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    2. GiselleNo5


      Have you tried uploading photos with different browsers?


    3. karenkstudio


      OMG! New account, set up gallery, copy, paste photo from gallery to browse box under use custom photo

    4. karenkstudio


      thanks for all the suggestions

  2. I enjoyed rereading this article. There is always someone trying to identify the work of artists or fine craftsmen that reflects the inner genius of its creator. Will the "art" created during the past 100 years that has been preserved in museums and private collections be considered important 200 years from now? Curators and critics have an interest in promoting their collections to preserve their value. I enjoy living in the moment, creating whatever, in a way that intrigues me, and placing the final product before the public (customers). Selling allows me to buy more materials and create anew.
  3. I have 3. A small electric skutt that I use for raku. A mid-sized paragon for bisque firing. This summer I built a wood fired raku kiln with a side door using an upside down trash can, lid and bricks from an old electric kiln, and ceramic fiber insulation. The electric kilns give me consistent results and I have fun experimenting with the wood fire kiln.
  4. Mark How many potters do you have working on production in your studio? The physical demands of producing that amount of pottery every year would do me in. Thanks for sharing
  5. Since I won't be at Nceca, I'll briefly tell this story here: I enjoy setting up at art in park and other craft shows. I form faces on some of my wall hangings. At one show a couple expressed interest in one of these pieces and bought it. As the man was paying he said, "This is for my mother-in-law. It kinda of looks like here."
  6. I've tried free online courses but had trouble sticking with it. I miss the interaction with other students, discussing their work process and the creative inspiration behind their pieces. However, for me, the internet is the greatest research tool for solving some of my technical and creative conundrums.
  7. No. My work is strictly decorative. I buy mugs, bowls, pitchers and other pieces I enjoy using from other potters.
  8. I create decorative slab raku tile wall hangings with a variety of images and textures pressed into the clay. Men are attracted fish and birds in flight themes and tend to like the copper iridescent colors of raku glazes. Women like whatever fits there home décor and gift giving needs. The leaf motif and cats popular.
  9. I'm always amazed at what can be done with primitive wood fired kilns. I was wondering if his roof was water tight. I noticed daylight between a couple of tile.
  10. Denice, Thanks, After reading your post I went to my barn, prepared my Harbor Freight tile saw and cut two large half kiln shelves to sizes I can use. The shelves were light yellow in color. Took it slow and made sure the blade and shelf were drenched with water as I cut.
  11. ......" embrace the mismatched flaws of a digital program..." This quote conjures up images of a sledged hammer mangled computer.
  12. Kiln Gods? Similar to good luck charms? Anyone who believes in the in the electric kiln gods pays homage every month with a nice contribution to their power company. They may not be thee "higher power" but they honor their parishioners by keeping the juice coming until that little temple (the kiln) loses the faith (needs repair) and you feel like it will take an act of god to repair it. I've never subscribed to idea of kiln gods.
  13. This photo might be a better view of the fire box. Marcia, thanks for the suggestions and photos you emailed me. They were very helpful.
  14. I’m now a believer! My experiment with a wood fired Raku kiln was a success thanks to the information and suggestions from knowledgeable people on this forum. I ripped apart an old electric kiln and used the ceramic fiber blanket surrounding the fire brick to build a light weight kiln. Since there was no breeze the day I fired, a squirrel cage fan was used to improve air flow. Pictures show the kiln and results. Oh yes, the marshmallows were great!
  15. Over the years I've gone through several phases starting with wheel thrown functional pottery. A move and a ruined kiln from over firing made it difficult to continue making pottery so after a workshop I explored hand cast paper which included making some plaster molds. The paper phase was followed with assemblages made from tree branches because I was constantly picking them up in my yard. After finding a small electric kiln at a garage sale I returned to clay which lead to Raku firing slab pieces. Some of my slabs are pressed into plaster molds; drawing on my paper casting experience and occasionally I add add branches to some slabs. Next I plan to take apart and rebuild the old kiln I ruined years ago to experiment with wood fired Raku.
  16. DirtRoads, You mentioned inventory on the floor as a no no; I was a member of a coop-gallery that put panels in front of bottom area of their bottom shelves to hide the excess inventory that was stored on the floor. I love your total arrangement.
  17. The Kokopelli is a figure I frequently see in art.(paintings, prints, and pottery) I try to create images for my slab pieces that reflect the plants and animals I see on my acreage and the area surrounding our place. Even though I like to stick with I know and see, It's difficult to come up with images that are 100% unique. Karen
  18. I keep a few things listed on Etsy just for fun and It's is an inexpensive way to have an online presence.
  19. My efforts to have something at lower levels of my display for children that were inexpensive was designed to put parents at ease. I’ve experienced stressed parents with small children at Art/Craft fairs hyperventilating and hovering repeating, “don’t touch that, don’t break that, we don’t want to have to pay for that,!†My efforts were unsuccessful. These families didn’t come to buy, and when a friend would stop by with their children I’d give them a piece. Their eyes would light up.
  20. I've used a 15' extension cord to my small kiln for at least 10 years. This allowed me to use the same outlet my husband once used for welding. Check with an electrician.
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