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  1. Oy. Has it really been six months since I've been on here??? 

  2. What happens when you work like a maniac and then go on a trip for a week and eat junk food and don't get enough sleep? A week of forced vacation while you have a bug, that's what. -.- Itching to get back to work.

    1. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      I learned to avoid this a while ago. Now when my wife takes off say 5 days from work. We schedule a 3 day vacation and rest 2 days at home after the 3 day beach trip. The go go go of vacation can wear you out. Particularly with kids! Hope you get feeling better@!

    2. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Yes, absolutely! I am much better, still just have a small lingering cough. -.- Back out in the studio today. I did not rush it as it never works anyway and the stress actually lengthens the amount of time I'm sick. There is NO POINT in trying to be out there when I'm shaky and sick.

    3. Denice

      Denice

      We took a eight day vacation to Arizona this year. It was a relaxing trip but still had 2 days of rest when we got home.

  3. I now have enough dry bisque to fill the small kiln 2 1/2 times. So I think I'm going to power through and make enough bisque to fill the BIG ONE, which always gives me 4-5 glaze loads in the little one. Getting stocked up for my October studio show.

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    2. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      I know you will max the happiness. Best wishes.

    3. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Go big. Like your heart. Best wishes for happiness and success.

    4. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      BUT I SAID I WOULDN'T DO THIS ANYMORE. LOL Last year I did this all year and couldn't handle it all the glazing that followed. Now I'm not even scared.

  4. Built glaze storage shelves and assembled a third wheeled rack yesterday. Muahahaha. STORAGE FOR DAYS!!

  5. Glaze fire IN! As usual on the strength of one good test I have done something new with a whole kiln load because apparently I'm insane. I think it's going to be fine, though. I'm 98% sure.

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    2. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      I have a few photos of the orange/peach poppies up in my gallery if anybody wants to see. I am still not sold on it so I'm going to run some tests with each color interior paired with poppies in peach, orange/peach, and orange so I can compare them all. I have a feeling that some will go better together than others.

  6. I had thought of applying to show five cups in the Cup: The Intimate Object show at the Charlie Cummings gallery in the fall. I was a bit intimidated by the resume requirement. Do they only accept artists with formal training and a degree? I was curious if anybody knows.

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    2. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      I think galleries use the information when they cary an artist as part of their permanent gallery artists. This makes it easier to answer questions from customers. I think it is pretty routine. I recently had a gallery "not bother" with gallery sheets, and then I got a panicked email from a gallery sales person wanting information about how I made a particular piece. I prefer galleries that keep that type of info in their office. That's is why they get paid 50% if their sales pers...

    3. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      It isn't that they wanted information about how the work was created, I was just a little stumped by a resume requirement. I'm entirely self-taught. Thank you to everyone for the response. As I mentioned to Tom, I want to be 100% fine with hearing NO and not take it personally. Denice: that bothers me. What does a degree have to do with the quality or kind of art you make.

       

    4. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      I hope I am not irritating any of the lovely people who have art degrees when I say that. It's just that either your work is of a high enough caliber for a show, or it's not. I have seen plenty of low quality work made by art school graduates so it really should rest on the work itself more than anything else, should it not?

  7. Thinking about starting to stockpile for a studio show in six months.

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    2. Roberta12

      Roberta12

      I think you are on the right track, Giselle. The bulk of my sales are during the holidays. So,I should probablys start making ornaments NOW!! I am glad you started this thread. Makes me think.

    3. GEP

      GEP

      Sounds like a good plan, Giselle.

  8. This year, let's see if I can find the right cycle of work and stay in it. It's all about balance and consistency. Easy. ;)

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    2. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      I think people make the bullet journals way to complex. It should really be something quick that you spend like 10 minutes a day on. But yea I have no idea. I have never made one. Thinking about trying it this school semester.

    3. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Hm. Maybe I should research "SIMPLE bullet journal". :) Since I tend to make things complicated anyway simple is GOOD. Let me know if you try it, Joseph, I'm curious how they work. I definitely could use something to be more organized. Too much going on in my mind at any given moment.

    4. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Yea. I dunno. I am not the type of person that makes journals. I can remember most task I have to do. I was mostly thinking about it for school assignments. We will see if I ever get "around" to it.

  9. Sooooo what's wrong with Gallery? Will only let me upload one image at a time. -.-

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    2. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      It's Speckled Buff from Laguna, which has been formulated to mimic naturally occurring clay deposits found in the East.

  10. Throwing tomorrow for the first time in months. I want to make a million things but I'm going to keep it small so I don't overdo it. So excited!!

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    2. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Breathe in, breathe out. And start. You will do just fine. I have no doubt you will be happy at the end of a good productive day.

    3. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Breathe in, breathe out. And start. You will do just fine. I have no doubt you will be happy at the end of a good productive day.

    4. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Instead of throwing yesterday I hung shelves and moved furniture in my son's room. (??) So I am throwing today. I'm very excited. We broke our last mass produced bowl and I REFUSE to buy more so that is going to happen first today. I'm not going to do a crazy amount of finish work so I can make four of them without causing myself any issues later in the week.

  11. Currently on my third cold in six weeks. Seriously. Just as I am getting over one, I get hit with another while my immune system is low. I want a plastic bubble.

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    2. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      I will keep an eye on it though. So far this last one is the only one that has had us coughing, the other two were just runny nose and sore throat. No fevers or anything serious. Just intensely annoying.

    3. Denice

      Denice

      When you have children at home colds happen.

    4. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Yep, they're little germ magnets! LOL

  12. Brrrrrrrr!!

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    2. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Aaaand you lost all sympathy. ;) That sounds so awesome. My brother-in-law does surf fishing and ever since I had his fresh perch tacos I have never felt the same about store bought fish ever again.

    3. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      It's been more like spring time here and my trees are confused.

    4. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Despite the cold nights, our fig tree has come out in full leaf. :)

  13. First day of Open Studio went very well. I'll take some pictures tomorrow (Sun) and post in the gallery.

    1. Roberta12

      Roberta12

      That is good, Giselle! Hope you were able to get some zzzzzzz's

    2. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      8 hours! Ready to go again!

  14. Last two days before my Open Studio. Who needs sleep?

  15. Glaze or bisque firing almost every day this week. Big push to finish EVERYTHING in time for my Open Studio which starts Saturday. :)

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    2. vinks

      vinks

      Best Wishes for your Open Studio!

       

    3. SydneyGee

      SydneyGee

      250 sounds like a great number! Holy cow you have been busy! (:

    4. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Best wishes for a successful opening. You got it.

  16. If anybody is coming to the Central Coast for the Open Studios, message me! I'd love for you to come by! I'll be participating both weekends (October 8,9 and 15,16).

  17. I have two weeks till Open Studio and I think I'm getting sick! :(:( I have 26 mugs and several other pieces wrapped in plastic, waiting to be handled and carved, as well as 40+ other pieces that are dry and ready to be fired.

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    2. Joseph Fireborn
    3. SydneyGee

      SydneyGee

      Ginger tea! Feel better! ):

    4. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Eating ginger in every possible form. LOL

  18. Third good glaze firing this week! After three or four disastrous glaze loads I'm starting to gain my confidence back.

    1. vinks

      vinks

      Keep trying till you succeed,forsure you'll succeed!!

    2. GiselleNo5
    3. Roberta12
  19. After a summer spent in a kind of funk, I'm back madly working. I find that if my mind is not clear, I cannot work. So frustrating! But it's clear now and I'm excited and happy to be in the studio again. I feel refreshed.

    1. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      You and I, both. Lets make some great pots. Deal?

    2. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      It's a deal!! :) LET'S DO THIS!!

       

    3. glazenerd
  20. GLAZE ALL THE THINGS!

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    2. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Tom, would you prefer iron red or a nice glossy clear?

    3. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Joel I woke up this morning and realized I glazed twenty things in one color, was done with that color and design .... except I forgot *one* pie plate. Fortunately I haven't fired yet.

    4. Mark (Marko) Madrazo
  21. Back to my white clay this week, which means a switch to slip trailing instead of carving! Oh so many many dots ...

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    2. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      I've gotten pretty good about cleaning as I go but before I switch I check everything. Still sometimes I get a smear or two. Oh well. :) I've been practicing throwing off the hump with little shot glasses, then slip decorating them. I'm about to upload them if you want to see. They're still just green.

    3. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Looking good. I just videod myself throwing off the hump today. It's been a while since I have done it. It really helps to review. Your pots look great.

    4. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      I was throwing off the hump AND throwing on my friend's raised wheel. I want to try it at home and see if it goes better.

  22. This week it's all about ..... glazing. My favorite. -.-

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    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      I love "glazed" donuts.. oh wait, you are talking pottery..sorry

    3. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Ohh, thanks, I could use a donut. ;)

    4. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      Glazing is one of my favorite parts other than firing.

  23. Three months' worth of work cooling in the bisque kiln right now. I've gotta fire more often and in smaller loads! !

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    2. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      I've been on more of a carving kick lately.

    3. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Exciting. Are we going to see more slip work in the gallery soon? I just ordered my super duper extruder based on your recommendation today. And some Flex Grips for my GG. Going to be getting my butt back in gear since my son is back in school now. Can't wait to see your new stuff.

    4. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      I am going to be glazing a bazillion pieces of bisque and then starting a cycle of white clay, which I slip trail. :) Soon! I may even post some YouTube videos. I'm trying to find a really good tripod that I can angle the right way over where I'm working.

  24. Spent 30 minutes this afternoon weighing and wedging clay to throw after my son's bedtime. Only he got sick so instead of throwing clay I dealt with throw up.

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    2. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Hahahaha lovely mental image I have now ... thanks everybody ....

    3. Pres

      Pres

      Some glazes stink worse than human waste after time!

    4. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      I have some pretty stinky green slip to be honest ....

  25. I'm SO HAPPY with my red pie plate! New photos in the gallery, take a peek. :)

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    2. Roberta12

      Roberta12

      Really great Giselle! Love the new work!

       

    3. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Thank you all for your kind comments. :) I am so pleased with the last kiln load ... at least ... It misfired so half the kiln load is perfect and the other half has bubbling and crawling. But I honestly would prefer that than there being something slight wrong with every piece!

    4. Benzine

      Benzine

      I really like the inlay effect. Looks great!

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