculpture. Also, my extrusions are square, so I use an inner circle die inside of the outer square. That gives more weight distribution and structure to the corners of my pieces. Not sure if your piece is organic or geometric, but it might help. I do have problems with distortion. I can't avoid it. But like Chris said, either become excellent at repairs or use the breaks in your pieces as part of the design. I usually try to put breaks at unassuming places, then go in with spackle and fill. I then usually try to mimic the glaze using a variety of diffrent materials over the spackled juncture. Good luck to you! Practice - it is definitely something that I myself am still struggling with. Gina
  5. is tackling the studio one day at a time...

  6. I love music, all different kinds! Sometimes I'm feeling mellow, other times I need it loud. Usually my mood dictates my soundtrack for making work. I have found though that music too energetic can sometimes be a hinderance to my thought process, but that's just me. I usually like to rock the following (shameless plug for my favs!): The Black Keys The Raconteurs Metric Silversun Pickups The Avett Brothers Portugal. The Man Band of Skulls Spoon Beck Gorillaz Groove Armada MGMT Peter, Bjorn and John Girl Talk
  7. Hansen - How do you recycle your clay without plaster? I am interested since I have about 700lbs in big dried blocks of clay that I bought 'dirt' cheap and am looking to reclaim. I'm open to suggestions other than a plaster top table. I feel like letting the slop just sit and air dry would not promote even drying... the plaster gives me a good consistency in just one day, flipping it over half way through. Love all of the imput!!
  8. Slipped - I would buy the Georgia Pacific Pottery Plaster. I am in the process of making my own wedging table and this is the plaster I will be purchasing. Bailey's website has the plaster in 100lb bags for $26.00. I am also planning for a thickness of 3in - 4in. Here is the description of the plaster from baileypottery.com: Plaster, Pottery (Georgia Pacific K-59) — The standard of the industry, equivalent to No. 1 Pottery Plaster. Recommended for most slip casting applications for strong, long-lasting molds.
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