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    Big Electric Cat got a reaction from henny347@gmail.com in Let's list our MUST HAVE Pottery Books   
    Too many to list, it's like asking me to list my musical preferences. I learn a little something from almost every book on ceramics that I read.
    Ahem, however,
     
    Kingery, Bowman, Uhlman (1976) Introduction to Ceramics Wiley Interscience
    Hesselberth, Roy (2002) Mastering cone six glazes Glaze MAster Press
    Davis (1987) The Potter's Alternative Chilton Press
    Lane (2002) Ceramic Form Rizzoli International
    Watkins, Wandless (2004) Alternative Kilns and firing Techniques Lark Books
    Perryman (2004) Naked Clay A & C Black
    Perryman (2008) Smoke Firing A & C Black
    Barbaformosa (1999) The Potter's Wheel Barron's
     
    This last book is really an odd but interesting bird, it contains some techniques and forms that are not usually seen in an introductory book, at the end of the book it is more intermediate/advanced, as I know from experience. I wish more books would do this, instead of the usual litany of "how to wedge, how to center, how to open, how to throw a cylinder, a bowl, etc". It was originally written in Spanish and translated, so some of the translations are a little stilted, but it really fires my imagination. Kinda hard to find, but inexpensive if you do ($5?).
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    Big Electric Cat reacted to OffCenter in Convince me...   
    That's a stupid thing to say. Just because it may not make sense for some dishmaker to reclaim clay doesn't mean it doesn't make sense for someone else to reclaim clay.
     
    Jim
     
     
    Economically, it does not make sense to reclaim clay by ANY method.
    I have done my own figuring, as have others that are better at the ceramics game than me.
     
    I don't think it's a stupid thing to say, at all.
     
     
    If you had taken the time to read the early posts to this thread, you might possibly understand why I called your silly grand proclamation stupid. Whether it makes sense or not to reclaim clay depends on the kind of ceramic work you do. A production potter turning out the same pots he/she has been producing for the past decade has very little reclaiming to (if he/she's any good) and it may be a better use of their time to toss what little scrap clay they have but try to wrap your head around the fact that some of us see very little difference between being a production potter and working in a factory and are not interested in making the same pots over and over and over. Since you can't be bothered to read previous posts to a thread before making your know-it-all grand proclamation I'll copy post #12 here:
     
    It depends on your needs. As long as clay is relatively cheap, a production potter's time is probably better spent making more dishes than reprocessing clay. Of course, a lot of production potters make their own clay and need pug mills for that. Back when I was a production potter in Denver we would have laughed at any potter who bought his/her clay in 25 lb bags. For potters more interested in creating new forms than making more dishes you may use more expensive clays and, most importantly, You many have to throw twenty 20lb bowls to get the new shape you're looking for, meaning that 19 of those bowls or 380 lbs of clay needs to be either tossed or reworked. I bought a Peter Pugger to reprocess my clay but was so disappointed in what it does to the clay (especially porcelain) that I don't use it except to process clay I dig and clay to make bricks. My solution was that I stopped exercising in the mornings and substituted reprocessing clay by hand for an hour or so every day. My clay is perfect and I get a great workout.
     
    Jim
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    Big Electric Cat reacted to Pompots in Firing at Cone 5   
    Where can you buy Rehnium? I look for it, but couldn't find any retail.
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    Big Electric Cat reacted in Pot Decoration Trials On Computer   
    Well, I think this thread has gone on long enough, so I'll post and we can put this topic to rest.
    Here's some pots I rendered in Rhino a couple years ago, I do many designs this way.
    It has a steep learning curve, it was all I did for four hours a day for about three months. I also use a photo program to just do surface design.
     

     
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    Big Electric Cat reacted to teardrop in Was: Etsy or Ebay? Now: When Should You Start Trying to Sell?   
    Yer right, mea. (and very perceptive) I do have a >filter< that turns most of what I hear into negativity. This filter came from parents who were critical and judgemental to a fault.....because there are "standards" to follow...don't cha know?? ($#%@ Bernard Leach!)
    This is something I've been in therapy a long time to try to correct and something that has made it very hard for me to be successful in the "regular" world.
     
    Looks like I better dig for another $200 for another sesh...huh?
     
    Through all of this I have learned >how< I take things in. I have also learned, as in this case, that people will often say things and then deny they said anything of the sort. Cody was told repeatedly....although via side remarks or generalities...that he shouldn't "waste his time"...and that there are folks out there who are dogged by their "bad" pottery....or that they just don't have the skill...and may never have it...
     
    nope....no negativity there.
     
    IF there were any good points in his work....I didn't see those pointed out.
     
    Then again...I do have >that filter< and need to call my therapist and make another appt.......
     
    No...wait....second thought..... maybe I should just call a potter?
     
    Keep up the good work, Cody...
     
    teardrop
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    Big Electric Cat reacted to trina in Was: Etsy or Ebay? Now: When Should You Start Trying to Sell?   
    Hi there,
     
     
    I have to agree with teardrop here.... what a bunch of negativity. Young potters not only need to learn the skills of being a potter but MUST learn the business side as well. It is by far the hardest and in my opinion the most important part. Start figuring out what things cost, start a spread sheet, figure out where and who will give you the best deal when you try to sell your work, start making those contacts now while you have 8 years of the 'good student life'. Never ever give your work away... its like selling seconds yuk! Be proactive in what you want to be your career. Take the advice of was it 'Mark C'? make spoon rests to put yourself through school. If it works for him, it might work for you. Learn your trade, but learn your business even more and start now. I was lucky enough to see your mugs before the link was removed and thought they were great! T
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    Big Electric Cat reacted to GEP in Was: Etsy or Ebay? Now: When Should You Start Trying to Sell?   
    teardrop,
     
    Honestly.
     
    Nobody here has ever treated you that way. Nobody is trying to STOP anyone from making pottery. Everyone here is only trying to help you become a better potter. Sometimes that requires advice that is critical. That doesn't make it negative. The negativity is coming from you. You interpret everything you hear in the most negative way possible. I hope that someday when you are an experienced potter, you will recognize the value of that.
     
    Mea
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    Big Electric Cat reacted to teardrop in Was: Etsy or Ebay? Now: When Should You Start Trying to Sell?   
    I don't know if anyone else took the time to check out Cody's Facebook page but..um...maybe you should.(?)
     
    17? What were any of you making @ 17? Seriously? Were you at this level of pottin' after a year of exposure as a teen?
     
    And Chris...since you asked...the negativity I see is that time and time again when people come here with enthusiasm they are reigned in (or rained on) by the same folks who tell them their work isn't "good" enough"....or that all they do as a noob is "bad pottery"...or that they just haven't spent enough time in Tuscany or in the company of __________ (insert newest/latest/greatest name of the potter who is riding the current hype and adolation here)
    and that they are a fool for even having the idea that what they do has ANY merit at this point in time.
     
    That's fookin negative to me no matter how you slice or dice it. It's also very narrow-minded to think that the path you took is the only path available or worthy to take... or that someone could in no way possess skills that far exceed the average person's skill level without putting in all of that time. Could it be that "pottery" is a dying Art becuase few are willing to change or approach it differently with a fresh face? What if the computer industry approached development in the same way? "You Must follow THIS code..." No deviation is allowed.... "We do it like THIS". Would such direction stifle..or drive the industry?
     
    It blows me away to see talk here about pottery's overall >fade< in the importance of the Arts/daily life....and when the topic arises the blame almost always falls upon "mass produced work"... then when someone shows up with a new attitude...it is replaced by an old, tired, and self-fulfilling attitude of "Sorry...you work sucks and you just haven't taken up space long enough in this feild to be valued"...???? Gosh....I wonder why nobody wants to be a potter with such a grand support system?
     
    After losing my son....I know now that "8 years" is a long time and that to wait for ANYTHING is a serious mistake. Take it all in....but never, never, never let anyone hold you back or tell you that because you aren't doing it like they did what you are doing is "wrong".
     
    Face it, if they were THAT fabulous/skilled/educated/great/ at what they do.... their time would be too valuable to be typing on the net!
     
    your plan sounds solid, Cody. I wish you well.
     
    teardrop
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    Big Electric Cat reacted to CGALVIN3 in Was: Etsy or Ebay? Now: When Should You Start Trying to Sell?   
    Thanks for the support Mark!
    I got a scholarship for art and Im probably gonna do studio then I'm gonna get an engineering degree because that is what Im also interested in. so we'll see what happens
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    Big Electric Cat reacted to teardrop in Was: Etsy or Ebay? Now: When Should You Start Trying to Sell?   
    Follow your dreams
     
    Follow your heart
     
    Success lies within, not in the measure of others.
     
     
    teardrop
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    Big Electric Cat got a reaction from Horace Dipthong in Peel me off this velcro seat...   
    Thanks to everybody for your kind words and helpful suggestions! I am late getting back to this thread because we did a so-so show over the weekend, and I was absolutely exhausted, as there were "extenuating circumstances" (one of our cats) to make me tired.
    Anyway, thanks to your ideas, I was able to get out to the "garagio" and work, and was able to finally obtain a shape that I have been chasing for the past few years. It's close enough anyway, so it's a keeper!
     
    The first pic shows the pot after some trimming, and before I cut it off the bat. I threw it upside down, as I do many of my pots these days, as I like to throw unusual, deep feet with funky profiles, and I find that easier than trimming them, especially when they are taller.
     

     
    The second pic shows the pot almost at it's final shape, still needs lotsa work, but it was 1030pm last night when I finished and took these pics.
     

     
    Looking pretty good, so thank you all for your help, gonna make some pots in a different style next, more along the lines of one of my favorite potters, Rob Sieminski.
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    Big Electric Cat reacted to OffCenter in Reputation -2?   
    Mine is a plus 2. I'm sure I don't deserve it. Can some of you please go in and give me some negatives. I'd like to keep it at around minus 35.
     
    Jim
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    Big Electric Cat reacted to buckeye in My first (successful) covered baking dish   
    I get my clay from Columbus clay. I use Matherstone, it is the only clay I have used since I got my own wheel. It is very durable, I made my mom a couple of tea pots and she actually uses them on top of her gas stove to make tea and she drinks tea often. I told her she shouldnt but you know how moms can be.
     
    here is a link to their clay page and you can read about it. http://www.columbusclay.com/Clay.htm
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    Big Electric Cat reacted to buckeye in My first (successful) covered baking dish   
    When I first started throwing one of the first things I tried to make was a covered baking dish and I was less than successful at it. Besides being beyond ugly the inside shape was not at all practical, The lid wasnt a good fit.. just all around bad.
     
    Lastnight I decided to throw another one and I really like how it turned out, size, inside/outside shape, lid etc. To me it turned out great and I cant wait to try it out after I get it fired.




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    Big Electric Cat got a reaction from fuzzbug in Let's list our MUST HAVE Pottery Books   
    Too many to list, it's like asking me to list my musical preferences. I learn a little something from almost every book on ceramics that I read.
    Ahem, however,
     
    Kingery, Bowman, Uhlman (1976) Introduction to Ceramics Wiley Interscience
    Hesselberth, Roy (2002) Mastering cone six glazes Glaze MAster Press
    Davis (1987) The Potter's Alternative Chilton Press
    Lane (2002) Ceramic Form Rizzoli International
    Watkins, Wandless (2004) Alternative Kilns and firing Techniques Lark Books
    Perryman (2004) Naked Clay A & C Black
    Perryman (2008) Smoke Firing A & C Black
    Barbaformosa (1999) The Potter's Wheel Barron's
     
    This last book is really an odd but interesting bird, it contains some techniques and forms that are not usually seen in an introductory book, at the end of the book it is more intermediate/advanced, as I know from experience. I wish more books would do this, instead of the usual litany of "how to wedge, how to center, how to open, how to throw a cylinder, a bowl, etc". It was originally written in Spanish and translated, so some of the translations are a little stilted, but it really fires my imagination. Kinda hard to find, but inexpensive if you do ($5?).
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    Big Electric Cat got a reaction from Carolyn Dorr in If you could easily hire someone, what pottery job would you want them to do? | Sept. 26, 2011   
    I would hire them to get my supplies, reclaim clay, and clean the studio. Oh, and also apply labels to my stuff when it came tiem for a show.
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