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About LeeU

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  • Birthday 07/14/1947

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    New Hampshire
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    Now retired from 30+ years in behavioral health services, I am back to enjoying and making art. I hold a BFA in ceramics from VCU's School of the Arts (Virginia Commonwealth University). I have set up a small, functional, in-home studio, with an L&L Easy-Fire on the back porch. In addition to clay, I'm interested in painting, photography, and writing.

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  1. Well, this is an update from my post back in June 2020. I gave the local touristy "artisans" gift shop a fair trial. Sold very little --my style and choice of pieces never meshed with the vibe of the shop and "I don't do gnomes." The shop owner is very personable, has a great following, but is one of the worst business people I've run into. I just do not have the tolerance/patience to deal with someone too loosey-goosey or too busy to bother returning my emails, as a vendor, and one too many times I drove up there and the shop was closed-no sign on the door-maybe a "reasonable" explanation o
  2. Coyote and Amaco each have excellent Facebook Groups dedicated to their cone 6 glazes...lots of pics and shared info specific to their glaze lines (search Coyote Glaze Information Exchange & AMACO Cone 5/6 Exchange)
  3. I love the look--will it fire OK?
  4. Depending on personal aesthetic, they may also be simply embedded (rubbed on, pressed down) the external surface of a piece, over or under glaze, or no glaze, with choices made regarding clay body, form, other surface treatment. I used the cremains of a dear NY friend to texture a small hedgehog that sits on a display shelf (out of easy reach). I'm convinced he smiles at me every once in a while.
  5. If this is not for sale in the Marketplace, it is more appropriate to post your query in Clay and Glaze Chemistry. Very intriguing-I hope to see an answer!
  6. Hope to see some pics of these burnished Raku paper clay objects!
  7. The one time I accommodated a friend's work in my kiln I managed to misposition a large tray so that one corner was slightly over the edge of a shelf that was not at the same level as the other half. It was her most prized piece. The corner slumped (well, duh!) and I felt like s**t for months, because there was just no way to make it right. In other words-don't do it, it's not worth it. I agree with Neil-ceramics is not the type of work, even as a hobby-that you do looking for the easier, softer way to make it happen. People who are unequipped to do it correctly should just join a communi
  8. It is an inherent PITA on this site! What I do is take the pic into an editor and reduce the size to under the KB cap-that always works-well, almost always works. Sometimes I just set it to 600 pixels max in any one direction and that seems to work out very well also. I gave up posting my work in the Gallery-too much hassle, but the methods I described work good enough for posting within a topical thread.
  9. Try being a 30-40 YO female in a university art school sculpture class back in the good old days! It was brutal. My history is much like Denise's and I had to fight like a tiger to make a place for myself-didn't matter if it was commercial art/graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, wood, glass-whatever. We were derided and dismissed routinely. Today universities get sued for such blatant discrimination but it was different when women such as Judy Chicago or Jenny Holzer were only just emerging to challenge the good 'ole boys.
  10. I find Neil's zeroing in on the "why" to be foundational to the underpinnings of this constructive and interesting thread, which is such a refreshing admixture of tensions & perspectives. I am always asking "why", relative to decisions made . An ex-con mafia wannabe I hung around with in Brooklyn back in the day told me " 'cuz Y is a crooked letter". While "only" an uneducated jail house philosopher, he was dead serious and went on to expand & explore themes that emerge in response to any given "why". I've gotten a lot of mileage from that convo over the years! A tad more sophisticat
  11. This won't help for selling or giving pots to others, but what I did for home use when I first encountered weeping bottoms in my early vases was to simply use a sealant, like Flexseal, and heavily coat the inside about a 1/8 of the way up & the outside bottom--problem solved.
  12. Just a personal "preference" comment---seeing the effect you have gone for, I can not quite fathom why you would not want to use glazes. You would attain essentially the same coloration & the same aesthetic vibe, but with the deeper richness and tactile appeal of fired glaze. Even commercial glazes, like Ancient Copper, Bronze Tenmoku, and Turquoise Matte come to mind for me, and would look terrific. Love her backside, BTW!
  13. Post some photos-that would help w/visualizing what you are talking about. Also, same question as Johnny--how are you planning on firing them? Bead tree?
  14. The 3 feet of snow on the back porch has slowly melted down to a foot & a half X a foot & a half bar of solid ice, welded to the flooring, so I still can't get out the back door without a jack hammer. I need to move 2/3rd of the stuff in my kiln room out onto the porch, mostly furniture. Then I can get at the kiln, the ware cart, the 2nd work table, the firing supplies etc. I'll throw hot water through the screen until I can pry it loose. Of course, I'm delighted to be procrastinating, since I dread how much I have to push myself to get on with it---"it" being another boat load
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