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  1. Bought two more books today...got my own copy of Traditional Pottery of Papua New Guinea and ceramics:A world guide to traditional techniques, which I haven't read! I read TP of Papua NG about 30 years ago.....

    1. alabama

      alabama

      I did a senior research project in college identifying 36 methods of decorating primitive pottery and making an example of each one. So this new book should have examples of modern pottery I guess!!! We'll see. The book should be here in a couple of days!

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  2. My wife saw a the table covered with bowls, each with a little slice of lemon all wrapped up in cling film and realised yes he's lost it...

  3. My wife saw a the table covered with bowls, each with a little slice of lemon all wrapped up in cling film and realised yes he's lost it...

    1. alabama

      alabama

      Why do you use a table saw to slice lemons?

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  4. Oh the joy of buying 15'' shelves, then getting home and they dont fit cause they are 15.5 inches and you have an L&L Kiln with element holders. DUN DUN DUN....

    1. alabama

      alabama

      Did you do this on purpose to buy a new kiln?

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  5. Biking around lagoon with dog, koala in middle of road, dog needs restraining, koala latches onto my leg, and sinks teeth into right knee, teeth either sid eof my patella,.... claws deep into my calf muscle, prised the thingie off woith ma pottinig hands...

  6. Did a horse-hair firing tonight. Got great results with the sulfuric acid!

    1. alabama

      alabama

      Wow, I never heard of a lion petting zoo! I guess the crocodile petting zoo didn't work out! :)

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  7. 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.

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

    1. 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!!!

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  9. Pleased to report my sister was happy with her honey jar set (jar, 1 spoon, 1 dripper, tiny spoon rest, cone burner with bee imprint). I need much more practivce though--it was not what I was originally aiming for, which was to throw the piece, not handbuild it. Need to stretch!

    1. alabama

      alabama

      It was beautiful!!

  10. Throwing things in my mind, but my couch is so comfy I haven't gone to my studio to actually create them.

  11. Just ordered "In The Shadow of the Secret Grove" by Carol Spindle...It should have a section on pottery of the Ivory Coast!!

    1. alabama

      alabama

      Dear spell check, the name is C. Spindel.

  12. Trying to make a honey pot for my sister. All I am going to say about this so far is aarrrrgggghhhh.

    1. alabama

      alabama

      I hope you mean honey jar. A honey pot is for "night soil", which used to be picked up by a honey wagon to be transported to a honey well out in the country to be spread on gardens. :)

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  13. Getting ready for Pirate Weekend on Massacre Island/Mobile, Ala. next Saturday. Checklist includes eye patch, dogs, sticks, greenware, and some fired pottery! Must practice saying, Arrrrrr! :)

    1. alabama

      alabama

      Yep, found my parrot! I have one 5 gallon bucket of river clay soaking down now. Will make pottery tomorrow to pit fire Saturday. Planning to take 8 greenware vessels for firing demo. This is a first time event, with 150 participants!!! Thx for reminding me of the parrot!!!

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  14. Lately, I have been at a loss to decorate, anything. I have no problem throwing, just what to do next. I just look a pots and wonder.

    1. alabama

      alabama

      There are about 36 different methods of decoration for primitive pottery.. There are many decoration methods for modern pottery, and many ways cross over. Its easier if you have a notebook of things you'd like to make...then make them. Try making the same size as the example, form, and decoration techniques. If you keep a notebook, you'll never run out of ideas. Generally, I found if some potters sit down without an example to make, they pull this way and that way, then shape that...

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  15. just got. back from picking up 1000 lbs clay from Trinity Clay East in Florence, Alabama! A 214 mile trip!!!

    1. alabama

      alabama

      I buy it in bulk to save money. 1000 lbs. = 31 cents a pound. See if you can buy 1000 lbs. and pick it up in two trips! If its worth it. That way it also keeps the clay fresh/soft.

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  16. Video'd myself throwing off hump. Nothing like a video to remind yourself of all the mistakes and extra things you do to a pot.

    1. alabama

      alabama

      I think it's a good idea to throw off the hump, even for just practice!!! I usually will throw knobs for lids off the hump.

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  17. just got. back from picking up 1000 lbs clay from Trinity Clay East in Florence, Alabama! A 214 mile trip!!!

    1. alabama

      alabama

      From my front door to theirs, non stop is 3 1/2 hours. Highway most of the time!

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  18. No one wants to buy a lottery ticket to have the privilege of cleaning out the cly trap in my studio sink...people just don't understand how much fun that is (spoken in my best Tom Sawyer voice) *snicker*

    1. alabama

      alabama

      When I took ceramics in college, the final exam was to clean the studio. If you were too busy to show up, the make up exam was to clean out the clay trap!!!

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  19. just received my newest book on Medieval pottery. I think the entire name is "A Dated Type-Series of London Medieval Pottery, Part 4: Surrey Whitewares" 1988. Its full of pictures, illustrations, and archaeological data. The last ten minutes have been great!!

    1. alabama

      alabama

      Yes, this book seems to rank up there with copies of my Tunica Treasure, German Stoneware: 1200-1900, & Pre-Industrial Utensils. The Surrey Whiteware book has decoration examples of trailing, incising, punctuation, sprigging, and modeling. This is about the 7th pottery book in the last couple of months!

       

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  20. I must get better/faster at submitting applications for shows...I seem to spend way too much time agonizing over copy edits and photography.

    1. alabama

      alabama

      That's one reason I don't do shows. I do events. No tables,chairs or pop up tents, just canvas spread on the ground. And not much over-thinking!

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  21. there's a pottery studio sale/auction in N.C. this weekend...the ph.# is 865 397 0632..the list includes everything.. I saw it in classifieds!

    1. alabama

      alabama

      Great!! I forgot you could add comments to à forwarded email! I can send emails anytime but only receive them b/n 7&8 in the morning. :)

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  22. there's a pottery studio sale/auction in N.C. this weekend...the ph.# is 865 397 0632..the list includes everything.. I saw it in classifieds!

    1. alabama

      alabama

      You won't find it! Its on a double secret southern pottery auction/sales site. It came to my email.

      I can forward it, if you have email :)

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  23. Why is it so hard to find a direction...

    1. alabama

      alabama

      As Yogi said, when you arrive at the fork in the road, take it!

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  24. A sad day for this North Carolina potter.

    1. alabama

      alabama

      "Clay Day" is held the first Saturday in June, in Asheville, NC at the Folk Art Center. Its free! :)

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