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  1. The brand of clay is always specific to the country, city or local area you live in. Specifying the brand of clay is rather meaningless to anyone else who cannot get hold of it. Better to describe the type of clay. I use a brown raku clay with lots of grog that can be fired anywhere from earthenware to stoneware. The fact that it is raku helps to withstand temperature differentials between thick and thin parts without cracking - ideal for sculptures.
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    Beautiful, elegant !
  3. It is not surprising to me at all that the survey clearly shows "artist" being preferred to "craftsman/craftsperson". So there is definitely still this thing between "art" and "craft". It seems to me the term "craft artist" is an attempt to avoid the destinction between art and craft. Who uses this term? No-one I know refers to himself/herself as a "craft artist". (But who do I know anyway?) Could it be that some crafts people feel that adding the word "artist" adds a bit more status ? Could it be a genuine attempt by people whose work is a mixture of art and craft ? "Crafter" is just a stupid word, in my humble opinion. I respect craftmanship and I appreciate art, but I do not respect the rubbish that is often presented as "art".
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    I love the way the colours flow into each other.
  5. I like the form of the teapot as well as the skyline. Very well done!
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    Beautifully crafted, the serene expression of the one angel in the background is especially good. Makes me think of angels at a nativity scene.
  7. I built a system like that for a gas kiln, but the results were not very good because the sensor was situated in the kiln flue and the flames made the readings fluctuate a lot. Also the common (cheaper) variety of sensors are very non-linear - i.e. they are designed to go from hard-on to hard-off, and you do not get much in-between. So the accuracy of your readings suffer. I still want to improve on this but I am too busy with other things at the moment. The newer "wideband" type of sensors are accurate and give a more linear output put the electronics to build one is more complex and if you buy a ready-built one (for cars) they are quite expensive (for someone like me).
  8. I like the way it accentuates the texture. Would be great for sculptural work.
  9. I like the pose very much! Looks like an excited little duck!
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    Small plate

    Beautiful natural shades of colour with nice transitions from one to another
  11. That is a noble idea, clearly for you not everything is about business and profit. I would like to raise some ethical issues here. I read somewhere on the forum that you should not change your price because you might upset customers. I think the idea is that it won't be fair if different people get charged different prices. Good point, but there is also another point: The fact is that some people can afford to spend a lot on art and others cannot. A lot of people who have limited income (through no fault of their own) do appreciate art and fine craft and would like to own something decent. I am NOT saying that everyone should be charged differently though, and I am NOT saying that potters should live in poverty because they should dish out all they have to the poor. I think a lot depends on how you view your work and what it means to you. A lot of artists died very poor because business was not their priority or because people did not recognise their work at the time, while others have made large profits by selling anything to whomever paid the highest price. If I was an artist (and not in a bad financial situation) and someone really likes and appreciates my work but cannot afford it, I would definitely negotiate a good deal for him/her. There are many rich people who buy art simply because it is an investment and not because they appreciate the work at all. It might be very flattering if someone like that "invest" in your work, however it would leave a sour taste in my mouth if I knew the person has no taste or appreciation and is only buying it as an investment. Some artists would go as far as to refuse to sell to some customers and some donate some of their work to art galleries or art foundations rather then sell it. Hypothetical scenario: Say you normally sell through a gallery in an affluent area and you get good prices for your work. You then go on holiday to a little place on the coast. You decide to take a few pieces of your work with you to sell at the local arts & craft market. You find the small community appreciates your art/craft a lot but it is clearly not the place where people can afford what you normally charge. What would you do?
  12. Now is this misleading or what ? The famous graffiti artist Banksy made a point by deliberately selling his paintings unonymously at a street stall : "Unsuspecting tourists who thought they were buying cheap Banksy knock-offs have scored the bargain of a lifetime after the elusive street artist revealed the paintings were really his. Banksy used an anonymous old man to sell several of his original works for US$60 ($63.60) from a stall in New York's Central Park on Sunday. The paintings are actually worth around $42,400 each". Quote from Sydney Morning Herald, Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/banksy-sells-his-art-for-practically-nothing-to-unsuspecting-public-20131014-2viay.html#ixzz2kzelgsGy
  13. The top element (with 6 elements) will carry less current because it it is longer and therefore has more resistance. ( I = V/R where I is the current, V the voltage and R is the resistance). However this is not always the case. If the top element uses e.g. thicker wire with less resistance than the bottom one, you cannot compare simply based on length. A kiln might e.g. use one type of wire in the door and another type in the walls of the kiln. Different sections are then connected in series and/or parallel to load a 3-phase system equally. You can measure the resistance with an ohm-meter (multimeter) to get some idea what the relative resistances are, but the resistance changes when the elements get hot. If you overload a relay the contacts spark and get pitted and can then stick together when it switches. This can happen over time. There is no harm in using a slightly bigger relay e.g. 20, 25, 30 Amp- just to be safe. As long as the controller can switch the relay coil.
  14. I would not re-bisque them. It's a waste of time & money. Just re-fire them. Old stuff will change or burn away. You will see they come out differently. I do pit-firing and that is my experience so far.
  15. Acrylic paint will stick to any any fired clay unless it is glazed. However if you expose the painted sculpture to temperature shocks (e.g. take it from in-house to bright & warm sun) it might develop cracks.
  16. Hey Bob, if it is'n a pottery term then it should be. I think my pots sometimes get febrilations and then they crack.
  17. Good luck and please post here if you had success so we can all be wiser.
  18. It is still not fixed. I just added a comment to Phill's work and got the "Your comment requires moderator approval before it will be shown".
  19. Absolutely brilliant ! I have to try it. (For those who do not know - and I did not - a Brillo pad is a pad of steel wool impregnated with soap).
  20. If the clay has sandy particles in it, called "grog", then it has a chance, e.g. "rough" Raku clay which can withstand thermal shock. Otherwise it is not a good idea, unless you very, very slowly ramp up the temperature. If steam builds up in the middle of such thick clay and it cannot escape then it will explode. If you are making sculptures it helps if you poke thick parts full of holes with a skewer, and then cover the holes on the outer side, but you can only do that when the clay is wet anyway.
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