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  1. Nice little collection!
  2. Mea makes the vital point here, I think. Many people seem to find a market, at least for awhile, with pots that are "student pots." Different people will buy them than those who seek only professional work. I don't think this is particular to ceramics. There is a market for clothing that is not well made as well as a different one for well made clothing. There is a market for prepared foods that have their issues as well as for gourmet.
  3. I am so glad she is doing well. My sister had a mini-stroke last September. At that time I learned that mini-strokes, unlike the regular kind, leave no lasting damage, though they are scary all around. I hope you find an assisted living spot that is just right for her.
  4. Best wishes for a solid recovery for your mother-in-law. Take good care of yourself also.
  5. Honestly, I saw the photo before reading the words and thought "Someone is making frogs!"
  6. I just opened up my new Ceramics Monthly (what a great magazine- and I see you have another article published, Pres!) and saw on page 20 a first exhibit by Anna Whitehouse called #100bottles100days. This made me wonder whether anyone here, at any time in your practice, undertook something like this, an item made in different versions over a course of a large number of days. I know people who have done a painting a day or a drawing of a nude each day... If so, what was your specific objective in the exercise?
  7. I am finally back in the studio, hand- building. It is 23 degrees and I am snowed in. I won't get back to the wheel until spring.

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    2. Denice


      It is also cold and miserable here and we had a snow storm move in this afternoon.   I am fortunate that my studio is attached to my house.  I get enough warm air  from a house vent to keep it from freezing,  I turn on a electric heater in the morning and the shop is warm enough to work in by noon.   I thought you had to dry frozen clay and rejuvenate it.  It has something to do with the realignment of the clay particles  when it freezes.  I could be wrong I have never had to deal with it and it has been a long  time since I had a clay and glazes class.     Denice

    3. liambesaw


      It's sunny and hot today, better get to work Gabby!

    4. Gabby


      In fact at 6:30AM I was at my table, carving a border onto a plaque. I have never made anything big and flat, so we will see how it survives. It is going to have an image "painted"in underglazes, including some oranges I am trying. [Now would I have called it hot here today? It was 34'.]

  8. What I notice most, shawnhar, is that you have increasing control over the shape you are producing, so that you can make many that are the same. How much time in each week are you now able to spend at your wheel?
  9. What a lot of beautiful things! I am enjoying scrolling through the many photos you have posted.
  10. I don't have an image of myself in clay, but I will take that challenge on in Spring when I am more clay-active. I love Lee's series. Another series I admire very much is Robert Arneson's series of self-portrait giant heads that chronicle, for example, his cancer journey.
  11. We may need a different word than "event. " I think of "event" as signifying something that is going on, or about to go on, like a conference or workshop. Perhaps Significant Ceramic News would capture better what you are looking at here.
  12. When I was young I listened to music, 60s sort of music mostly, as a backdrop for almost any work I was doing. In the last few years I have wanted only ambient sounds.
  13. Hi, Lee. I think I would leave out the stubby little dark one, as it looks least unique. Everything I make on the wheel looks like that, so it isn't that I don't think it is cute. It just doesn't look as special as the others.
  14. Finally, after several weeks of looking wistfully at my worktable (while attending to study unrelated to ceramics), I got back down to the studio. What is sitting on my worktable is a large elliptical cylinder about the dimensions of an office wastebasket. Red stoneware, as usual. I have the basic features painted on it in underglaze but still haven't decided on the detail, whether to go entirely with thin black line work or to have something more going on. Independently, I opened my newest Ceramics Monthly today and find the articles very intriguing. I am so glad to subscribe.
  15. I fell in love with clay when I was four years old, in kindergarten. Thank you, Mrs. Owen . We had a three day rotation in which one third of the class worked in clay, one third in paint, and one third built with blocks. What appeals to my now in clay is not that different from what appealed to me then. It was how the clay felt in my hands, that it was plastic, that the form was three dimensional rather than two dimensional, and that the potential forms were limitless. The act of shaping drew me much more than decorating.
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