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About NewDominionBlues

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    I have been taking weekly classes since about 2007. I now have a home studio and do work there as well as in class. I am learning and absorbing and practicing as much as possible given a more-than full time job in government. I am humbled by the extraordinary knowledge and talent represented here.
  1. Here's the stamp freshly impressed into greenware: http://community.ceramicartsdaily.org/gallery/image/4825-chop/
  2. Those sculptures are exquisite! The owl, pelican and raven are all perfect. I don't sense a deficiency at all. I love the implicit reference to mythology and origin stories in your work.
  3. Chantay and Marcia, Thank you for your kind words! I really didn't have any experience with brushing on pots (okay, paper either) before I signed up for a workshop at Arrowmont with Michael Kline. We decorated pots then woodfired them. When I signed up, I wanted to practice at home so I wasn't doing it for the first time at Arrowmont. So I bought India ink and some brushes and did some research on different styles. All of the pots with brushwork were fired in the manibigama at Arrowmont under Michael's tutelage. I opted to use shino slip and bisque flashing slip more than glazes. Thanks again for your kind words!
  4. This makes me think of exactly what I was trying to do with my brushed animals for the workshop I mentioned. I wanted to be able to call to mind an animal with few brushstrokes. I uploaded 5 other pictures to show you what I mean (http://community.ceramicartsdaily.org/gallery/album/820-stoketember/): more foxes, a rabbit, a squirrel... I was really drawn to the fox faces with one brushstroke each for the ears, the two eyes, and one for the nose and jaw line.
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    September 2014 Michael Kline workshop at Arrowmont.
  6. Chickens and roosters are awesome, too. I had this only partially executed plan to make a set of kitchen canisters: the biggest with a rooster on the lid, the medium with a chicken on the lid, and the smallest with an egg on the lid. Someday...
  7. I like animals, too. I don't often make them, though, which is probably more a function of time than anything else. Recently-ish I made a rabbit head after being inspired by a Lisa Naples clip that was on the front page of CAD. I uploaded two pictures to my gallery (http://community.ceramicartsdaily.org/gallery/album/775-smattering-of-pottery-pieces/) In that same gallery I have pictures of a raccoon I made for raku (and was inspired by the similarity between the words raccoon and raku, and also that you often see raccoons in trashcans, which I use for reduction when firing raku). In another of my gallery albums (http://community.ceramicartsdaily.org/gallery/album/820-stoketember/) I have pictures of some of the animal-themed pieces I made for a recent workshop at Arrowmont. The workshop was about decorating pieces with slip and wax resist as well as woodfiring. I obviously have a thing for canines... my mom has a thing for rabbits, and another family member has a thing for squirrels. What I like about that set of animals is that they could all be traditional woodland creatures that might co-exist (or eat each other, you know, whatever). I have also made tiny hedgehogs in the past (tear drop shapes with upturned noses, basically). Something I think you would find almost as funny as I do is that when I was growing up, my mom used to call guinea pigs "guinea frogs." Maybe you could combine some of the guinea pig features with some frog features... I have always loved rhinoceroses, but have not yet successfully made one. They are hilariously shaped and textured beings, though. I doubt any of this is helpful for you, but I'm at least enjoying thinking about animals.
  8. I use commercial glazes. Not exclusively, but I do use them a lot. I'm a part-time (at best) potter, and while I would love to learn and become someone who can formulate my own glazes, I'm just not there yet. You can see a few of them in my gallery. I like Spectrum's Texture Mossy and Muddy Waters, Amaco's Ancient Jasper and Albany Slip Brown (both in their Potter's Choice line), and the Coyote shino glazes.
  9. Ya'll inspired me with this thread. I've been mulling what my chop should look like for several months, and had a design in mind. I wanted my initials combined and in a Craftsman-esque font. I tried with a dremel bit to carve a wooden stamp myself, but quickly gave up when it was apparent I would not get the clarity I needed. I went to 4clay.com and ordered a stamp. They sent back a proof incredibly quickly, and it looked great. http://community.ceramicartsdaily.org/gallery/image/4803-chop-proof/ So far I am thrilled with their customer service.
  10. I had soda ash in a 5 gallon bucket, which is how they store it where I take classes. It ate (?) through the bottom of the bucket and drained onto my slate tile floor, which also disintegrated some. So yeah... glass jar or something... My teacher was surprised when I told her, though. I don't think they've had any problems keeping theirs in a bucket. But I do think its effect is nice and in line with what you're looking for.
  11. Thank you so much for the kind words!
  12. I'm no expert, but methinks you don't have a mistake at all. I wouldn't worry about the clay body, but just make sure that it's really dry when you bisque. Then iron oxide or whatever you choose, and then I would fire it to ^6 to harden it up. It's a beautiful piece.
  13. Truly wonderful! I'm not that far from you - does she teach formally, or have you informally connected with her and she teaches you? I would love an opportunity to learn some brush techniques. And you've given me another reason to finally go check out Liberty Town.
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