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  1. Thanks, GiselleNo5! Those are such cute ideas! Yes, this is my first baby I came across this other potter who makes really cute stuff for kids - Jean's Clay Studio Alphabet noodles is a good idea!
  2. I'm a little over 3 months pregnant and trying to make use of any studio time I have now before the baby arrives. I like the idea of making something for the baby; a keepsake, if you will. However I'm having a really hard time coming up with ideas for things that I could make. Here's what I've come up with so far: 1) Piggy bank 2) Small cup/bowl which they could use when they are slightly older.. I was wondering if any of you could help me add to this list?
  3. Always so fascinating to hear about different backgrounds and how people got to this point in time. Both my parents are doctors; my mother is definitely the creative one (sewing, decorating, gardening, drawing) whereas my father is quite skilled in creative writing. I don't know too much of my father's side of the family because my grandparents died when I was fairly young, but I never saw or heard anything that would make me think there were any artistic streaks there. My mother's side of the family however is quite different; her grandmother was an artist/sculptor in Germany and England before World War II and my grandmother went to art school as well. I like to think that part of my artistic practice is genetic In reality however, it's likely to be a combination of genetics and environment. My mother was quite creative in getting us to have projects that we would work on growing up but somehow my brother never stuck with art projects beyond a certain age and I kept going back to it.
  4. To clarify, I am looking to put the wax into the pottery where it will stay and burned in there. Thanks for all the responses everyone! I think I may give it a try...
  5. This may be obvious to some people..but I figured it was better to ask before proceeding with this project. I have a few ceramic pieces (fired to cone 10-11 reduction) which I don't necessarily want to keep as-is or gift to anyone. I've been toying with the idea of making my own soy candles for some time and was wondering if any of you have used your pottery as the mold to make the candle instead of glass jars that are often used in candle-making. * Is there any reason why this is not recommended? * Any particular shapes, tips or tricks that I should keep in mind?
  6. When I lived in the Midwest, I always wanted to make the trip to one of these places, but Brickyard Ceramics (http://www.brickyardceramics.com) in Indianapolis was closer at the time. Great Lakes Clay, Carpentersville, IL: http://www.greatclay.com Ceramic Supply Chicago, Evanston, IL: http://www.ceramicsupplychicago.com Midwest Ceramic Art Supply, Crest Hill, IL: http://www.chicagoceramicsupplies.com A.R.T. Studio Clay, Elk Grove Village, IL - http://www.artclay.com
  7. Thanks for asking the question, Judith and Chris for clarifying! I was asked this question by some beginners recently and wasn't quite sure how to explain the difference
  8. One of my previous instructors had demonstrated this technique for one of our class projects. It doesn't really require a huge amount of pressure for the image to transfer to the paper but I think the key is finding the right tool to use. A mechanical pencil may be too sharp and pierce through the paper, a ball point pen or dull pencil may be the way to go. We just used regular paper and it worked just fine. Like she mentioned, it's really important for the clay to be wet enough to pick up the design. It is a really cool technique but at the time, I was not entirely sure what else I wanted to do on the piece other than the designs. I hadn't seen this video so thank you for sharing! I really like the idea of using paper stencils and maybe some scraffito as well so may revisit this technique. A lot of the designs I made at the time were henna inspired and the thin lines were difficult to pick up on the paper. At the time, I was drawing the design directly on the paper with the tile behind it, so I had a lot of trouble with picking up smudges on the paper. If I had to do it again, I would definitely draw my design on the paper beforehand and then just trace it while it is on the tile (like in the video). Good luck!
  9. The goldmark videos on youtube are quite remarkable. So much to learn! I recently started following Lisa Hammond's apprentice on instagram. Quite fascinating to see the process
  10. I recently heard of this website: http://www.claystamps.com I'm not sure how the cost compares to the other ones you mentioned. But I have seen coupon codes for this one every once in a while.. I like the idea of creating my own stamp but am unsure of design at the moment. Since I'm just a hobby potter, that's just fine. I have recently started adding slip to the bottom of my pots (different color clay from the one that threw with) after trimming and scratching a design through the slip once it's dry.
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    RV gallery

    Pieces I've made over the last few years
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    Cookie Jar

    Are those flowers decals or carved designs?
  13. Mysteria

    Wood Nymph

    Is that the celedon glaze settling in the areas that you've carved the design on? I admire your patience and attention to detail!
  14. That's such a beautiful teapot! I just made my second teapot...and have my fingers crossed that it survives the whole process!
  15. I really like the look of that! I was going to do something similar on a large bowl the other day...but decided against it. I'm now regretting that I didn't! Ah well...there's always another bowl that I can experiment with that on
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