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  1. Precisely!!! And in my world, that is as it should be! I have an affinity for Voulkos' observation about technique & having something to say--however one says it. Once I'd mastered those blasted 100 perfectly same, perfect cylinders I was DONE!!! My only consistency is in my inconsistency...which annoyingly enough loops right back around to consistency when seen as a cumulative body of work (mixed media), even when I thought I had shaken it off.
  2. I like the "banner" up top--the graphic affect & pallet is kinda "soothing" and intriguing simultaneously-nice vibe.

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      Mr. Ray

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  3. Well, I just learned that something I have been doing since first putting my hands on clay, which I call "excavating" (series Excavations) has a name for the approach, the Japanese term kuri nuki (carving out). I didn't know the term--it is just something I do 'cuz I like it! Cool.
  4. Portland Supply is a nice little store, has an attached studio operation, and also a great healthy foods cafe right in the shop, which is fun! They only carry 2 brands of clay and 4 of glazes-mainly Laguna, Standard & Amaco. I go a few times a year, but driving from central NH, I do almost as well having my clay/glazes shipped when I want other brands and my order is large enough. Portland at times has items that are out of stock---I always call first to be sure they have what I'm looking for & they are very accommodating about getting & holding things. Large orders definitely need a phone conversation well in advance, just to be safe. You probably know about the Southern Maine Clay Guild, but there is also the New Hampshire Potters Guild, which is open to potters in other states-quite a few are from Maine. https://www.nhpottersguild.org/ The dues are inexpensive and benefits include a Biennial Exhibition (next in 2021/we're planning it now). Congratulations on the studio!
  5. ? D you have work in this show?
  6. I remember trying vinegar instead of water a long time ago--no success--didn't work, just as plain water doesn't--the joins needed slip. I use either slip , slip w/vinegar, or, for the best result, Peggy Heer's "Spooze". This stuff generally works miracles for me, when I can justify a "repair" or just need a super tight join. Once it sets, it may need sanding to smooth it to "invisibility". Here is her recipe from an old post: Peggy Heer on sat 26 oct 96 Hi ...SPOOZE recipe one more time..... 1/3 dry clay body you are using 1/3 vinegar, ordinary white kitchen vin. 1/3 corn syrup, white or brown. A drop or 2 of peroxide, out of your bathroom cabinet. This is to keep the spooze from fermenting and giving off a real stink. Make thin by adding more of the corn syrup or vin. Make thicker by adding more of the dry clay body. The above rec. is only a base to start from. I use my dried trimmings for my spooze and have a S. jar for each clay body I use. Wash tools, brushes etc after using as the spooze will become cement like and is not good for tools and brushes if they are left. If left with out a good washing, soak in a cup of warm water till the spooze comes off. Have a fun, sticky time. ;>}}} As Always in Clay Peggy
  7. Intriguing...why do you want to do either of these things? More information/context would be helpful, including the type of work, the clay/glaze/temperature to be fired to etc.
  8. I don't have a huge inventory so I keep it in several large storage carts with deep drawers, or large totes. Each piece has an item code and a reference photo that I keep on a spreadsheet, assigned to broad categories, i.e catchalls, bowls, desk top items, wall pieces etc. I can look on the spreadsheet for what I want and go straight to the labeled container it's stored in. Works for me!
  9. A little more info would be helpful. Is this a clay studio or a paint-your-own facility? Assuming your kiln is electric, what temps/cones are you going to be firing to? You say the kiln needs "love"--what exactly do you mean & what kind of kiln is it? You should be able to re-hydrate the clay but you need to know what they are--low, mid, or high fire bodies? I'd definitely have conversations with the glaze distributors for products that old...make a list from the label info so you can tell them exactly what you have. What a project-sounds like a great opportunity.
  10. Opps--bad habit--using acronyms without first using the full words, followed by the initials in parentheses, and then using the acronyms going forward. Anyway--it's knowledge, skills, and abilities. Ex. Employers are looking for what KSAs you can bring to the position.
  11. Gotta see these!! Post a few pics, please. Regarding university-level ceramics, I am biased in strong favor of doing it, if the art school is of high quality. Some of what I see & hear coming out of local community studios is--frankly--atrocious in terms of bad/inadequate info. Like anything, do your own homework--in depth--to find the right placements - don't go by what looks good on paper! Many colleges offer business courses for artists-a great benefit if you can find that. Sounds like you are a good distance from worrying about "production" per se, depending on your idea of quantity & speed. There is much info to be had here from ceramicists who do quality production and run their own businesses. You might want to search through the Business, Marketing, and Accounting Forum, or post a topic of your own there.
  12. How about you say a little more about the nature of the problem. Is it a lack of strong KSAs with the making of the ware that is an obstacle to your progress or is it more issues with studio logistics or business practices?
  13. Your bowl may hold water but it is not food/beverage safe. Sculpy is not clay, and the "glaze" is not glaze. You can make decorative items, but if you are actually getting interested in clay there is much to learn about making food/beverage safe tableware (even "just" for personal home use) . Not all clays and glazes are right for that specific type of functional ware. , As Denice suggested, a local pottery class may really spark your creativity and even the basic education will be very useful.
  14. Well.....not to be overly philosophical or, heaven forbid, snarky---however, I feel compelled to suggest that in all probability we generally do not know what our "fate" (being the "...presumed cause, force, principle, or divine will that predetermines events (&/or) ...the effect, consequence, outcome, or inevitable events predetermined by this cause." [dictionary]) is to be. Now, the point of pointing that out is to suggest a reconsideration of the relative "value" or "worth" of saving some spendoolies versus having a glorious new, state-of-the-art (could even outlive you) digital kiln. I suspect most of us who use them will attest to the thrill of having one at hand. What an amazing way to infuse clay, art, craft, hobby, revenue-producing business, creative outlet (& inlet) into one's life! Does nice things with glaze, also. Fair disclosure--I am biased. I tempted "fate" by investing in a new L&L Easy Fire when all common sense, financial short & long term realities & projections, and most friends said "bad idea-disaster will follow". But what I was investing in was not "the future"; what I was investing in was the future of Self. Worked out just fine. Well, there was that dry spell when I was living off of yard sale sales, but I've been there before, so no biggie. No regrets, just sheer pleasure.
  15. Thanks all, for the expanded info. I'm excited about getting new shelves next year! Probably the nitrated bonded SIC from Bailey.
  16. I was saving my pennies for Advancers (due to a pesky-and sometimes painful-lack of lifting/holding strength in hands/forearms) but spendoolies are a big issue, given my low production volume and infrequent firings, compared to most potters here. I will absolutely look into the Bailey's (great company/people) and even the Chinese. Thanks for the info. Oh-I just went to Axner & Bailey's sites. I am now thoroughly confused. We have at Bailey shelves such as Oxide Bond, Corelite and Thermalite. At Axner we have Cordierlite, and Nitride Bonded Silicon Carbide. Which--as an economy version similar to Advancers--are you referencing? Thanks.
  17. You bragging or complaining? Congratulations on your future parking lot project!
  18. I like when photos are provided--helps me learn things myself.
  19. I use this method all the time-not just in a pinch, because it works so well, so simple, doesn't take too long, and is not muddy-messy, if, as Bill notes, I don't put too much water in the bag to begin with.
  20. I got a Clay Planet email just yesterday saying they are including wholesale and retail distribution of Aftosa from Leslies.
  21. I was completely new to wood fire with these pieces: Porcelain form with only the black from the fire; stoneware piece with gray celedon and the orange fire color; stoneware bowl with white inner glaze, unglazed around the middle and gray celedon at base, and; underside of a porcelain catchall, with light green celedon and the fire color. I used Troy wood fire stoneware and Cool Ice porcelain and commercial cone 10 glaze. These pieces were positioned in the kiln so as not to get lots of dark brown/ash all over them. For me, using cone 6 glazes in a 10+ fire would be too much of a crap-shoot unless I was well-versed in the individual glazes and OK with loss through experimenting.
  22. Mark---do you know this couple? This video by Cindy Ripley is right in keeping with the discussion. Gorgeous dinnerware and a business scope and sensibility that seems similar to yours. Curtis Ripley was my ceramics instructor for 3 years, at VCU School of the Arts. He taught me the wonders of making clay and formulating glazes (huge gas kiln), much ceramic art history (with a sub-focus on Pueblo/Maria Martinez) and instilled in me a lasting appreciation...which is why, when I retired, I got my head, heart, and hands right back into it, however modest in scale. They left Virginia for California in the 80's and established Luna Garcia, in Venice Beach. They closed just a few years ago.
  23. I'll second that observation! I spent ten minutes last night writing out my rant of the day regarding the lack of art education, unwillingness to learn, absence of innate curiosity, lack of critical thinking, lack of motivation towards expressing any individual creativity, lack of appreciation and even disrespect for quality craft, pretending that the emperor is clothed ---I sensibly deleted it all--- but uh oh, I see that the rant is welling up again. I'll just say that the times they are a' changin'...and it ain't good news!
  24. I must disagree, having just spent several days over two weeks (many, many hours of frustration-not even counting the dropped calls and their horror of an auto-system) trying to get PayPal to unravel and fix sale-related processing problems. My "store" is thru WIX, and I have no problems with my other cart processor, Square-they are great. After dealing with no less than 3 techs and 2 supervisors I reached the conclusion that while the lower level people tried earnestly to get to the bottom of it, the upper level oversight was deliberately crappy and a bit obstructive. They tried to run me around the rosebush by putting it off on two other entities that were involved (costing more time to communicate/investigate with those entities, who, it turned out, had nothing to do with the malfunctions). It was absolutely clear that the problem was with PayPal, which either lacked the capacity to dig into a coding issue for a small fish client, or just didn't intend to. I believe the latter.
  25. OK--so while we're at it--discussing terminology in reference to certain nomenclature for ceramics (I.e. handmaid, original, etc.)--what do you understand or perceive "sustainable" to mean? I ran across a pottery site online describing the lovely, earthy, functional wares as "Sustainable and intentional artisan pottery hand crafted...". Obviously I could contact the maker and ask, but I am more curious about the interpretation of others, especially ceramicists. I suspect this could overlap a bit with "marketing" discussions, but I am more interested in the aesthetics/philosophy of the term and it's possible influence.
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