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  1. Staring at a jug for a week, wondering how the hell to glaze it to set off the form just right.

    1. LeeU

      LeeU

      You could ask on FB Clay Buddies....lotssa people will be glad to tell you.  Need a photo, of course.

    2. neilestrick

      neilestrick

      Post a picture here and give us a shot at it!

    3. Joe_L

      Joe_L

      It's been daubed now. Nothing like other people wanting to see your unfinished work to release the creative juices!

  2. That moment when you visit someone's house you haven't been to for a long time and pick up a jug off the shelf to see where it came from and discover it's got your initials on...

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    2. Chris Campbell

      Chris Campbell

      Sometimes I have no memory of having made that kind of work ... funny to me but not them ... I look through old slides ( I did say old ) and love to be surprised by what I used to make. Maybe I will add a page to my site if I can figure out how to transfer the slides with my printer.

    3. Joe_L

      Joe_L

      You used to be able to send slides off for processing, dunno if you still can. Or get one of those little scanners but I've never found the quality good enough. Slides have such high contrast it doesn't come out well.

       

    4. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Nice bit of satisfaction.

  3. Circumstances have kept me away from clay for the last 2 months.I feel my creativity will take a while to return. Fixed by craving with a family holiday in France and found some excellent ceramics in Burgandy, and a nice bowl now sitting on my dining table. Hope to get back to the wheel soon...

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Life does that sometime.

    2. Joe_L

      Joe_L

      And even better, this weekend is PotFest. Always a great day out. http://www.potfest.co.uk/in-the-park/

       

  4. I donated some pots to a raffle and there were several murmurs of excitement from friends. One even came up and bought a bowl that was't in the raffle - my first ever actual sale.

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    2. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Excellent!!! Congratulations!

    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Bravo. In the States it is customary to frame the first dollar from your first sale.

  5. My wife saw a the table covered with bowls, each with a little slice of lemon all wrapped up in cling film and realised yes he's lost it...

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    2. GiselleNo5
    3. alabama

      alabama

      Why do you use a table saw to slice lemons?

    4. alabama

      alabama

      Oops, I read table but saw table saw!!

  6. My library is looking better stocked, now proud owner of John Britt's High Fire Glazes and Robin Hopper's Functional Pottery.

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Now you have to download it into your synapses.

    2. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Or put the recipes in your memory palace!

    3. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      both are great books!

       

  7. Glaze application skills going backwards. Or is it expectation going forwards faster?

    1. Denice

      Denice

      Probably both, overthinking it and expecting more.

    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      I will go with door #2: expectations.

    3. Mark (Marko) Madrazo
  8. Got my first commission today. I'm not actively selling at the moment so this is an exciting development.

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    2. Mark (Marko) Madrazo
    3. Joe_L

      Joe_L

      Thank you. It'll be interesting to focus on someone else's expectation.

    4. vinks

      vinks

      Congratulations!

       

  9. One year since I got my kiln & wheel.

  10. Pulling handles this evening, listening to Leonard Cohen

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      I would also recommend the Ahn Sisters.

    2. Joe_L

      Joe_L

      ooh, will look them up. I also like the Unthanks from your part of the world?

  11. Uploaded some pic of recent work so you can see what I'm up to.

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    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      You are in the UK: you do not have elves, but I heard there are plenty of leprechauns running around.

    3. Joe_L

      Joe_L

      I think they're Irish. Maybe I'll just try a batch of bigger pots.

    4. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      I have gotten bowls down, cylinders are another matter. Old dogs can learn new tricks.

  12. Tool of the day: the back of my spoon.

    1. Pres

      Pres

      I buy bamboo kitchen tools, cut off the handles and make ribs of them. Spoon rib is great for bowls.

  13. Came back from holiday in Cornwall with 50kg of Doble's DSS to play with.

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    2. Joe_L

      Joe_L

      Tricky! Iron-rich stoneware, apparently a good thrower.

    3. Joe_L

      Joe_L

      Here's an example of someone using it:

      http://www.oakwoodceramics.co.uk/Teabowls & Yunomi-John-Mathieson.htm

       

    4. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      TY- got it now. Pictures when you turn it from mud to rock.

  14. Second single firing! Not bad, not bad at all - apart from some warpy bowls but hey it's only throwing technique.

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Keep walking, you will get there. Learning curve in everything.

    2. Joe_L

      Joe_L

      They're not warped, they've got character.

    3. High Bridge Pottery

      High Bridge Pottery

      Not bad is so much better than terrible :D

  15. My first ever single firing is in the kiln. Hunting round the house for displacement activities to keep me from wondering just exactly what is going to happen.

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    2. Babs

      Babs

      Well if you survived the glazing part you're well on your way!!

    3. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      the toughest part of pottery making.

       

    4. Joe_L

      Joe_L

      Yeehaaa! Success. Thanks for the vibes - it was definitely worth the wait.

  16. More test tiles. And yet more test tiles...

    1. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Ive been testing for a year, still haven't found glazes that I love enough.

    2. Joe_L

      Joe_L

      Are you making your own? I can imagine that's a whole new ballgame I can see myself getting into one day but for the moment I'm using commercial glazes.

    3. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      I used to use commercial. There are a lot of beautiful ones, but the price was just too steep for me. So yea I make my own now, although I have probably spent too much on testing anyways. Tin oxide isn't cheap.

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