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    Sydney, Australia
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    Making the most of our short time on this earth :)

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  1. It’s early in 2016 and while new years’ resolutions to try something new is fresh in everyone’s mind, I thought I’d post some trends I’ve noticed taking off in 2015 that I think will continue through 2016 or may already be reaching their 'consumer-consumption-limit'. I really just wrote this for myself and started pinning and researching but then figured others might want to read this to. Noting of course that, as a disclaimer, I do not have a glass ball I have included one image for each 'trend' but you can find more on this Pinterest board. I know that some potters don’t fol
  2. I think you're being way too hard on yourself - that is a beautiful shape and I love the smooth finish and lovely defined handle. The raised parts look like rivets - this piece would look great with a rust style glaze that emphasizes it's 'age' as a hydria. Something like the look achieved by Sarah Dunstan in the October issue of Pottery Illustrated - she said she uses manganese dioxide and black iron oxide painted on then wiped off to give her pottery an aged metal look but not sure if that was just over the printing she did or the handles of the pots that were made to look like aged metal as
  3. Thanks so much Nairda and Denice - greatly appreciate your recommendations!
  4. Hi Everyone, My wonderful mum has requested a garden feature - she has an amazing garden which she has created over more than 35 years. She took a photograph of a set of zodiac tiles that she saw in Italy and has sent me the photo as inspiration on the concept of creating a zodiac stepping stone tile feature - to be installed on the ground (as opposed to tiling on a wall). I have found a nice taupe coloured (her favourite colour) heavily grogged stoneware clay (the ceramic supplies guy recommended it for outdoor and durability, minimising wet-weather slips etc). I have drawn most of th
  5. Lol - I had to laugh at this comment in the article Mea: "“It’s an antidote to all the electronics,†he added." - well for me it actually kind of is - I run an IT company, am surrounded by technology, people talking technology (or at their technology) and managing technology projects every day so ceramics is the antidote to my daily technology poison But it always concerns me when something is 'all of a sudden fashionable' because with every fashion comes the subsequent fall...in the technology world it is known as the "trough of disillusionment" in the 'Hype Cycle'. Then again - po
  6. I am relatively new to pottery however my first-ever two mugs are used daily (per my other post on mug sizes, I like specific sizes for specific drinks!). I also have my first two bowls that I used to replace the plastic crap my son was using for food - I really hate that plastic kids dinnerware and since I made the bowls myself, I don't care if he breaks it. I completely agree with the others here saying they learn the most from using the things they make to inform future changes and refinements - personally I think you don't really know how practical, efficient and usable something is u
  7. I don't know about most popular selling size however personally I use different sizes for different things: 350-400ml (11.8-13.5 ounces) = coffee 400-470ml (14-16 ounces) = big morning cup of tea, the 'I am flagging' coffee or night time hot choc Bigger than 470ml = soup cup But then again I am probably just a bit OCD in this respect
  8. Hi All, this seems like a post that never dies - five years in! My day job is running an IT company - I was going to propose writing some 'ceramics business IT' articles (in friendly non-geek-speak) to CAD to answer these sorts of questions but looks like they don't have a particular focus on the business side in their article set. But if anyone has any questions, please feel free to post them and I'll write a proper blog post about it so it has more detail and images than I can post here. To answer the original question (in short), there are a few craft management software programs out th
  9. way too funny ohhh - too funny - awful visual images - not of you JAW - just Babs' comments
  10. Thanks so much everyone - fabulous tips and solid advice from all! Much appreciated, cheers, B.
  11. Hi Elaine, I saw this same video and I tried the same pyrometric cone sponge with helping me pull up the sides of a large platter the other day - I wore my fingernails down to skin (that really hurt - fingernail pain is as ridiculous as paper cut pain ) doing it the first couple of times without a sponge this past weekend (i.e. the friction of the bat/wheel head on my fingernails pushing under the clay to pull up the edge of the platter) so Adam's method worked really really well for this. It is a winner in my book - I like the flexibility of this sponge, how much water it holds and how I can
  12. Hi all, Last month I did a little test of how 'efficiently' I throw/decorate a mug and today I posted the results and images on my blog, also copied below: Between 3-5 mins to wedge Between 13-15 mins to throw a mug 10 mins for turning 5 minutes to pull the handle and attach 5 minutes for cleanup Bisque firing 5 mins of sanding to make them 'closer' to my desired finish (i.e. smooth, no throwing lines) 15-30 minutes decorating - I tried out a sample pack of Japanese tissue transfers and added some trailed underglaze for definition 10 minutes for glazing and glaze cleanup (e.g. bottoms) Gl
  13. Hi All, timely post - love everybody's examples My first little teapot came out of the kiln and I got it back this week...tea for 1
  14. Hi Joseph - from the Art History website: "The hydria, primarily a pot for fetching water, derives its name from the Greek word for water. Hydriai often appear on painted Greek vases in scenes of women carrying water from a fountain (06.1021.77), one of the duties of women in classical antiquity. A hydria has two horizontal handles at the sides for lifting and a vertical handle at the back for dipping and pouring. Of all the Greek vase shapes, the hydria probably received the most artistically significant treatment in terracotta and in bronze. The evolution of the terracotta hydria from th
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