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Everything posted by lgusten

  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 sand it when cured (about 24 hours or less if it happens to be hot where you are working). Sand with the lower grits through some higher grits to smooth the fill and polish it up. If the lines and filled areas are not perfect, you can choose to paint the areas. I use oil paints with a urethane lacquer to protect the color and match the texture of the glaze. I also use acrylics, though, I find it a little more challenging to exactly match the color. I use acrylic varnishes to finish the area..mixing matte, satin and/or gloss to replicate the glaze texture. Hope this helps.
  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 unload kilns by trading work time for the fees to be there. I move like a glacier when it comes to getting this all going...so I just did my first bisque firing and plan to do my first glaze firing later this week. Best of luck on your venture!
  6. Been a long time coming...finally firing my first load of bisque.  HooRay!!!

    1. LeeU


      Good for you!! 

  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 know how to feel. But after some thought I felt flattered.... I shared a technique that I had learned and it inspired someone else.
  12. I am a handbuilder. Instead of the wheel, I purchased a large slab roller....so we are about equal as costs go.
  13. 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!
  14. Interesting topic. Over the past few years I have spent at least $7000. The majority of the cost is the big slab roller, new kiln and the electrician for the kiln...about $5000. The rest is clay, glaze materials, some tools...I am a fan of the finding old stuff that can be used as tools. Got some funky storage cabinets for the glaze materials from Habitat as well as a flat file to store rolled slabs waiting to be worked. Wow!!! It rather sobering to see what I have spent on what has been mostly a hobby to this point. Guess I better get working!!!
  15. 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!
  16. 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 churn out...they still do not feel like the handmade ones.
  17. That's pretty low. Like Dirt Roads says...maybe someone thought that it was being thrown out. Like the other set up. Glad you had a good show month!!
  18. Our main studio where the restoration work is done is where I keep my slab roller and do that part of my clay work there. This building has its own heat and air...kinda like the ones hotels use. It keeps the studio comfortable. The kiln and glazing part is in the basement...which can be a little cold in the winter, but not unbearable. So no downtime. Though we do close for occasional snow days here in NC just because the rest of the town closes.
  19. That's really interesting. We repair and restore ceramics, plaster and some stone. Stuff arriving taped together is good! Seeing stuff already glued makes my eyes roll! Super Glue doesn't work well for our work except for a temporary stick while the long cure epoxy does it's job. The only thing we use acetone for is making our Paraloid glue for conservation work on museum type pottery.
  20. An artist friend of mine tells me that I must do instagram. I understand how your friend can feel a little depressed. I get a little out of sorts when I contemplate how much time I waste trying to figure out the social media thing. Sorry if I sound like a dinosaur....I do plan on taking up my artist friend's offer to explain it all for me.
  21. No dentures for us. So you clean your dentures with acetone ?
  22. This is what we do for a living....people glue things in the wrong place and bring it to us to make it better. We always start with soaking the item in very hot tap water, if that does not work, then bring the item in a pan of hot water to a boil and let it soak...sometimes it takes awhile. If boiling does not work, then pull out the paint stripper... Before you reglue, make sure all traces of the previous glue is gone.
  23. Being compassionate is paying it forward....it may be one of us down the road that attends a class because we have some fuzzy connection to it. Sure hope someone treats us kindly.
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