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  1. Just received book, "Ceramics: A World Guide to Traditional Techniques by Bryan Sentence. My initial 5 minutes of looking thru it is positive! Seems like more wheel throw pottery than coiled but that's fine. Its not real in depth cause it covers a lot. I give it two opposable thumbs up! :)

  2. 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. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Such announcements require pictures of the end product.

    2. 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!

  3. I hate filling out employment applications and resume even if it means a 75 percent wage increase...now the wait for the call begins! :)

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      I have no idea what that feels like -my last one was in the middle to early 70's

      I do know about waiting for the phone to ring

    2. Evelyne Schoenmann

      Evelyne Schoenmann

      My fingers are crossed for you Alabama! Hugs

  4. 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.

  5. 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! :)

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    2. Roberta12

      Roberta12

      Parrot?? Gotta parrot?

    3. 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!!!

    4. Mark (Marko) Madrazo
  6. just got. back from picking up 1000 lbs clay from Trinity Clay East in Florence, Alabama! A 214 mile trip!!!

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    2. alabama

      alabama

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

    3. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Nice. I need to start buying in bulk. I usually buy 200-300# at a time, but my supplier is like 45 minutes away. Lucky me.

    4. 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.

  7. 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. Evelyne Schoenmann

      Evelyne Schoenmann

      I can imagine that you enjoy reading that book. I am envious... ;-)

    2. 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!

       

  8. Just ordered Ceramics in America 1977: Early English Delftware!!! by Noel Hume's seems like it will be a colonial pottery edition by Mr. Hume's!! we'll see in 10 days!

  9. Just ordered the book, "Surrey Whitewares: Part 4". Since it a book on Medieval pottery I don't expect any whitewares! :)

  10. last week I went online to order a pottery book. After ordering Kilns, by Rhodes, Backyard Kilns, and Ceramics-Mastering the Craft, did I realize I forgot to order the intended book! One thing can be said about forgetfulness, it gets better with time! :)

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    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      You will know when you get older by forgetting what you just remembered what you forgot the first time.

    3. Rebekah Krieger
    4. Rebekah Krieger
  11. 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!

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    2. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      haha. sure, josephfireborn@gmail.com

       

      Thanks I appreciate it!

    3. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Got the email, thanks.

    4. 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. :)

  12. making pottery for the Elmore County annual humane shelter auction!!!

  13. NCECA....maybe 2017, Maybe 2018

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    2. ChenowethArts

      ChenowethArts

      I'm putting both on my calendar and crossing my fingers :)

    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      I had a good time in KC- met alot of wonderful people.

    4. alabama

      alabama

      Evelyne, glad you made it home from the wild, wild west! No longer a need for the search party. :)

  14. It rained all night but I still have to fire one vessel. This is why I have sticks bagged up year round.

  15. last night I made clay beads from the new clay vein. I will fire them to test how they hold up when pinched. Will try to post a picture tomorrow.

  16. an archaeologist friend of mine is currently working on the relocation of southeastern Indian tribes based on cerarefevidence. After the collapse of the chiefdom societies the tribes dispersed in all directions leaving a trail of ceramic debris. The timeline is from 1050 to 1700 CE!

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    2. Chris Campbell

      Chris Campbell

      Hearing that always makes me worry about what they will say about my shard piles!

       

    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Amazing that civilizations and cultures disappear- but the ceramics remain.

    4. ChenowethArts

      ChenowethArts

      Having grown up in Middle GA, I'd love to see how his research turns out.

  17. Made the trip down Rapids Road to the clay source today.. Seems to be a primary source judging from the density of the clay and lack of roots and pebbles..

  18. waiting for river to go down to further check out the latest clay source. will have to find out if it a primary or secondary vein. Next Saturday should be ok. :)

  19. Don't you hate finding out that the Mobile, Ala event you're planning to go on Dec. 12th is actually on Dec.5th? Time to rush!

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    2. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Ooooh. Better than figuring it out on Dec. 6th. O.O

       

    3. Callie Beller Diesel
    4. Benzine

      Benzine

      Who needs sleep?...

  20. I have about 7 greenware vessels to fire Saturday at Ft Toulouse's Frontier Days. There is currently an 80% chance of rain...As long as its not pouring down there is always a chance to fire.

    1. Rebekah Krieger

      Rebekah Krieger

      I can't wait to see if you make them! Pics when done?

       

  21. My newest clay turned out to be a secondary source judging from the amount of rocks and sand. It looked promising while digging it, and as it slaked down, but failed the test of the wire tool.!!!

  22. purchased Pottery Techniques of Nati e North America today...meanwhile the other pottery books are starting to show up!

  23. Finally found the book I have been looking for online, so I bought two copies. Its name is "Aboriginal Pottery of the Southeastern United States", by Holmes. So far, the books purchased for this article I haven't written has cost $200. On the bright side, they're pretty good references. See ya later.

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    2. Evelyne Schoenmann

      Evelyne Schoenmann

      I think I can beat you Alabama: just wanted to buy this book Pottery Techniques of Native North America: An Introduction to Traditional Technology

      59 pages! Swissfrancs 104.00

      I mean, seriously!! We are potters, no millionaires...

    3. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      Have you tried interlibrary loans?

       

    4. alabama

      alabama

      Hey,

      I have done interlibrary loans...they work extremely well, but I had forgotten the correct name of the book and author. I received notification today that the native Indian pottery book has been shipped. If I hadn't loaned my first copy of this book to someone who swore to return it over ten years ago, I wouldn't be going thru this mess!!!

      Let this be a lesson about loaning books to friends and family, and DON'T lend books!!

  24. Most recent bought books: Domestic Pottery of the Northeastern United States, 1625 - 1850, 250 Tips, Techniques, & Trade secrets for Potters, Early History of the Creek Indians and their Neighbors, Creek Indian History, and Indians of the Southeast.

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    2. alabama

      alabama

      I'm looking into expanding an article on pit fired pottery and I hope that these books will furnish footnotes, if needed.

    3. Denice

      Denice

      I picked up my first book at a estate sale and it revitalize my interest in Indian pottery.

    4. alabama

      alabama

      Mug House by A. Rohn is a book that has examples of Pueblo corrugated vessels.

  25. Saturday, went to à boat landing to check out à new vein of clay. Haven't had time to soak it in water, or make anything, but it does appear promising.

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