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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to Denice in Qotw: Are You Living Your Dream, Or Dreaming Your Life?   
    Like Marcia I retired at 50 the women in my family rarely live past 64, I just turned 63 and doing quite well with the new MS medicine.  We decided to build our dream workshops and house, found a lot with a view and wildlife.  I can go out to my workshop open the blinds and get a lot of sunshine and a occasional deer running by. Who could ask for more, living the dream.   Denice
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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from Marc McMillan in Qotw: Are You Living Your Dream, Or Dreaming Your Life?   
    I was living my dream. I worked my bum off and made beautiful things. I barely had money to scrape by, but I WAS getting by. I was happy. I wasn't in a cubicle, and I made all the rules. Success or failure all depended solely on MY actions, on my drive, and my work ethic.
     
    However, that paragraph was written in the past tense. I don't have that anymore.
     
    Here's hoping I finally get on a biologic and will be given my life again.
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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to neilestrick in Underfiring..?   
    The power situation could prevent the kiln from reaching temperature, but if the cone is bending and the sitter is shutting it off, then the power is not an issue.
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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from ShellS in Bubble Bubble Toil And Trouble   
    Um...am I weird for thinking that it looks gorgeous?? There is just something so great about a speckled pastel pink that I can't resist. I'm soooo jealous you get to experiment so much! I wish I had more to offer...maybe try firing it reeeeeally slowly?
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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to Bob Coyle in The Dreamer And The Cynic   
    I found this picture taken by a friend. It looks like an art installation somewhere. I don't know where she saw it but I thought others might like it.
     
     


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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from Mudslinger Ceramics in Qotw: Have You Ever Taken A Video About Yourself, Showing How You Work?   
    To answer the question...
    Um...
    Heck naw!!
    I'm too shy to post videos of myself. Serious self-confidence issues... ;.; Maybe I could make a video with just my hands to show my underglaze process or something. Might help some people get started in that world..?
    -Guinea
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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to ronfire in Favorite And Least Favorite Forms To Make?   
    I like making wine goblets as no 2 are ever alike.   I hate making wine goblets because 1 can not make 2 the same   Actully the part I dislike the most is pulling and attaching handles to mugs and jugs.
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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to Pres in Qotw: How Important Is It For Children/young People To Engage In The Arts?   
    Don't even get an old Art educator started on the importance of Arts in the schools. I can give you stories of joy about working with materials, kids that come out of their shells in art classes, kids that learn to succeed where nothing else works, kids that go on to be artists in their own right and the kids that learn to think, and put things together to create in other ways. All in the arts. No, don't even get me started here.
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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to oldlady in Favorite And Least Favorite Forms To Make?   
    guinea, looking at that darling bunny and the cherry topped cupcakes will keep me smiling all day long.  thank you.
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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from laughlin in Favorite Websites   
    This one!
     
    I have never seen more beautiful ceramics than what is in our own members' gallery. Like, seriously. It's all so varied and inspiring to the Guinea. <3
     
    Oh...AND
     
    http://www.followtheblackrabbit.com
     
    ...because Beth is a goddess.
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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to Pres in Favorite And Least Favorite Forms To Make?   
    Bringing up an old demon. . . .you could get a Griffin Grip and adjust it to fit your wheel.
     
     
     
    best,
    Pres
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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to rakukuku in Do Titles Help Sell Work   
    Who else thinks titles help sell work?  Since all my stuff is sculpture and mostly silly I like to give them silly titles.   Just made a goat who is eating a cookbook.  its called "Read it, don't eat it". Will try to post a picture in the gallery.  Anyone else into this?  rakuku
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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to Benzine in Building A Wearable Raku Kiln? Any Ideas?   
    Mark may have finally broke...
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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to Mark C. in Building A Wearable Raku Kiln? Any Ideas?   
    OK I have prototype made-this model is test #1 your head gets warm and you can toss pots on top. As you can see wearing this with flame on head turns back th years -I swear I look in my later 30s so flame wearing is also a time machine-who knew????
    No I would not try one of these kilns at home kiddies for there is no safety shut off feature-as a matter of fact this reverse rocket ship could take off backwards at any second,
    This R& D is unstable work and all hell can happen. I'm thinking hooked shaped raku tongs may help and more sturno for fuel???
    I have repurposed my heating system for this use.
    mark


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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from pattial in Favorite Websites   
    This one!
     
    I have never seen more beautiful ceramics than what is in our own members' gallery. Like, seriously. It's all so varied and inspiring to the Guinea. <3
     
    Oh...AND
     
    http://www.followtheblackrabbit.com
     
    ...because Beth is a goddess.
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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from Pieter Mostert in Favorite Websites   
    This one!
     
    I have never seen more beautiful ceramics than what is in our own members' gallery. Like, seriously. It's all so varied and inspiring to the Guinea. <3
     
    Oh...AND
     
    http://www.followtheblackrabbit.com
     
    ...because Beth is a goddess.
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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to Evelyne Schoenmann in Favorite Websites   
    I was tempted to post my own website...
     
    But I rather post the one of a Spanish friend of mine: http://www.bustosescultura.es/
     
    He has a lot of imagination and knows how to transfer it into clay!
     
    Evelyne
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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to Darcy Kane in Potters And Pets   
    At present I have 4 dogs. One Labrador, one Aussie, and two Irish Jacks.  One of the Jacks belongs to my youngest son but she stays with us during the week.  The dogs have a huge influence on all aspects of my life.  I named my pottery business Naughty Dog Pottery as it seems someone here is always being naughty, including me.
     I am forever finding someone's hair in the reclaim bucket, including my own, and my dogs are the very best company.  For the most part they seem to have grown out of the stage where I have to nail everything down or put it up out of reach, well except for the Aussie and he is well, an Aussie.  We have matching attention spans.
    I have to keep reminding myself, no more puppies.  The dogs move around the shop and in and out of the house when the weather is good, always keeping me company.  I love my dogs.
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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to Babs in Is It Ruined?   
    Bill van Gilder's son was lucky he didn't make a sculpture of the week's dishes!
    hey Cavy, just a thought, did you eat the tacos????
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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from ShellS in Use Of Slip Verses Under Glaze   
    Resident Underglaze Rodent, at your service! ♥
     
    Okay, to be honest, I think it boils down to two things:
     
    1. Cost
    2. Desired effect
     
    It is a LOT cheaper to make a big 'ol bucket of slip than to buy commercial underglazes for big surface treatments. If I used my white underglaze instead of slip to cover my terracotta for underglazing, I'd be in the poorhouse in no time flat! So, if you are planning on using a lot of only a few set colors, I'd totally use slip.
     
    And effect?
    Well...dang. There are a gazillion factors here. Are you working with dark, red, or white clay? Are you looking for opaque or transluscent color? What temperature are you firing at? Do you want to layer? What glazes are you using? I know it sounds like a pain, but these are pretty important things to consider.
     
    Happy creating!
     
    -Guinea
     
    P.s. This is one of my favorite pieces I've done with slip and underglaze. The slip is white over terracotta, and I used mason stain for the brown and yellow (with gerstley borate added for flux). The leaves are Mayco's Apple Green, and the dark shading is watered-down mason stain Flourentine Green with gerstley borate. The gray shading is watered-down Amaco Velvet black, and the outline is Clay Art Center's Baltic Black A. ♥ I tend to use the same coloring technique with underglaze as watercolor.


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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to bciskepottery in Is It Ruined?   
    Don't think you want to go that high; especially since that is your finished glaze temp and you would risk remelting the glaze. You might be able to remove the odor by heating it in the oven. As it is lowfire, just make sure it is really dry before reheating . . . you don't want absorbed moisture doing its thing.
     
    Bill Van Gilder tells a story of how he and his son had accumulated a pile of dirty dishes and the son was ignoring his dishwashing chores. Bill went off one weekend to do a workshop and left orders that the dishes were to be done by the time he returned. Bill returned to find all the dishes cleaned and stacked in the cupboards. He complimented his son on doing the washing and drying . . . at which point his son told Bill he had simply stacked them in the bisque kiln and fired the load. Anyhow, the organics were duly eliminated. But he rewashed the dishes.
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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to JohnnyK in Potters And Pets   
    I was a dog man for 30 years, but I'm strictly a cat man now.
    We adopted Buster from the SPCA just a little more than 2 years ago and he couldn't be a more delightful companion. With a face like his who could resist?


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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to ronfire in Potters And Pets   
    Our animals definitely influence our pottery. We have 2 cats one is a Savana and the other a Serval but the black and white paint horses are the most influence 
     
     


     
     
     
     


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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from ShellS in I'll Never Be A Real Potter.   
    Oh, give me a break--just because you don't wanna deal with the bloody hassle, mess, frustration, toxic chemicals, and broo-haahaa of mixing glazes, DOES NOT MEAN you are not a "real potter," and whoever said that can kiss my fat guinea pig butt! That's total elitist crap. Pbfth.
    I mixed a metric butt-ton of glazes in college. I was so neurotic about it because I never trusted anyone else to do it right, haha! I also have a small chemistry background too, so that helped.
    Now that I'm a graduated guinea, guess what? EVERY SINGLE GLAZE I USE (except my three-ingredient 04 shiny clear) IS COMMERCIAL. Anyone who wants to say to my face that I'm not a "real potter" because of it is gonna have an angry 15-year thai boxing rodent ALL up in their business, too! I did my time in college, and I'm not heave-ho'in buckets around with TWELVE herniated discs in my back.
    You ARE a real potter. Anyone who picks up that mud and makes gorgeous work, crappy work, or mediocre work is a REAL POTTER. We are one in the same when it comes to our craft, no matter what stupid glazes we use.
    Heck, some potters don't use glaze at all! Cheer up, jellybean. Your work is rad! ♥♥♥
     
    (P.S. I HAS NO BEARD WAAAAH...but, my fella does! )
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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to rakukuku in Your Hugest "derp" Moment?   
    hey hubby just told me another good one - someone had plugged the power strip into itself instead of the wall!!!!!   lol rakuku
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