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    yappystudent got a reaction from Yasmin in What’s on your workbench?   
    The recent greenware. 

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    yappystudent got a reaction from Sopita on the Rocks! in What’s on your workbench?   
    All 21 lbs of cat, left footprints in the slab under the plastic he's laying on, maybe I'll finally make a mug for myself out of it. BTW the vet had to shave him down after a particularly bad fight hence the weird look to his coat is not my doing I swear. 

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    yappystudent got a reaction from Hulk in Teaching Ceramics to Adults   
    I'm glad this thread is here, thanks to those who contributed to it. 
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    yappystudent got a reaction from JohnnyK in Why make functional ware?   
    Let's face it, I do it for the attention from other potters. 
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    yappystudent got a reaction from keith barber in How Much Do You Charge For A Mug?   
    Look up similar stuff on Etsy.com. Set the search for US (? -or whatever relevant country) -only, Handmade, to weed out the factory stuff.
    You can also search your area to see what nearby potters are selling their mugs for online.
    Then I'd do a search online for the most successful well-known potters in your area, and go in person look at what their mugs in the local stores.
    Honestly compare your work to theirs and voila.
    This is why I don't make mugs. Yet. Should probably practice though.
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    yappystudent got a reaction from lgusten in Why make functional ware?   
    Let's face it, I do it for the attention from other potters. 
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    yappystudent got a reaction from Rae Reich in Why make functional ware?   
    Let's face it, I do it for the attention from other potters. 
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    yappystudent got a reaction from hitchmss in Why make functional ware?   
    Let's face it, I do it for the attention from other potters. 
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    yappystudent got a reaction from Rae Reich in Artspeak   
    That is indeed a useful link, it clears up many doubts I've had over the years about my own and other's artist statements. I've seen a lot of the "don'ts" he mentions used in or as statements of other artists, and always wondered why they made me uncomfortable to read, such as listing your former art education and jobs related to art and where you were born: basically giving an artist bio in place of a statement about your artwork. I could never compete with that because I'm largely self-educated.
    Also the endless sunny platitudes about childhood and dreams and rainbows as inspiration, my inspiration is about the opposite of that and I just figured nobody wants to hear a bunch of dark opinions about how stupid humanity is as a race, apocalypse and whatnot. I'm still grappling with how honest I should actually be about my feelings and inspiration, although the author in the link says just do it regardless, it seems it would just turn people off from actually buying anything, better I let them figure out that for themselves by looking at the work, hence the mystery part. That remains figuring out what is left that sounds good to include, materials and such, seems a bit dry by itself.  Anyway, it's high time I wrote an artist's statement, this topic has me thinking. 
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    yappystudent got a reaction from Rae Reich in Olde English Pottery Eye Candy   
    There are some excellent BBC series on Youtube -free to watch- that include, here and there, some interesting recreations of old English and a little French in the Castle series, pottery. Unfortunately the pottery is mainly sitting around but I believe it's pretty authentic, plus there is a segment on actual throwing in the castle series somewhere, it was pretty short. Lots of other interesting old crafts covered in a fun way, from  taming moor ponies to weaving wool, I'm currently making my first wattle thanks to the Tudor series. Some of the episodes are not great video quality, most are excellent.
    I've included links to the first episodes of each of the series I know about and more seem to be included as time goes by: 
    Tudor Monastery Farm series, ep 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1ERDYjsHBg 
    Victorian Farm Series, ep 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4apIM4l0laY
    Ewardian Farm Episode, ep 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcBl4_2FJX4
    Wartime Farm Episode, ep 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUsU5s0ofYo
    Secrets of the Castle, ep 1 https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=secrets+of+the+castle+episode+1
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    yappystudent got a reaction from Rex Johnson in Why make functional ware?   
    Let's face it, I do it for the attention from other potters. 
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    yappystudent got a reaction from D.M.Ernst in QotW: Either generally or specifically, what do you think, feel, and/or do when confronted with moderate to serious/severe limitations of some aspect of health that alters how you work in clay?    
    As I mentioned before somewhere I have leukemia. When I was diagnosed I promised myself a few things. One, I would do what I wanted the way I wanted as much as possible from then on with the time I have left. Working with clay to some extent gives me a focus and relieves my depression to a large extent, helps me to handle my fear, and though I don't really believe in 'legacies' it's sort of nice to know that a few things I made will be around a long time after I'm gone. Right now I actually feel physically pretty good and thought I was doing well in remission. A visit about a week ago with my oncologist cleared my hopes up when he said it's time for me to get in line for a bone marrow transplant. Hm, yes, well.
    Anyway, on the bright side I got to quit my job (after not being able to finish a shift at work due to having pain from a swollen spleen, a health care provider with no health care, thanks to the heartless health care system in the US) three years ago when I finally walked into an ER and got diagnosed. I'd been managing and working through horrible symptoms undiagnosed for at least two years not knowing what I had. The ER doc suddenly got excited saying my white cell counts were off the scale and I was rushed over to another hospital in the middle of the night, put into all sorts of contraptions, IV's inserted, etc. The oncologist assured me I didn't have long if it was one type, about 25 yrs if another. My only thought was "Christ I can finally quit my job!" -that's how much I hated it. After recovering and getting social security and medicaid worked out, I sold my wee house in Idaho, (also hated Idaho, I'm from CA originally, seriously a fish out of water) and used the money to move to a place I love on the Oregon coast. Anyway I'm cramming as much of what I want, that I can afford on next to nothing, into what's left. Not everyone gets the news they better get their affairs in order and have such and such time left to do it. Most of the time, I'm grateful, not always. 
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    yappystudent got a reaction from D.M.Ernst in Qotw: Participants Question Pool For Future Qotw's   
    Maybe two questions can be squeezed out of this: 
    What was your lowest moment with your pottery? 
    What was your best moment with your pottery? 
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    yappystudent got a reaction from D.M.Ernst in Qotw: Participants Question Pool For Future Qotw's   
    Apologies if this has been suggested before but I'm curious if anyone else uses "Kiln Gods" or Gremlins when firing their kiln. 
    My first experience with clay was as a laborer trimming cups in a small production factory. (back in the early 80's, called Shapiro's Ceramic and Design, they took over from the slightly more well-known Overland Stoneware) They had two car kilns there and the owner who did the firing had a couple hideous little figures that looked kind of like what you see stuck on face jugs. According to him these were his "kiln gods" who watched over the firing process, and we weren't allowed to place them. 
    My father was a Mason and a master welder for the air force. My mother told me that whenever they were having problems with a plane repeatedly, during the fix they made a gremlin out of scrap metal and welded it somewhere inside the body of the aircraft where it wouldn't be seen. 
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    yappystudent got a reaction from Rae Reich in Earthenware bakers   
    Why I buy my pyrex, corning and revere ware at the thrift store. 
    This is helpful info, I thought I was doing pretty good when my big crab and seaweed baking dish survived the freezer to 400 f oven test. Perhaps I should change to a more rounded bottom in future attempts. 
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    yappystudent reacted to Min in Earthenware bakers   
    Wide flat bottoms will exacerbate the thermal shock issue. You need to have an even clay wall and floor thickness but avoid sharp changes in angles between the floor and the wall. A rounded shape is inherently stronger than a flat bottom form. Also, you want to avoid glaze build up in "corners" where wall and base meet, thicker glaze in that area will also contribute to cracking. Pots with flat bottoms and straight sides can exacerbate this. Many potters have tried making pizza stones for baking breads and pizza on in their ovens. They invariably crack because of uneven heating, the outer edges heat and cool faster than the centre.  Extreme example of a large flat surface being used in the oven but a good example. (kiln shelves make great pizza stones btw)
    That being said I have a lasagna shaped pot with a flat bottom that I made a long time ago,  it's survived many years of use. When you are selling work many customers just assume they can treat their pots like pyrex and don't take the necessary precautions, even with care instructions, so it's important to make the ware as strong and resistant to thermal shock as possible.
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    yappystudent got a reaction from Benzine in Why make functional ware?   
    Let's face it, I do it for the attention from other potters. 
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    yappystudent reacted to KareninOttawa in Earthenware bakers   
    I'm interested in feedback on using earthenware in making of casseroles for ovenware. I glaze fire to cone 04. In the past I've made casseroles but I've received negative comments from fellow (stoneware) potters. Thanks for your comments.
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    yappystudent reacted to hantremmer in Winter Is Coming... Aquarium Heater in Throwing Water?   
    I have an electric kettle in the studio.   When I want warm water, I top it up with that. 
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    yappystudent reacted to Pres in Beginning wheel throwing projects   
    A few thoughts on Apple Baker

    The throwing skills here are similar to a  bowl as it is a wide flared cylinder with a second interior cone wall. This form will expand your throwing skills. 

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    yappystudent got a reaction from shawnhar in Advice for 1st glaze firing?   
    My first couple fires in my Skutt 818 were cone 6 but it seemed to be firing hot, now I just do cone 5's, no hold and things are turning out well. 
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    yappystudent reacted to Min in Winter Is Coming... Aquarium Heater in Throwing Water?   
    An old crockpot works too. 
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    yappystudent reacted to Pres in What’s on your workbench?   
    Glazing today as the weather is clear and sunny. These have been base glazed, and there are 7 more boards like this one, some with honey jars, and teapots.

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    yappystudent got a reaction from GreyBird in Underglazes   
    I've only tried a few brands but settled on mostly Duncan concepts because they do a few things reliably well: intermixing, -I have a nearly complete palette of oranges, greens, browns, grays, mauves, etc; also working well up to cone 6 albeit with differences in finish. They get a satin finish at ^5 so I can skip the overcoat. The colors are bright with a few exceptions: I can't achieve a magenta (the chip at the store looked pretty good) probably thanks to not venting my kiln. Purples, pinks of any kind are bit more puce/mauve ranged but still pleasing. Certain colors on black clay at ^6 are very dramatic, they remain stable and don't blister over black clay.  
    Amaco Velvet Bright Red is the most vivid true red I've found and I think they know it because the price is high.
    I've also used Fireshades which are like an economy A. Velvet. When I need a basic velvet matte in a primary color I go to the Fireshades first. My tests showed they're also stable up to cone 6 over black clay but unlike the Duncan's remain matte. 
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    yappystudent reacted to Rae Reich in Chromium oxide green at high temp   
    Right! Because you're not using lead and other poisonous elements carelessly.
    But, boy, those lead glazes were lovely. And so simple and reliable for centuries that they were still available here through the '80's. Working with high-fire, which burns out lead and makes it useless, has probably saved my generation of potters.
    Fortunately, such hazards have now been taken seriously, although it seems that each new generation of potters will have to be re-educated (same situation with Civics).
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