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  1. Good for your brother!!! The clay bug has bit him. Even better he is working with his hands. So important these days. I call the clay bug therapy. It helps you process so much from all that’s going on in the world. I see it with my community class students - young and old. So I would like to encourage your brother to continue. There is a lot of value to what he does. However I am with the others too. You still have to encourage good habits. So the first thing - out of the kitchen. Is there really no better room. He can do things safely at home. I used to to
  2. Sorry Yappy. We are so spoilt by the low fees in our Community Colleges (and if your income is low enough you are free) in California that I forget that is not true for the rest of the country. What I pay for a 3 unit semester is the same for a 2 day workshop here. One of my favorite artist is here next month but I can’t afford her workshop.
  3. Me too Stephen. I’ve also learnt to catch my pot at soft leatherhard and further throw it instead of trimming. I still struggle with side of bowls. It still amazes me how much clay lives in that curve. Most other if no foot required I can actually eliminate trimming all together.
  4. That is very kind of you to be concerned about your neighbors, but the amount you would fire is not something to be concerned about. Copper or salt. Don’t stand in front of the smoke. The real danger is open fire and containing the fire. Check with fire rules. Have the right kind of gear and water easily available Are you barrel firing or actually dug a pit? If you are not sensitive and an adventurer at heart then fire greenware. Otherwise bisque is better. Record your process. It’s a lot of fun. There’s a great YouTube on an English potter and all the different materials
  5. Are there pots living in you that have not come out yet? yes the field is vast, but only some lives in you. I know I make interesting pieces. I always have. But you did not see the pile that went under the hammer to make that piece. And liking is so subjective. My daughter would never buy my piece because she really likes calm pieces. My form is not that good yet. BUT just coz someone likes my work doesn’t mean I like it. It’s more about getting out what resides in me and then looking back. After repeated comments on my marks I’ve finally had to admit to myself and accept
  6. Step one - get a bag of clay and get a student toolkit that’s already packaged for you. Instead of reading or watching videos just play with the clay. Treat it like play dough and just have a go at it. Then get a good book. A clay textbook. There are many many out there. Check out your local library. Then focus on what the book does. Follow the project order from the books but go on YouTube to check out how. Forget about glazes and firing. First just get a feel for the clay and learn how it behaves. That is the most important knowledge any ceramicists need to have.
  7. Gosh how can you have one favourite animal?!!! North Atlantic Right Whale - because they are very close to extinction and no baby has been sighted this year so far. The Rhino. Same reason. They are either cutting off their horns to protect from poachers, or leave none in the wild and put them in zoos. African Rhino.
  8. Are you going to test? Can’t wait to see your results.
  9. So yappy you are not in a class setting? I am at a community college - adult school here - I have access to great profs and advanced students. And any demos I can get to. Just looking at other pots, interacting with advanced students, but most important helping the beginners with throwing and surface has taught me so so much. Plus other art classes have improved my work. I wish on anyone my sweet situation (if you like people though). That is why YouTube is redundant to me. But it’s a blessing to those who can’t get to studio or class. Loved Amadeus!!! hantremmer- so sweet
  10. Jimmy are you saying you want to fire a few things? Maybe once in a while? invest in making your own small kiln. There are videos here in some Long ago thread that you can search for. You can alsofind similar videos on YouTube. Hmmm 6 hours? Maybe not. I would imagine you want to once fire your ware instead of bisque and then glaze/no glaze fire. 6 hrs after a bisque is doable. Also depending on how you like to learn - either just jump in and figure out through failures or do some research. you can do low woodfire - thus earthen ware.
  11. Still a student here... and still struggling to define who I am. I like challenge. If the method is already established I lose interest. That is why at both schools I’d find myself choosing the ugliest and rarely used glazes to experiment with. I got some fantastic results. Right now i’m Trying to discover is my work going to be slip and then just a clear glaze, or am I going to let the glazes show depth too. Once I go back to school I will start glaze testing in right earnest. I have to play with a yellow matte. This school hardly has any translucent glazes so I am going to make
  12. You can refire anything many times till you see them breaking down. Quite a few sculptors actually depend on refires for their final look.
  13. Not to scare you but in a gas kiln you will get a range of results just from the flame itself. So take pictures of how you loaded the kiln. The washes will add another flavour. It might be hard to tell if the kiln or wash gave that look.
  14. I believe Shoji Hamada’s favourite brush was the one he made off his Akita dog. Depending on what you do I also buy quality watercolour liner brushes.
  15. How much effort are you willing to put in this project? cone 6 electric? studio glazes or store bought glazes? sunshine cobb uses a store bought glaze that she overfires. She spent a lot of time testing to get her gorgeous results. Does every single texture have to show? for your style of ware I actually prefer oxides - rutile or copper usually. I put glaze over the lip. In general the test tiles usually tell you. Which break over texture. Which glaze is translucent. However every time you use any glaze no matter how they break you lose some texture. I a
  16. I’ve been throwing on the wheel for 2 1/2 years and I am done with YouTube. You have to wade through so much chaff to get to the wheat. YouTube is great for beginners (sorta) but not usually helpful for more complex forms. Plus the important info appears rarely. Critiques. I can handle Simon but not the Earth guy. I absolutely agree with Callie. I’ve learnt a little from all the videos I’ve watched. Now I just watch no words Asian videos where you can’t read anything. One of them taught me an unique way of making curled lips. I saw a great video of Vietnamese
  17. Briana you are a newbie you said. I’d say forget about keeping. Forget about firing. Just keep throwing. And trimming and then slicing in half to check for area of improvement. It’s been 2 1/2 years since I first touched the wheel. I have kept none of the murder weapons from my first year. I’ve always kept one piece from each semester to see how good I’ve gotten, but otherwise I’ve given away (mostly) sold (a few) almost all my pots. I do bring them home to use to see what I like. So at the end of my semester I do a drastic cut of what I had at home from the previous semester.
  18. Well you might not like my answer... one of the key lessons I have learnt from the wheel is patience , patience, patience and repeat. I feel you have to give it time. Establish the right strategy now. That is measure depth of floor with a needle tool. There are shortcuts (like adding extra clay from the inside) but as a newbie I would not advice that. Right now you are building muscle memory. Teach your fingers how thin you want your bottoms. Get a feel for what you like . 1/4 inch or half inch . use your cups and see what you like . I like my bottoms a little thick
  19. As long as you keep good notes and know exactly what you knew when you trimmed the pot then time is no limit. However know that bone dried greenware is the most fragile state of clay to be moving around. Pack well but be prepared to lose some stuff. The other thing is sometimes you create cracks from too much handling that you might not see till after the glaze firing. So watch out for the ping after bisque. If you hear a thud or dull sound then either throw out or use it for glaze test. I have know people who have fired after 5 years. But they hadn’t moved and they had no
  20. Wow pluck is a new word for me. Sticks to kiln shelf? From Marks reply. Aah found the answers. No wonder in woodfire proff put sand under his porcelain pots.
  21. Doesn’t East Bay have a whole bunch of formulations that you can choose from to get a white body, maybe not porcelain. I wouldn’t know where to start myself to even make my own clay. Not enough knowledge there. But I do play with mixing commercial bodies. Now off to read what this pluck is with porcelains.
  22. At our school we have 2 updraft gas (updraft small, updraft medium) kilns and a year old downdraft big kiln. We fire to cone 6 reduction but can get to a soft 7. School is out. My aging brain doesn’t remember details as I didn’t write it out so I can’t tell you make and size of kiln. School fires updraft small (small is relative here. I could sit inside the kiln and stretch my legs) and down draft big regularly. The medium one gets used once or twice a semester at the end. Both the professor and assistant are intuitive firers. They don’t pay so much attention to the
  23. Bwahaha! No critic yet. It’s just half the work. As we say in our class when someone oohs and aahs over greenware. Hold on. Let’s see if I destroy it with glaze. Ive thrown with many different claybodies. Each of them have helped my throwing and trimming skills. I am lucky I have access to over 20 commercial clays and I’ve fought every one of them. Different grog size. Sand. I’ve even thrown with sculpture clay. My favourite clays have nothing to do with throwing. I love altering so the plasticity in the leatherhard stage matters. I’ve found one I really like. I am so happy
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