Carving

A Potter’s Most Valuable Skill

Posted by on Apr 22, 2011 in Carving, Creamer and Sugar Set, Critique, Glazes, How-to, Plates, Slip Trailing, Surface Decoration | 0 comments

The most beneficial thing that I have gained by attending workshops is participating in critiques.  And, although subjecting my pots to open opinion was uncomfortable, I have had really positive experiences and gained a lot of insight. Self-critiquing is a powerful skill that is worth incorporating.  Since I have been conducting self-critiques and critiques with Julie, I am more cognizant and focused about what I want to make.  I have begun to balance awareness of my weaknesses with recognition of my strengths.  And, I know what I want to do and what I want to try which makes me feel more...

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Considerations and Logistics: Carving

Posted by on Apr 13, 2011 in Carving, Creamer and Sugar Set, How-to, Peaceful Meadow, Teapot, Tools | 4 comments

In this series of blog entries, I am sharing some of the discoveries I am making as I try to add texture to my pots. Carving is one of the techniques I have been using recently.  When I began carving on the pots, I quickly recognized that no choice is made in a vacuum – other factors must be considered. Technical – Again, this has been the easiest of the logistics to resolve.  It includes carving at the appropriate point of dryness – too dry and the carving chips; too wet and the pot is gouged. Method – Factors that I want to control when carving are width and depth of the lines. ...

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