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About lgusten

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  • Birthday September 22

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    Bethania, NC
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    Slab building, tile, mixed media, antiques, patterns in nature, textiles, music, birds in the backyard (lots of them)

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  1. I start with daydreaming....see some images in my head and play with them. Then I sketch...because I will never remember the details of a daydream. Then I mess around with the clay to see if any of the ideas really have merit...it takes awhile but I sometimes I can get some good results. I also use props...fancy word for old junk that I collect that has a pleasing form or detail that just screams out to be part of a pottery project.
  2. I've not used the air dry clay. But my recommendation is how ever you choose to remove some of the surface, wear a protective mask. The dust you will generate is not good for the lungs.
  3. This is actually something that I do on a daily basis in my ceramic restoration business. I would use a clear 5 minute cure epoxy like Loctite or Gorilla Glue to initially bond the pieces together. For the gaps that may be evident, I would use a 30 minute cure epoxy like Loctite...again the clear. Once this is mixed, I would add some fillers (my mixture is micro-balloon, fumed silica and marble dust or talc). Once mixed, add some powdered pigments to match or get close to the background color of the piece. Smooth the fill you've made into the gaps and crack lines. You can san
  4. I am also new to social media marketing. The threads that Tom mentioned above are great because they are tailored to ceramics. Your community college may also have classes on social media that would be helpful to get started. There is a younger artist in my neighborhood who successfully uses social media to sell his work. He has offered to help me with getting started with this social media thing.
  5. Last year, I went through your process. I visited a ceramic artist I know to see his kiln...he is prolific and works out of smaller kiln. It was helpful for me to see what he was able to produce in one kiln load. So I finally decided to go with an Olympic MAS 1827. When I decided which kiln, I printed the specs and had an electrician take care of all of the wiring. As for a mentor, I second Hulk's recommendation for taking a class. We have a great community art school here....I took classes and fired in their studio for a long time. Also learned how to make glazes, load and
  6. Been a long time coming...finally firing my first load of bisque.  HooRay!!!

  7. Congratulations!!!! Who is to say what is fine art? If it brings you joy and delight when looking at it........
  8. Great photo!! I like the booth; it is one I would have had to taken a look at. Trash can....what a plus!!! Was is really that long ago?? I was mid way through undergraduate school.
  9. Gosh, your post brought tears. Thank you so much for your sharing of support and understanding!!!
  10. You may want to check with the restorers that specialize in re-enameling old stoves. They could tell you what glazes they use and their firing process.
  11. Ethically, I would state that my inspiration was someone else's work. If it bothers you, don't sell it, put it on your shelf and use it as inspiration as you go on to create a new and unique form using what you learned from that exercise. Usually, I do not make exact copies of someone else's work, I apply the technique to my own forms and ideas. Then it is mine...no ethical debate (in my mind). The first time I saw one of my forms on a piece in a shop window for sale, I was speechless. My friends were upset, it was not almost like....it looked like I made it. At first I didn't kno
  12. I have not made glaze in a while so as I get back into business here I will be using a combo of the mixing techniques Magnolia Mud suggested and that great new brush tool Liambesaw has found!!! Thank you both! Just order the brush thing. Thanks for the link!
  13. But I guess, that we are all "preaching to the choir" otherwise why would any of us be part of this great on-line group!
  14. I have a favorite mug that I bought at a pottery sale years ago. I use it alot. When I put 2 chips in the rim, I was upset...like I lost a friend. Luckily, the artist scrawled his name across the bottom of the mug with a little internet search I found him and was able to have another...not exactly the same, but it has the same feel. Also, this time, I had a great conversation and got to know more about the artist...making my mug more valuable to me. Now a tile maker that doesn't get handmade....wow....nothing feels like an handmade tile....I don't care how many tiles a factory can c
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