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  1. Lee is feeling rejuvenated----freakin' about time!! When the art center w/the anagama kiln suddenly closed, it  threw me for a loop--didn't see quite how much until I realized I was doing much of nothing!  

  2. Very jazzed!! I just received  an invitation to participate in a raku firing this spring. I am going to focus  on  vase-like forms (not for water-dry only).   :)

    1. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      Way to go Lee! By then I should have my testing done on sealants for the interior of raku pots and vases. I'm going to be trying rubber based materials like clear FlexSeal to see if I can waterproof my horsehair and other raku pieces...

    2. Min

      Min

      Good stuff Lee, way to go!

    3. LeeU

      LeeU

      Definitely interested in the results of the sealant.

       

  3. Got an invite to have a booth at a "handmade only" craft fair--may do it, since it is small and local.

    1. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      Way to go, Lee...I am guessing that the invite is recognition of your skills and quality of your products!

    2. LeeU

      LeeU

      Nah--more likely a need for more paying customers to occupy spaces . :rolleyes:

  4. Yay---my slab roller handle was not functioning and I was stymied on how to fix it. It was getting me down, really! A friend came by and within 3 minutes had it working again.  Something about using the Allen wrench in the right place! :lol:

    1. oldlady

      oldlady

      that would definitely help!

  5. Congrats on the new studio build--looks so exciting..and BIG!!!  Looks like Dog approves, as well. 

    1. hitchmss

      hitchmss

      Oh mosa has found herself numerous spots which she calls her own. Really if I could just take all my noisy, dusty work outside that would be much better for her! 

      The studio is good sized! 3456 total square feet including a covered parking space for big sprinter van, dedicated packing/receiving/finished goods room, kitchen, bath, woodshop, kiln room, glazing room, spray booth room, main working area, and an office. 

    2. DirtRoads

      DirtRoads

      Dream building! Beautiful views.  And that dog looks to be one of life's greatest treasures.

  6. Happy Joyous and Free, and celebrating Independence Day! I put some pics in the LeeU Anagama Fire album in the gallery.

     

  7. This potter is not active on the forums anymore, but maybe if you message a moderator maybe they can put you in touch. She went by "The Guinea Potter" but I think her name is Sarah. Try contacting Pres. 

  8. Just a thank you to whoever mentioned American Science &  Surplus as a source for many cool & useful gizmos for ceramics--maybe Pres?--anyway,  got this great little manual spinner whisk to bring my glazes & wax back to life!!  Finds like this really make my day. ..no excuse now to not keep glazing the current batch! 

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  9. What's on my workbench? Nothing...becasue it's all in the kiln!! (Finally). Yee Haw. 

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Is that a N.H. Yeehaw or a Texas Yeehaw? Trying to gauge your enthusiasm.

    2. LeeU

      LeeU

      Pilfered from my sister.  She says it all the time. We are fom New Jersey -both of us lived for years in NYC--both moved to Virginia at different times (survival-long story) and while she is still there, I am in NH. So, long story long, I have no clue where she got it from. If you catch me saying Howdy, I pilfered that one from my daughter. No connections to Texas. High enthusiam--breaking out of a bad spell...and...just cracked the lid and all is right with the world (tho it's mostly  only a bisque). :P

    3. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      Way to go, Lee! I could have said the same thing Monday, but I opened the kiln and now all 46 pots, bowls etc. are back on the workbench awaiting their destiny...;)

  10. Man in checkered shirt looking at one of MY bowls (shelf right) at the reception for the NHPG Once Upon the Earth exhibit. The photo is manipulated for a retro look. I was glad I went-I usually don't...just not my thing, but it was fun to watch people cruising my stuff.  

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    1. Gabby

      Gabby

      I think it is great that you went.

      This way you can see very concretely whose day you made richer because you shared your work. 

  11. I posted an announcement for the NH Potters Guild exhibition for March in the Events of Interest forum.  I have two pieces on display.  Both bowls are pushing 2 lbs and are roughly in the 7" x 2" range.  Stoneware (stamped) and porcelain (incised). 

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  12. The challenge to Self these days is my old nemesis--lack of patience. So, to push myself into either a state of growing frustration or a state of growing acceptance, I am making myself replay old scenes in the hidden objects game June's Journey. That is a game that requires mega patience, on steroids. Why? you ask. Because I let myself actually run out of clay--all three of my main types. I ordered some, and they are out of the one I need the most and need the fastest! Go figure.   Another lesson in patience, coming right up. (Yeah, they are getting in it and shipping it soon.):rolleyes:

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    2. Denice

      Denice

      I bought clay a couple of days ago,  I thought I was out.  I looked at the companies web site and it wasn't listed,  freaked me out.   I had tried several clays  for throwing and this one worked the best for me. Turned out they had a new website and the web designer didn't include it.    When I was making space for the clay I found two bags that were covered with mold,  I bought it around Christmas.  Never had clay mold this fast,  using it first.   Denice

    3. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      I heard from a pro potter that, like bleu cheese, mold in clay is good...

    4. Denice

      Denice

      That is what it looks like, it is suppose to throw better.   I remember potters putting beer in when they were mixing clay they thought it would mold faster.   Denice

  13. Happy with my shift in direction-or attitude- take your pick. I'm  becoming more process oriented (re:  formation of clay objects) in a primal kind of way.

    1. Gabby

      Gabby

      Wonderful. I enjoy looking at your one-of-a-kind pieces.

  14. Oh well...I submitted two of my "Hidden Masks" (that reference domestic violence and suicide)  for a juried exhibit,  but got notice I was not accepted. Phooey. ..maybe shoulda gone with the bowls! 

     

    1. Roberta12

      Roberta12

      Getting ready to submit to a small show as well.  A person just never knows.

    2. Gabby

      Gabby

      I think an artist needs sometimes to do this, make the courageous submission rather than playing it safe. A different venue might have taken them.

    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Your mask series is important: do not let it take a back seat to popularity.

  15. Finished my 2019 detail budget and I can retain my helper who keeps me current with inventory/spreadsheets/photos. Yay me! (Of course I haven't been to a movie in 2 years, don't have TV and almost never buy clothes, but, hey, well worth it! ) Now I'm setting up my 'to do' calendar-hope I can stick to it this year.

    1. Gabby

      Gabby

      Congratulations!

    2. oldlady

      oldlady

      good for you!   if you really need some clothes, the thrift shops around here put everything in the store on sale for 50 percent off each monday.   when the original price for jeans is $5.99, you can see why i have a pile of them.   got a cashmere sweater for $5.00 last week.

  16. Happy happy. Got the last of my backlogged stock inventoried and properly stored (means I can find it easily).  Only 6 months past my intended time frame-oh well, forward movement is forward movement and I'm not in a race, so I'll take it and just say thank you. :lol:  

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  17. Got half a kiln load. "Time to make the  donuts!" (I wonder how many members are too young to remember that fun commercial?)

    1. Min

      Min

      Never heard of it... I do remember "where's the beef" though.

      edit: I looked up the donuts commercial, don't think it aired in Canada because I'm definitely old enough to remember it if it did.

    2. GEP

      GEP

      I say “time to make the donuts” to myself almost every day!

    3. Min

      Min

      Time to get back to glazing donuts :)

  18. Hi-I can't lift & carry much over 20 lbs. myself. When 50 lbs+ of clay shows up at my front door, I have to get it from the ground up the steps, up over a deep door lip, into the house, through the house, down steps, down another door drop of 3-4", and onto a back porch.  I bought a wheeled dolly-type gizmo called an UpCart---it smoothly goes up and down STAIRS! Rolls on specially configured  wheels--worth every penny, and it folds down flat and short.

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Seems to be going around. Had a little accident earlier this year: can't lift more than 20-25lbs with my left arm without it going numb. Have not thrown anything since March. Hopefully it will heal up soon...by you have my empathy.

  19. Aarrgghhh...we only got a few weeks notice that the guild I belong to is doing a raku demo 10/28.  I just emptied my kiln and I do not have anything low fire to fill it with,  so I could bisque (required) a few raku pieces for the event.  I'm going to try to crank out a lot of ^5 and bisque that along with the raku clay. I don't want to pass up the opportunity.  

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    2. Benzine

      Benzine

      Careful, Raku is addictive...

      It's the gateway to other alternative firing methods.

    3. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      One of the great things about building your own Raku kiln is that you con make pots whenever you want and fire them whenever you want. As you have suggested, I have both ^5 building sessions and Raku building sessions, bisque firing them at the same time, and having the pots available to glaze and fire at any time. Hope you get your pieces made in time for the demo!

    4. LeeU

      LeeU

      My landlord has been wonderful about allowing me to install the electric kiln (closed in back porch) & a studio (was the bedroom) in my trailer, but there is not an inch of space to spare & I'm not permitted to do anything out in the yard.  I did get my pieces done though, & will bisque this week. 

       

  20. I am thrilled that I will have a worker bee coming next week to assist me with bringing my backlogged inventory current. I have forced myself stop making anything more until I get this done and all my remaining smalls are coded  for the web & stored in labeled drawers for easy access. Then I can get on with making some samples for a local shop keeper who is interested in a particular line.  

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Good news indeed.

    2. lgusten

      lgusten

      How wonderful is this!!!!!!!  It will be great to be organized!!!

  21. Phooey...I went to pay for my shelf area for the anagama firing in October and it's full!! Next is spring or summer, but I'll probably cave and do the pieces in my L&L. 

    1. Gabby

      Gabby

      Sorry you missed this opportunity, but as you write, there are other firing options now, and you can be first in line for Spring.

  22. I'm into the last round of making pieces for the anagama firing in the fall. (I get in through public access to the Community Education Program, providing space available. This is the gorgeous large kiln that John Baymore built w/ NHIA students..it is such a rush to see it in action! )

  23. I put a few items from my recent fire in the Gallery. Happy happy. 

  24. Kiln is cooling under 300, but I'm going to bed now....so "Christmas " will come tomorrow morning

    1. Gabby

      Gabby

      So, where are the Christmas photos of the pots family?

    2. LeeU

      LeeU

      I took pics and lost the whole bunch. But the presents were pleasing. I'll get a few into the Gallery next week--I hate how long it takes to resize them just for this site so I don't post much there anymore. 

       

    3. Gabby

      Gabby

      I understand, Lee. I am actually completely inept at something like managing photos and admire those who can. I am so happy your load was pleasing.

  25. Well, it's got nuthin to do with ceramics, but  a big black bear just helped himself to the suet cakes hanging from my car port roof. He made a crushed wire mess of my pricey squirrel proof double cake suet hanger. I've been hanging suet for 8 years w/o being visited by a big fuzzy thief.  Guess I won't be putting that out anymore. Did I mention he was big? (And beautiful-a treat to see, truth be told).

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    2. lgusten

      lgusten

      Up on the porch is too close!!!  We occasionally have bears wander down....but it makes the news.  And the wildlife people are very good about getting the word out to not disturb the bears as they will wander back home.   Hopefully, your bear will wander back on the ridge.  You could put the feed on the ground....most of our birds will eat the seed the deer have spilled from the feeders.  

    3. LeeU

      LeeU

      I'll have to put my bear claws clay stamps to good use so I'm not clogging up the board with off-topic stuff! I'll make more biz card holders. There were 3  last nite--very unusual--mom  & 2 cubs--got in all the trash ready for pick up.  We're a single little street at the base of a small mountain, and near a big lake. The landlord called the fish & game guys--I think they encouraged them to go back home using the scent of dogs.  

       

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    4. lgusten

      lgusten

      The bear stories are artistic inspiration.  We now have some fodder for our creative sides.  I have been working on a bear shape for my animal figures. 

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