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Joseph Fireborn

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  1. I like this discussion. As a new potter with less than a year experience, I feel I am struggling to come up with something that is mine. The only thing I know I like is smooth lines and beautiful curves. I have a hard time liking anything that has finger throwing marks in it. I also dislike the old fashioned looking pottery, however it appears if I ever want to make money off pottery I am going to have to adapt to the old fashioned look around my area. I have made several things and glazed them differently, the one I like the least is the one everyone else loves the most. Lots to learn, I still value form over glaze aesthetic and I think I will continue to go down that path. Something about a beautiful curve and smooth wall just makes me smile. My favorite glazes are anything: black, grey or white. I don't really care much for the other colors! In order to increase my potential sales in the future, I have been working with white shino's and stuff to get the white look I want to have, but with the brownish old fashioned look that others want combined together. I think I eventually will narrow my pots down to 1 base color, some type of white shino with decorations on the pot. Maybe brush marks or splatters or sponge circles overlapped. I am not sure yet, but I am getting there slowly. Either way I think the main thing we should all try to do is to enjoy what we create. Even if we don't like the way it looks 100%, if we can sell it, we should take joy that we brought happiness to someone else by creating something that they might use or look at everyday.
  2. For compressing, I personally love this tool: The COWS TONGUE!
  3. Mark, Thanks for your advice, and I don't mind the critique one bit. I have already improved my bowls significantly since the original post. I should post some pictures of my recent work in bowls sometime. I appreciate your time sir. I know everyone is busy this time of the year.
  4. This is mainly what I do. I try to go around the base carefully but if anything gets on the bottom I just wipe it with a sponge creating a nice solid line, then i take a paper towel and just dampen it wipe again then wipe with the clean side of the papertowel. so far no real problems. my main use of resist is when I am not sure if I have put on too many layers and I dont want to glaze to run past a certain point onto my shelves.
  5. Both of you making beautiful stuff. Nice work. The glaze on that last yunomi is soo beautiful.
  6. RaiV, thanks for the nice words. The only way to improve is to fail and learn from mistakes. My father installed that in me when I was a young man and I am installing it in my son. I don't have anyone to really go to for advice on pottery so I turn to you all my peers with years and years of skills. I really appreciate the people of this community taking time to tell me what they think about my pots. I will continue to take that advice and maybe after years and years become a decent potter. Hisn Chuen Lin is a pretty amazing instructor, although he doesn't talk much in his videos, he shows his hands very well and I was able to go from there. I would love to be able to attend one of his classes and I am glad you enjoyed yours so much. I find, if I cut a pretty pot in half, I just make a better one the next time. It allows me to see the mistakes hidden inside the pot. I have been potting for a little under 8 months or so. I have probably ran my kiln a total of 10-12 times. I am still very dissatisfied with my commercial glazes, mixing my own glazes is my next goal I think in ceramics. I really want to only have 2-3 glazes that I use that I am extremely happy with. I really like solid color glazes that are semi matt, for example: http://mushimeganebooks.com/works I also really like the look of these pots : http://hashimotoshinobu.com/works Right now my favorite glazes are probably the celadon's from amaco, they mix nicely to create any color I want, and they do extremely well on the clay I use. I can't seem to find a matte glaze that I like so far. Thanks for the kind words everyone. I will keep updating this post again. I just started working with porcelain so I will post that stuff probably next week. Got a few new mugs in the making. The reason I like doing this all in one thread, is I once read a thread about a person who started drawing. He updated the thread for over 10 years, from his first drawings to his current work. The guy is now a famous artist and draws and paints for a living. Having his journey documented with others helping him along the way was pretty awesome to read through.
  7. yea I agree, all the information he shares is amazing.
  8. Thanks for kind words. I eat soup out of a bowl, never understood eating soup out of a mug, but hey gotta try it all. I threw some new mugs last night, less thick!
  9. I used to dabble in wire jewelry. There is a tool that is a rod called a mandrel that has each ring size on it, and increments in size as it goes down the rod. I would find the shrinkage rate on bmix, then find the size of your ring, then multiple that times the shrink rate on the bmix and add it to your original size then measure the mandrel to find your new ring size in clay. Just an idea. Also if your going to glaze the ring, add that thickness into the ring as well. Sounds neat, but I would imagine it would be dangerous if say for example someone stepped on your finger with the ring and it broke and sliced into your finger. But for casual events or something then I could see it being of neat use for like costume jewelry. Link to example mandrel: http://www.firemountaingems.com/itemdetails/h201698tl No idea if this one is any good just showing you what it is.
  10. Thank you very much for your advice. I will work on improving the taper. I love your work and look at it constantly.
  11. Thanks for the advice and kind words. I still am getting used to how much things shrink. When I make stuff I look at it like its the finished size, only later after it dries I panic and go NOOOOOOOO. But I am trying to get better, and I totally agree that some of the handles are a bit thick, when I made them I felt that way as well. But I kept them on and glazed them anyways. I figure if I never finish anything I wont know what to improve. I scrap and rebuild so many pots I rarely run my kiln because of it. Looking at my handles I like the distance that I come out from the mug, but I think I need to bring the handle to the bottom of the mug instead of the middle bottom of the mug, this way there is more room to hold it. I filled them with liquid and they dont feel that good to hold.
  12. Here is an update to what I am currently working on. Here are a few mugs I recently made, if anyone is bored at home or work and wants to give me some critique I would love it. I am mostly looking to improve my shape and thickness. These were the first handles I have actually fired. I was working on a soup mug type idea for my sister in law for Christmas. She wants a set of 4. These ended up a little small for a soup mug, but I cooked them anyways. Probably a decent coffee cup. http://s1183.photobucket.com/user/josephrosenblatt/library/Handles Here is the gallery of mugs, the bonedry mug is the one in black, I took it earlier to show the smoothing on my joints. Any advice greatly appreciated as I am 100% self taught with practice and just watching videos online. Joseph
  13. My current two favorite potters are Japanese. I am not sure if they are big wigs in the industry or not, but I love their work: 1. http://mushimeganebooks.com/ 2. http://hashimotoshinobu.com/ I think they are what I strive to become more than anything. I love how they let the form do most of the work and the glaze is just there to be there. I find a lot of potters that I look at use the glaze to make up for the pot, here I feel these two really have beautiful pots and the glaze just makes it cherry on top of the icing.
  14. Clay King is my preferred store. Super fast shipping and usually the best prices.
  15. I just watched this recently and I really like his explanations in this video. It is very similar to what people are saying here. He is attaching handles to small pitchers, but it all works out the same. Check this out:
  16. First time I saw someone make a pot in first person I was like. WOW MAGICAL and I'm 30.
  17. I just threw standard 365 today for the first time. It was also the first time i ever threw porcelain. Man, talk about a dream come true. I never knew it was so plastic like. It was super nice to throw. Made a huge bowl with a large foot like Lucy Rie. I also threw highwaters helios, and I feel like it will be my creative clay in the future cause man it gets wonky fast.
  18. I LOVE YOU. I usually dont even use wax resist cause im just careful, but this sounds perfect. I hate painting on wax resist. gets so damn annoying.
  19. One of the most important things I have learned early in life. Good advice.
  20. Maybe I am wrong, the blog does say they burn the rope out, but that makes 0 sense. Wouldn't that be extremely wasteful. Also numerous pictures in that blog looks to have the clay in leather hard form that has no rope inside of it.
  21. You are supposed to take pride in yourself and your work. There is no sin in that. The form of pride that is a sin, is when you feel you are better than everyone else and that makes you feel good.
  22. They dont leave the rope in, thats the cool part about it. They pull the rope out. The rope gives the shape, they apply the clay to the outside of the rope, then remove the rope after the clay drives by pulling it out of the pot. It's a smart idea.
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