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About Kellykopp

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  • Location
    SE Indiana
  • Interests
    clay, cows, and country living

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  1. We always had "Clay Gods" or "Kiln Gods" tucked into corners, on shelves, near kilns, etc. when I was at Herron. To continue the tradition, I have one in my studio sitting on a shelf overlooking a space where I work, as well as the kilns. When I look at her it brings back fond memories. Pres, those peep hole creatures are very neat....like them!!
  2. My work has been referred to as "Machoism" in the past. Not a conscious decision, I just made what my heart told me to.
  3. Time on a beach for me is a rare treat, it doesn't happen too often and I love to walk for hours looking for shells and "treasures" the tide leaves for one to find. The little birds that chase the waves hunting for food are fun to watch. I have never been to a pottery camp so I don't have a basis for comparison, but I do historic re-enactments for a hobby (pre-1840 fur trade era) and camping in the rain has it's own nice moments, but too much rain and you are in muck, muddy, and cold; not to mention the campfire you rely on to cook your food is hard to start and keep going. I never used to
  4. Best advice...."Kelly, do you want this kiln back? I don't need it anymore and you REALLY SHOULD get back into your clay"...... Worst advice...can't remember getting any "advice" that hasn't panned out. My resumed clay journey has fulfilled my heart and soul. Happiness is mine when I am in my studio, even if the project I'm working on doesn't come out the way I planned or wanted, it is easy to "try, try, again" when I am working with my heart's desire.
  5. What Min said, it is exactly what I do and I have never had any problems. I make ooodles up at a time and let them dry really well.
  6. In the BBRRRR! of a winter afternoon, sweatpants and maybe a couple of layers on top with the ever-present thermal underwear under it all.....summertime I wear a one piece bathing suit and maybe a calico skirt....when I get all "muddy" it is easy to take the garden hose to myself to clean up...and an apron on both summer and winter to catch most of the mess. Dedicated "studio" sandals in the summer, and dedicated tennis shoes in the winter with thick socks. Any clay covered clothing items are rinsed out in a sink outside before being brought inside to be washed, both summer and winter.
  7. The throwing then altering part of my process. Sketching ideas falls into the category as well, but most of my work is inspired as I go...spur of the moment, from the heart.
  8. Since I have my own studio and don't have to worry about annoying others, I listen to anything from Metal to Mozart. All depending on my mood, though, sometimes I prefer to open the garage doors and listen to the birds, humming of the bees, and occasionally the buzzing of the mosquitoes...then I have to listen to the sound of my slapping them as they try for a free lunch!!
  9. Barrel firing which I already do, no problem. Sawdust, cow pies, straw, and wood.
  10. 1983, Herron School of Art. Totally smitten. Graduated, then life and family obligation grabbed me. Fast forward to 2013, I figured if I didn't get back into it that I never would. Despite having to re-learn almost everything technical (the love for it in my heart didn't have to be re-learned) I am moving forward and have a completeness in my life now. Each time in the studio is an adventure and a learning experience, and you guys here are so kind any time I reach out for advice and help, I thank you all.
  11. I love jewelry and wear it when I go out and about, but never in the studio. Keep my nails trimmed, and my long hair is always braided and tied together behind my back or worn in some other "out of my way" fashion. When I was married I still didn't wear my wedding ring in the studio. Too dangerous while using equipment. By the end of a throwing session I am always decorated with clay anyhow, with a dab behind each ear lol and splatters, swipes, and various areas of interest all over my body. In the summertime when I have my studio's windows and doors open for air circulation, last year mo
  12. I was vacationing last year in NC, stopped by a shop by the road on a whim "just to see". It was obvious the shop was his livelihood as I browsed. We got talking and there were pieces that I admired. He kindly offered to show me how he foil sagger fired, and we ended up spending most of the day together. He didn't have to do this kindness for me; he lost a valuable day's working time. I loved the piece he did, and purchased it. It is on my studio wall, as a reminder of a NC artist/potter's kindness to me, and a reminder for me to be just as kind to others. As an added thank you to him,
  13. Great to see that you are on the mend !! It all depends which part of the body was keeping me "down" or away from the studio. I would tend to read and research, watch informational videos, and if I still had use of my hands I would sketch and jot down ideas.
  14. I use it on barrel fired work, but that is still low fired stuff. I may be wrong but it is my understanding of sig that if you use it on higher fired work that it loses it's sheen, but I haven't had enough experience with it to tell you for sure as I have not taken it to higher temps myself. I haven't heard of it flaking off at higher temps, would imagine if it "fits" your clay body that it could be used like a slip?? Perhaps testing is in order?? You never know, through testing it you may come up with a new technique or application for sig. The only problem I have encountered is flaking w
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