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About Ceallach

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    Potter, Sculptor, Mad Scientist

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  1. I had something similar happen with two 19b platters, and it made me want to cry....mine did not go clean through though. I did some reading in old books and found some sections about different kinds of cracks. Radial cracks, like this, that go from rim to center without following the S-curve pattern point to drying problem. In my case, the platters took a ridiculous amount of time tobget to the point of being able to flip them. Weeks in the damp Cali winter. So the platter rim would harden first even though the rest was still very wet. In my case, the rim itself took a long time.
  2. As someone else mentioned, buy local. I understand that some dont have anything nearby...my closest is 25 minutes without traffic. But I want to be sure that they are there when I need them, and using them is the best way to do that.
  3. Glad I am not the only one with this problem. Funny how much we use the senses. I have similar issues with video-conferencing.
  4. Michael Cardew, Simon and David Leach, Shoji Hamada, someone mentioned Hans Coper but did not mention Lucie Rie. There are artists that did ceramics which are interesting, including Picasso, Klee, Chagall, Miro, Gauguin. They aren't potters but their work is interesting in use of color and surface design. Lady Kwali from Nigeria was an Abuja potter while Cardew was there. She was unusual in that she came to the studio as an established female potter in the Nigerian tradition but overcame the (colonial) gender biases of the time. (This whole thing is interesting because of the
  5. I try to remember that everyone starts from a different place and travels at a different pace. Sometimes it's hard. Someone mentioned a rubric for grading ceramics.....When I was in school, the refrain from the teachers was Show Up, Do the Work. They did not all say it that way, but it's always struck me at how much is in that phrase. It's really really hard to Show Up, Do the Work, and completely fail. In fact, if you do it, you almost can't help being successful. I recently came back to clay (which was an experience, I spent the first 6 weeks laughing with joy), and I rememb
  6. I have had this issue as I started to throw larger pieces and there's a number of things that I have noticed: Clay should be well wedged and same consistency. A hard piece will throw off your hand when you open. An air bubble can do the same thing. The angle of the dangle matters. if you go straight down (75-90 degrees from the wheel head), the clay will torque your finger and you'll get an offset opening. Make sure that your hand is going down at about 30-60 degrees to the wheel head and pull back towards yourself as you go. Speed matters. If you go too fast, it
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