Posts made in April, 2011

Potter’s Tool Kit – Scale

Posted by on Apr 29, 2011 in Multiples, Philosophy, Review, Scale, Tools, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I am often asked about what tools I recommend.  And, I have been intending to write several entries highlighting the tools that I find most helpful.  Tools are very personal and every potter’s kit is different.  There are no perfect tools; and, acquiring tools will not make better pots – but practicing with the tools will. Yesterday, my new scale came in the mail.  So I am completely inspired to share this wonderful and essential tool. The best way to improve throwing skills is to practice – and practicing with the same amount of clay will help increase efficiency.  By...

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Fortune Cookie Advice

Posted by on Apr 28, 2011 in Philosophy, Studio, Uncategorized | 0 comments

In 2008, my husband, father, and friends built me a studio. My dad has built several storage buildings so my studio is exceptional.  I love it.  It is 12×14 which doesn’t allow me the luxury of being messy.  But, it is a wonderful place to work. Until I had a home studio, I worked at a public art center.  It was a good arrangement because it provided a lot of space and tools.  But, as I advanced, I realized two things.  In order to get better, I needed to (1) throw more often and (2) control the drying time. Here is the thing: I managed well within the limitations of the art center.  I...

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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: Brush Strokes

Posted by on Apr 19, 2011 in Bowls, Brush Strokes, How-to, Mugs, Plates, Red and White, Resist, Spring Snow, Tools | 0 comments

In this series of entries, I am sharing some of the discoveries I am making as I try to add texture and interest to my pots. Some techniques I have been experimenting with are: Slip trailing Carving Brush strokes Tape and wax resist Technical – Technical logistics include types of glazes and brushes.  Although this has been the easiest of the logistics to resolve, it eluded us for a while.  We kept trying to paint fine lines with thick brushes – that doesn’t work.  Fine lines require very fine brushes. Method – The preferred method is to paint underglaze on greenware  because it can be wiped...

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Considerations and Logistics: Tape Resist

Posted by on Apr 16, 2011 in Casserole, How-to, Lime Fiesta, Taping, Uncategorized | 1 comment

In this series of entries, I am sharing some of the discoveries I am making as I try to add texture to my pots. Some techniques I have been experimenting with are: Slip trailing Carving Brush strokes Tape and wax resist Technical – Again, this has been the easiest of the logistics to resolve.  We have use tape resist on greenware and bisqueware.  Masking tape sticks great to bisqueware.  But for greenware, it is easier to use strips of newspaper.  Wet the newspaper, then apply like tape and underglaze exposed areas.  (This is how the small casserole was glazed.) Method – There are so many...

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