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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, I am feeling better-I went & met the shop owner and while I am clear that her business mode is definitely not one I care for (casual organizational style/attention to detail lacking) we had a decent & clarifying conversation and I felt an understanding was reached in terms of the basic communication needed on my end. I've got idiot-proof paperwork for inventory/sales etc. and photos of every piece/coded etc. so I'm going to give it a go. I'll do anything to avoid craft fairs and this is a great compromise to get my work out "locally". The shop is on the main route to a large rural resort area (hiking/swimming/boating/skiing-year round and several major tourist attractions in the White Mountains. She's done a nice job with landscaping, newly finished pine floors, fresh paint etc. and she gave me a larger display unit for the price of a smaller one. I think it's about 100 vendors-what I saw already put up looked great-homemade quality crafts-good variety. Yee haw. She's opening for Memorial Day (which I think is nuts but I know people will be out & about) There will be a grand opening after NH moves into the next phase of a stepped "reopening"- no date projections yet. Fine with me! Max of 10 in the store at a time, staff w/masks/glove, available hand sanitizer, separate entrance/exit doors (masks for customers not required, but encouraged). I am so blessed that all I care about is paying for my clay/supplies/overhead and that I do not "need" profit for my own survival. I can't imagine how stressful & worrisome it must be to not be able to work for so long, especially for those who rely on big shows to generate a chunk of annual income.
  2. I was infatuated with the ceramic process and work of the Pamunkey Indians, a Virginia tribe located within a day trip from VCU's School of the Arts where I was earning my BFA in ceramics. I had studied the work of the Maria Martinez and other native people's doing pit firing & burnishing black & red wares and I knew the Pamunkey's were just beginning to resurrect their craft. I lucked out and got to tag along for a few weeks with an anthropologist who was assisting them with research and reconstruction of their history and the reestablishment of all aspects their traditional way of life. I got to learn about making/firing/finishing the pottery along with them and just couldn't wait to do it on my own. Silly me. Apparently the small back yard of an urban apartment, with fussy neighbors and even fussier management (something about not liking the smoke-go figure) was not an appropriate place to do my thing. I might have given them some lip about why the heck can't I do what I choose with my little patch of ground, but they were having none of it and threatened to kick me out--only the fact that I was a single mom with a young child saved my butt...but I had to cease and desist with the backyard bar-b-ques!
  3. Welcome to the forums. A little more info might be helpful. What is the age range of the students, what is their level of experience/previous training, what are some core criteria must they meet for their grades, are they making non-clay art with the packs and/ or are they using self-drying clay? About how much do you have to spend per pack?
  4. Just FYI, your site as posted here cannot be reached-tried different ways-direct & "go to".
  5. Disappointing to hear. I am getting concerned about the artisans shop I've been invited into. It is technically consignment, with a low cut taken and a shelf fee. The owner sent out a pretty rinky-dink contract (one of those free online forms, but not the best I have seen). To protect myself, one sentence needed a fairly minor change, and I sent it back with the change written in & initialed, for her to retype for signatures. Haven't heard a word since, and 3 emails have gone unanswered. Probably the person is just super busy and not the most fastidious businesswoman, but I don't like the emerging feeling of having even a little bit of doubt.
  6. I'm too tired tonight to fool with photos, but on my workbench is an array of catchalls, tea light holders, free-form-trays, biz card holders, and various angama-fired and raku-fired wares, such as utility holders/vases. I have to remove the masking tape with my item codes that is on the undersides for ID, and replace it with transparent tape that looks a lot better and includes the price. There is a new artisans shop about 20 miles north of me, in a rural area on the road to the resorts in the White Mountains. I hope to have 5 shelves of space in the shop as soon as the Gov allows them to open at all.
  7. To my mind, you would be shortchanging yourself to not look earnestly at, and for, an apprenticeship if one were to be had. I think the experience would be invaluable, and even time-saving (assuming you are learning good practices and not bad ones). You're not even 50? Some of us are up in our 70's and still have plenty of steam. The time is going to go by anyway, so why not move toward the future step by step, starting sooner rather than later. Look in the forum for Business/Marketing for many related topics that might be helpful.
  8. My forms have not so much "progressed" as they have just kind of wandered off sideways, over the years. I look back and see less variety currently, in the sense that I no longer make a boatload of things such as large bird baths or sculpted figures or different types of bowls, lids, mugs etc. Simplifying and getting more primal is a metaphoric progress for me, in that it seems to seriously benefit my head. I am less interested in developing a broader range than I am in fine-tuning the limited array of forms that are emerging now. I don't throw much and my slab/hand built forms stay pretty low to the ground these days. Some of that is logistics & comfort: space considerations, money, arthritis/back and such, but mostly I am intrigued with a kind of stream of consciousness process that I am allowing to take over when I put my hands on the clay...more free-form than planned form. My challenge is to improve, improve, refine, refine, and see what the public will go for...that's my task, assuming I am accepted into this artisans shop in June.
  9. Callie-I just got the Snapseed app. Currently I have to send my pics from my cell phone to my email and then have to download them and then open them in the editing program, all just to resize to make them fit what the forums/gallery will accept. I only have to do that for this site--I can send them "as is" to other people and other sites, such as Facebook, and they go through just fine. This site always says they are too big. It sounds like Snapseed makes the resizing much easier & faster. My question is---what size file do you have to select to get the upload through to the Gallery and/or Forums? The pics below are examples of what I consider a decent size, if that helps any...I would have done the 400-500 pixels thing in Paint to get them to fit.
  10. Not looking to get into an argument with anyone however I do want to note that it is not inherently "disrespectful" or "unfair" to use a copyrighted work, in the legally allowed manner. (I am not suggesting that John's piece should be shared when the holder of it chooses not to.) Copyright per se does not restrict or prohibit distribution. You can research the specifics-it is complex-but The Fair Use standard is there to allow for limited use of a work for educational purposes (among other defined limited purposes). Copyrighting offers many protections and none of those protections should be violated. Fair Use is also a copyright protection! It permits prescribed access to creative material for the benefit of the public, while assuring that the author's rights are protected. When someone applies for a copyright (or even just puts the symbol or the word on something, without paying to register), they are, by law, agreeing to all sections of the Act, including Fair Use. It is important that people know about and understand the proper applications covered by the Fair Use section of the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. § 107. There is much misunderstanding about "intellectual property", and much misinformation regarding Fair Use. I hope this offers some clarity that there is no moral judgment to be placed or legal offense involved when an educational document (without alteration) is used in good faith for educational purposes.
  11. Sounds wonderful! Lucky students. Hope you can reduce the size of a few pics and post them. I use Paint to resize them to 500 pixels-there is a limit, I think maybe 600 but not sure.
  12. Hi--I don't have my copy anymore but you may provide yours to Chloe for educational purposes (re: copyright/Fair Use clause).
  13. Tooting my own horn here. My little article on using a spreadsheet and storage carts for home studio organizational efficiency is the Quick Tip for the month! I received this from the Acquisitions and Content Editor "... after reading a post of yours on the Ceramic Arts Network Forum thread “Where do you keep it once you made it?” in which you described your spreadsheet and storage system for keeping track of inventory. This is such a concise, organized way of managing finished pottery, and we think readers would love to learn more. Would you be willing to write a short article on your method for Ceramics Monthly?" Cool, huh? Thanks, Prez, for asking the question!
  14. Because it is disorienting and makes my brain twitchy trying to reconcile it in my head.
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