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  1. On 9/4/2013 at 5:28 PM, TJR said:

    I agree with Neil. Those weights are massive.

    Mug..3/4 to 1lb

    Cereal bowl..2and1/2 lbs

    M edium bowl..3.25

    Large bowl,, 5lbs


    Teapots, 2 and one quarter lbs

    Jars...2and1/2 lbs, and moving to larger increments.


    Yup way too much clay! Even when handbuilding it would make the cups two heavy to drink from.

  2. I work in the studio at my former college and have had 4 large hand built bowls come out of the bisque with large cracks in the bottom side of all 4. Since I've not had that many problems befor in the 5 years of working in this studio I'm thinking the problem could be either this semesters clay or the student not firing the pots correctly. 

    My question is why hasn't this new professor done anything about the issue and I'm very conflicted weather to ask her or maybe offer to assist in the firing.

    Any advice would be appreciated.


  3. 2 hours ago, yappystudent said:

    I just want to say I fully understand your point, but I don't agree with it. Probably no one wants to hear me say this again but I'm going to if I can find the words. Linking pottery to a machine that actually limits what you can do with clay is short-sighted. Forcing yourself to do the same ol' same ol' like everyone else does even if you have no talent for it seems like more of a social acceptance thing than anything to do with expression. 

    This reminds me of a point I wanted to make about ceramics vs art, which I will take to that thread.  

    I like to do both and do a lot of building on the wheel which incorporates both. I do understand Yappy's point about the artistic idea about handbuilding versus wheel but i believe both are using artistic abilities. As someone who loves sculpture both ways of expression can be incorporated in wheel and handbuilding.

  4. I'm doing studio work this semester at the college i received my degree from and it only costs me 120 dollars a semester with unlimited work space in the studio. Since i haven't been able to work on the wheel in 18 years because of working now that I'm retired i need it's almost like starting all over again. The professor is wonderful and just what i needed to refresh my skills that my old brain had put in mothballs for too long. The videos are also very helful check them out.

  5. Nancy have you looked into taking a studio work class at your nearby college? Sometimes they offer classes at a reduced rate to seniors if your audit ing it and not taking it for a grade.  Also I've found some great podcasts online that are very helpful especially if you need help in one spicific area of throwing. Good luck and keep practicing that's the key.


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