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  1. How big are the molds? What kind of molds are they? Can you see any of the clay once its poured in or is it just a small opening?
  2. I used to use weebly and it made me mad all the time. The stupidest details weren't customizable when everything else was, so some element of my site would stand out and clash. I'm sure there were other reasons as well but I haven't really thought about it in a while. I use wix now and it is fully customizable. But if you just want to use a template, either is probably fine for your purposes. You can go on either website for free and look around at the options and even start to make a website that you just, obviously, can't publish until you get a domain. Domains aren't expensive.
  3. I'm not an expert in jury submissions but I have some expertise in photography. In my opinion these are almost good enough. Mostly the background isn't quite cutting it. I can see a crease running through a couple of the backgrounds, and its too wrinkly on the table. Someone else might have some alternatives to the background but I use professional seamless paper and don't have a lot of other ideas. The only other thing I've had some success with was shooting against a white wall with my pieces sitting on glass or a white surface, but that can bring in a lot of other issues. Your lighting is pretty good and that's often the toughest bit! The yellow and green bowl/cup is a little dark. The second to last photo has a very distinct dark oval reflected right in the middle that looks very strange to me. I can see that probably the same thing is happening in other photos but it doesn't bother me in the others. BTW, I love that blue bowl!
  4. What I'm specifically referring to is when the accepted media list includes all 2d and then, simply, "sculpture" without any mention of what they mean by that, and ceramics or pottery are not listed as options. Its all stemming from the sense of feeling sort of left out of a lot of things, since so many things are only open to 2d work, and the hope that "sculpture" is inviting ceramics into it as referring to anything 3d. I'm also looking primarily at gallery exhibitions rather than craft show/art fair type things for the time being. I do tend to shy away from asking as I would rather not be a bother when I'm hoping to be accepted, but just hearing that I should emboldens me a bit that it might be ok. But I also would certainly put applying for something I shouldn't into the category of being a bother, along with wasting my own time and money, so if I'm just barking up the wrong tree I'd like to avoid it. I agree that if I go around applying to things I shouldn't be, then that really doesn't make me look good over all. Personally I'd like for my vases to be seen as more decorative than functional, but they are vessels, so I don't know if just saying so is enough for it to qualify as fitting a "sculpture" category.
  5. I ask on the topic of applying to exhibitions which is why I put it in this forum section. There's always the list of accepted media and some say "ceramics" some "pottery" but some just say "sculpture". I often wonder if I can just call a vase a sculpture. Applications, as you all know, cost money; so I don't want to apply to things that I just shouldn't. I have seen one person, on Instagram, showing some pieces that were accepted into a show as sculpture which are most certainly vases, and she called them vases before she started talking about them being in the show. But they have those teeny tiny long necks that would basically prohibit them from being functional vases. Do elements of a vase or other vessel matter, or can people kind of just throw that word around for anything 3D?
  6. I did end up making a new set and glazing and firing both. The pre-vitrified pieces definitely had enough problems that they would have been unusable; one glaze crawled, one was just too thin, and on one of the insides the middle/bottom kept getting essentially cleaned off when I applied a new layer of underglaze and so it was awkwardly blank. Of course my favorite piece out of all of them was from the set that got messed up - one of them was perfect - but I can't use it because I need a set. Perhaps I'll just keep it, because I love it. Thanks for the help!
  7. Well that's a real bummer to hear but I appreciate it! I'm trying to decide now if its worth all the bother or if I should just go with finishing them up a totally different way.
  8. I've re-glazed something that's already been glazed before (once and under very different circumstances) but I've never glazed something that's been fired to cone 6 before glazing. I know that you can, but I don't know what to expect. Should the results be basically the same? I'm using all commercial glazes and these will, uncharacteristically, not include any combining or layering. The kiln only contained one project, for applying to something on the 28th, so technically I should have time to make new ones, but not to glaze these and then make new ones.
  9. Thanks, that's actually the same kind I use so I guess I'll go ahead and buy the next size down, see if that helps.
  10. I really don't like my mask, its very uncomfortable and I don't feel like it really seals well around the edges (and then I tighten it way more, making it far less comfortable). Its possible I just have the wrong size, but its hard to imagine it actually being comfortable even if it were a bit smaller. I definitely work less safely because of how badly I don't want to wear my current mask. If you like your mask, what kind do you use?
  11. actually no. its not a coating. its the metal that the roller is made out of. i wrote this after speaking to the manufacturer. several people have since suggested / insisted that it is a coating flaking off. so….please stop saying that? moving on. i first called sheffield on a friday. north star is not open on fridays and the woman at sheffield did not have the gumption to call them again on any day that i didn’t call her first. i tried again - two weeks later - but it was a friday again so that didn’t work. when i called her on a monday i heard back from north star the next day. they are building me a new slab roller, and shipping it for free. not only are they sending a label for me to ship back the faulty one for free but ups will pick it up at my studio.
  12. actually no. its not a coating. its the metal that the roller is made out of. they start with smooth metal rollers, then create the diamond pattern which creates a lot of metal dust - that's supposed to happen - but they're also supposed to clean it off before shipping it out to someone, obviously. so i got some 3m pads and tried cleaning it myself and just got really frustrated. it seemed really endless, the metal flakes just fly everywhere - like somewhere else on the roller or onto the other roller for instance - and even though i got it to be less sparkly its just hard to imagine it ever really being clean. glitter is not an easy thing to clean off of a highly textured surface, which i'm sure everyone reading this is thinking "no duh". anyway i purchased the slab roller through sheffield pottery and decided it was time to give them a call. it was a very brief phone call, the woman i spoke with said north star should really be sending me a clean one. of course north star isn't open today so she's going to leave them several messages and get back to me. we shall see what happens, i'm still not looking forward to putting this thing in my car and shipping it even not paying for it. if any of you printer blanket users are still reading. doesn't the clay stick to the surface of the smooth rubber? that's what they are right? i'm a little confused. and since i don't want to use the stupid individual canvas pieces i need to figure out what i will be doing instead.
  13. I was surprised by the pieces of canvas they sent. I've always used one large piece of canvas folded over before, but I like having extra pieces of canvas around so I'm still glad to have gotten them. Luckily, for my first slabs, I used a scrap piece of canvas I had lying that I don't mind throwing away rather than trying to clean off the flakes. I am interested in these printer blankets everyone's talking about and will look into this further! SITUATION UPDATE: I have given in and called the manufacturer and certainly the rollers are not supposed to be like this. It sounds as though a batch got through without being cleaned after they put the markings in (as I suspected). They gave me instructions on how to clean them using a green 3M scrubby pad and vacuum. I was told that I could ship them back so that they could clean them for me but I would have to pay to ship them. I might have fought that if I thought that shipping them back would actually be easier than cleaning them myself, which I really don't. They are sending me some extra canvas as a bit of a consolation. I will report back on the cleaning process after I've dealt with it, which might not be until this weekend.
  14. the gears are covered in grease so its hard to tell what they are made out of, i can tell you that they are black. the flakes are from the rollers so my entire canvas is coated in metal flakes. as though when the diamond pattern was cut they just left all the metal-bits dust on it.
  15. Did you buy your slab roller new? Was it super flakey? What was your experience? Mine is covering my canvas (and me) in tiny metal flakes. I'm pretty sure metal flakes are bad to have in my clay even when they're tiny... And they will definitely get in my clay. I just got it, this is my first time using it, it is a North Star. (Googling this issue has yielded exactly no results.)
  16. Thanks everyone for these ideas! Something like Vet Wrap / Bandage had occurred to me when I posted this but I never know if I'm just making things up that wouldn't really work. I'm pretty excited about the pipe insulation idea though and I'll see what I can find my next trip to the hardware store!
  17. After a day of carving yesterday my thumb is still hurting and I feel like I need to start exploring some options! I've seen a lot of photos of tools that have obviously been wrapped up to form a cushion to make them more comfortable to hold, but I can never really tell what's going on. Wondering if any of you have a material/method that works for you? I went ahead and attached a photo of the tool I use for carving.
  18. I've always dreamed of making lamps but I wouldn't know how to proceed in getting the parts and making it work even though it seems like it should be really simple. (I'm assuming this is why you want to use a mold? for the attaching/fitting lamp parts into it?) What's your plan for the non-ceramic elements of lamp making? ..if you don't mind my asking.
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