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  1. And my new work from today! I have truly found where I want to be in my form. My goal now is to figure out how to get my glazes to be consistent and what I want and to make them fit the character of my pots.














    Again. I just want to thank you all for your help along the way. I was talking to my wife about these forums, and how if they didn't exist, I would never have even gotten this far, as I am self taught with the help of these forums, a few videos, & 4 classes that I took to make sure I wanted to buy a pottery wheel.


    So a big thank you! and Happy Holidays and a Wonderful new year. May all your kiln loads be awesome, and may you find your goals in the new year.


    Seriously. Thank you all.

  2. So 2015 is coming to an end and a lot of you have known me since the beginning of my pottery journey back when it started in March 2014 when I bought my wheel.


    I just finished up some greenware pots that I made yesterday. I trimmed some cups/bowls and added handles to some mugs. I have to say they are everything that I want from my pots. I want to thank you all for all the encouragement, information, and critique you have all gave me over the last year. 


    Pottery makes me very happy, and I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for this community. A lot of you know I have health issues, so pottery is what keeps my hands busy and my mind sane.


    I just wanted to post some pictures of my pots to show the places I have came from thanks to the help from these forums and all the wonderful things you people share and talk about each and every day.


    My very first kiln load of pots: 




    Those pots glazed:




    One of my very best first mugs:




    Learning to throw porcelain and getting handles right: They were still pretty wacky.



  3. Hickory also burns really hot in a fireplace, although it burns fast its nice to get the house warmed up quickly. Ran a wood stove my whole childhood life. You learn what trees do what after a while.


    Hope everyone is ok.


    Its a nice 78 degrees today in Georgia supposed to hit a high of 84........ my pandora is playing "baby its cold outside"... 

  4. Ray,


    I found your post pretty interesting. I think there is only so much as far as forms you can make. I mean after all if you go to far away from something it becomes something else. However I think glazing is near unlimited. Every time I think I have looked at every type of pot glazed in all sorts of manners, I see a new potter with some new glaze work and I remember that there are infinite possibilities for glaze style. I think a lot of potters just do what they see is successful and kinda marry that with their own style as far as your regards to Glick above. 


    Truly finding your own style is an adventure and I think its near impossible to do without a lot of pots created and a lot of test conducted. Even then, when you think you have something original, someone else will probably have something like it, but then if they do, its no worries because you created it and there will always be differences. It only takes a few brush strokes or a few glaze runs here and there to separate work drastically.


    I think in regards to the original post, when does developing a style start, I think it starts once your comfortable with your ability to create what you want to make without having to worry about the mechanics behind it. Then you can start creating your own forms and thinking about the glazes your going to apply while making the pot, instead of thinking about how to make the pot while your making it. I think this is when finding your style starts to happen, at least for me it has been.

  5. So I am at the point where I want to add some spray effects to some of my pots as well as the graduation of color from one glaze to another seems the easiest using a spray gun. 


    How did everyone's spraying experience go? I see a lot of people tried different options. Curious to see which ended up being the most successful? 


    I feel like the harder I hope to find my style the more I get frustrated. Right now I just look for things that I like, and then I incorporate them more into my next work, and so forth. 


    Do you like the pots you make? I do. That's all that's important (that you like them, not me.) Make the pots you like right now. Try to learn something from every one of them. Style is something that develops, not so much something that is found. Just keep your eyes open and keep experimenting. :-D


    (Seriously though, I like your pots.)



    Oh I love my forms, I am not so happy with my glazes. I love them when they come out nice, but I can't get consistent results. Which is why I haven't started selling pots yet. I will get there though. I am working on better glaze application process.


    Thanks for the nice words. I am sure my style will come out eventually. I am only a little under 2 years in and I already know the things I like and the things I want to get closer to.

  7. I have tired over 15 different clay bodies in 1.5 years of pottery. Pretty insane imo. I still don't know which one I like best. I just bought 50# of a new body today. AHHHH.. I have this picture in my head of what I want my pots to look like, I have yet to achieve that picture, but every day I get closer.


    I will probably spend all day tomorrow cleaning up the garage studio, then mixing 3 or 4 new batches of glazes based on some previous glazes, which will all be some variant of white or black glazes. I am still looking for the perfect white glaze. I am hoping since I made a body change that my current iteration of a glaze that I have been modifying for a while now will come out better. Only time will tell though. 


    I feel like the harder I hope to find my style the more I get frustrated. Right now I just look for things that I like, and then I incorporate them more into my next work, and so forth. 

  8. I like the 1# mug, about 12-14oz. I find anything else just feels so odd. Some people dont mind drinking cold coffee out of a huge mug. 


    I don't drink out of mugs often, but I drink out of yunomi almost every day, orange juice every morning.


    My wife on the other hand is an avid coffee and tea drinker out of mugs, she prefers the 12oz as well.

  9. Quite a difference in temperature required to bend the cone at a rapid firing.


    This is very much true, there is much less heatwork getting to a temp quickly than slowly. That is why Orton has different temps for different rates. If your programming your own schedule you should pick a rate near the top cone you want for at least an hour so that your cones will be pretty accurate.

  10. Set looks very nice Paul. I am sure your kids will love it, anything homemade seems to be a hit in my family as it is personal and required thought. 


    The hardest thing I ever made was a set of tall vases for my aunt, she wanted some of my work and offered me some money in exchange for them. I gave them to her and she loved them but I had never throw porcelain vases over 16'' tall before, as my kiln can't hold anything taller than 17. I was worried about glazes badly, but it all came out rather nice. 

  11. Then its something wrong with power is Bruce said. 1300 is very low to slow down on the heating cycle something is wrong there. I have had this problem before but it was around 1900 on a kiln that was rated to cone 8. At 1300 the kiln shouldn't have any problems getting past that temp. But I am not expert by any means only with the similar problems I have had before. 

  12. Or if your like me and have like 10 random bags of different white clays and porcelains sitting around your studio that you never use. Cut the pugged clay into chunks, throw it in a bucket fill it to the top of the clay with water. Let it sit like 2-3 days, take a drill mixer and mix it up, instant slip. If its too dry add more water, if its to wet leave it open to dry. Easy way to use any extra clay you dont work with anymore. 

  13. You can get a better color response from some glazes on a white slip than a dark body clay.


    I do this a lot when I work with black clay. Although I haven't worked with it in a long time. If I used a dark body then a white slip over the pot, it would have nice color, but still that rich undertone, and I could always scratch the white slightly to make it look the way I wanted. I should really go back to that work. I enjoyed dipping and pouring entire pots in slip.

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