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LeeU

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  1. Just curious----what is the clay body, what cone/temp, and what color does it fire out to? The wet color is gorgeous.
  2. Proper craft/technique requires the same arduous learning and application of said knowledge as needed to produce any other expert production that meets basic + known standards. Clay work/ceramics is no different-----there's a right way, a wrong way, and a just plain too lazy to learn how to do it right way. Selling functional ware with flaws (however minor) is hugely different from intentionally deviating from the best practices, based on the rigors of chemistry/science/kiln operations etc. and centuries of ceramic knowledge. Allowing such "flaws" to live is a specific philosophical approach and (in my world) may be considered a benign opposition to the ethos of perfection, or a statement about ignoring the elephant in the room, depending on the context of the piece. I just started a wall mask, which from the git-go breaks a bunch of correct craft technique applications/rules and will ignore many others before it is done. I'll stick a pic in Studio Operations/Making Work.
  3. As you have read above, it is not "paint and painting", it is glaze and glazing--very different materials and processes. If you are going to continue working with clay and you are not being taught about ceramics wherever you are making your pieces or buying bisque ware & getting it fired, here is a link that may be of some help for you to learn the terminology & descriptions as you go along. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_pottery_terms There are also decent YouTube videos that help newcomers get oriented to the basics.
  4. These look like fun-post a pic when glazed! Are they spoon rests, ornaments, catchalls, or whatever people want them to be? I rarely wedge these days. It has made no difference in my pieces. Not for wheelwork, nor for hand building. When I think that I should wedge, if the clay is not quite moist/fresh enough to just be put to work, I cut & slam, and sometimes spiral wedge it. I hate wedging reclaim so I am piling up the dried scraps until I can find someone to either give it to, or who I can bribe to wedge it for me.
  5. No contest for me--mid range is best for what I do. There is nothing about earthenware that attracts me, in terms of my work--there are of course plenty of earthenware pieces from other people's work that I admire and appreciate. Also, I do not have easy access to wood/gas so high fire isn't in the equation either. Midfire is also great for a hobby biz like mine, becasue I am not in a setting to be making my own glazes or formulating clay bodies, and I am plenty satisfied with the quality commercial glazes that we can get here in the U.S. They may not be authentic (I.e. shinos, pseudo-crystalline etc.) but they can still look pretty sweet.
  6. I have been in a terrible slump, after figuring out that while a certain product was well-liked and could definitely generate some coin, it did little for me in terms of personal satisfaction. I have decided to switch gears for my next project and indulge my more creative/artistic inclinations. I have a small series of what I call Hidden Masks, but I have not paid enough attention to being "intentional". That is about to change.
  7. Just curious--are those bottom 2 pics lids? Love all the textures. I say just "keep on keeping on", as long as you are getting out of it something positive and reasonably satisfying. Keep in mind that the frustration of the challenge can actually be satisfying in an odd kind of way.
  8. I would add that "almost completely dry" is not the same as being completely dried throughout & might be contributory to the problem.
  9. Hope you know how much your creativity is appreciated!! I think about thinking of a question but it seems I can never think of one. But please, if it's not a burden, don't stop!
  10. I use 2 old/thick/traditional half shelves raised 1/2" from the kiln floor and then use 1/2" posts to create the "real" bottom layer using my new Thermal Lites.
  11. 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 on the FB page a day later. So I finished out last month, pulled out all my stock and brought it back to my studio. I expect that will be my first & last foray into consignment as a conduit for selling my wares.
  12. 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)
  13. I love the look--will it fire OK?
  14. 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.
  15. 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!
  16. Hope to see some pics of these burnished Raku paper clay objects!
  17. 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 community studio, take a class, or use air dried/oven treated pseudo clays.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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 sophisticated than the terribly succinct "It is what it is.", each distillation seems, to me, to simply ponder what the heck is it--is it art or is it craft or is it derivative or is it authentic, is it this, or is it that? Fascinating how we discern to what degree it matters and which container we should properly assign to it's keep.
  21. 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.
  22. 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!
  23. 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?
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