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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in Pride ... Is It Really A Sin?   
    Know what? Accomplishing something that speaks to the heart is something to be very much proud of. There is nothing wrong with having good self-esteem when it comes to one's labors! Now, being a fathead egotistical buttmunch is another matter, because that isn't a positive thing for anyone, including said fathead.
     
    Just like what Bciskepottery said, the best thing about ceramics is that it really does keep us grounded. The second the fathead comes a'marching in, the kiln will EAT the whole load. Our gods are capricious, so we learn to appreciate their kindness when it comes without feeling entitled to it. At least, that's what I think.
     
    Cool piece, by the way!
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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to LeeU in New Potter: Advice Appreciated!   
    You wrote "...at this point couldn't see myself doing anything else for a living long-term." So...what is there to discuss? What is there to decide?  Assuming that you have an internal "do not harm" boundary, so that there is no danger of secretly wiping out the kids' college fund or mortgaging the house without spousal consent or knowledge, seems to me you have your answer.
     
    But then, I've never been all that big on seeking other people's advice for doing anything, tho I do solicit shoulders to cry on, the brutally honest sounding board, and the shared wisdom of respected "been there, done that" gurus or mentors. Waiting  (developing) for 5-10 years while things perk may be spot-on, but for me that might be a spirit-crusher, so, personally, I would just ignore that tid-bit and see how it goes!! 
     
    Helpful for me was taking a heavy-duty look at what was deeply fear-based and sifting that out of the mix and dealing with it. The point being, if you find a road block, you do what is needed to move it out of the way, go over, around, under, or through...or turn back. New day, new opportunity to choose the next step or stay in place.  Love your pieces "as is", and they hit me as money-generating items, with effective marketing, but I am not trained as a critic nor have the education of a seasoned ceramist.    
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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from ChenowethArts in Pride ... Is It Really A Sin?   
    Know what? Accomplishing something that speaks to the heart is something to be very much proud of. There is nothing wrong with having good self-esteem when it comes to one's labors! Now, being a fathead egotistical buttmunch is another matter, because that isn't a positive thing for anyone, including said fathead.
     
    Just like what Bciskepottery said, the best thing about ceramics is that it really does keep us grounded. The second the fathead comes a'marching in, the kiln will EAT the whole load. Our gods are capricious, so we learn to appreciate their kindness when it comes without feeling entitled to it. At least, that's what I think.
     
    Cool piece, by the way!
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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to Benzine in Huge Pots   
    Not really that big of deal.  
     
    I make things like that all the time, except I use one of these wheels:
     

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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to synj00 in Potter's Block.   
    I am also a photographer and the "____'s block" is all too real. I basically went "blind" for about 6 months. It was very disturbing to me and I focused on it daily trying to make it go away. But the approach that worked for me was to shoot anyways, and not to think about it. Take walks, work on other projects, even if mundane and just gety your mind off of it. For my own cure I found it was discouraging to go look at other peoples work for inspiration as it had me focusing again on the negative aspect of this seemingly uncontrollable disfunction. Now that you see that it is a real condition and once you get out of it you can take it as a part of the whole and just let it come and go as it pleases, its not so traumatic once you've experienced it so if it comes around again it will be just one of those things and you'll be out of it soon enough. Hope you're well on your way!
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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to jeffesonm in Help For A Newbie   
    First mold complete and drying!  Everything went more or less according to plan, however I did manage to chip a corner of the mold trying to get the PVC prototype out.  I had to drill little holes in the walls of the pipe and screw in eye hooks to have something to pull it out with.  I think next time around I'll maybe drive a bolt through the center of the pipe ahead of time.
     

     

     

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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to Mug in How To Manually Vent The Kiln When Bisquing   
    The fan should be more quite than an air conditioner, lawn mower or a leaf blower. If you were using it during day light hours, even if it was a little noisy, you should be well within reason.
     
    The cheapest and simplest solution would be to operate it during day light hours and tell them to go pound salt.
     
    Alternately, you may choose to avoid any conflict 
     
    Put in a light switch dimmer to reduce the fan speed...(you will have to readjust your vent for the slower speed.)
    You could try adding some vibration dampening material to the fan mount... 1/4" Neoprene would work.
    Try venting the hose into an open box or large tube with poly foam egg crate lining.
     
    Any of these should dull down the noise.
     
    Good luck
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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to ChenowethArts in Does Your Kiln/wheel/other Have A Name?   
    I'll confess to having named only one item in the studio.  The old Creative Industries wheel that I still use is named "The Budget".  It simply sounds better to my non-clay-co-workers at my university gig when I say, "I'm going home to work on The Budget".
    -Paul
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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from Crusty in Thinking Of Trying Porcelain   
    Or a turd in a milk pitcher, heehee!
     
    I have my white earthenware to sorta satisfy my need for ultra-white clay. Maybe one day I will get to use porcelain again.
     
    Oh, by the way, porcelain can be a prissy little snot on the wheel. Whatever you do, don't use too much water! A little goes a long way with that glorious white princess.
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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from annekat in Your Favorite Clay To Throw   
    Omg, Clay Art Center of Tacoma's redart terracotta with micah. That stuff throws like a vacation in the Bahamas and it SPARKLES! I put a bit of white slip on part of my pieces and add animal illustrations to them. Great clay body!!
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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to TJR in Handmade Bead/ornament Holder For Firing?   
    Get a soft brick. Poke some Kanthall wire into it.[element wire].
    TJR.
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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to Mug in Does Your Kiln/wheel/other Have A Name?   
    Fred is a fun name.
    Unless your name is Fred.
    I have not named my equipment, My family would think I have a sense of humor, and I have to keep up appearances.
     
    Yet another Grumpy old man named
    ...Fred...
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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to Karen B in For Christmas.   
    I make handbuilt coasters. After I cut them out, I smack 'em down on the table. Then put on wheel for a quick smoothing of the edge. They stay flat.


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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to Denice in Looking For Ways To Color Slip   
    Make sure you wear a good mask and gloves when working with stains especially chromium oxide, very dangerous.      Denice
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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to bciskepottery in For Christmas.   
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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from carloverona in The Terracotta Thread!   
    Okay.
     
    I have seen some dee-lish-us and positively drool-worthy stoneware and porcelain work on this forum, but I'm kinda wondering something...
     
    Where are all my terracotta-luvvin' buddies at?!
     
    I feel kinda by my lonesome here! Give a shout and post some pics of your iron red glory!
     
    Here's a mug I did with white slip and underglaze. Fired to sitter ^03 to make it a wee more vitreous. ♥
     
    What's your favorite thing to make with terracotta?


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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to Mark C. in if you could be any potter?   
    I'm happy in my own skin-never would like to be someone else.
    Mark
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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from annekat in Potter's Block.   
    Lucky brat, I live just outside Spokane--so you live in the nice area that actually HAS an art scene. It stinks like head cheese here for artists. The area is so conservative and so possessed of a Walmart cultural ideal that selling art here is very dificult.
    I also wanted to say that my primary means of decoration is in illustration using underglaze, so my forms can't be too outlandish, or the illustrations will look weird, and not in a good way! I miss working in ^6, but lowfire is soooo much more cost effective than midrange for my broke butt. I am of Mexican heritage, so I looked up some terracotta stuff from my roots to get ideas. Mexican pottery is extremely bright and colorful, but I hate making geometric patterns and flowers. I think what I might do is add a little of the crazy geometrics to my animal illustrations to spice them up a little. My forms are "eh," so I mostly rely on the illustration to make people go "wow," haha!
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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to Harold Roberts in Cooking Pots?   
    I have used micaceous clay that I got from Santa Fe Clay. I think that it worked out very well. I cook with it to this day. I made some terra sigillata with it to decorate. Check out my new gallery. Fire it very low.
     

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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from Biglou13 in Outdoor Sculpture In Earthenware--Best Body?   
    Hello!
    So, I'm planning on making two gargoyles to protect my home. Sadly, my kiln is a tired old man and only likes to fire in earthenware. Anyone here have experience with this? I was thinking a heavily grogged terracotta that is fired to ^03 might be my best option, but I'm not sure. The statues will not be glazed, as South Dakota winters are lethal to glazed ware!!
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