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  1. Thank you Marcia, that means a lot. clark
  2. Hi Tom, yep, a bit of a departure... my oldest daughter is feeling stressed running her business and wants to paint on some pottery and unwind. I was doing an underglaze sample test piece and it got out of hand, the plate had a crack in the rim and I had to remove the crack after deciding it was possibly worth keeping beyond more than an underglaze test. Also I've been wanting to experiment with some of the desert and mountain color and texture I've been living.
  3. Was in S F at the Asian art museum on other business with the museum store and the store director invited me into their first annual sale for local artists at the museum. I thanked her and declined, very nice to get the offer for one of the spots, but it seems like a lot of trouble dragging a bunch of big fragile ceramics around the city to and from the car only to lug most if not all home and paying a huge commission in the process. Probably a mistake passing, but it just doesn't feel like a good fit for me at the moment. Might be something someone else local might want to investigate, there may be an opening for the sale and the director is planning to make this sale annually.

    1. 1515art

      1515art

      Hi LeeU and thanks,  truth is I really hate selling at shows and the whole pricing my work thing.  We may do some ongoing business with the museum store and if that happens I think I could do it later if I changed my mind and if not I don't really care... 

    2. yappystudent

      yappystudent

      Here's to hoping this puts you in the sphere of  'hard to get' artists.  But anyway all you can do is follow your instincts, your explanation for why you passed it up makes perfect sense. It's obvious from the quality of your work there will be more opportunities down the road that will  fit you better. Your work is great, it's easy to see why they want it on display. 

    3. 1515art

      1515art

      Yappy, thanks for the very kind words of encouragement, I guess all any of us can do is enjoy the process and see where it takes us and hard to think too far ahead...but, sure would be nice to be "hard to get."

      good luck to you as well, clark

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  4. From the album: work at 1515art

    Hunting for gold among the rock and sage
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    Benzine, thank you very much. I think it's my ADD... seems three or four is my limit before boredom overwhelms me, honestly many times I'm initially disappointed in the results, sell or give them away and don't have that glaze any more and can't exactly repeat so on to something new.
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    From the album: work at 1515art

    Refire with low fire clear coat.
  7. I began having the same issue with a new batch of laguna soldate 60, something changed in the mix. I ordered a ton because a friend needed some for his school, the texture and color of the claybody is slightly different than what they were selling and I am also having similar issues with some cone 6 glazes with pin holes and craters, I still have 1000#'s of the old clay it fires fine. The problem I'm having is only in the mid fire range. I also use several different cone 6-10 clays and the problem is isolated to the new batch of soldate 60 for me, perhaps some similar element has changed recently in your clay?
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    Thanks Joseph, I've made a few of this type in the past and a customer just bought one I'd rakued a few years ago that some of the handle had broken during the firing. I only had two left and don't want to sell the other so she took the one with missing handle piece for $600 and wants to collect more work. Guess that means I should make a couple more in the series and see what happens?
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    Flower Vase

    Really nice, thanks for sharing, your wood firing is inspiring.
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    Soldate loves raku, it's only when you get to cone 6 and above some glaze issues with the new formula and depending on the glaze some at cone 10 can be kind of drab and disappointing depending what I'm hoping for. That's the one thing I love about porcelain they way it fires so vibrant and lively.
  11. I'm a heat gun user... personal preference, for me the heat is even and controllable. I would only use a torch working with very big pieces (more than 100#) where it would take forever any other way to get the results i need. Same thing with a hair dryer, they are great for smaller pieces and because the heat is much less you probably won't find yourself over drying and losing plasticity. Kind of like the three bears for my use, the heat gun is just right. I can quickly dry small pieces, finials can be thrown and trimmed in minutes. Throwing cylinders I can make useful changes in the wall stiffness in a minute with my heat gun and direct the heat to specific (streatigic) areas in less time than that. They can be dangerous...they are hot, use caution again it's hot and that's kind of the point so use some common sense. I've gotten all my heat guns from sears, the big red one and they run around $50. Last years under heavy studio abuse and blow hot, very hot and cold air. From my experience lesser heat guns have a short life and hair dryers die fast as well, but realisticly weren't designed for shop abuse so you get what you pay for.
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  13. I've been chomping at the bit to get outdoors, clear my creative head...so, after a few delays, my wife was sick (better not go yet) and so on and so forth I finally made it out on the road at 3am Wednesday morning (insert happy face here). The road was empty and conditions were clear, the drive up to lovelock was easy as 6 hour drives go and the gnawing pain on the left side of my lower back was tolerable. I checked into the casino at 9 in the morning and they had a room ready right away...

    1. 1515art

      1515art

      Poor mountaineer barely kept his family fed...

    2. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Good to have you back.

    3. 1515art

      1515art

      Thanks Marko, good to be back refreshed and ready to get dirty.

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  14. I just got a great report back from an artist friend, her son is taking his first ceramics class in high school, so I gave him an hour lesson on the wheel one night when they were over visiting. His ceramics class just had their first day throwing on treadle wheels and he was able to throw a nice pot on his first try, the instructor told him he was the best new student he'd ever had! His mom and dad are both artists so I think he has great natural talent as well. His parents want to w...

    1. 1515art

      1515art

      He is also very shy, so being singled out in class was very special day for him.

    2. Denice

      Denice

      I taught my son some throwing but I wasn't his thing. He did get into photography, the dark room processed film type.

    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      His skill level is also a direct reflection of his teacher.

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    Me on the phone

    Sorry, just being silly... Handsome young man, great picture. Extreamly lifelike
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    Me on the phone

    Very lifelike...low fire, or acrillic?
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    This was twice fired, used a 15 min hold the first time at the end, second fire re dip the top with faster final ramp no hold.
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