Posts made in June, 2012

Inspiration

Posted by on Jun 29, 2012 in About Me, Inspiration | 0 comments

I have been taking workshops for several years.  And, since 2009, Julie and I have been attending week-long workshops.  One was hosted in Asheville and two were sponsored by Arrowmont.  All of them helped me technically; but more than that, they provided fuel for inspiration that I still draw from. This year, we are not attending a workshop.  It was a multi-faceted decision due to timing, topics, and prior commitments.  Although it was a bit of a disappointment, an unexpected trip with Jeff has provided a lot of inspiration for me in a different way. Jeff had a training class in NJ so we...

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Goals revised

Posted by on Jun 26, 2012 in About Me, Mugs, Multiples | 0 comments

I enjoy making multiples (as any reader of this blog already knows).  I find it challenging and satisfying.  So when we found out that we would be attending Bele Chere in July, I began making mugs. I love to make mugs and having a set goal really motivates me.  I had intended to make 75 mugs by the end of June; and, I was on target until I got the opportunity to take an unexpected trip.  As soon as I confirmed the trip, I increased the number of mugs I was making at a time (usually I make 5 per session).  I think I finished about 60 mugs; most of them have been bisqued and some have been...

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Our symbol

Posted by on Jun 22, 2012 in Parnter | 0 comments

How a potter marks her pots is a big decision.  At first, I wrote my name on the bottoms; but, when I saw a co-worker using one of the mugs I made with my name on it, it felt out of place.  So, I began using my initials. But, when Julie and I began to work together, our pots became more collaborative so we decided to use a joint signature.  It was a funny coincidence when we both suggested the Japanese symbol for friend. And, on this day, I celebrate my friend.  Happy...

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Pottery Rx – Bisqueware and Glazeware

Posted by on Jun 19, 2012 in Repair | 0 comments

Bisqueware Once a pot has been bisque-fired, it is still vulnerable to damage.  But, many bisque pots can be repaired successfully. Sharp/rough spots (check where you have signed the pot, this is often sharp) Gently sand or dremmel the area Wipe with a damp sponge and allow to dry before glazing Wax mishaps Use the heat gun to burn off the wax Scrap or sand the area  then wipe with a dry-damp sponge Re-fire the pot Cracks around attachments Fill with APT puddy if necessary and  wipe excess off Re-fire the pot   Glazeware Repairing glazed pots can be done successfully especially in an...

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Pottery Rx – Bone Dry

Posted by on Jun 15, 2012 in How-to, Repair | 0 comments

As potters, we should embrace the Hippocratic oath to first do no harm.  This means to avoid damaging your pots.  When your pots are bone dry, they are the most vulnerable to damage so it is best to avoid moving them so transport them prior to the bone dry stage. Although, the success rate for repairing bone dry ware is much lower than repairing pots at other stages, some injuries can be repaired.  Here are some suggestions to help increase your successes. Cracks around attachments Use a wooden tool to burnish the area around the attachment that is cracking Fill with APT puddy if necessary...

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