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  1. You might look on youtube for a video of Michael Cardew centering in his 80s. As I recall, he makes the classic point that as one ages, one loses some strength, which one must make up for by increased cunning.
  2. We're up in the North Country in our little hovel. I'm getting the new studio site ready, putting in a garden, and working on the hovel. There will be no clay until fall, so I'll have to live vicariously through the forum.

    1. Joseph Fireborn
    2. oldlady


      if there are two of you, it is not a hovel, it is a lovenest.

    3. rayaldridge


      I will relay your comments to my lovely wife! Also, she says it is definitely not a hovel.

  3. They're for storage of things like spices and herbs. They're based on the idea of medieval pharmacy containers.
  4. From the album: newer work

    Putting feet on a simple round-bottomed handpipe.
  5. No, this was bisqued. The thickness of the primary glaze is pretty critical-- this piece is maybe a little too thin. But the ash glaze over it redeems it, I think.
  6. Well, it is, plus these plastic stencils are reusable multiple times. The idea came from the paper stencils described by (I think) Bernard Leach. As an additional tip, you can find plastic you can run through an inkjet printer to make these stencils. The plastic is slightly too heavy for optimal use on complexly curved surfaces, but for the larger scale work and cylindrical pots like mugs that I use it for, it works okay.
  7. Joy, I use a similar technique with plastic stencils. But I do it with slip on the leatherhard pot. The stencils stick to the pot very well, using a little water to stick them on. I then spray or dip with colored slip. When the slip is set, I peels off the stencil, which can be re-used. I often make marks on the reserved image to enhance or define it.
  8. I hope the next challenge will avoid too specific a goal. I participated in a couple, but I just wasn't interested enough to devote time to a specific form that was narrowly defined. And at the moment, not interested in tile, though I've made quite a few over the years. I tend to find the more nebulously defined challenges more thought provoking. Still, my suggestion is the albarello, or medicine jar. It's a simple form, but can take many shapes and if we're not sticklers for authenticity, many decorative approaches.
  9. No, but I liked the movie. I saw it while at Da Nang Air Base in 1971.
  10. I love it, so far. I still have stuff to figure out, but the ease and reliability of firing a kiln with a good controller... very very nice. And the kiln itself seems very well engineered.
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