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  1. Ball clay and a few drops of Darvon 7. The measurements in the video are off. It is a 591 ml bottle filled 3/4 of the way so it is really a 1/2 liter. for a full liter use 500 grams for 1/2 liter use 250 grams of clay

    I use copper carb. and salt  mixture on a bed of sawdust  I add seaweed bits  and orange peels wedged in between the wall and pots Raise the pieces out of the combustibles on a piece of kiln shelf or brick. Saggars are not barrel firings and don't need all the combustibles. How are you firing the saggars?



  2. Thanks Babs.

    Hi Georgia.  Here are examples of my recent saggar firings.  I make clay saggars and fire in my raku pulley kiln as seen below. I keep a 1" space between the pot and the wall of the sagger as suggested by Linda and Charlie Riggs. We all use and burnish terra sig and bisque to 08. This allows the surface to be absorbent to whatever you are burning in the saggar.  Maybe your space is too tight or maybe you have too much burning inside. Are you throwing in any table salt? That helps with getting things fuming. What are you burning?


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  3. 26 minutes ago, Marcia Selsor said:

    My fireplace surround was in PMI a decade or so ago. These are corbels. I used a right angle jig to construct them. 


    you can search the archives if you search the link at the top of the page for  Ceramics Arts Network  and hot the search button for whatever you are searching.  

    On my examples of architectural tiles  I deleted many because I used up my allotted image space a long time ago.


    My friend Stephani Stephenson and I taught an architectural workshop in Italy in 2012.

    Here is her website. Her business is Revival Tile.  http://www.revivaltileworks.com

    For corbels I built a right angle jig also in another PMI and in a book on contemporary sculptural techniques.. 





  4. My fireplace surround was in PMI a decade or so ago. These are corbels. I used a right angle jig to construct them. 

    My friend Stephani Stephenson and I taught an architectural workshop in Italy in 2012.

    Here is her website. Her business is Revival Tile.  http://www.revivaltileworks.com

    For corbels I built a right angle jig also in another PMI and in a book on contemporary sculptural techniques.. 




  5. The Archie Bray is 280 miles from Red Lodge. 560 round trip. I prefer to go up the Musselshell river valley and down Deep creek to Towsend avoiding much of the interstate. It can be done in a day and the drive is beautiful .I am convinced I live in Paradise but Sue Tirrell really lives in Paradise Valley!

    -not to mention visiting the Bray and looking at the gallery, classes and studios.

    I do sometimes ship my clay with others to Billings and pick it up there. 



  6. I finally found the recording discussion of our presentation at NCECA last year. Anyone interested in low fire alternative processes, there are 10 being discussed; two each . Paul Andrew Wandless, Russel Fouts, Judith Motzkin, Ken Turner, and myself. It is an hour long presentation with questions. just click on the picture. The images were on a loop and don't correspond to the discussion going on. 



  7. On 2/20/2020 at 9:17 PM, LeeU said:

    I think this is the heart (and soul and mind and body) of the matter, whether people making this kind of shift, or evolution, into a different type of work, a different expression of creativity, are particularly aware of it or not. Tho I suspect most people would have a sense of whether their stress is reduced and/or their creative bent is enhanced.  I agree w/Liam, the best thing would be doing what you want all along, and I deeply admire people who are able to pull that off.  What's that saying? Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life? On the other hand, "work" often gets a bad rap, when it is often not so much the work per se, but the trappings of any less than really good working environment. Bad conditions, bad bosses, bad pay, bad schedules, bad systems etc. can be so toxic and damaging that the work-a-day world can be hell (we'll see if the auto censor picks that up!).  I am so very grateful to have made it to retirement--the odds were high for a long time that I would not--so doing art/photography/claywork etc. now is just a pure delight, i.e. "a functional engaged creative life"!   

    I had a doctor in my classes when I was teaching. He said when" I make a mistake in clay, nobody dies."


  8. On 2/19/2020 at 9:10 PM, Mark C. said:

    Marcia-sound like the car kiln and swinging door kiln came a but late for you at work. One thing for sure is Pottery is heck on the body-at times I feel it keeps me fit other times I swear it's killing me.


    I haven't had anymore problems with my wrists except from breaking a bone when I tripped over someone's legs sticking out of the wood kiln taking photos. That was 2 years ago. I think lifting kiln shelves and loading so many kilns per week affected the pain developed in back, shoulders, hips, and thighs.I feel the same about sometimes it keeps me fit and sometimes it is killing me. Gave up bricking up doors 40 years ago. I'm 71 now. Enjoying throwing big pots "effortlessly" with 50+ years of skill to do it. I like not struggling with the clay although if I push one too far and it starts to clapse, I'll hang it upside down and let it reshape itself and continue to throw when it is ready. No fear there and maybe no fear anywhere when you've explored so much and keep pushing the envelope. That makes me feel like it is keeping me fit. At the moment  I am working on a batch pots  for sagger firing soluble salts and at the same time engaged in carving porcelain for a celedon glaze just because I want to do it. Got a request from a friend from CAD for advice and critique of her work. Discussed glazes, slips, forms and firing schedules. I enjoyed sharing what I could.She'll let me know if it helped.

     Working with the Community (pop. 2200) efforts on a STEM program turned to STE-A(for the arts)M and developing programs for artists to communicate how they incorporate STEM in producing their work. I feel potters are really involved with that. I work in the studio every day. Maybe because I feel there aren't that any days left or maybe because I am slowing down. My husband will be home for good Sept. 1 when he retires. We want to hang out together stay home since we both have travelled a lot. He wants to play music and write books , and I can hang out with him but still work in clay. We got almost 6 ft. ( 5'10") of snow in Feb. but love living here. Really happy to be back in Montana. 

    This is from a friend of mine from college who taught me to throw. She was the director of Pilchuck for 10 years. She has a hobby after retirement: scuba diving. She  was the first woman President of NCECA, among many other things.  Good video from the Seattle Art Community. 


    There is room for everyone to enjoy their passion for clay.





  9. 13 hours ago, CactusPots said:

    Henry David Thoreau famously stated in Walden that “the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” 

    Sad lives observed

    Not to say solitude and quietness are not skills acquired  in our age, that like all things: but

    Moderation in all things, including moderation.

    .quote, me


    My HS English Teacher quoted that often . We read a lot of Thoreau.









  10. I retired from teaching University level ceramics 20 years ago when I was 50. And Old Lady, my salary was $50K in 2000 after 25 years and my benefits are based on that.I had bilateral carpal tunnel surgery in 1980 from bricking up kiln doors and unbricking them; 1600 pounds per load 4 loads per week.. I built a car kiln and a hinged door kiln when we moved to a hew building in 1980.  My body was failing by 2000. My sleep was interrupted by pain 23 times per minute (results from a sleep test and wired body) and was getting shots of ladacane monthly on hips , shoulders and back..  I was told if I took disability I would be not be allowed to make pots. I had zero assistants and tuition rising meant students were working 1 to 2 part time jobs and we weren't able to help much with loading and firing kilns for a ceramics program of 60+ students. So, at 25 years I quit. I never competed with full -time potters when I was teaching and still don't. I worked as a full -time potter before I got my teaching job and I know how demanding it is. When I retired I wanted to do a residency every few years to keep in touch with others in the field. I have enjoyed my studio time since retirement and continue exploring this amazing medium we work with. My sales are strictly with galleries. In Montana my sales are better than in Texas and they help supplement my income by 20%. I am enjoying my time and still learning. I have written technical articles in journals from Studio Potter (1973) to British Archeological Reports, to Ceramics Technical, Pottery Making Illustrated, and Ceramics Monthly.I like being able to contribute what I can.


  11. Hi Hopscotch and welcome to the ceramics world.

    you brought up many good points. I am in a thread discussing early studio potters on the Facebook page "Studio pottery Appreciation and Identification. Many there post about their thrift store finds and ask others for help identifying the potters. This current thread refers to early studio potters around the Arts and Crafts Movement 1900. The annual Nat'l Council on Education of Ceramic Arts (NCECA) (US based) always has about 100-200 exhibitions, demonstrations , lectures, and materials for sale in an exhibition hall along with non-profits. I have been attending as an educator since 1971. I enjoy the lectures by Ceramic Art Historians. Market Value can be established by exhibition records, collectors' enthusiasm, museum collections, etc. All that is difficult to nail down.  Mostly "art is in the eye of the beholder" . A good piece of pottery may depend on the buyers' response, how it fits the hand, how it feels to the lip, how is balances, and the aesthetic design appeal to the individual. There are many good potters here. And there are many asking for help from the others. It is a sharing community. Pottery is a complex medium and everyone advances by sharing. There is a Facebook group of South African potters. There is the International Academy of Ceramics with many international members. There is lots of information out there. As for determining who makes the judgement calls, it depends on what is trending. Right now figurative ceramics is on the rise. Social commentary comes and goes. Roberto Lugo gave a very powerful emerging Artist presentation at NCECA a few years ago and he is currently a very hot ceramic artist with shows at the best museums and venues.



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