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  1. Hey Babs! I'm still 'potting around'. We purchased property just west of Nashville to build a studio and retirement home...that has consumed my time and something (this forum) had to give. Also, I was diagnosed with late stage prostate cancer last year and that little surgical-setback threw quite a wrench in my normally active life. So far, my path reports are clear...and am thankful every day for that! Nice to be remembered, BTW. -Paul
  2. Several years ago, Gail Sheehy wrote a book titled "Passages: Predictable Crises of Adult Life" (I just discovered another book by Gail, New Passages that is also available on Amazon). I believe that the veterans here on the forum have likely witnessed Patterns: Predictable Crises of the Clay Artist and I wonder what identifiable stages we can identify in our own journeys into clay/pottery/ceramics?...and what are the indicators of where we are (individually) along those paths? Maybe we identify just one predictable crisis and then have the forum describe the symptoms and how they moved f
  3. I can't say exactly where I have been hiding, but my Mayan is certainly getting better :)

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    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      I did not realize the CIA had covert clay operations

    3. Denice

      Denice

      We lost a friend in the same jungle. Did you run across him?

    4. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      And hes gone again!

  4. Harley, Congratulations on the completion of your undergraduate studies...certainly in the world of clay arts, this is known as the commencement of life-long learning I didn't know what to think when I would discover ancient pottery shards in the red clay creek banks where I grew up in Middle Georgia. Visits to museums probably opened my eyes to the vast history that clay has played in civilizations past and somewhere along my path in architectural studies, I ventured back (mentally) several hundred years and wondered what shared experiences we all have had (to some degree) in working
  5. In my non-clay world, I deal with hackers and data security...it is no contest, clay is much more fun even when it is frustrating :)

    1. Sputty
    2. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Clay is a lovely break from running after a small child. And before that I worked in Special Ed. Clay is better than that too. (I did love working with the kids though, please don't let lightning strike me!)

    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Glad there are people out there trying to protect us.

  6. With temps a little cool in the studio, 'tis the season for carving new stamps while propped up in front of the fireplace. :)

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    2. Denice

      Denice

      Same here, my studio gets a little heat from the house. It's enough to keep it from freezing. I use a electric heater that looks like a radiator for warmth.

    3. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      It's freezing here. 72°. Hey how do you keep warm enough to work?

    4. oldlady

      oldlady

      wish i had a fireplace. computer is on desk in unheated porch. going down to 40s tonight.

  7. Happy New Year clay friends and associates!

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    2. vinks

      vinks

      Happy New Year to you too!!Be sunshine all the way!!

       

    3. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Best wishes for a New Year to you and everyone at CAD/PC.

  8. I allowed someone into my studio on Christmas day...I don't do that. But I'm thinking that its going to be OK if I 'open up' a little more. Still processing that thought.

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    2. Chilly

      Chilly

      Did the visitor arrive via the chimney, wearing a red coat, black boots and a beard?

       

    3. ChenowethArts

      ChenowethArts

      Thanks all! Chilly, It could be. I was busy at that time feeding ill-parked reindeer :)

    4. Mark (Marko) Madrazo
  9. Santa has asked me to close the studio for a few days...oh, the things we do to stay on that 'nice' list. Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to all!!

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Merry Christmas Paul. I am going to shut down for several weeks: my brain hurts.

  10. Received an Etsy order just after midnight...with request to have it shipped "in the next hour'...hmmm, that would be a "No" :)

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    2. ChenowethArts

      ChenowethArts

      Diesel...thankful I've not had that experience.

      Nerd...make it 2.5 hours and we're good :)

    3. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      What the? That's just clueless.

    4. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Diesel: Yep. Have had that happen many times. :( I refuse to copy anybody else's work.

  11. So much cardboard in the studio, I think I dreamed I built a huge box shack and my property taxes went up...better stop sniffing the box tape, I guess :)

    1. alabama

      alabama

      I've often thought about stacking cardboard boxes filled with cardboard and making a backstop in my living room for an indoor shooting range.

  12. That moment when you back up to a loading dock and a forklift approaches with a full pallet of dry materials...and you look at your SUV and say, "Sorry, Bud" :)

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Paul, thought you knew a square pallet would not fit in a round SUV?

    2. Denice

      Denice

      I say that to my PT Cruiser when they just load 200lbs of clay in it. My supplier is close by so I can run down and get clay anytime.

  13. Starting to get a feel for what a "rhythm" looks like in the balancing act of 'making and marketing'...'makes me appreciate much more those who do this full time in the clay world.

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    2. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Lol Still haven't found my rhythm. Someday ...

    3. Cavy Fire Studios
    4. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      I'm singing, "I...got rhythm, (stomps left foot, claps hands out of rhythm with foot stomp, and repeat which singing out of key and off beat) Me too Paul.

  14. Switching to double-thickness corrugated outer boxes today for shipping...for sanity's sake if nothing else (& being a good Santa).

    1. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      I get the heavy duty ones from Home depot. I ordered smaller shipping boxes from line or Ebay or from a local storage office.

       

    2. alabama

      alabama

      At the auto parts store I work at, we throw hundreds of boxes away each week. The supply truck comes Tues, Thurs, and Sat.! So all week long...we throw boxes away!!!

    3. ChenowethArts
  15. From the album: Forum Discussion Images

    Image from late night November 28, 2016 looking up the driveway toward the entry canopy (on fire) at Arrowmont in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
  16. This is the place where images that are used on the forum will live, rather than attempting to place them in my other, specific topic albums.
  17. Still massaging the sketch problem concept: Not-a-Handle Handle From a 1 to 2 lb clump of well-wedged (or pugged) clay: Pull a very long handle Make it a little longer...maybe 18" to 24" Without breaking or cutting into sections... Create a form that is NOT a handle. Give your creation a sniglet-like title -Paul
  18. How about something that doesn't require a huge commitment of time...like a sketch problem: Cube-o-Rama Take enough clay to make a 1" cube (2.54 cm)...and take a picture Make something functional/whimsical from the cube Take progress pictures and share Post final project with an appropriate cubical-functional-whimsical title Send 25 cents to my PayPal account OK...everything except that last bullet-point -Paul
  19. Finally launched Etsy Shop last week and had 1st sale this morning...not much, but it is a start! :)

  20. We celebrate Thanksgiving in the US today...just want to say how thankful I am for my friends here on the forum...wherever in the world you may be :)

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    2. Joseph Fireborn
    3. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Likewise Paul. Thank you for all you do here for everyone.

  21. Kiln reached cone 10 about 30 minutes ago...now to walk away (and stay away) for about 30 hours. #Whew

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Listen to Carly Simon's "Anticipation" 400 times

    2. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      Make a 100 pots while it cools

    3. Joe_L

      Joe_L

      Now you're keeping us in suspense...

  22. Exhausted. Must glaze on Sunday. Must fire on Tuesday. Must learn to say "no". :)

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    2. GiselleNo5
    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      I am a Nerd; what did you expect? I read dictionaries for fun.

    4. SydneyGee

      SydneyGee

      Feeling the same crunch time here too. Only 3 more days to make greenware for the semester!

  23. Crunch time. Wrapping up custom orders for the holidays and looking forward to a little break around Christmas.

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Paul: have enjoyed watching your journey of creativity and growth: now it is time to be rewarded for your endeavors.

    2. ChenowethArts
    3. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Awesome. and ditto, what Tom said. ;)

  24. Keepng my fingers crossed...there is a small home with a large clay studio on the market in a nearby county...'will see it Sunday.

    1. Denice

      Denice

      Good luck, I hope it is what you are looking for. We built a smaller house with a studio and large garage for my husband to restore cars in 10 years ago. Loving every minute of living here.

    2. rakukuku
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