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    Cobb, CA
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    I live on a mountain in a small rural county, so I like to hike with my dogs, which I do everyday. I love to read, play the piano, take care of my 20 mo old identical twin granddaughters, and of course to POT!!

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  1. I just got back from 3 days/2 nights of free studio time from the Mendocino Art Center (CA). I've sold in their gallery and taken many workshops there and they heard about the loss of my house/studio, so they offered me this wonderful gift. It was the first time since the fire that I've worked with clay and it felt fabulous!! Someone was firing a ^6 kiln and was able to fit a few of my shards in, and they refired beautifully, so I'll refire a lot of my other shards so I...

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    2. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      They are very generous people. Hope you are able to recoup.

       

    3. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      They are very generous people. Hope you are able to recoup.

       

    4. vinks

      vinks

      Time is a great healer...all blessings!!

       

  2. Old Lady, I don't know for sure which edition of Nelson, but it would be from the late 60s or early 70s. Thanks so much! My address is now: 26861 Hawk Road, Willits, CA 95490. We'll be here until we rebuild our house.
  3. Mark, My shelves were not silicon carbide not hollow, so they must be mulite. My ^10 ones are 1" and I bought them straight from Thorley's in So Calif back in 1975. The ^6 kiln shelves are the same material bur 5/8" thick. The ^10 kiln maybe would have made it if the large welded sheet metal vent over it hadn't crashed down on it in the fire. Old Lady and/or anyone else who has books they'd be willing to donate: Here's a list of the books that I used the most for resource and inspiration/ideas: *Daniel Rhodes', "Clay and Glazes for the Potter", "Stoneware and Porcelain: The Art of High-fired Pottery" *Glen Nelson, "Ceramics: a Potters' Handbook *The 500 Series: Bowls, Tiles, Teapots, Pitchers, Cups, Plates and Chargers Those were the ones I used most, but any pottery book would be appreciated!
  4. Thank you for the advise/information. Not what I hoped to hear, but down deep I knew that nothing would make the pots right again. What about refiring just some shards, particularly the ^6 ones with the bright underglaze colors? I was thinking about refiring them to my bisque temperature, ^07, specifically to melt the ash which I'm hoping will brighten the colors. A friend of a friend is giving me an old Cress electric kiln which I'll use for bisquing. We're putting in 220 next week, and I reordered a wheel which we'll pick up tomorrow, so I hope I can make some time to throw so I can fill the kiln. Putting my life back together is a huge process. I lost all my pottery resource books that used all the time, so I'm now really relying on the expertise that this forum represents. Also, all my refractory kiln shelves are also brittle which is a big surprise to me. When I lifted one it snapped in two. I would have thought that they would have survived. The 5/8" ones were in the garage with my electric kilns and the 1" ones were out with my ^10 kiln. All were stored upright.
  5. Thank you so much for your kind words and thoughts. I still can't believe I lost so much. Of the pots in this picture, all but the jar were destroyed in the fire. The jar is left because it was in a gallery. I took all my work out of the galleries I was in so I have a couple dozen pieces that I'll keep for my personal use.
  6. My house and studio burned down in Calif.'s Valley Fire (which should have been named the Cobb Fire as it started right down below our house). I had pottery everywhere in my house and outdoors, too, and everything was lost. There are 8 pieces that look pretty good, but the color is not as vibrant, and the 6 that are ^6, when tapped with a fork, have that dull thunk of a sound that I associate with thermal-shock or some action that compromises the structure of the pot. About a dozen more pots, mostly mugs in my studio where I had about 100 of them ready for art fairs, are all in one piece, but look very ashy and when lifted, can be broken it into pieces with my hands. Obviously not functional. I have numerous samples of five different kinds of clay and each responded differently to the fire. Oldest are my ^10 reduction which were most of my personal pottery. Of those, the large (for me) vases, lamps and bowls were made out of 8-11 red, which I threw with in the 70's, and as a group fared best. Two of the largest ones actually are not only intact but ring true. It's just the glaze that lost that wonderful richness of a reduction firing. The glaze is flat and/or extremely dry like underfired pieces. Also in ^10 reduction I used Danish white and the few that are intact are covered in globs of ash, etc. but many ring true, but again the glaze is dry and flat. A few pieces were in porcelain (Coleman) but they looked no different than the Danish white. I also had many pieces of ^06, mostly handbuilt pieces made as samples from 25 years of teaching students pottery. This as a category fared better than my ^6, although all are covered in ash /globs and none are keepable. Some were in Navajo Wheel, a ^06-^6 red clay which I use a lot, and the rest were Low-fire White, which were the ones that did the best. All my new (6/2014 to 8/2015) work is ^6, Navajo Wheel and B-Mix ^5, and I had at least 400 pots ready for my fall and Christmas Fairs. Five pieces are intact, but all sound 'thunk', but the glaze, although a little drier than it should be, looks the closest to how it's supposed to. Three of them are small bowls and I'm afraid to test their strength by trying to pull them apart, because I fear they'll break and I won't have any intact pots to remember. The other two are little vases. The vast majority of the pots are in pieces, but few maintain the brightness of their before fire life. I have salvaged ~15 Costco plastic storage containers of broken pots and shards. I plan to make a mosaic wall (or 2 or 3) from them, but they mostly look like they've been through a fire. That's fine for some of the mosaic, but my design needs some brightness, too. My questions are: What would happen if I refired the intact pieces that don't ring true? I'm assuming that the reason is thermal-shock from the fire, too hot too fast. Would it/could it undo the thermal-shock or would it in all probability do more damage? I taught the daughter of one of my neighbors and they ordered a teapot and 4 cups for her college graduation. Their house also burned but the teapot and 2 cups came out intact, but thermal-shocked. She wants to know if I can refire it. Would that work? To what cone would I fire? What about just refiring shards to brighten them up so they don't look so ashy? At what cone does ash melt? I really need the help and advice of the experts in this forum.
  7. The Valley Fire wiped me out. Been to our property and our whole neighborhood is destroyed. I lost all: three wheels, three kilns, 400-500 pots, etc... I can replace my equipment and materials but my pots... that's where my big loss is because I can only claim cost of materials. All my hours of work and potential earnings are lost. I have a lot of questions which I'll be addressing in specific sections of the forum. I'm applying for a CERF grant and have set up an account for dona...

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    2. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      I'm speechless. So, so sorry. :(

    3. BeckyH

      BeckyH

       

       

      If anything beyond cash would be helpful, please let us know!

    4. crazypotterlady

      crazypotterlady

      Pottery books!I had a large collection and my favorites I listed in the forum I wrote about 'thermal shock...', but any resource or idea books would be appreciated.

  8. My house/studio was burned to the ground in the Valley Fire that started very close to my home. Our street was the first to go and my area is totally destroyed. 75% of the homes in my little town are gone. I had over 300 pots ready for fairs and of course, all the pottery we use daily. I’m devastated. I’m hoping I’ll be able to recover some pots that didn’t break/melt, and maybe my kilns? Wheel? The evacuation order hasn’t been lifted yet. With the shards I’ll make a big mosaic wall when we...

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    2. flowerdry

      flowerdry

      Will be thinking of you. I hope your insurance will cover things but know that even so your life has just become extremely difficult, probably for a long time. Be strong. Keep us posted and let us know if we can help.

    3. vinks

      vinks

      Sorry to hear that....blessings sent your way!!

    4. Judy_in_GA

      Judy_in_GA

      I am so sorry you are having to go through this. I'll be thinking of you.

  9. Your colors and the art are just incredible!! I love the blackline~ it really gives definition to the wonderful painting. You've created a PRIZE!!
  10. I used a lot of velvets with students using a ^06 clay and bisqued at ^04. Sometimes a little sticking but no transfer between work. I usually stacked 2-3 high.
  11. I am now an official member of Potters' Council and I put up my artist portfolio. Next Saturday is the opening of a show I'm in (with 7 other potter/sculptors) at a gallery on the Mendocino Coast. And I just added listings to my etsy page. I'm finally feeling like an integrated part of the greater pottery world instead of going it by my lonesome.

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    2. Evelyne Schoenmann

      Evelyne Schoenmann

      Welcome to Potters Council, crazypotterlady! And yes, John already said it: don't forget the calendar and the juried show submission. Good luck!

    3. vinks

      vinks

      Congratulations !!!

  12. I retired from teaching in 2013 after 25 years (3rd-7th grade, mostly 5th and 6th, enclosed classroom). I too loved teaching and loved my students. During those years I saw funding for the arts dwindle to near nothing and spending for education put California near Mississippi. It is now up to 39th in education spending but still has a long way to go to get up to the average. That said, good teachers can still do a great job and make a huge difference in children's lives. I live and taught in a very poor rural county. My degree is in Art and I went into teaching at 40 years old. My administration left me alone because I always got great results (read test scores) from my students. When asked how I did it, I replied that my students did art and PE just about everyday. No one believed that was the reason, but I'm convinced that art and PE make a critical difference in helping students develop their thinking skills and work ethic. Doing art so often cost me a lot of money, although I did get our parent organization (PTO) to purchase a kiln. But a lion's share of art supplies came from my pocket. The benefit for everyone was that I could get my students to work hard because they knew they would get to do pottery (or printmaking or painting, etc) and PE when they completed their work. The attractive force of art has tremendous power! When education critics defend cutting the arts and PE by saying "we want to go back to basics", I counter with THE ARTS AND PE ARE BASIC. I also have a Masters in Math Education which helped me be an effective math teacher, but by and large, I am not remembered for being great math teacher as much as I am remembered for all the art I taught.
  13. Your mug is beyond fabulous! I love the carving and color of your work. It has an attractiveness like going into an enchanted, wild realm. I can't wait to see the finished product. I must have missed the story of the destruction of the first one by the cat. So so sorry about that. Bad cat! Bad cat!
  14. No one in my family is artistic, although my mom and siblings all appreciate art. I was not allowed to take art in high school, even though I REALLY wanted to, because I was 'college prep', and my HS was trying to get girls to go to college (this was the '60s). I started college as a math major, but changed to art after finally getting to take an art class. The rest is history. My family is fascinated by my artistic ability and amazed at how my pottery has developed over the years. I have NEVER been sorry that I changed my major and graduated with a BA in art.
  15. I always listen to classical. I found KDFC out of San Francisco back in the early 70s and have stuck with them. They're now a public radio so there's no commercials and they stream worldwide. Five centuries of the best music in the world!
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